Skin Tag

What is HydraFacial?

HydraFacial is an invigorating treatment that can be given in as little as 30 minutes. It delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.

Why is HydraFacial good for my skin?

Hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin. Irritation of the skin has been proven to increase signs of aging. HydraFacial is a hydrating and non-irritating treatment.

Am I a candidate for this treatment?

The HydraFacial treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial treatment. Your physician or skincare professional may choose specific treatment serums and/or customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. Consult your physician or skincare professional for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test.

How long does the treatment take? Is there any downtime or pain involved?

Our goal is to help support you in a balanced lifestyle. That’s why HydraFacial is a fast, efficient treatment that takes as little as 30 minutes. You may put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after the treatment since there is no downtime.

What results may be expected? How many treatments are needed to see results? How long do the results last?

Many clients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. We don’t believe in quick fixes, so one treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin. Continued HydraFacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain skin health results.

What is HydraFacialMD?

HydraFacial MD® is the latest technological advance in non-laser resurfacing. It is a non-invasive, multi-step treatment that combines the benefits of next-level hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. It does all of this in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation.

What results can I expect?

Significant results can be obtained with HydraFacialMD and you will notice measurable results after the first treatment; however, depending on the individual, it may take a few days to realize the full result, as the skin rejuvenation process begins. Every individual’s skin type and condition is unique, so a comprehensive skin and lifestyle evaluation is necessary to determine individual expectations and number of treatments.

How long will the results last?

The HydraFacialMD philosophy is “Skin Health For Life”. The treatment is an unquestionably effective skin rejuvenation treatment which produces noticeably smoothed, even-toned, hydrated skin in just one session; however, continued sessions and proper home care produce longer term benefits.

What is Home Care and why is it Important?

Home Care (meaning: how you care for your skin at home) is the very foundation of your skin health routine. No matter what your skin type, you can spend as much as you want on anti-aging/acne procedures and treatments; but, if you’re stripping your skin with incorrect cleansers, abrasive exfoliators and insufficient/incorrect moisturizers, your skin will reflect negative results and you literally inhibit the rejuvenation process.
Proper skincare doesn’t have to be complicated, it just has to be Correct!

How long is the HydraFacialMD Treatment?

  • The HydraFacialMD treatment process is 20-30 minutes on average, depending on the size of the area being treated, as well as the addition of Treatment
  • Boosters (which are additional targeted measures); such as:
  • DermalBuilder (for lines and wrinkles),
  • Britenol (for Dark Spots)
  • Growth Factor (with Stem Cells for which aids in Tissue Regeneration)
  • And YES!!…You can do it on your lunch break!!

Does the HydraFacialMD Treatment hurt?

It doesn’t. Most people describe it as feeling like a cat’s tongue moving across the skin.

Is there any down time?

There is no downtime after the HydraFacialMD treatment and you can apply make-up right after; HOWEVER, sun protection is a must, and will be applied after the proper serums and moisturizer, at the end of your treatment. We highly recommend that you wear a minimum of a 30spf every day, to protect your skin from the invisible damage of UV rays.

Can I do it before my Wedding or Special Event?

Yes! At your initial appointment we will evaluate your skin and lifestyle (i.e.- do you spend time working/playing in the sun?) and will determine a treatment regimen that will provide the best results. It’s always best to prepare ahead of time, so if multiple treatment series are recommended, you’ll have time to obtain even better results.

Is HydraFacialMD JUST for Hydration?

No, HydraFacialMD also effectively addresses:

  • -Dark Spots (hyper-pigmentation)
  • -Congested/Acneic Skin
  • -Lines and Wrinkles
  • -Slack/Dull/Lackluster Skin
  • -Rosacea
  • -Skin that is not suited for Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels

What is LED Light Therapy?

LED Red Light Therapy was originally developed by NASA for wound healing for astronauts. Yes, it really was. Results from red light therapy have been thoroughly researched, FDA approved, and found to be extremely effective for anti-aging and wound healing applications, which is highly beneficial after advanced exfoliation treatments. When the LED light is absorbed in the skin, it stimulates:

  • -Increased circulation and the formation of new capillaries.
  • -Increased lymph system activity (flushing of toxins)
  • -Increased production of collagen, elastin and fibroblasts (fibroblasts are good!)
  • -Increased release of raw cellular energy.
  • -Increased cellular clean up.
  • -Reduction of inflammation

Different colors of LED Therapy Lights exist, such as Blue, which has been proven to be effective in killing the p. bacterium commonly found in acneic skin.

Is HydraFacialMD the same as MicroDermabrasion?

They are not the same. Unlike regular microdermabrasion, HydraFacialMD can be done on all skin types, including very sensitive skin, rosacea and skin with broken capillaries, through skilled professionals.The HydraFacialMD’s unique Vortex-Fusion serum delivery system is what sets the HydraFacial MD apart from the Microdermabrasion. This multi-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time replenishing vital nutrients including Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. This superior delivery system delivers these ingredients to the skin to effectively help improve environmental damage, reduce fine lines & wrinkles, and plump & firm skin for long-term results you can see instantly.

What about Dermal Fillers?

If you’ve recently had dermal fillers, we recommend you wait a minimum of 10-14 days before receiving a HydraFacialMD treatment, so as not to disturb the placement of your fillers. If you have any concerns about receiving HydraFacialMD treatment before or after dermal fillers, please talk to your physician prior to scheduling your HydraFacialMD appointment.

