Medical Dermatology Specialist

Medical Dermatology

What is medical dermatology?

Medical dermatology is a branch of medicine that’s devoted to keeping your skin healthy. At Sanctuary Medical Center, the expert doctors treat a wide range of issues, from skin cancer to fungal infections in your nails. They’re also experts in pediatric dermatology.

How do doctors treat skin discoloration?

Although most types of skin discoloration are benign, they can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Skin discolorations become more common as you get older because your skin cells and facial veins break down with age and sun exposure.

Some skin discoloration issues that the doctors at Sanctuary Medical Center treat include:

  • Melasma
  • Vitiligo
  • Port wine stain
  • Rosacea
  • Facial spider veins

Your doctor may choose from a variety of excimer lasers, other medical lasers, and light therapies to resurface your skin and rebuild it from the inside out.

What if I have skin cancer?

Anyone can develop skin cancer, no matter how light or dark their skin. Each month, you should examine your skin, looking for changes to your moles or new lesions. You should also get a yearly skin cancer screening at Sanctuary Medical Center to check for:

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, and is usually found on areas exposed to the sun.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is marked by scaly, rough patches that arise even in areas not exposed to the sun, such as mucous membranes.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, and can quickly metastasize to other organs.

If you have skin cancer, the highly trained doctors at Sanctuary Medical Center cure it in up to 99% of cases with a specialized surgery called Mohs surgery. They remove thin slices of the cancerous lesion, layer by layer, and examine each layer under a microscope until your skin is cancer-free.

Be sure to contact your dermatologist as soon as you notice anything unusual or suspicious on your skin because early treatment ensures the best results.

What other kinds of skin conditions do doctors treat?

The dermatologists and plastic surgeons at Sanctuary Medical Center are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating all types of skin conditions, including infections. A few common conditions that they improve or resolve include:

  • Acne and rosacea
  • Psoriasis and eczema
  • Moles and warts
  • Varicose veins
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Nail fungus
  • Keloids
  • Dermatitis

If your skin doesn’t look or feel right, come to Sanctuary Medical Center for an evaluation. Phone the knowledgeable staff or use the online booking form.

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Body Sculpting Specialist


How can I sculpt away excess fat without surgery?

At Sanctuary Medical Center, you select from the latest, most cutting-edge evidence-based fat-reduction systems available. Whichever method you choose, nonsurgical body sculpting permanently eliminates excess fat from your:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Thighs
  • Chin

Each body-sculpting technology destroys approximately 20% of fat cells in a treated area during each session and has a skin-tightening effect, too. You may need a series of up to three sessions to reach your aesthetic goals. Choose from:

CoolSculpting

Using a patented process called cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting lowers the temperature of unwanted fat cells to the point where they can’t function and break apart. You can lose up to 3 inches of fat in a treated area.>

UltraShape

UltraShape uses the power of sound waves (ultrasound) to break down fat in targeted areas. You may see a reduction of fat in just one session. Your final results are visible in about one month.

How can I firm, tone, and lift my abdomen and butt?

One of the most exciting developments in body contouring is EmSculpt, which targets noninvasive high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM®) energy to the fat and muscles in your lower abdomen and buttocks.

The HIFEM energy prompts your muscles to contract at a much higher rate than you could accomplish naturally, simultaneously strengthening the muscles and burning away excess fat in the area.

You see and feel the difference immediately after your treatment: tighter abs and a toned and lifted butt. You continue to improve for weeks after your last session.

How can I banish cellulite?

VelaShape III is an FDA-cleared treatment that temporarily smooths and reduces cellulite lumps and bumps through the synergistic power of infrared light, bipolar radiofrequency energy, and vacuum.

The combination of heat and vacuum breaks up the disordered collagen bands that make your skin dimply and triggers the production of new, smooth collagen. Your treated areas are smoother, firmer, and tighter.

How can I rejuvenate my sex life?

The diVa uses dual-powered laser energy to rejuvenate the skin and muscles of your urogenital system. Benefits include:

  • More vaginal lubrication
  • Tighter vagina
  • Less stress incontinence
  • More comfortable sex
  • Relief of dryness and itching

Each diVa treatment takes only about five minutes.

To schedule one or more body-sculpting treatments, call the experts at Sanctuary Medical Center today or book an appointment online.

