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IPL
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used in photo-rejuvenation for the skin and hair removal treatments. Broad Band Light (BBL) is essentially the same thing as IPL and is used in the same way. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is not actually a laser. IPL emits a non coherent, broad spectrum light, rather than a monochromatic single wavelength like a laser. Basically lasers have one wavelength ( for example: 800nm) with a very specific target, and IPL uses a wide spectrum of wavelengths at the same time (for example: 500nm — 1200nm) that can target any chromophore in that range. You can think of the laser like a sniper that can precisely hit a single target with one shot, and IPL is like a grenade that hits several targets at once.
IPL

IPL uses special filters that block unwanted wavelengths. The filters can be changed to “cut off” the shorter wavelengths. The appropriate filter will depend on the depth of the intended target.

intense pulsed light

The cut off for the wavelength at the deeper end is predetermined, but can vary with each devise.

For example: Lumenis One has a wavelength of 515 – 1200nm,
and has 7 filters: 515, 560, 590,615, 640,695, and 755.
The 515 filter would block out wavelengths above and below 515nm – 1200nm, while the 560 filter would block out wavelengths above and below 560 -1200nm. The deeper wavelength, in this case 1200nm remains the same, while the “cut-off” filter can be changed to block out specific shorter wavelengths.

Each devises may use different wavelengths.
Sciton BBl: 420 -1400nm
Lumenis One: 515-1200nm
iPulse 1200: 530 – 1200nm
LimeLight: 520 – 1100nm
E-Light: 470-980nm
Cynergy XPL: 560 -950nm

ipl vs laser

[ Read more about Aesthetic Lasers ]

SELECTIVE TARGET

IPL is well absorbed by chromophores that have color such as melanin, hemoglobin. The concentration of a specific chromophore peaks at different depths in the skin. The filter used in treatment is decided based on the depth of a desired target and the color of skin. A deeper cut off filter would be used for hair removal, while a shallow filter would be used when treating vascular issues such as rosacea. It is important to remember that IPL targets color in the skin, so tanning must be avoided before treatment. Patients with darker skin should seek treatment from someone experienced in treating their skin type, to avoid complications. IPL treatments can provide beautiful results, but can also cause serious burns. It is the patients responsibility to choose an experienced professional, be honest about sun exposure and follow all pre and post treatment instructions.

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Read MoreJanuary 10, 2011 3:33 pm - Posted by Kristy


Best of Both Worlds Az’s Stephanie and Kristy: by local artist Josh Keating

Josh Keating is a local Arizona artist that has been drawing since he could pick up a pencil to draw. He’s been professionally drawing caricatures for parties and events since 2003 and is still going strong today. He is currently featured in North Scottsdale Times as the artist of the month on page 35. He has three of his Napa Valley murals in the new wine bar at Fry’s Food on the corner of Shea and Tatum blvd. If you want to book Josh Keating to draw caricatures for your next party or event you can contact him at www.personalcartoonist.com or call him at 602.510.3689. Josh can also paint custom murals for your business, office, and childrens’ room.

custom mural

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Read MoreNovember 17, 2010 1:36 pm - Posted by Stephanie

girl with freckles

There are many people that have embraced their freckles and love them, while others would prefer spotless skin.

Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin, ranging in color from red, tan and brown. Some people have a genetic tendency to develop freckles, however sun exposure is the main cause of freckles. Freckles generally appear on sun-exposed areas, and will appear darker or more prominent after sun exposure. Ephelides is a freckle which is flat, light brown or red, and fades when protected from UV light. Ephelides are more common in those with light complexions. Liver spots (also known as sun spots and Lentigines) are freckles that develop after years of sun exposure, and are more prominent with age.

If You Want To Remove Freckles

The best way to remove freckles is to have a series of photofacial treatments, combined with bleaching creams containing 4% hydroquinone and tretinoin (Retin-A). A good UVA/UVB sunblock is also recommended, because UV exposure will make freckles more prominent.

Photafacial (Fotofacial) uses IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to treat skin discoloration, redness and broken capillaries. There generally isn’t any down time associated with IPL treatments, however pigmented spots will appear darker temporarily. After a photofacial any freckles or pigmented lesions will darken up and flake off. It can take up to two weeks for spots to flake off. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the skin condition.

photofacial, freckles
Photofacial / IPL Treatments

If You Like Your Freckles

If you are not concerned with removing freckles you can use lightening and brightening products. These products brighten the skin without removing freckles. Freckles will fade slightly, but will not go away.

