Botox® For Migraines

Migraines are severe headaches that can create nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Any type of anxiety, stress, exposure to light, caffeine, alcohol, hunger, or hormonal changes (ie. during pregnancy and peri-menstrual), and sleeplessness can prompt this type of unrelenting headache.

The good news is that Botox® is now approved by Health Canada to help counteract chronic migraine headaches. However, it is important to choose the appropriate migraine treatment depending on the frequency and severity of the headache.

Chronic migraine sufferers encounter many symptoms which include:

  • Intense, sometimes throbbing or pulsing headache pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting when headaches occur
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound that increases the pain
  • Aggravated by routine physical activity, e.g. walking or climbing stairs

Because sufferers have lived with these type of severe headaches for so long, it is challenging for many of them to remember what not having a headache feels like.

Even during their good days, sufferers are often worried about when that next migraine will strike. As a result many chronic migraine sufferers are affected socially and may also deal with depression, anxiety and other chronic pain.

The discovery of BOTOX® for the use of migraines came about accidentally as patients who happened to suffer from migraines noticed that their migraines improved after cosmetic BOTOX® injections to reduce brow and forehead wrinkles

The Benefits Of Botox® For Migraines

Botox® for migraines offers the following benefits:

  • Botox® has been proven in clinical studies to reduce the number of days patients suffer migraines
  • Treatment is minimally invasive and discomfort during the procedure is minimal
  • Botox® may offer long-lasting results, with patients able to go 12 weeks between treatments

What to Expect

Patients can expect symptom relief within two to three weeks. To achieve the maximum benefits, many patients require a series of treatment sessions. BOTOX® has been in use since 1989, so it has an excellent safety record.

BOTOX® is capable of preventing migraines before they start. There are acute treatments for migraines, but they’re designed to be used after the headache has started.

Treatment with BOTOX® is different because it prevents migraines before they occur. To enjoy ongoing relief from chronic migraines, you’ll likely need injections every 12 weeks. On average, the treatment is capable of preventing up to nine headache days per month.

Book Your Consultation Today

If you are suffering from excessive migraines we invite you to attend a free consultation with Dr. Rao and the Rao Dermatology team to see how effective Botox® treatments can be to help you find migraine relief. Fill in the form below to book your consultation today.

Enlarged Facial Pores

Slow the Appearance of AgingMany people associate large pores with the teenage acne years, for many, however, enlarged pores along with excess oil continues long into adulthood.

Where ever there is skin, there are pores. These tiny openings are responsible for secreting perspiration and/or oil to either keep the body cool (perspiration) or lubricated (oil). Although it is impossible to count, it is estimated the average person has over 1 Million pores.

What Causes Enlarged Pores

When you are young, your skin is plump and tight. The strength of the skin’s cellular matrix pushes tightly against pores, cinching their openings, which makes them seem smaller. As you age, the proteins responsible for keeping your skin taught and firm, collagen and elastin, begin to break down. This natural break down of collagen and elastin can cause all sorts of havoc on our complexion. Wrinkles, fine lines, and loose, sagging skin are the most recognized consequences of aging. But the breakdown of fortifying proteins also allows gravity to have a stronger pull on your skin’s surface, essentially distending your pores, stretching them out into a more noticeable, oval-shaped gape.

After the biological factors comes the environmental factors that make pores look bigger. While the loss of collagen and elastin are unavoidable with age, there are many external elements that can speed up and intensify the rate of collagen and elastin breakdown. The biggest culprit? The sun. UV radiation has been shown to damage collagen production, a condition that’s often referred to as photoaging. Other lifestyle choices that damage collagen, such as smoking will enlarge the appearance of pores.

How To Minimize Pores

Cleanse Your Face
Clogged pores or an oily complexion can make pores look larger. Cleansing twice daily can unclog pores, prevent clogged pores, and reduce oiliness. When cleansing your face, you’ll want to:

Use warm water. Hot water can irritate your skin, causing pores to look larger.

Gently wash your face. Scrubbing can irritate your skin, causing inflammation. When skin is inflamed, pores tend to be more noticeable.
Find a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser. Again, you want to do everything you can to stop irritating your skin and stop clogging your pores.

