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Treatment of Acne Scars

January 10th, 2011

Acne scarring is the devastating and difficult to treat consequence of active acne.  Some people seem more prone to develop this problem and scarring often occurs when acne involves the deeper layers of skin.

Essentially the causes are two fold:  the inflammation that occurs during the acne process and the skin’s attempts to repair the damage.  Some scars are depressed and called atrophic, while some involve increased tissue formation, which are referred to as hypertrophic or even keloid scars.

Some people call the red, purple or brown areas that develop after an acne lesion scars.  These will often fade with time.

People with darker skin usually develop pigmentation at sites of inflammation when active acne lesions have resolved.  These areas may take up to 18 months to fade.

It is important to classify the atrophic type scars (loss of tissue), because they may be treated differently.

  1. Ice pick scars.  These are found most commonly on the cheeks.  They are very tight small depressed scars.
  2. Boxcar scars.  These scars have steep angular slopes.  They most often occur on the cheeks and temples.
  3. Rolling scars.  They are characterized by a wave appearance.

Treatment options involve the use of fractionated laser devices to stimulate synthesis of and to remodel dermal collagen  (the structural protein in the skin).  Sometimes surgery is needed for some scars.  Dermal fillers may also be used to add volume to a depressed scar.

Treatment of acne scars is most often a combination of treatments (i.e.lasers, surgery and dermal fillers) and should be considered a project over time to obtain the best results.

Maintenance treatments for acne scarring, will often include the topical application of a group of substances called Retinoids.  These treatments help to reduce further acne and to provide ongoing skin stimulation.

Thank you for reading and please join me next time, when I will discuss a simple and gentle polishing tool for the skin, called Microdermabrasion.


November 26th, 2010

Are you looking for an safe and easy way to naturally plump your lips? In the third episode of my vlog series of postings, I discuss our amazing mini lip injection procedure.
I have performed this safe and simple procedure over a thousand times, always using top quality hyaluronic fillers resulting in great success. Please learn more by watching the video or contact my office to book your consultation today.

The Last “D” of Deterioration. Descent or Droopiness of the Skin.

November 22nd, 2010

During our youth our face is full, rounded and the skin is firm. As we age, we gradually lose these features and our face descends or moves “south”. Laxity of the skin develops around the eyes. Hooding of the upper lid begins. We notice jowling along the jaw line. The neck skin becomes looser and crepiness becomes prominent. Adding volume with dermal fillers helps to support some of the laxity.

To actually firm the skin, tightening procedures need to be considered. An excellent option to improve the laxity is a procedure known as Thermalift or more commonly referred to as Thermage. The Thermage treatment uses high energy radio frequency to gently heat the collagen in our skin. The heat stimulates an increased synthesis of the structural protein collagen and tightens the skin in three dimensions. The result is a firmer and thicker skin, all occuring with no surgery involved.

Thermage is performed around the world and has an excellent safety record. The results generally occur over a six month period, however many people notice tightening the day of the treatment. If you are under sixty years old and have up to moderate laxity of your skin you are likely a very good candidate for this procedure. Thermage can also be used to treat laxity of the arms, the chest and the abdomen. Thermage is another part of the combination approach to achieve the best results.

In summary, for maximum benefit to non-surgically improve aging skin, a treatment plan combining Botox, Dermal Fillers, Intense Pulsed Light (Photorejuvenation), Thermage and possibly fractionated laser resurfacing would be optimal.

Thank you for tuning in. Join me next time, when I will discuss the treatment of acne.

The Beauty of Combination Treatments

September 3rd, 2010

Aging is a natural process for all of us.  With each decade of our life our skin changes.  These natural aging changes can be influenced by sun exposure, diet, lifestyle, stress and of course our genetic heritage.  Youthful faces are easy to spot.  Typically a young face displays a firm, full soft roundness with a very pleasing light reflection.  Over time our skin loses collagen, the structural protein and hyaluronic acid, the long chain sugar molecule that contributes to the support of our skin.

A combination of factors contribute to the three D’s of aging: 

  • Deterioration (fine lines, wrinkles and textural changes)
  • Descent (droopiness or sagging skin)
  • Deflation(loss of fullness or volume). 

Many cosmetic procedures and products target only one of these three D’s, however, new treatment combinations can address all three.

One excellent combination treatment involves Botox and Dermal Fillers.  Botox is used to relax the unwanted lines of facial expression and to smooth the skin (i.e. the frown, crow’s feet and forehead muscles).  The effect of Botox is much enhanced with the addition of Dermal Fillers.  Like the Luscious Lips procedure that I discussed before,  Fillers provide volume to areas that have deflated or hollowed.  The upper cheek and the area below the eyes are typical places where we see deflation.  Performed skillfully the combination of Botox and Fillers can create a natural and more youthful appearance.  The end result is that you look better for your age but not overdone.  The best comment that you want to elicit from others is:  “Gee you look great”, not  “My goodness what have you done!”

These are procedures that can be safely done by an experienced and well-trained physician.

Join me next time when I will talk about treatments to improve the first D:  Deterioration – fine lines, textural changes and even scars.  Another part to the beauty of combination treatments.

Luscious Lips

August 9th, 2010

Dr. Lee Thompson Mini Lip Injection

Lips are very commonly volumized or plumped up with a variety of different dermal fillers.  One of the commonest and safest fillers used are the hyaluronic fillers.  These are natural substances that are actually long chain sugar molecules.  They are present throughout your body and provide volume to your skin and lubrication for your joints.  These fillers are sold in Canada under the brand names Restylane, Juvederm and Teosyal. The material is prepared as a clear gel.
Research has shown that many people were unhappy with lip injections and would be hesitant about having their lips done again.  The concerns were consistent – too painful, an overdone look and too costly.  A relatively new method of delivering these products and addressing the various concerns is the mini lip procedure.  It is quite simply the best way to provide people with a predictably comfortable experience.  Lips never look over done.
The mini lip injection is performed using a very fine needle.  Lips look instantly amazing and always appear natural.  I now use this lip procedure exclusively.  I have performed the procedure over a thousand times.  Lastly and very importantly the mini lip is affordable starting at $159.00 per mini.  The effects in most people seem to last between two and five months.