• What Happens During a Chemical Peel?

    If you are frustrated by acne scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and photodamage, then you may wish to ask your dermatologist if a chemical peel could be right for you. Chemical peels work by removing layers of skin that hold damage to show healthier skin underneath. They vary in strength, from mild peels that don’t require any recovery period to deeper peels that can cause a period of inflammation afterwards. Your dermatologist can help you determine what kind of peel is right for you. If you decide to get a chemical peel, here is a look at what you can expect during the procedure.

    Preparation

    Before your chemical peel begins, your dermatologist will thoroughly cleanse your face. Depending on the type of peel you are having, he or she may also cover your eyes using goggles or a protective ointment. Your hair will also be pulled back from your face, if necessary. If you are having a light peel, then you will not need any kind of pain management. For deeper peels, you may be offered a painkiller or a sedative. For the deepest kind of chemical peel, you may also be given IV fluids and a stronger anesthetic.

    Procedure

    Your dermatologist will apply whatever chemical agent is being used to your face with a cotton applicator or piece of gauze. The type of chemical used depends on how deep the peel is. Your skin will begin to turn white as the chemical starts to work. For a light peel, a neutralizing solution will be applied to stop the chemical reaction. For other peels, the chemical is left on. Your dermatologist may apply a cooling gel to your skin to ease any stinging and burning you are experiencing after the peel.

    Recovery

    After a chemical peel, your skin will be red, and depending on the level of the peel, you may experience burning and swelling as your skin heals. Within about two weeks, new skin will replace the previously damaged skin. Your dermatologist will tell you when you can begin to use cosmetics again.

    If you are interested in a chemical peel in Salt Lake City, schedule a consultation at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call our office at (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment.

  • Easy Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the U.S., but there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk. Watch this video to find out how you can work with your dermatologist to prevent skin cancer.

    Wearing sunscreen daily can protect your skin from the damaging rays that cause skin cancer. Because catching skin cancer early is an important part of successful treatment, inspect your skin carefully on a regular basis and report any changes to your dermatologist as soon as possible. You should also see a board-certified dermatologist regularly for skin checks.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology provides comprehensive general and cosmetic dermatology in Salt Lake City, including skin care checks and treatments. To make an appointment, please call (801) 266-8841.

  • Anti-Aging Spotlight: Radiesse

    Skin aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight back. With Radiesse , your dermatologist can help you turn back the hands of time and reclaim a youthful appearance, all with a simple, in-office, non-surgical procedure. Is Radiesse the right answer to your skin-aging complaints? Here is what you need to know.

    What is Radiesse?

    Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles, particularly the nasolabial folds. It is also the only dermal filler that is FDA-approved to the treat the loss of skin volume on the back of the hands that is associated with aging. Radiesse consists of a water-based gel that is filled with microspheres made of calcium. After Radiesse is injected, it is slowly absorbed by the body at the same time that it stimulates collagen production. Ultimately, the Radiesse is replaced by collagen, so that the results look natural.

    What areas can be treated using Radiesse?

    Radiesse is primarily used on the lower portion of the face. It can be injected into smile lines, marionette lines, chin wrinkles, pre-jowl folds, and around the corner of the mouth. It can also be injected into the hands. Radiesse is not typically used to treat the areas around the eyes, but it can be used in conjunction with other anti-aging treatments that address wrinkles in those areas for an overall more youthful appearance.

    What should I expect if I get Radiesse?

    The process of getting Radiesse is fast, and because it is mixed with lidocaine, an anesthetic, it is less painful than other dermal filler treatments. You may experience minor bruising, swelling or redness in the treatment areas, but this usually clears up quickly. You can resume your normal activities after your treatment, and you will notice your results immediately.

    To learn more about Radiesse and other cosmetic dermatology treatments that may be right for you, make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City. Call our office at (801) 266-8841 for more information about the treatments we offer and to make an appointment.

  • What Are Age Spots?

    A common reason why people visit a dermatologist is aging skin. Signs of aging can have a significant impact on one’s appearance, so many people want to know about the different signs of aging and what causes them. One common example is called an age spot.

    Often referred to as liver spots, age spots are flat markings on the skin that can be brown, tan, or black in color. Age spots occur most commonly on areas of skin that get the most sun exposure, such as the hands, arms, face, and shoulders. Age spots are harmless other than that many people dislike the way that they look. Exposure to UV light increases the production of melanin in the skin, which is what gives you a tan. An age spot appears when melanin is produced in high concentrations in one area of the skin or becomes clumped together. The primary cause of age spots is sun exposure over the course of many years.

    Are you looking for ways to improve the appearance of your skin? If so, then contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology today at (801) 266-8841. Our Salt Lake City dermatologists offer anti-aging skin care products to help you look your best.

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