Chemical Peels
With our chemical peel treatments, you can begin your journey to healthier, more youthful-looking skin with our advanced, non-surgical cosmetic Skinceutical treatments

Without downtime, these customized, medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate the skin to improve a variety of conditions, including hyperpigmentation, acne, signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and many other concerns.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
Intense Pulse Light treatment is a photorejuvination treatment that focuses primarily on irregular pigmentation, sun damage, and discolouration or brown spots on the surface of the skin or face. A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent handpiece which is gently placed over the skin.

Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

Sciton Profractional Laser
The Sciton Profractional procedure is designed to rejuvenate your complexion and treat a variety of skin conditions related to your skin’s quality. The laser can efficiently improve the health of your skin by making microscopic perforations in the tissue, which stimulate your body’s natural healing process.

As a result, new collagen begins to grow, which can ultimately cause a tightening effect. Unlike other types of laser skin resurfacing, ProFractional™ only treats a small area of the skin that is being targeted. By doing so, the problem areas can be corrected without the need for a long recovery period. As collagen continues to grow over the course of several months, the overall look and feel of your skin can gradually improve.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health. Dr. Rao has extensive experience and expertise in large pore treatments in Edmonton.
During his consultation with you, he will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Laser resurfacing is an effective treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes or acne scars.

The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization

What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing

A non-invasive, non-surgical treatment, laser skin resurfacing precisely removes skin layer by layer, allowing new skin cells to form which results in a tighter, more youthful appearance. It can reduce wrinkles, eliminate age spots, minimize scarring, and balance skin tone. First, lets take a look at why wrinkles and lines occur.

Why Lines & Wrinkles Occur

Lines and wrinkles are among the most well-known signs of aging. They develop when the skin begins to get loose. Wrinkles then form because of the resulting slack in the skin. All this happens because of a reduction of a protein in the skin called collagen. It helps give the skin fullness and keep it tight. The body naturally produces it, but not always in the same quantities.

As you age, the amount of collagen produced in your skin begins to drop off. Less collagen means the tightness of the skin that was present earlier will be reduced. When you see those crow’s feet next to your eyes or those wrinkles around your mouth, it is the lack of collagen that caused them.

Another sign of aging is the presence of sunspots on the skin. While many people refer to them as age spots, they are caused more by exposure to the sun than by the simple passage of time.

As a way of protecting itself against the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun, the skin will produce more melanin in response to sun exposure. Since melanin is what produces pigment in the skin, more of it leads to darker skin in the form of a tan. However, when this process is repeated over time, the melanin will start to concentrate in spots throughout the skin. When this happens, there will be no smooth, even tone to the skin. Instead, dark spots will be scattered across its surface

How Does Skin Resurfacing Help Get Rid Of Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Laser skin resurfacing can be done using a variety of lasers that provide different results and treats different issues. Depending on your skin issues, your dermatologist will choose laser treatments specific to your goals, but here are few commonly used lasers:

  • CO2 Lasers: Used for deeper skin irregularities like scars, warts, and deep wrinkles.
  • Fractional Lasers: Used to precisely treat small areas like age spots and melasma.
  • Pulsed-Dye Lasers: Used to treat redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and rosacea.
  • Erbium Lasers: Used to encourage collagen production and to treat fine lines, skin laxity, and age spots.

During the procedure, the laser uses pulses of light delivered in a pre-selected pattern to treat the top layer of skin for resurfacing, while simultaneously sending heat to the deeper layers of skin to provide longer-term benefits. A natural protective dressing forms on the skin to minimize downtime during the restorative process. On day 3 or 4, this natural dressing will peel or slough off, leaving new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.

As with most cosmetic procedures, one treatment isn’t a lifetime cure-all for your skin ailments. In a lot of cases, one laser treatment can address your concerns, but more often than not, a series of treatments will give you the lasting results you want. Depending on the type of laser you go with (ablative or non-ablative), you can have zero downtime or you may experience some rawness for a few weeks.

Book Your Skin Resurfacing Consultation Today

If you would like to know more about our laser skin resurfacing treatments please don’t hesitate to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Rao. He will assess your skin and make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.

