Posts for category: Dermatology
Learn more about intense pulse light therapy and the ways in which it can improve your skin’s appearance.
Although age spots happen to most of us, these unsightly brown spots can often make us feel rather embarrassed about our appearance. These skin pigmentations can appear just about anywhere, but they are most commonly found on the face, hands, and other areas of the body that are more likely to be exposed to sunlight. Luckily, intense pulse light (IPL) photorejuvenation can get rid of these unpleasant brown spots.
What is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?
This special laser treatment, which also goes by the name photorejuvenation, targets the face to address common imperfections such as brown spots, uneven skin tone (blotchy skin) and broken blood vessels. It can even reduce redness associated with rosacea! Along with getting rid of these imperfections, ITL also stimulates the production of collagen, which keeps skin supple and firm while also smoothing away fine lines.
What should I expect from my IPL treatment?
This non-invasive treatment can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on what area or areas we are treating. IPL treatment can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms. While some patients report a slight stinging, our Andover, MA, skin doctor can apply a numbing gel over the area beforehand so that you don’t feel any discomfort.
Is there a recovery period?
It’s normal for the skin to be slightly red after treatment. You may also notice that age spots, freckles, and other skin pigmentations are darker. This will go away over the course of 3-7 days. Besides these minor side effects, however, there is no recovery period associated with treatment!
How many IPL therapy sessions will I need?
Most patients will need to undergo 4-5 treatments spaced out about 4 weeks apart. Of course, the number of treatment sessions will depend on the type and severity of the issues you want to treat with IPL photorejuvenation. This is something we would be happy to discuss with your during the consultation and planning phase.
Give us a call!
Are you interested in getting IPL phototherapy in Brookline or Andover, MA? If you want to find out more about this treatment and whether you’re a good candidate, call The Rockoff Dermatology Center today!
Find out how our Fraxel laser could treat most of your skin concerns.
From fine lines to acne scars, we all have certain imperfections that keep our skin from looking its best. But what if we told you that your dermatologist in Brookline and Andover, MA, Dr. Alan Rockoff, can reduce or even eliminate these common flaws to reveal healthier, more radiant skin? If your interest is piqued, it’s time to find out about Fraxel laser skin resurfacing!
What is Fraxel?
While many people turn to Fraxel laser treatment to treat acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation, that list is only a small sampling of the skin problems that this simple laser treatment can improve. While the face is the most commonly treated area, patients may also choose to get Fraxel laser therapy on the chest, neck, back, hands, and arms.
Fraxel treatment uses a dual laser system, with one laser designed to target sun damage and pigmentations (e.g. age spots), while the other is used to penetrate a bit deeper to break up scar tissue, smooth away wrinkles, and improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.
What does the Fraxel procedure entail?
Before we begin treatment at our Brookline and Andover offices, your skin doctor will apply a numbing solution over the skin. Once the numbing gel has taken effect (taking about 45 minutes), the laser is directed over the skin. This procedure only takes about 30 minutes to complete, and while you may feel a slight pricking sensation, the numbing gel will help to greatly minimize any discomfort.
Is there a recovery period?
While Fraxel laser treatment isn’t invasive, it will leave skin red and peeling. Because of this, many patients choose to take a few days off from work in order to allow their skin time to heel. It can take up to 5 days for the peeling and redness to go away. During this time, it’s important that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you go outside.
How many Fraxel sessions will I need?
This will depend on the type and severity of the issues you are treating. Minor pigmentations can get removed in as little as one or two sessions, while more serious scarring or wrinkles can take up to 5 sessions. You can expect, on average, to go through about 3-5 sessions spaced several weeks apart.
Give us a call!
Are you interested in learning more about the Fraxel laser and how it can help you? If so, call The Rockoff Dermatology Center in both Brookline and Andover, MA, today to learn more!
Improve the tone and tightness of your skin’s appearance with us.
As we get older our skin naturally begins to sag and lose its elasticity. This is something that will happen to all of us at some point; however, this doesn’t mean that you just have to accept that this is the way it is. In fact, our Brookline, MA, dermatologist Dr. Alan Rockoff offers two non-invasive skin tightening procedures that could improve your appearance and make you look younger.
Rejuvapen Micro Needling
Rejuvapen is a small handheld device containing several micro-needles that when they pierce the skin stimulates the body’s natural healing response. As a result, this procedure is great for those dealing with acne scarring, as the needles can breakup the scars and create smoother skin. It can also be used for other imperfections as well such as age spots, lines, and wrinkles.
However, since it stimulates the production of collagen this also means that it has the ability to lift loose or sagging skin to improve firmness and tightness for a younger appearance. It will take time for the body to begin producing collagen and elastin, so it will take a few weeks after treatment to see results. In fact, it can take up to 3 or 4 months to achieve the full results.
