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5 Tips for Identifying Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Newport Beach

If you are looking for a non-invasive way to rejuvenate your face, laser treatments are a great option for you. Advanced laser technology offers a variety of benefits including improved skin tone, reduced pore size, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and diminishing the appearance of acne scars. In addition, they can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin resulting in firmer skin.

Here at ZENA Medical, we are pleased to offer a variety of advanced laser treatments to meet your unique aesthetic goals.

Fraxel Dual

The Fraxel Dual Laser is an anti-aging treatment that rejuvenates the skin’s texture and tone, leaving you with a lasting and healthy glow. The laser is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration caused by sun damage, as well as, acne scars. After a single treatment, significant results can be seen.

The Fraxel Dual Laser uses multiple laser beams to penetrate deep into your skin. It creates tiny micro-wounds in your skin in order to stimulate natural collagen production and tighten skin. The laser offers two different settings that target both collagen production and hyperpigmentation resulting in the regeneration of lost collagen and minimizing visible skin imperfections. 

Each treatment takes about 60 minutes to complete. After the treatment, you will experience some redness and swelling for 1 to 3 days. You will also experience skin ‘peppering’ which is a result of pigmentation exfoliating from your skin and will last 3-5 days. You can expect a total of 5-7 days of healing and by day 7 you will have fresh, glowing skin.

You may be a good candidate for the Fraxel Dual Laser if you experience hyperpigmentation, sun spots, or fine lines and wrinkles and would like to restore your skin back to its original appearance.

Microneedling with Radiofrequency (Genius)

One of the latest anti-aging treatments, microneedling with radiofrequency rejuvenates the skin’s texture and tone, leaving you with smoother tighter skin. The Genius treats fine lines, wrinkles, and, as well as, acne scars. It works by creating tiny, controlled punctures coupled with thermal energy to stimulate collagen and elastin without damaging the surrounding tissue. The Genius can treat variable skin depths to precisely target the different thicknesses of the facial skin for customized treatments.

Within a few days, your skin will appear smoother and you will continue to see improvement in your skin’s texture and tone for up to 6 months as the production of new collagen continues. After the procedure, you will be given specific instructions on how to maintain your new appearance. You can expect long term and highly successful results from the Genius.

Spectra Laser Facial (Hollywood Laser Facial)

The Spectra laser facial is perfect for improving skin texture and tone. With zero downtime, this laser is used by many celebrities before big events to make their skin glow. The Spectra laser facial is extremely safe and there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. Unlike some lasers which can cause harm to olive-toned or darker-skinned ethnic groups, Spectra laser is perfectly safe for all skin types and can actually treat melasma.

Prior to treatment, a topical carbon solution will be applied to your skin and sit for 15 minutes. During the Spectra laser facial, you can expect to feel a warm and tingly sensation. The Spectra laser will remove the carbon solution and the top dead layer of your skin to leave you with a glowing complexion. Results can be seen immediately and improve incrementally with a series of treatments.

LaseMD

The LaseMD laser rejuvenates skin texture and tone using laser heat combined with a potent topical agent. This laser reduces fine lines and discoloration caused by sun damage while stimulating collagen to create a healthy glow. Results can be seen even after a single treatment.

The laser can be compared to the Fraxel Dual laser as it uses multiple laser beams to penetrate deep into your skin and creates tiny micro-wounds in your skin in order to stimulate natural collagen production and tighten skin.

Following each treatment, a specific anti-aging serum and cream mask is applied to the treated skin – enhancing the experience and optimizing the benefits for a longer-lasting effect. Healing occurs in less than one week. Some swelling and redness is normal for about 1 -2 days or longer if a stronger setting is used. 

In just a few days, your skin will appear smoother with a more even tone. You will continue to see improvement for up to 6 months because of the stimulation of new collagen formation. After the procedure, you will be given specific and individualized instructions on how to obtain optimal results with at-home care.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more laser treatments or are wondering whether you’re a good candidate for them, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. This alarming statistic shows how important it is that you know the 5 common signs and symptoms of skin cancer. Below, we’ll discuss the ABCDE’s for identifying skin cancer. In addition, you should see a dermatologist every year for a full body skin exam to check your moles.

1. Asymmetry 

Benign moles, or non-cancerous moles, are symmetrical. This means you can draw a line down the middle of it and both halves would look the same. On the other hand, most melanomas are asymmetrical. If you have a mole that looks asymmetrical, it is best to see a board-certified dermatologist for a mole check.

2. Borders 

The edges of non-cancerous moles are usually smooth and even. If you’ve noticed that the borders of a lesion are notched or scalloped, it’s essential to get it checked out as soon as possible. 

3. Color

Your lesions should be one color. If you notice one that is a variety of shades of a certain color such as brown, red, white, or blue, that’s not a good sign as it may indicate you have skin cancer.

4. Diameter

Non-cancerous lesions are usually small in size. If you have a larger one, it may be cancerous. Moles that are larger than 6 mm or the width of a pencil eraser are concerning. 

5. Evolving

You shouldn’t notice any significant changes in your moles over time. If your mole has changed in size or color, it could be skin cancer. If you notice a drastic change in the color, texture, size, or shape of your lesion, make an appointment with a dermatologist.

What are the treatments for skin cancer?

At ZENA Medical, we perform Mohs Micrographic Surgery to remove skin cancer. Mohs Micrographic surgery is considered the most effective technique for treating many basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), the two most common types of skin cancer. 

Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure where the dermatologist will remove parts of the tumor that are visible without a microscope. Then, they will make sure that all of the cancer cells have been removed by evaluating the tissue under a microscope. The procedure is done in stages until all cancerous tissue is removed.  

When melanoma is diagnosed by skin biopsy, more surgery will be needed to help make sure the cancer has been removed completely. A wide excision technique is commonly used to remove a melanoma. The recommended margins vary depending on the thickness of the tumor. Thicker tumors need larger margins (both at the edges and in the depth of the excision). Be sure to discuss the options with a dermatologist.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about how to identify skin cancer or are seeking skin cancer treatment we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

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