Traumatic Scar Treatment

Effective Scar Treatments

When the body suffers a trauma, an injury, accident or burn, the skin reacts by forming a scar. These markings can be either subtle, or quite noticeable, causing one to feel self-conscious and socially shut down.

While it is true that a scar will never totally disappear, we have many methods available that can help improve a scar’s appearance.

Whenever your body undergoes trauma resulting in a wound, a scar happens. Scarring can result from practically anything that harms your skin including: chicken pox, lacerations, acne, sports injuries, tattoos, burns, trauma, accidents, piercings, vaccinations, bites, and surgery.

Abnormal scars can be raised, thick, depressed, uneven, vascular, darker (hyperpigmented), or paler (hypopigmented) than the adjacent skin. All of these characteristics allow the scar to stand out visually against the neighboring normal skin.

It is true that a scar will never totally disappear but happily, there are many methods available today that can help improve a scar’s appearance.

The Different Types Of Scars

There are three basic types of scars:

  • Atrophic scars
  • Keloid scars
  • Hypertrophic scars

Atrophic scars are typically the result of acne, and they are concave, dipping lower than the surface of the skin. Their depth can vary, and there are several scar revision options to treat them.

Both keloid and hypertrophic scars are convex and bulge upward from the skin’s surface. Hypertrophic scars are caused by the body’s overproduction of collagen and can take on a red, raised appearance. Keloid scars can continue to grow and surpass the original area of injury; they also carry a bigger threat of becoming overgrown.

At Rao Derm in Edmonton, we offer scar reduction and revision treatments to help clear up your skin once and for all. We have medical spa services as well as laser treatments that can address various parts of the skin, depending on the size and location of your scar.

Our Non Invasive Scar Reduction Treatments

Skin Treatments: Using microdermabrasion, chemical peels or dermal infusion can help boost the skin’s cell turnover to reduce scarring on the surface of the skin.

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples.

The results with dermal fillers are instantaneous and long-lasting (three months to two years). We often use dermal fillers in combination with neuromodulators to achieve the best results since they each have different strengths.

Chemical Peels
With our chemical peel treatments, you can begin your journey to healthier, more youthful-looking skin with our advanced, non-surgical cosmetic Skinceutical treatments

Without downtime, these customized, medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate the skin to improve a variety of conditions, including hyperpigmentation, acne, signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and many other concerns. At Rao Dermatology, we can improve the appearance of your skin with results that give off a smoother, more radiant glow.

Sciton Profractional
The Sciton Profractional procedure is designed to rejuvenate your complexion and treat a variety of skin conditions related to your skin’s quality. The laser can efficiently improve the health of your skin by making microscopic perforations in the tissue, which stimulate your body’s natural healing process.

As a result, new collagen begins to grow, which can ultimately cause a tightening effect. Unlike other types of laser skin resurfacing, ProFractional™ only treats a small area of the skin that is being targeted. By doing so, the problem areas can be corrected without the need for a long recovery period.

Book Your Free Scar Treatment Consultation Today

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of aging. Dr. Rao has extensive experience and expertise in scar treatments in Edmonton.

During his consultation with you, he will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.

Blotchy Skin Treatments

Banish Blotchy Skin

Millions of men and women all over the world suffer from blotchy skin. These patches of red, and sometimes irritated or itchy, skin can appear anywhere on the body, but they are most commonly found on the arms, neck, and face.

These blotchy patches can be caused by a variety of factors, such as weather, genetics, allergies, or environmental conditions.

Luckily, there are ways to reduce the appearance of blotchy skin, including treatment options that are both efficient and non-invasive.

If you have blotchy skin, it might feel like it’s a challenge just to step outside your house without makeup on your face. Red and blotchy skin – especially the kind caused by rosacea, acne, and even acne scars – can cause self-esteem issues, making it hard for sufferers to experience a confident and social lifestyle.

What Is Blotchy Skin?

Blotchy skin is usually associated with red, sometimes irritated and itchy skin, as well as darker patches of skin that most commonly occur on the face, but also the neck and other parts of the body.

