What is hyperpigmentation and how do I treat it?

What is hyperpigmentation and how do I treat it?
Your skin is your largest organ. My goal is to educate my patients so they develop a healthy relationship with their skin. Ideally as a nurse I want to treat my patient’s skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation but I also strive to educate preventive measures as well. Patient knowledge is power.

The undisputed #1 cause of premature aging is “sun damage”. It is responsible for dry, wrinkly skin and often will lead to “hyperpigmentation.” Are you wondering what is hyperpigmentation? Melanin is a pigment that is secreted by melanocytes. This pigment gives human hair, skin and eyes their color, based on thousands of years of adapting to a certain geographic location. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people. The skin is made up of several layers: the hypodermis (inner), the dermis (middle), and the epidermis (outer). The outer-most layer, the epidermis, is where the melanocytes are producing the melanin resulting in the color of the skin. When Melanin is in over production mode it causes the skin to react and hyper pigment.

The body’s natural sun protectant is melanin. Melanocytes are triggered when exposed to UV rays to produce more melanin. A "tan" is how your skin protects itself. However, that glow is far from healthy as it is damaged skin which can surface later as freckles, age spots, crepe/wrinkled and splotchy patches of hyperpigmentation.

IPL-(Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is a photo rejuvenation laser treatment and is most commonly used for:

  • Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.
  • Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
  • Helping to control flushing which is the temporary redness of the skin from rosacea.
  • It also has the added benefit of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and minimizes pore size by temporarily reducing oiliness.

IPL or photo rejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, commonly spaced three to six weeks apart. The benefits of IPL are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk. Thus giving you back your clear skin tone.

Let me help turn back the clock on sun damaged skin. Call today for your free consultation and we will assess the right treatment plan for you.

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Author: Raquel Merlini, RN
Phone: 248-524- 0620
Michael J. Schenden, MD, PC
201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084

Say Goodbye to your Double Chin!

If your double chin leaves you feeling down, we offer a product to dissolve away your excess chin. Kybella® is the first and only FDA approved prescription medicine aimed to improve the appearance and profile of the moderate to severe fat below the chin (double chin). Kybella is made of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once the fat is broken down it leaves the body through your natural metabolism.

The treatment itself is done in our office with a series of injections spaced approximately six weeks apart. Most people need at least 2-3 treatments (maximum of 6). Downtime is minimal and you can resume your normal daily activities after the procedure. The most common side effect is swelling. This can last anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. Remember this procedure is no incisions, no stitches, and no scars.

If you are tired of your double chin and do not want corrective surgery, this may be the best option for you. To find out more and see if you would be a good candidate for Kybella please call and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kroese. 248-524- 0620

For additional information:

Doctor’s name: Dr. Clarissa Kroese, DO

Phone number: 248-524- 0620

Practice Website: drclarissakroese

Address: 201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084

ARACHNOPHOPIA

by Dr. Clarissa Kroese. DO, Aesthetic Medicine

Maybe it’s not really spiders you’re afraid of, but possibly it’s those unsightly spider veins that look scary…..

Let’s talk about spider veins (medically know as Telangectasias) for a second. Spider veins are red and purple blood vessels that occur in patches usually on the legs but can appear other places as well. They are often genetic, but can also be hormonally induced. They may be associated with pregnancy and menstruation or develop when you spend a lot of time on your feet.

Spiders veins do not pose a serious health threat. They can, however, cause localized burning, pain, aching, and discomfort. Mostly they are a cosmetic concern to most women who develop them. If you would like to rid yourself of these tiny pest, we can help. Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate spider veins. It involves an injection of a safe solution directly into the vein. The tiny vessels scar and will fade from view. The procedure can be completed in our office, is minimally invasive and has almost no downtime.

Now is the perfect time to rid yourself of spider veins and be ready for vein free/ beautiful legs this summer. Call our office today for your free consultation at 248-524-0620.

For additional information:
Doctor’s Name: Dr Clarissa Kroese, DO, Aesthetic Medicine
Consultation Contact: Margaret Randall
Phone number: 248.524.0620
Practice/Website: Dr. Michael J. Schenden, MD – www.DrSchenden.com
Address: 201 W. Big Beaver Rd Ste 1130, Troy MI 48084

What are the “breast” options? – Breast Augmentation MI

Enhancing your breast line can enhance your life – what are your options?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures because it allows women to increase the volume and size of the breasts to best match their goals and body type. Breast implants can be filled with silicone gel or a saline solution, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes; these choices allow the patient to determine the profile and tailor it to the look they are going for – high profile or more natural?

Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) on the other hand is used to treat breast sagging – which naturally occurs due to pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss and aging. A breast lift normally consists of the removal of excess skin and tightening the skin. Additionally, it can be combined with a breast augmentation in order to regain volume.

Breast reduction surgery is performed when a woman has excessively large breasts which can cause neck, back and shoulder pain. Breast reduction surgery helps by drastically reducing the breast size and removing excess skin so that your breasts are more proportionate to the body frame/size.

Regaining confidence and femininity is invaluable to most women which is why it is important to consider all of the options before making a decision regarding breast surgery.

For More Information on Breast Augmentation in Michigan visit our website or call (248) 524-0620 .