Are there any Allergy Precautions?

If you have any of the following allergies, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re not a candidate. Please list this information on your Client Information Sheet, so that we may adjust your treatment accordingly:

  • -Shellfish
  • -Aspirin
  • -Sugar (diabetes)

Wards

What are warts?

Warts are small, fleshy growths. They’re classified as an infection on the top layer of your skin, or epidermis. Warts are very common and can reside anywhere on your body including elbows, knees, fingers, and feet.

What causes warts?

Warts are caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus, or HPV, family. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), but isn’t solely spread through sexual contact. Rather, these viruses commonly invade your skin through a cut or scrape. Once the virus enters your body, it can cause cells to rapidly grow on the outer layer of skin, ultimately resulting in a skin growth referred to as a wart.
The HPV virus that causes warts is extremely common. In fact, research shows there are over 100 different viruses in the human papillomavirus family. The HPV virus not present any symptoms. Meaning, someone can have the HPV virus in their system, come in contact with you, and end up giving you a wart through that HPV virus. Other times the virus can present symptoms, such as a wart, but resolve spontaneously.
The unpredictable and sometimes undetectable characteristics of the HPV virus contributes to the difficulty of treating warts.

Are warts common?

Yes, warts are very common. It’s likely that most individuals develop at least one common wart in their lifetime, generally on their hands. However, although everyone is at risk for developing a wart, some individuals are more prone to developing these growths through the HPV virus.
Those who are more susceptible to warts include:

  • Children—Tend to share germs easier and more often while playing with others.
  • Teens
  • Individuals who bite their nails or pick their hangnails—Create small cuts in the skin.
  • Individuals who have a weak immune system—More prone to infection.

Are warts dangerous?

No, warts are not dangerous. They’re considered to be benign, meaning they’re non-cancerous. However, just because they don’t pose a threat to your health, doesn’t mean you’ll want to leave your wart where it is. Many patients wish to remove their wart because of aesthetic reasons, as the wart may be located in an area visible to the public. Other times, patients wish to remove their wart because the growth is located in a sensitive, irritable area.

Are warts contagious?

As mentioned previously, warts are extremely contagious. Warts, or rather HPV viruses, are easily spread through either skin-on-skin contact or through direct contact with an object used by a person with the virus. Meaning, you can come in contact with this virus anywhere—on a door knob, a dirty pencil, your shopping cart, even money.

What are the different types of warts?

There are over 100 different versions of the HPV virus, the virus that causes warts. Meaning, there are also hundreds of different types of warts.
Different types of warts are classified by both their appearance and location on your body. Each type of wart also responds to different dermatologic treatments, which is why we recommend seeking professional treatment when handling these skin growths.
At Arizona Dermatology, we diagnose and treat all variations of warts. Some of the most common types of warts we see include:

  • Common warts
  • Flat warts
  • Plantar warts
  • Condyloma
  • Molluscum contagiosum

To determine which type of wart you have, read up on the characteristics and symptoms of these frequently treated warts below. Or, simply schedule an appointment to have your growth evaluated.

Common Warts

Common warts are by far the most common wart, thus the name. Typically, most patients describe these types of warts as looking like a cauliflower. They’re dry, flaky, and white. Although common warts can impact any part of your body, they generally appear on elbows, knees, fingernails, and toes.

Flats Warts

Flat warts vary from common warts, in that they don’t have a raised appearance. Instead, flat warts are smooth and flat. Additionally, they’re also classified as being dry, small, and white. You’ll commonly find these growths occurring on the faces of children or on the legs of women, as they’re easily spread through shaving.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are mainly classified through their location on your body. Plantar warts develop on your feet, and because of this, can grow inward instead of outward due to the pressure of walking. This attribute, in combination with the thick skin on the bottom of your feet, makes plantar warts one of the more challenging warts to treat.

Condyloma

Condyloma, or genital warts, are also caused by the HPV virus like every other variation of this skin growth. However, unlike the other types of warts, genital warts are generally transmitted through sexual interactions. When impacted by this type of wart, you’ll notice a soft growth occurring in your inner thighs, pubic region, or buttock. If you think you’re impacted by condyloma, we recommend seeking a second opinion, as they’re commonly mistaken for skin tags.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is another type of wart we commonly treat at Arizona Dermatology. These types of warts generally occur in clusters and can look like small, hard pimples. They’re typically located on the buttock, elbows, armpits, and faces of children. Additionally, if you’re impacted by molluscum contagiosum, it’s common to experience an itching sensation around your growths. If so, make sure to mention this itching sensation when seeking professional treatment, to receive appropriate treatment.

How do you treat warts?

At Arizona Dermatology, to cater to all our patients’ needs, we offer a wide range of treatment options, depending on the severity of your wart(s).
Some of our most common wart treatments include:

  • Cantharidin: A liquid formula, derived from the blister beetle, is applied directly to your wart. The formula causes a blister-like reaction underneath the wart, causing it to eventually fall off and detach from your outer layer of skin.
  • Podophylin: A solution is applied to your skin by skin care professionals so side effects can be monitored appropriately. The solution works to exfoliate your skin and instigate an immune reaction to remove warts from sensitive areas on the body.
  • Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze your wart as a method of elimination. After application, the designated area may feel numb for a short period of time.
  • Electrosurgery and curettage: Electrosurgery involves gently burning your wart through an electrical current. After, curettage involves scraping off the remaining of your wart with a small instrument. These two medical techniques are commonly used together.