Broken capillaries, also known as telangiectasia, are more likely to occur if you have a dry, thin or sensitive skin or those suffering from skin conditions such as rosacea or acne. Commonly found on the nose and cheek areas, these capillaries sit very close to the surface of the skin, making them more noticeable. Both men and women can be affected, but due to hormonal shifts and pregnancy, women are more likely to develop this problem. It usually develops around child-bearing age and can worsen as we age.

What Causes Blotchy Skin?

There are a variety of possible causes of blotchy skin. Chemical skin irritants like the ones found in perfumes, dyes, and detergents can make blotches appear, as can the rubbing of rough fabric against the skin. Dust and animal dander are other examples of skin irritants.

Environmental factors like allergens in the air, extreme hot or cold, and strong winds are also major causes of skin blotches. Genetics, stress and hormones can also play a role in your skin having a blotchy appearance.

Fair skin shows redness and irritation more prominently than dark skin, so those with fairer skin are more susceptible to blotchiness. Women who are experiencing fluctuations in hormone levels are more prone to this issue. One’s genes can also make them more likely to experience it.

What Are Other Causes of Blotchy Skin?

Excessive alcohol consumption and excessive exercise can increase blood pressure, causing the capillaries to dilate and over time, causes these ‘broken capillaries.’

Smoking can cause oxidative stress so that insufficient oxygen reaches the tissues resulting in blocking of the blood vessel, which in turn leads to dilation of the capillaries.

Poor diets affect the body’s ability to regenerate itself. Excessive UV exposure and repeated sunburn break down collagen, making these vessels more visible.

Our Blotchy Skin Treatments

The team at Rao Dermatology provides advanced, medical grade treatments designed to enhance a smoother, firmer, and even-toned complexion. During your consultation at our Edmonton clinic, our skincare experts may recommend the following treatments for your blotchy skin issues:

Chemical Peels
With our chemical peel treatments, you can begin your journey to healthier, more youthful-looking skin with our advanced, non-surgical cosmetic Skinceutical treatments

Without downtime, these customized, medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate the skin to improve a variety of conditions, including hyperpigmentation, acne, signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and many other concerns.

Microdermabrasion
Turn back time with our Microdermabrasion diamond procedure. This advanced facial treatment encourages the production of collagen and elastin tissue, creating a firmer, more youthful facial contour. Your skin will feel and look smoother, more radiant and even.

Our Microdermabrasion procedures are most effective when they are performed as a series of treatments. However, even one treatment can make a huge difference in skin texture and appearance. It provides a full resurfacing effect, so your skin appears younger-looking, softer and more luminous.

What is Intense Pulse Light Treatment?
Intense Pulse Light treatment is a photo rejuvenation treatment that focuses primarily on irregular pigmentation, sun damage, and discoloration or brown spots on the surface of the skin or face. A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent handpiece which is gently placed over the skin.

Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them.

The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health. Dr. Rao has extensive experience and expertise in skin care treatments in Edmonton.

During his consultation with you, he will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.

Sagging Skin

Rejuvenate Sagging Skin

Over time our skin loses its firmness as a result of the aging process and the long-time exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.

Loose and sagging skin is one of the most visible signs of aging and can occur anywhere on the body but people predominantly seek treatment for loose skin on the face, neck, chin, jowls, stomach, arms, buttocks and thighs.

With our powerful skin tightening procedures you can lessen the signs of aging, look years younger and feel great.

Get Rid of Loose Skin Without Surgery

Sagging skin is often one of the first and most noticeable signs of aging that people notice as they get older. Skin that was once smooth and firm slowly loses its definition, becoming lax, lined, and wrinkled.

That excess sagging skin you see in the mirror beneath your face can create the appearance of a double chin, even if you are slim and trim and maintaining a healthy weight.

Saggy skin that hangs off the arms may leave you feeling self-conscious about wearing short sleeves in warmer weather, and a pouch that droops of around the abdomen can make you feel uncomfortable in revealing clothing, or in intimate situations.