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Skin Care Specialist

Why do I need expert skin care?

When your skin is young and fresh, it’s in a constant state of growth and renewal. As you age, however, your skin health is influenced by everything from hormonal changes to damage from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

At Sanctuary Medical Center, your dermatologist examines your skin, takes a medical history, and devises a custom-designed plan to resolve your main issues and prevent problems in the future.

How can I keep my skin looking fresh and young?

Regular skin care treatments that slough off the dulling top layer of your skin to expose healthier skin are essential to maintaining a clear complexion. Some options include:

Facials

Facials gently exfoliate the dulling top layer of your skin. They also remove impurities, such as blackheads and whiteheads. Finally, a facial restores moisture to protect your skin.

Chemical peels

Using various strengths of acid, your Sanctuary Medical Center aesthetician exfoliates your skin. Chemical peels improve acne, wrinkles, and dark spots while rebuilding your skin through a collagen-remodeling process.

HydraFacial®

The HydraFacial is a high-tech, three-step facial revitalization treatment that takes only 30 minutes. The three steps are:

  • Cleanse and peel
  • Vacuum extract and hydrate
  • Fuse and protect

A HydraFacial is as effective as harsh chemical peels but without the red face or downtime.

Dermaplaning

Your aesthetician uses a special blade to gently remove the top layer of your skin in feathery strokes. Dermaplaning improves hyperpigmentation and initiates collagen remodeling.

Microdermabrasion

During microdermabrasion, your expert sprays tiny crystals on your skin and then uses a special high-powered device to gently sand away the top layer. Microdermabrasion resolves surface imperfections and stimulates collagen production.

Your dermatologist may recommend combining resurfacing treatments with other therapies, including lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL).

What kind of skin care products should I use?

f you want your skin to look and feel healthy, you must nourish it with quality ingredients — such as peptides, resveratrol, and antioxidants — that are matched to your skin type and issues. Your dermatologist may individualize a skin care regimen for you based on products such as:

  • ZO® Skin Health by Zein Obagi
  • PCA Skin® products
  • skinbetter science®
  • iS Clinical® four-step program

Your skin deserves better care than you can get over the counter. Phone the skin experts at Sanctuary Medical Center for customized skin care today, or set up a consultation online.

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Laser Hair Removal Specialist

Laser Hair Removal

How can I get rid of unwanted facial and body hair?

Tweezing, shaving, waxing, and other repeatable methods of hair removal take your valuable time and add up in expenses over the years.

At Sanctuary Medical Center, the highly trained aestheticians recommend permanent hair removal with the GentleMax Pro laser. The GentleMax Pro can eliminate hair on your:

  • Upper lip
  • Beard area
  • Sideburns
  • Chest
  • Legs
  • Arms and armpits
  • Back
  • Bikini line

You can treat multiple areas in a single session.

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser’s energy bypasses your skin and goes straight to the shaft of your unwanted hair. The laser dislodges the hair — which falls out either immediately or over the next two weeks — and disrupts the integrity of the follicle that houses it. After laser treatment, the follicle can no longer produce hair.

How many hair-removal sessions do I need?

The laser energy targets hair that’s in an early growth phase. Because your many thousands of hairs grow at different rates and are in different stages during your laser therapy, you may need a series of up to six treatments to reach all of them.

How much hair is permanently removed?

After a series of treatments, up to 80% of your hair is permanently removed with the GentleMax Pro. Your aesthetic professional may recommend biannual touch-ups to keep your face and body hair-free.

What if I have sensitive, very fair, or very dark skin?

The GentleMax Pro is safe for all skin types and tones. Your Sanctuary Medical Center expert adjusts the laser’s settings based on the pigmentation in your skin and hair. The 755 nm setting is optimal for fair to medium skin, while the 1064 nm setting safely removes hair on dark skin.>

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The GentleMax Pro laser feels warm and sometimes prickly when it targets your unwanted hair. The Sanctuary Medical Center team keeps you comfortable with a topical anesthetic gel, if necessary.

To put your shaving and tweezing days behind you, contact Sanctuary Medical Center about laser hair removal by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

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Laser Skin Tone Correction Specialist

What is laser skin tone correction?

