Patient Education

Don’t let age affect your personal look! We offer you the best cosmetic dermatology services in the local market. Allow your true beauty to shine through with skincare from the West Valley’s Leading Dermatologists.

Botox

Approved by the FDA, Botox is a purified protein form of the botulism toxin. For decades, it was used to treat eye problems and reduce and soften moderate to severe frown lines. Typically, it is used between the brows, along with the sides of eyes (crow’s feet) and on the forehead. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes and does not require anesthesia. You may return to work immediately. Results are noticeable within days, with maximum effects seen in 7 to 10. Botox relaxes the muscles for three months, after which another treatment is applied to sustain the effects.

Soft Tissue Augmentation

Restylane
Restylane is a dermal filler consisting of hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in the body. Used to fill in facial lines, it is probably the most widely used filler in the world at the present time. Restylane yields longer-lasting results than collagen, which was the gold standard for 20 years. Whereas collagen lasts three months and requires two test doses spaced a month apart, Restylane lasts up to six months and results are noticeable before you even leave the office.
Perlane
Perlane is an FDA-approved dermal filler used to correct facial folds and wrinkles. Once injected into the skin, Perlane attracts and binds molecules of water to maintain volume. Also, composed of hyaluronic acid, the skin smoothing effects of Perlane injections typically last up to six months.
Radiesse
Radiesse is made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a natural gel. The microspheres support and stimulate the growth of your own collagen. Over time, they break down and are safely absorbed by your body. Although Radiesse yields longer-lasting results than Restylane, the procedure requires a larger needle. Don’t let the needle scare you, however. An anesthetic can be added to the product for enhanced comfort. In an FDA-approved clinical study, Radiesse Volumizing Filler was proven to significantly reduce treatment-related pain when combined with the anesthetic, lidocaine. In fact, 90% of patients reported significant pain reduction.
Juvederm
As we age, our skin changes. The natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish and changes form. With help from a dermatologist and JuvĂ©derm injectable gel, you don’t have to just sit back and let it happen. Juvederm is the only hyaluronic acid filler that lasts up to 1 year and is FDA-approved. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps add volume and hydration. Your dermatologist eases Juvederm under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your smile lines or nasolabial folds. Juvederm provides a smooth, natural look and feel so everyone will notice, but no one will know. In fact, studies show superior results of Juvederm compared to collagen-based dermal fillers.

Candela vBeam Laser Treatment

Candela Vbeam offers Pulsed Dye Laser treatment for redness of the face and neck, rosacea, sun or age spots, face and leg veins, freckles, scars and stretch marks, warts, psoriasis, port wine stains, and more. This safe, non-invasive procedure offers a non-surgical solution to many skin diseases and conditions.
Does it Hurt?
No anesthetics are required for this type of treatment. Most patients will feel a slightly warm or tingling sensation during treatment. Additionally, the skin is protected by Candela’s dynamic cooling method while being treated.
Is PDL Treatment Safe?
Yes. This treatment has been successfully used since the 1980s for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks in young children and infants.
Are Results Permanent?
Permanent results depend on many factors such as the condition being treated, or the lifestyle of the patient. For example, a patient that has sun spots removed yet continues to spend time in the sun without adequate skin protection will most likely develop sun spots again.
How soon will I see results?
Most patients notice results immediately. While results may vary based on condition, results will be noticeable after just a few treatments.
Are there any side effects?
Some patients experience redness or mild swelling in the treated area immediately after treatment. These side effects usually disappear after a few hours.

Our Mohs Micrographic Surgeons are Board Certified and Fellowship Trained

What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is an outpatient, specialized surgical technique to remove skin cancer. The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (clear margins).
What Is Unique About Mohs?
There are two primary advantages. First, by using the microscope to examine the tissue, the surgeon is better able to ensure that all cancer cells have been removed. In fact, this procedure has the highest cure rate of all skin cancer treatments. Second, because only cancerous tissue is removed.
What Types of Skin Cancer Are Treated by Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer treated by Mohs surgery. These tumors start at the uppermost portion of the skin and can spread along the skin and downward. Fortunately, these two cancers do not usually spread to other areas of the body.
What Happens the Day of Surgery?
After the tumor and surrounding skin have been completely numbed with local anesthesia, the visible portion of the tumor is surgically removed. The tissue is then taken to our laboratory and processed where the physician uses a microscope to see if any cancer cells remain. If no cancer cells are seen, the surgeon will repair the wound with stitches (or allow the wound to heal if stitches are not needed.) If any cancer cells have been left behind, the surgeon will go back and remove additional tissue. This process is repeated as many times as necessary to ensure complete removal of the tumor.
The length of the surgery depends on the extent of the skin cancer, but usually takes between 3 to 4 hours. Occasionally surgery takes longer, so we ask that you come prepared to spend the day. Much of the time will be spent waiting for the tissue to be processed in the lab. Bring reading material and whatever else will help keep you comfortable while you are with us. Wi-fi is available in the Sun City West location.
Will I Need Stitches?
Many, but not all wounds, require stitches for optimal healing. Our goal is to give you the best cosmetic and functional result possible. Some wounds require more complicated procedures such as “flaps” or “grafts” while others do best if left to heal on their own. Your doctor will recommend the best option following removal of the tumor. Sutures are usually removed in 1-2 weeks.
Will I Have A Scar?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “scarless” surgery. However, we are trained in facial and aesthetic reconstruction and our goal is to make your scar as undetectable as possible. The size of the scar often depends on the size of the tumor.
Do I Need A Driver?
Yes. Surgery anywhere on the face can often lead to temporary swelling around the eyes making it difficult to see. Additionally, a 24-hour pressure dressing will be placed over the surgical site, which can sometimes make it difficult for glasses to rest properly. Additionally, if you are nervous the day of surgery, a medication to help you relax can be provided, but only if you have a driver to take you home. Out of concern for your safety, we ask that you bring a driver with you or make arrangements for someone to pick you up.
Should I Take My Medications?
Yes. Continue all your prescribed medications unless we specifically tell you otherwise prior to surgery. In general, we do not recommend that you stop taking any blood thinners such as aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix. If there are special circumstances where these need to be stopped, we will notify you.
DO NOT DISCONTINUE BLOOD THINNERS UNLESS DIRECTED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN.
Can I Eat Before Surgery?
Yes. Unless specifically told otherwise, you may eat a normal meal prior to surgery. It is also a good idea to bring snacks as you may be in the office for several hours.
Are There Activity Restrictions After Surgery?
Yes. Physical activity, including sports and exercise, are often restricted following the surgery. If your job requires heavy lifting or physical exertion, you may need to plan to be off for a few days. Your doctor will give you specific instructions at the time of surgery.
Will I Have Pain After Surgery?
Mild to moderate pain is normal for a day or two following surgery. It generally responds to over the counter Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or ice packs. Do not use Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, or Motrin in the first 12-24 hours after surgery as they can cause bleeding. If Tylenol is not sufficient to control pain, please contact the office or after-hours line provided.
Important Reminders

  • If you need to change or cancel your appointment please call as soon as possible. Get a good night of sleep.
  • Take your medications as usual. Eat breakfast.
  • Arrange a driver to take you home.
  • Do not consume excessive alcohol for 48 hours prior to or after surgery. Do not plan social events 1-2 weeks after surgery.
  • Bring a sweater or jacket as the rooms can be cold. Bring an updated list of your medications.

Bring your insurance information.

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