Why Does Aging Skin Sag?
Youthful skin is kept firm and supple by the elastin and collagen found in the skin. Collagen, which is produced naturally in the deepest layer of the skin, gives the skin cells the structure necessary for that youthful and tight appearance, while elastin keeps it smooth, flexible, and elastic. As we age, collagen is no longer produced at the same rate, and the decrease in collagen causes the skin to begin losing its firmness and structure.

What Causes Sagging, Lax, Loose Skin?
While gravity does take its toll, there are several other causes of sagging skin:

  • Sun exposure: The invisible ultraviolet rays of the sun penetrate into our skin and damage the elastic fibers that keep skin firm. On-going sun exposure causes wrinkles, and is responsible for sun spots and other pigmented areas on the face, chest hands.
  • Genetics: Regardless of lifestyle choices, some people are simply genetically predisposed to rapidly aging skin, and will notice wrinkles and sagging earlier than others.
  • Significant weight loss: Part of what gives skin its volume and tautness is the fat stored within the skin structure. Anyone who loses a significant amount of weight, particularly in a short period of time, may notice loose and sagging skin when the fat deposits diminish.

Our Sagging Skin Treatments

Rao Dermatology offers multiple methods to counteract loose skin that provides noticeable and long-lasting results including:

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples. The results with dermal fillers are instantaneous and long-lasting (three months to two years). We often use dermal fillers in combination with neuromodulators to achieve the best results since they each have different strengths. Our range of dermal fillers includes Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®.

Laser Skin Resurfacing
By directing short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer, laser resurfacing can not only improve skin elasticity and produce a general tightening effect, but it also has the added benefit of simultaneously improving fine lines and wrinkles.

PRP
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is also known as the Vampire Face Lift. It involves blood being drawn from a patient, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells.

The resulting concentrated solution is enriched in platelets and growth factors. Once this solution is injected into the skin, it can dramatically aid in tissue repair and promote collagen.

Ultherapy
An increasingly popular treatment, Ultherapy is a safe, noninvasive treatment that addresses sagging skin right at its source. By emitting ultrasound waves into the targeted area,

Ultherapy naturally stimulates collagen production while also stimulating the surrounding muscle structure beneath to restore, so you can regain a more youthful appearance.

Book Your Free Consultation

At Rao Dermatology, we are dedicated to finding the best treatment option for your skin. During your consultation, we will get to know you and the unique needs of your skin, and we will work with you to develop a personal treatment that gets results.

Under Eye Bags & Dark Circles

Say Goodbye To Those Dark Circles

Dark circles and under-eye bags can form for a variety of reasons. It can be thinning skin, lack of fat, hyperpigmentation, or even skin conditions like rosacea.

Sometimes, they’re caused from lack of sleep and sometimes they’re simply a result of natural aging. Regardless of their reason for being there, you don’t have to just accept them.

At Rao Derm, we understand what under-eye bags and dark circles can do to your self-confidence. When you want to smooth the skin around your eyes and erase the signs of aging they create, we can help.

Eyebags & Dark Circles

If people keep telling you that you look tired, or if you look in the mirror and find an older, tired-looking person staring back at you, it could be that the dark circles under your eyes are to blame.

Although not getting enough sleep can be a factor in the development of dark circles, a number of other factors contribute to the appearance of the circles, including the thickness of your skin, the size of your blood vessels and pigmentation.

What Causes Dark Circles?
The appearance of under-eye “bags” can be due to a number of factors. Sometimes it is a bit of under-eye fat bulging through, sometimes it is fat loss in the tear trough area below the lower eyelid. Sometimes it is just the way your eyes are anatomically. Some other common causes of dark circles include:

  • Sun Exposure
  • Ageing
  • Lack of sleep
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Allergies
  • Genetics
  • Eczema
  • Irritation

Although there can be many causes of undereye bags, what is important is the realization that there are ways of treating the condition.

Our Undereye Bag Treatments

We offer a number of different procedures that can help address the bags under your eyes including:

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers, sometimes called injectables, are a common cosmetic treatment for under eye bags and dark circles. Injectable serums and facial fillers add volume to saggy areas of skin, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing out extra skin.