Laser skin tone correction is a reparative treatment that removes hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and facial veins. Your Sanctuary Medical Center professional may pass over your skin several times to create a skin surface that’s:

  • Free of age spots
  • Tighter
  • Firmer
  • Moist
  • More glowing
  • Free of unsightly facial veins
  • More evenly toned>

Laser skin tone correction treatments make your skin glow with health.

How do I choose the right laser for skin tone correction?

Your Sanctuary Medical Center aesthetic expert recommends one or more safe, state-of-the-art laser treatments based on the issues you’d like to resolve, your skin type, and the areas you want to treat. Popular choices include:

BBL Photofacial

Broadband light (BBL) is the most powerful intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy available. The BBL photofacial erases brown spots, facial veins, and fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of your skin, while gently tightening it.

BBL Forever Young

The BBL Forever Young laser is the only laser that changes the expression of genes that affect aging and longevity. Forever Young BBL removes age spots, freckles, small blood vessels, and wrinkles. It can also remove unwanted hair.

Genius

The minimally invasive Genius delivers controlled radiofrequency (RF) energy through a series of hyper-thin, pulsing needles. The RF energy coagulates the collagen layer, initiating a wound-repair response that smooths and tones wrinkles, scars, and sagging skin.

Nonablative lasers

Sanctuary Medical Center offers ND:Yag 1064 nm lasers, which resurface your skin without removing the top layer. Nonablative lasers are safe for all skin types.

How long does laser skin tone correction take to work?

Depending on the laser, you see an immediate improvement in your skin quality after your treatment, including clearance of most unsightly facial veins. You may have a red or pink face for a few days. Brown spots and age spots may first dry up and then flake off over the next several weeks.

The benefits of laser skin tone correction continue to accrue over the next few months. As your skin rebuilds itself, you’ll notice that it looks and feels firmer and healthier, and has a youthful glow.

To correct your skin tone and restore your complexion with laser treatments, contact the helpful Sanctuary Medical Center team or book a consultation online.

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Laser Skin Tightening Specialist

What is laser skin tightening?

Time combined with the destructive effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays gradually breaks down the collagen matrix in your skin.

The result is thinner skin that sags, wrinkles, and — if on the buttocks or thighs — is prone to cellulite. Laser skin tightening boosts collagen production, making your skin firmer, stronger, and healthier.

At Sanctuary Medical Center, the team selects from a number of highly effective, evidence-based skin-tightening lasers to correct:

  • Sagging midface
  • Jowls
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging neck
  • Double chin
  • Crepey skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Cellulite

You can treat multiple areas during a single session, based on your needs.

How does laser skin tightening work?

The heat from the laser initiates a wound-healing process that stimulates your body to increase circulation. Your skin then begins to produce new, strong strands of collagen and elastin, just as it did when you were younger. Over the next few months, your skin becomes tighter, firmer, and thicker.

How do I choose the right laser skin-tightening treatment?

Your Sanctuary Medical Center expert helps you choose a nonsurgical laser skin-tightening treatment based on the types of sagging skin you have. All laser treatments at Sanctuary Medical Center are safe and backed by clinical data. Choose from:

Pellevé

Pellevé uses the power of radiofrequency (RF) energy to rebuild your skin with a series of treatments. Pellevé is safe for all skin types, including suntanned skin.

Accent Prime

The Accent Prime system harnesses the dual powers of RF and ultrasound (US) energies. The US first eliminates any unwanted fat cells around the jowls and under the chin. The RF energy heats the skin to initiate a collagen-remodeling process.

VelaShape III

VelaShape firms and tones sagging, fatty areas under your chin or on your body. You can also use VelaShape to sculpt away fat on your trunk, thighs, and arms, or to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Arctic Glow

An Arctic Glow treatment combines the ResurFX laser treatment with blasts of cold air. The combination boosts circulation in your skin to accelerate collagen remodeling.

Tighten and rejuvenate your skin with a custom-designed laser treatment at Sanctuary Medical Center. Call or use the online appointment form.

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Wrinkle Relief Specialist


How can I get wrinkle relief?

