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Fall Skin Rejuvenation
Now that summer has come and gone, it’s time to address all that sun damage from those days at the pool and down the shore!  There are several in-office laser and light devices that rejuvenate the skin and even reverse some of the damaging effects caused by the sun’s harmful rays.

1. IPL Photofacial

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a broad band light device that targets brown spots, age spots, and redness.  Certain models have adjustable filters to target specific skin problems, such as birthmarks, broken blood vessels, brown spots, and age spots, as well as leg veins, tattoos, and even hair removal.  It feels like a warm snap and is associated with minimal downtime.  This is a very effective option to improve brown spots on the face, chest, and hands, as well as improve the redness and broken blood vessels seen in rosacea.  Like most procedures, it is typical to require multiple treatments to achieve a significant result. 

2.  Fractionated resurfacing

I offer the Fraxel DUAL, which is the premier device in fractionated non-ablative resurfacing lasers.  FraxelⓇ is FDA-approved to treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, melasma, acne scarring, surgical scars, and even precancerous growths known as actinic keratoses.  It works by creating microscopic columns in the skin to stimulate new collagen formation, which heals the skin from the inside out to soften wrinkles and fine lines, erase brown spots, improve skin tone and texture, and even do a little tightening.  Most patients will experience several days of redness after the procedure, but it is very tolerable and can be covered with make up.  The results can be very dramatic and long-lasting.

3.   Clear + BrilliantⓇ

Clear + BrilliantⓇ is a revolutionary gentle laser that improves skin tone, pigmentation, and the appearance of pores with little or no downtime.  Because it is a gentle laser treatment, like a “laser facial,” it is perfect for those with busy lifestyles where downtime is not possible.  My patients tell me they love the “glow” they get after a Clear + Brilliant treatment.  It is great for younger patients and as a maintenance treatment after Fraxel.  While this is a gentle treatment, it also stimulates new collagen formation so that the benefits can be long-lasting.

Fortunately, with advances in technology, there are many options to reverse the signs of aging and sun damage.  However, even with daily sunscreen, it is still possible to sustain sun damage accumulated over time, so a “skin clean-up” is necessary every now and then for healthier, rejuvenated, younger-looking skin.

Dr. Rebecca Lu is a board-certified dermatologist with an office located at 7 Mt Bethel Rd in Warren, NJ.  Dr. Lu specializes in skin cancer, skin cancer treatments, laser treatments, as well as cosmetic dermatology. The office also carries a suite of skin care products, including award-winning Jan Marini and SkinMedica, to address your cosmetic concerns.  Please visit our website or call (908) 787-8088 for an appointment to discuss your skincare goals.  

Focus on Skin Cancer Awareness
Focus on Skin Cancer Awareness

Nearly 5 million people each year are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. This is more than the incidence of breast, colon, prostate, and lung can- cer combined. A recent study in the Archives of Dermatology found that there has been a 300 percent rise in skin cancer incidence since 1994, mak- ing skin cancer an epidemic that deserves more awareness.

Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squa- mous cell carcinoma (SCC), are the most common forms of skin cancer. These types of skin cancer rarely become life threatening, but can be locally destructive and disfiguring if left untreated.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. While it accounts for less than 2 percent of skin cancer cases, it is responsible for the vast majority of deaths due to skin cancer. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, nearly 10,000 people are esti- mated to die from melanoma in theU.S. in 2015. It is also the most com- mon cancer in adults 25-29 years old and second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. Fortunately, when detected early, melanoma is highly curable.

More recently, an association has been found between breast cancer and melanoma. People with a history of breast cancer have a higher risk of developing melanoma and vice versa. Although the reason for this is not completely clear, it is likely due to mul- tiple factors. It would make sense for those with a history of breast cancer to get checked for skin cancer annually.

Early Detection and Warning Signs

Regular monthly self-exams, along with annual skin exams by a dermatol- ogist, are key to early detection. Those with a history of skin cancer may require semi-annual or even more fre- quent skin exams.

Because the 3 major types of skin can- cer present in different ways, it is important to look for early warning signs. See a dermatologist or a physi- cian that specializes in skin diseases if you notice any of these red flags.

  • Look for changes of any kind, especially a growth that increases in size, appears pearly, translucent, crusty, scaly, tan, brown, black, or multicolored
  • A sore or pimple-like growth that does that heal within 3 weeks
  • A growth or spot that bleeds easily, ulcerates, continues to itch, hurt, bleed, crust, scab, erode
  • ABCDEs of melanoma: Asymmetri- cal; Border that is irregular; Color that is of varying shades of tan, brown, black or even red, white, and blue; Diameter that is larger than a pencil eraser (but may be smaller), Evolving or changing in size, color, shape, elevation, sensa- tion, symptoms, or another trait
  • Do not ignore a suspicious growth just because it does not hurt - skin cancers may be painless

For step by step self-exam instructions, please see the American Academy of Dermatology website or the Skin Can- cer Foundation website. You can also stop by Dr. Lu’s office in Warren for a copy of self-exam instructions and body mole map. If you notice a suspi- cious growth or spot, please see your dermatologist or physician.

Dr. Rebecca Lu is a highly skilled board- certified dermatologist and fellowship- trained Mohs surgeon with an office located at 7 Mt Bethel Rd in Warren, NJ, where she specializes in skin cancer treatments, Mohs surgery, and laser and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Lu is pas- sionate about keeping your skin healthy, clear, and radiant. In addition to treating and diagnosing skin can- cers, Dr. Lu also specializes in reversing the signs of aging and sun damage through different procedures and treatments. Dr. Lu and her staff are happy to see you for any of your skin concerns. Please call (908) 787-8088 for an appointment.