Many facial fillers also help fight the signs of aging, boosting the production of collagen and elastin, proteins that help keep your skin healthy and elastic.

While you can use facial fillers to improve under eye bags no matter what their cause, it’s exceptionally effective on dark circles resulting from hyperpigmentation.

Chemical Peels
Our chemical peels give your skin a deep and thorough exfoliation, removing dead and unhealthy skin cells in order to expose the fresh, new skin beneath. When skin is damaged in some way, chemical peels can sometimes eliminate the issue by stimulating new skin growth that comes in clear and healthy.

After your skin heals from the peel treatment, your new skin is stronger and thicker and less likely to form those pesky bags.

IPL Treatments
Although an intense pulsed light or IPL treatment also uses light to rejuvenate the skin and to help remove dark under-eye circles, it’s not the same thing as a laser treatment.

While laser skin resurfacing can help reduce pigmentation and thicken the skin, an IPL treatment is a better option for people who have small blood vessels close to the surface of the skin that are causing dark circles and eye bags.

IPL treatments don’t damage the outer layer of skin the way laser treatments do but will close off any capillaries or vessels just below the skin’s surface, causing them to fade from view. You’ll most likely need several treatments of IPL to get the best results.

Professional Skin Care
Whether your dark circles and under eye bags are mild or severe, they can benefit from a professional skin care regimen. We offer a range of skin care products from a skin care specialist for your specific skin care needs.

With modern, innovative skin care technology, you can find products made with nutrient-rich antioxidants that fight against the signs of aging, improving your skin’s texture and elasticity.

Book Your Free Consultation Now
Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health.

We encourage you to attend a free consultation with Dr. Rao where he will assess your situation and discuss treatment options.

We invite you to experience the rewards of a welcoming environment where you can expect to be listened to, understood, and delighted with the outcome. Use the form below to book your consultation today.

Broken Capillaries & Spider Veins

Get The Clearer Skin You Desire

Broken Capillaries are small blood vessels that appear on the skin’s surface anywhere on the body. They can appear red or purple, and tend to form in clusters.

Not to be confused with varicose veins, broken capillaries or spider veins, because of their web-like appearance, are flat on the skin, not raised.

Luckily, there are ways to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and get the clear skin you desire, including treatment options that are both efficient and non-invasive.

Effective Broken Capillaries Treatments

Tiny broken capillaries (telangiectasia), also referred to as spider veins are small red to purple dilated blood vessels or broken capillaries, often found on the cheeks, forehead, chin and the nose.

Broken capillaries are typically a symptom of rosacea, chronic sun exposure, inflammation/sensitivity, high blood pressure, or aging, and may also be hereditary in nature.

Broken facial capillaries affect both women and men, and they tend to become more numerous and prominent as we age. Many people find these veins undesirable and unattractive, and seek out our laser treatments as a cosmetic correction.

Our spider vein treatments are a quick and effective way to remove broken capillaries and overall skin redness. Once vessels are treated, they will not return, although it is possible that new vessels may form over time, principally if you are prone to getting them.

Our Broken Capillaries Treatments

Our facial veins treatments are nonsurgical and have little downtime, so you can get back to living your life. We can treat facial spider veins using either sclerotherapy, Excel V or broadband light (BBL) also known as IPL. Our proven procedures have made it possible to remove these broken blood vessels safely without scarring.

Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It involves having an injection that will cause the veins to fade or disappear completely. The sclerosing agent is dextrose and saline. The injectable solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over a period of a few weeks, the vessels turn into scar tissue and then fade, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible however some blood vessels are more resistant, requiring additional treatments.

Excel V
Targeting red, purple and blue facial veins, the medical-grade Excel V laser can treat all of your vascular concerns. The system uses a unique high power green laser that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin. This laser heats the abnormal vessels, ultimately restoring normal skin tone and color. In as few as 1 to 3 treatments, unwanted and unsightly vessels and veins are reduced, and symptoms like flushing and blushing are managed.

IPL
A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent handpiece which is gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range allowing it to be customized for different applications and skin types. The laser light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed before the injured tissue is removed by the bodies natural process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will My Face Veins Disappear on Their Own?
Unfortunately, facial veins and capillaries will not disappear on their own. In fact, you will likely see more veins appear as time goes on. Laser treatment is your best option for eliminating them completely, otherwise you can try camouflaging them with makeup.

