The Oregon Medical Group Dermatology office of Dr. Todd Knapp offers a variety of laser skin treatments performed by our trained RNs.
Cherry angiomas are those skin growths that can occur at any part of the body. This condition of skin simetimes cause bumps on the skin quite a few times in a group. Cherry angioma are benign angiokeratomas that appear as tiny pin-point red papules, especially on the trunk, and increase with age. No treatment is required. Cherry angiomas are benign, fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body but usually develop on the trunk.
There are tiny red blood vessels running along parts of the face just under the surface of the skin. If they dilate, they can become noticeable. Also known as spider veins or broken capillaries, the medical term for them is telangiectasias. They frequently appear around the nose, chin and cheeks. These facial capillaries may look like a series of lines, tree branches or a spider- or web-like shape, with a red or blue color. While most cases of facial capillaries are of no medical concern, many patients dislike the appearance of them when they develop in visible areas.
Laser treatment, commonly in the form of pulsed dye and pulsed green lasers, are effective in reducing the appearance of telangiectasias and restoring skin to a smoother look and feel. Laser treatments are highly effective and minimally invasive, offering aesthetically-pleasing results without painful or lengthy downtimes.
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Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid electrolysis, hair waxing, chemical hair removers or plucking for four to six weeks prior to treatment. Also, any hair should be shaved, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils on its surface before laser treatment.
Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a skin condition in which brown patches occur primarily on the cheekbones, forehead and upper lip. It also may develop on the nose chin, lower cheeks and sides of the neck. The dark patches usually have distinct edges. Melasma is seen most frequently in young women taking birth control pills and also occurs commonly during pregnancy. It may develop in association with menopause, hormonal imbalance and ovarian disorders.
Photo Aging (Sun Damage)
Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a chronic (long-term) skin disease that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the face. Other areas that can be affected are the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Sometimes, rosacea affects the eyes.
Those afflicted with rosacea may first notice a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition can occur over a long period of time and often progresses to a persistent redness, pimples and visible blood vessels in the center of the face that can eventually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose.
Since rosacea causes facial swelling and redness, it is easily confused with other skin conditions, such as acne and sunburn. For this reason, rosacea is known as the 'great pretender', and often incorrectly referred to as 'adult acne'.
Stretch marks or striae (singular stria), as they are called in dermatology, are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, and over time can diminish but not disappear completely.
Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy or muscle building) that overcomes the dermis's elasticity. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, muscle building etc. Although stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy and obesity, they can also develop during rapid muscle growth.
A venous lake (which are also known as "Phlebectases") is an asymptomatic generally solitary, soft, compressible, dark blue to violaceous, 0.2- to 1-cm papule commonly found on sun-exposed surfaces of the vermilion border of the lip, face and ears. Lesions generally occur among the elderly.