Our skin, covering approximately 20 square meters with a depth of just a few millimeters, provides an amazing amount of protection. Given its role, skin can be expected to see its fair share of damage in the form of spots, scars, and stretch marks over the years. If you see any of these when you look in the mirror, we can help eliminate them with a variety of laser treatments.
At our Beverly Hills, California, office, Dr. Joel A. Aronowitz and our highly trained staff provide a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery treatments. Our cutting-edge procedures emphasize using the body’s own tissues and healing processes.
Types of skin damage
Typically tan, brown, or black, age spots are areas of increased pigmentation. They often are found in areas that have experienced large amounts of sun exposure, such as the face, shoulders, upper back, hands, and the tops of the feet. They tend to be flat and can be anywhere from a fraction of an inch to about a half-inch in size.
Scars occur when the body heals itself, and can result from everything from accidents and surgery to diseases and skin conditions like acne. They are formed when the dermis, the mostly connective tissue layer below the skin’s surface, is damaged and then healed by the body’s formation of new collagen fibers. Scars can be created even after a minor wound heals.
Sudden growth, such as during puberty, pregnancy, or weight gain, can cause long, thin lines or streaks known as stretch marks. Damage occurs in the dermis layer, with lines often appearing on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, hips, and thighs. Stretch marks strike women more than men, with more than half experiencing them during pregnancy. Certain medical conditions and corticosteroid use can also increase the risk.
Laser, an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, is a single-wavelength, high-energy light that can be focused on a specific area. Different kinds of lasers use different light wavelengths to address different skin issues. For example, ablative lasers destroy the top layer of damaged skin, while nonablative lasers work deeper without affecting the outer skin. Dr. Aronowitz creates a customized treatment plan for each patient after examining their skin and discussing their concerns and goals.
If you’re tired of living with spots, scars, stretch marks, or other skin problems, call or click today to make an appointment with Dr. Aronowitz and find out which procedure is right for you.