How Many Treatments are Needed?
The number of treatments required varies with the size and depth of each vein. For the maximum long-term resolution, multiple treatments may be necessary, with the average person needing 3 to 4 treatments. Most people notice significant improvement after one to three treatments.

Does the Laser Treatment Hurt?
Most people say the laser pulse feels like a small rubber band snapping against your skin. Typically our clients do not require medication or an anesthetic; however some opt to use a topical anesthetic.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of facial redness.

We encourage you to attend a free consultation with Dr. Rao where he will assess your situation and discuss treatment options.

We invite you to experience the rewards of a welcoming environment where you can expect to be listened to, understood, and delighted with the outcome. Use the form below to book your consultation today.

Treat Blotchy, Uneven Skin Tone

Treat Blotchy, Uneven Skin Tone

Blotchy skin is a term that is commonly used to describe uneven skin tone. It appears as reddish or red-brown patches and is a combination of concentrated pigment and blood vessel/broken capillaries.

It can be caused by a number of factors including sun damage, acne, rosacea, scarring or pigmentation issues. All of these issues can result in skin that is not blemish or pigment free.

Rao Derm offers a number of solutions to treat blotchy skin including IPL (Intense Pulse Light), non-invasive Laser Genesis and the very effective Sciton Profractional laser treatments.

What Is Blotchy Skin?

Blotchy skin is typically associated with red, sometimes irritated and itchy skin, as well as darker patches of skin that most commonly occur on the face, but can also be found on the neck and other parts of the body. Causes may include stress, genetics, hormones as well as environmental impacts such as UV exposure and changes in seasons (weather extremes) and lifestyle (excessive alcohol and smoking).

Blotchy skin appears as reddish or red-brown patches and is a combination of concentrated pigment and blood vessel/broken capillaries. These broken capillaries, also known as telangiectasia are more likely to happen if you have a dry, thin or sensitive skin or if you suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea or acne. These capillaries sit very close to the surface and are commonly found on the nose and cheek areas, making them more visible.

Blotchy Skin Be a Symptom of Chronic Skin Conditions
Chronic skin conditions can also lead to the appearance of blotchy skin. These include dermatitis, a condition that results in inflammation and an agitated barrier of the skin causing irritation and dryness. Skin appears red, inflamed and dry.

Rosacea is another chronic inflammatory condition that presents as flushing of the skin. Both conditions will give the appearance of blotchy skin. In the case of rosacea, certain triggers can cause skin flushing. Both of these conditions are not preventable but can be managed with appropriate treatments.

What Are Other Causes of Blotchy Skin?

Excessive alcohol consumption, stress, and excessive exercise can raise blood pressure, causing your capillaries to dilate and over time, causes them to become broken capillaries.

Smoking can be another cause of blotchy skin. It causes oxidative stress so that insufficient oxygen reaches the tissues resulting in blocking of the blood vessels, which in turn leads to dilation of the capillaries.

Other cases of blotchy skin include poor diets that can also affect the body’s ability to regenerate itself and excessive UV exposure with repeated sunburn breaking down collagen, making these vessels more visible.

Our Treatments For Blotchy Skin

IPL (Intense Pulse Light)

This treatment is a non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation and collagen stimulation using infrared light.

It offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging, photo damage and especially vascular conditions such as rosacea.

The procedure is ideal for any part of your face, neck, or décolleté which show redness, and telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. It has been recommended for skin discoloration from sun damage and flushing symptoms from rosacea.

Benefits Of IPL

IPL has a wide variety of benefits including:

  • Even skin tone, removal of brown spots and sunspots
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Removal of broken capillaries
  • Refreshed and glowing appearance
  • Tighter skin texture by stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis treatments uses safe, non-invasive laser technology to clear fine lines and diffuse flushing, redness and scarring. A short series of treatments may be recommended for optimal results, and patients will notice an instant improvement following each treatment – without irritation or downtime. By gently and comfortably heating the skin, Laser Genesis stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines and scarring; additional heat helps clear dilated capillaries that cause redness.