Rejuvapen is most often used on the face, but it can also be used on other parts of the body such as the arms, chest or neck. It is also compatible with all skin types.
Instead of using very small needles like Rejuvapen, Pelleve uses radiofrequency waves to heat up the layers of the skin to stimulate collagen to tighten and firm skin. It will also promote the development of new collagen, so you will continue to see results for weeks after treatment. You may be an ideal candidate for Pelleve if you are looking to treat:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Loose skin
- Wrinkles and creases around the nose and mouth
There is absolutely no downtime associated with this treatment and it is non-invasive, meaning that no needles or incisions are necessary. Anywhere from 3-5 treatments are often recommend in order to promote optimal collagen rebuilding, but this is something that our Brookline, MA, skin doctor will discuss with you during your consultation. After all, our treatments are customized to meet your needs.
If you are interested in the skin tightening treatments we offer here in Brookline and Andover, MA, then call The Rockoff Dermatology Center to schedule your no-risk consultation with us.
Find out if this cosmetic treatment is all you need to take years off your face.
Are you looking for ways to improve your appearance? If so, you may be considering how our Brookline, MA, dermatologist Dr. Alan Rockoff can help you. If the idea of cosmetic dermatology has piqued your interest but you aren’t quite ready to consider cosmetic surgery then you may want to consider Botox treatment.
What is Botox?
Botox is a simple minimally invasive injectable treatment that targets the lines and wrinkles of the face. Botox works differently from dermal fillers, which are used to fill out lines and wrinkles. Instead, Botox uses a special medical-grade neurotoxin, known as botulinum toxin A, which relaxes the muscles and temporarily prevents them from contracting. When these muscles can’t contract it immediately lessens the appearance of wrinkles.
What does Botox treat?
Botox can treat a variety of moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles of the face; however, it won’t treat all facial wrinkles. Botox is only able to address dynamic wrinkles, or lines that are due to muscle contractions. Any lines or wrinkles that are more visible when you smile or frown are the wrinkles that Botox can treat. This procedure is not right for smoothing away lines and wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage.
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What should I expect from Botox treatment?
Many people turn to Botox when they are first considering anti-aging treatments because the results are only temporary, the procedure is quick and relatively painless, and there are no surgeries or invasive procedures involved. In fact, getting Botox from our Brookline, MA, skin doctor only takes a few minutes. We will apply a numbing gel or ice pack to the area prior to administering the needles. Once the needles are administered you can go right back to your daily routine. There is absolutely no downtime involved in getting Botox.
When will I see results?
Unlike dermal fillers, you won’t see instant results with Botox. It will take a couple of days for smoother skin to appear, with full results showing up within a week after treatment. Botox results last about 3-4 months.
Are you ready to find out if Botox is the treatment to help smooth out those lines and wrinkles? If so, call the experts at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline and Andover, MA, to schedule your consultation.
Should you be scheduling a checkup with a dermatologist soon?
All of us have moles on our bodies, so it’s important that everyone keeps an eye on them for any warning signs that may be trying to tell you that you have skin cancer. So, how can you tell whether a mole requires medical attention from our Andover, MA, dermatologist Dr. Alan Rockoff?
If You See Something Say Something
It’s important that you are examining your skin regularly so that you can pinpoint any changes to a preexisting mole as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to turn to our Andover, MA, skin doctor if you notice any changes, as this could be an early warning sign. Also, if you are someone who has a family history of skin cancer or if you have a lot of moles or freckles you may want to consider getting regular professional skin cancer screening.
What to Look Out For
When it comes to examining your skin it’s important to understand what you should be looking for. When it comes to pinpointing skin cancer just remember your ABCDEs:
Asymmetry: You should be able to draw an imaginary line down the center of the mole and both sides should look identical in shape, size and color. If they don’t this could be a sign of skin cancer.
Border: A healthy mole has a clearly defined and smooth border while cancerous growths tend to have borders that are jagged, blurred or poorly defined.
Color: While moles may be different shades of brown it’s important to note that healthy moles are only one color while cancerous moles often contain more than one color. If you notice pink, white, red, or blue in the mole have it checked out right away.
Diameter: Most moles are under 6mm in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser); however, melanoma is often much larger than 6mm.
Evolving: Moles should stay relatively the same throughout your lifetime. If they begin to change, or if you notice new moles or growth developing, it’s a good time to have them checked out.
Along with these changes, if you notice a growth or mole that is bleeding, crusted over, oozing, or won’t heal then you should also contact your dermatologist right away.
If you are dealing with a suspicious growth or mole on the skin it’s better to play it safe and have it checked out. Call The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover or Brookline, MA, today to schedule a consultation with us.