The most popular nonsurgical aesthetic treatment continues to be wrinkle relief with Botox. As with the other main neuromodulators — Dysport and Xeomin — Botox is made with a minute, highly purified type of botulinum toxin A. You can use the neuromodulators to erase:

  • Crow’s feet around your eyes
  • Frown lines between your brows
  • Horizontal lines on your forehead
  • Bunny lines at the top of your nose

Wrinkle-relief treatments take only a few minutes and can last up to four months. All of the neuromodulators available at Sanctuary Medical Center are FDA approved. 

How do neuromodulators work?

When dynamic muscles contract as you raise your brows, frown, or squint, they fold and press your skin, creating wrinkles. The neuromodulators block signals to the nerves that tell them to contract. If they can’t contract fully, your skin smooths out again, wrinkle-free.

What are the advantages of Botox?

Botox is the best known, most popular neuromodulator, and has a more than 30-year safety profile in cosmetic dermatology. Most women and men notice Botox’s effects within 3-4 days, but it may take up to two weeks to fully smooth out your wrinkles. 

What are the advantages of Dysport?

Dysport can work as quickly as one day. Dysport also spreads farther from the injection site than Botox, which means you need fewer injections to get the same effects. Dysport lasts from four months to one year.

What are the advantages of Xeomin?

Xeomin contains only purified neurotoxin and saline, so it may be your best choice if you have sensitive skin. Xeomin takes about four days to work. Some women and men say that it has softer-looking and -feeling results than Botox.

Does wrinkle relief make my face look frozen?

The experts at Sanctuary Medical Center are highly skilled injectors who know just where to place the neuromodulators and how much to administer for a natural look. They relax your muscles enough to stop you from making extreme expressions, but not enough to prevent you from making attractive, natural expressions.

Can I use wrinkle relief with other therapies?

All of the neuromodulators pair well with other rejuvenating treatments. Your aesthetician may recommend combining them with dermal fillers from the Juvéderm collection or laser treatments. 

To set up your first wrinkle-relief treatment, contact the helpful Sanctuary Medical Center team by phone or online form.

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Fillers Volume And Lift Specialist

How can I restore lost volume and lift my face?

Some of the most disturbing signs of aging are related to facial volume loss. As you age, your stores of facial fat, collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid (HA) decline. The result is thinner, less resilient skin that can’t hold its shape, as evidenced by:

  • Hollow cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Deep eye troughs
  • Sagging

While the only solution used to be a surgical face-lift, rejuvenating with dermal fillers is now the second most popular nonsurgical treatment in the United States. 

Thanks to the Juvéderm collection of HA fillers and the expertise of Sanctuary Medical Center’s liquid face-lift team, you can lift and firm your skin without surgery, too.

How can I restore volume to my midface?

Juvéderm Voluma® XC is a thick, viscous gel that adds volume to your midface, restoring youthful contours around the cheekbones and cheeks. 

Your Sanctuary Medical Center aesthetic and medical expert injects Voluma deeply underneath your skin, where it makes up for lost fat, HA, and supportive proteins. The extra volume also lifts and firms sagging skin to minimize the appearance of creases, jowls, and other signs of aging.

Like most Juvéderm fillers, Voluma contains the anesthetic lidocaine to make your procedure more comfortable. Volume restoration and lift with Voluma can last up to two years.

How can I fill in deep creases?

If you’re bothered by creases that run from your nose to your mouth (nasolabial folds) or from your mouth to your chin (marionette lines), Juvéderm Vollure® XC is a targeted therapy that fills in the lost volume and smooths your skin. 

Your skilled Sanctuary Medical Center expert delivers Vollure directly to the skin that’s collapsed into a deep wrinkle or fold. Vollure lasts up to 18 months. 

How can I fill in my tear troughs?

Juvéderm Volbella® XC has a silky consistency that’s similar to thin honey. Your Sanctuary Medical Center professional lifts the skin with Volbella, resolving under-eye rings and tear troughs. Volbella lasts up to 18 months.

How can I plump my lips?

Restoring lip volume makes your whole face look younger. Depending on how dramatic a change you want, your Sanctuary Medical Center expert injector may select from Juvéderm (natural change), Volbella (subtle change), Ultra (dramatic change), or Ultra Plus (most dramatic change). They can also use Volbella to fill in perioral, or smoker’s, wrinkles.

Your Sanctuary Medical Center expert helps you pick the right combination of Juvéderm dermal fillers to rejuvenate your entire face. Call today or use the online scheduler.

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