Posts for: April, 2018
Who wouldn't want to reclaim their time wasted in waxing, shaving and applying creams to eliminate unwanted body hair? Yes, women and men alike wish to pursue better ways to have smoother, hair-free faces, shoulders, bikini areas, underarms
What is the GentleMax Laser?
Right in the treatment room at The Rockloff Dermatology Center, your board-certified dermatologist will deliver two kinds of light wave pulses to areas of unwanted hair. The first targets literally scores of hair follicles at once, and then the second laser distributes a pulsing energy which cools down the treated skin. Yes, there are two lasers in one innovative machine.
Typically, GentleMax laser hair removal in Brookline is pain-free. However, some patients do notice a mild stinging sensation--much like a rubber band being snapped against the skin-- with each pulse. After the session, which can last from 10 to 30 minutes, patients have some limited redness and swelling and practically no discomfort at all.
Also, they see how smooth and bare the treated areas are, and they're able to return to work and other activities right away. There's no downtime with laser hair removal from The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Brookline, making it extremely lifestyle-friendly.
Who qualifies for laser hair removal?
Most healthy adults do well with GentleMax Laser treatments. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology says that laser hair removal is very easy compared to earlier hair removal methods, and patients tolerate it very well.
People of all skin tones qualify, including individuals with darker pigments. The American Academy of Dermatology says most people need four to six treatments each year; they can be repeated as needed as the hair does regrow, though more sparsely and with a lighter color.
Come to The Rockoff Dermatology Center
And, say goodbye to your razor and torturous waxing. Count on the professionalism of Dr. Rockoff and Dr. Fening for excellent and comfortable results. Call for a consultation, won't you? In Brookline, MA phone (617) 731-2390, and in Andover, MA call (978) 475-9320.
Acne--this chronic inflammatory skin problem affects millions of Americans. Are you one of them? if you are, your Andover dermatologists, Dr. Alan Rockoff and Dr. Katherine Fening, would like to help. At The Rockoff Dermatology Center, they diagnose and treat teens and adults who wish to manage their acne lesions, have clearer skin and feel better about themselves. Learn here about treatment, and have hope.
Who and where?
Acne typically plagues more teens than adults. However, in recent years, says the American Academy of Dermatology, physicians and aestheticians see more and more women in the thirties, forties and beyond.
Typical areas affected by whiteheads, blackheads, and even severe cystic acne include the:
- Upper arms
In the most stubborn acne, patients experience redness, soreness, pain and even infection. Of course, the psycho-social consequences can be devastating as well.
Treating and managing acne
At The Rockoff Dermatology Center, Dr. Rockoff and Dr. Fening diagnose acne by visual inspection and by listening to their patient's symptoms (when lesions appear and what may help). Then, based on their findings, the Andover dermatologists devise individualized care plans to reduce flare-ups and scarring and help improve self-image.
Treatments may include:
- Topically-applied antibiotics
- Over-the-counter cleansers (benzoyl peroxide is a common active ingredient)
- Isotrenoin (Accutane), or other retinol prescription
- In-office extraction of comedones
At home, patients can take more control of their break-outs by:
- Gently washing their faces, and other affected areas, twice a day with mild soap or cleanser as recommended
- Avoiding picking at lesions
- Avoiding oily cosmetics, including lotions and sunscreen (they tend to plug pores and hair follicles)
- Getting sensible amounts of sunshine (but do not tan or burn)
- Limiting greasy and fatty foods and increasing intake of fruits and vegetables
It can be good when you enlist the help of the caring professionals at The Rockoff Dermatology Center. If you are struggling with acne, please call one of our convenient offices for a consultation. In Brookline, MA call (617) 731-2390. In Andover, MA phone (978) 475-9230.