Sciton Profractional

The Sciton Profractional procedure is designed to rejuvenate your complexion and treat a variety of skin conditions related to your skin’s quality. The laser can efficiently improve the health of your skin by making microscopic perforations in the tissue, which stimulate your body’s natural healing process.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of aging.

During the consultation process, we will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, we will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.

 

Sun Spot Treatment & Removal

A Radiant, Even Complexion Is Within Your Reach

Entering middle age brings with it a number of benefits, one of which is a clearer complexion. But as outbreaks of acne become a distant memory for most of us, other issues arise that may affect our self-confidence.

Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, granny warts – whatever name you use, these brown pigmented spots, are multiple, flat, discolored areas that appear on the skin and are caused by uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment) as we age.

What Causes Sun Spots

As the name suggests, sun spots typically appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, like the face, neck, hands, arms, and shoulders. Except for wrinkles, sun spots are one of the most telltale signs of a person’s age.

The melanin pigment in our skin absorbs sunlight and helps to protect our skin from UV rays. However, as we age, our skin’s natural ability to fend off UV rays slowly declines, and we see the development of sun spots and other signs of sun damage. They also most commonly occur in light-skinned people who have less melanin pigment that can protect the skin from sun exposure.

Apart from sun damage, a person may develop brown blemishes called melasma. Also referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”, this hyperpigmentation usually presents itself more commonly in pregnant women and patients with darker skin tone. Melasma can be aggravated by the effects of the sun and can often become darker or cover larger facial areas if not treated.

Our recommended prevention, treatment and maintainance approach is crucial to the management of these bothersome discolorations. Prevention with use of vitamin c serums in combination with sunblock is mandatory.

Our Treatment Options For Sun Spots

There are many over-the-counter skin creams that promise to eliminate sun spots, but many of them are typically ineffective. Rao Dermatology in Edmonton offers several different treatment options to minimize or eliminate sun spots including:

Laser Treatments
Our effective Halo laser treatment helps restore your skin’s youthful glow. Over time, sun damage and the body’s natural aging process can cause your skin to have sun spots, fine lines, and it can lose its natural, healthy glow.

Halo is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, combining two lasers in one to take years of damage off of the face, and reveal your inner glow! The Halo laser is the most scientifically advanced treatment for sun damage, pigment, fine lines, texture, and pores, that doesn’t have the downtime of traditional ablative and fractional lasers.

You will see dramatic changes in overall tone, texture discoloration, skin reflectivity, lines, pore size, and glow.

Microdermabrasion
Quick and convenient, microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that works beautifully to reduce the impact of sun damage. A clinical exfoliation method, microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped wand to blow air-driven diamond crystals over your skin, which removes the top layer of sun damaged skin, exposing the smoother, live skin cells beneath. By cleansing, abrading, and exfoliating your skin, microdermabrasion triggers collagen production, minimizes enlarged pores, improves scarring, and evens out skin tone.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Widely known as the “Vampire Facelift,” PRP uses the healing power of your own blood. For PRP treatments, your blood is drawn and put in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells. Afterwards, the platelets are enriched with growth factors then injected into your skin to accelerate tissue repair and stimulate collagen production. Your own platelets provide exceptional healing properties to reverse sun damage, that will help give you glowing, radiant skin again.

Intense Pulse Light
You might think IPL is a strange way to treat for skin damage from sunlight, but Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments are perfect for reversing ultraviolet damage and aging. IPL is a non-ablative (doesn’t cause injury) procedure that uses infrared light to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate collagen production. Improving skin tone and texture from photodamage and vascular conditions (think rosacea), IPL is a great treatment for sun spots as well as red and brown spots as well as tiny veins.

Different filters treat different skin conditions, so IPL can be adjusted to suit your unique skin concerns.

Book Your Consultation Today

Book your consultation with Dr. Rao today. He will take the time to address your specific needs and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the various sun spot removal treatment offered at Rao Dermatology. Also, he will make specific recommendations as to the best sun spot treatment plan for achieving your desired results.

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