Obagi C rx
OBAGI C-RX System
If you love your freckles, you may want to skip the Therapy Night Cream from this system. The Therapy Night cream has a 4% hydroquinone, which will further fade freckles and pigmentation. The Clarifying Serum also has a 4% hydroquinone, however this C- serum is only used in the morning and is not enough to eliminate freckles. The Clarifying Serum is great for anyone that wants brighten their skin tone, and still keep their freckles.
is clinical white lightening

iS Clinical White Lightening Complex
Brightens and lightens skin with beneficial moisturizing properties. Utilizing an innovative blend of proprietary lightening ingredients and pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, this high performance formula exfoliates, reduces inflammation, and provides strong antioxidant protection.
White Lightening Complex will brighten the skin, and freckles will fade, but not go away completely.

Prevent Freckles

To prevent freckles, you need to use a good sunblock. I recommend a UVA/ UVB sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher. I also recommend sunblocks with Zinc, because it is a broad band physical block. SPF only measure UVB protection, and even if a product is labeled to have UVA protection, it may not protect from the full UVA spectrum. Topical Vitamin C ( L- ascorbic acid) can also help prevent sun damage because it neutralizes UV radiation.

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Read MoreNovember 16, 2010 11:25 am - Posted by Kristy

Bacne is the slang term for back acne, this condition can be painful and cause scaring. Both men and women get back acne, however it is most severe in teenage boys and athletes. Back acne is sometimes referred to as athletic acne. Tight fitting cloths and athletic gear trap perspiration, allowing P. acne bacteria to proliferate. Steroids can also contribute to acne. Bacne can range from very mild to severe and treatment protocols are designed appropriately. I strongly recommend professional treatment for back acne, as there are acne products that should not be used together or contraindicated for some people.

In-office Treatments

Chemical peels can be customized to treat acne and PIH ( post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) I find that customized peels are a very effective treatment for back acne.

Back facials can include extractions, acne treatment masks, and topical medications.

Microdermabrasion is appropriate for mild to moderate acne, however treating over pustules, cysts and inflamed skin is contraindicated.

Cryotherapy, also called Co2 slush or acne slush, has been used in dermatology for over a quarter of a century. Co2 slush is created at the time of treatment, liquid Co2 is made into a “snow” ball and wrapped in gauze or cheese cloth and then dipped into acetone. The “slush” is the lightly swiped over the treated areas.

Blue Light RF Acne Treatment

The combined energies of elōs™— natural photodynamic therapy (blue spectrum) with radio frequency (RF) — enable highly selective targeting of the sebaceous glands and acne bacteria. Pulsed Light together with RF energies reduce sebaceous gland activity while blue light simultaneously destroys active acne. Blue light treatment isn’t painful and has no down time.

Home Care


You may be prescribed: Oral antibiotics, Topical antibiotics, or Retin-A ( tretinoin).


Clarisonic developed the sonic technology proven to gently yet effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear your pores. The Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. In just 60 seconds a day, the micro-massage action cleans more than twice as effectively as manual cleansing.

I usually recommend that you apply the Bioglycolic scrub, and leave it on for a few minutes before you wash it off. This will allow the glycolic acid time to penetrate.

Resurfacing Body Scrub combines glycolic acid and polished granules in order to provide an aggressive but safe approach for reaching a noticeably improved level of body skin rejuvenation. This formulation enables patients to immediately address roughened or calloused areas while enhancing overall smoothness and tone. Patients will experience unparalleled softness and results will only increase with continued use.

Obagi Clenziderm M.D. is a 3- step physician dispensed acne treatment. Step #1 is a Foaming cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, to remove excess sebum and cleans skin. Step #2 is Pore Therapy with 2% salicylic acid to help unclog pores, and menthol to remove surface bacteria. Step #3 Serum gel is a 5% solubilized benzoyl peroxide to reduce P. acne bacteria.

Kill acne-causing bacteria and bring back beautiful, healthy-looking skin with the easy-to-use ANSR: BEAM. Just two treatments a day can effectively treat and prevent acne blemishes without side effects. Only the ANSR: BEAM has two light treatments in one device:
BLUE light to kill acne-causing bacteria
RED light to smooth texture and tone, reduce redness and pore size

All of the products and services listed are available at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
Call to schedule a treatment or free consultation. 480 421-1701

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic/ Shapiro Plastic Surgery
480 421-1701
www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com

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Read MoreAugust 31, 2010 9:09 pm - Posted by Kristy