Lamprobe and Cryosurgery
Both Lamprobe and Cryosurgery help remove minor skin abnormalities. Cryosurgery is liquid nitrogen which is sprayed onto the lesion to remove it. Lamprobe works using a combination of radio and high frequency currents. Your aesthetician will determine which procedure is best for removing your specific lesion, but generally lamprobe is best suited for removal of cherry angiomas, small facial veins and sebaceous hyperplasia. Cryosurgery works well for liver, age and brown spots, skin tags, seborrheic keratosi and acitinic keratoses.
Keratoses refer to the excess production of keratinized cells. Keratoses are soft or hard keratinized cells and appear in different forms:
Seborrheic Keratosis: These are benign skin lesions that appear warty, pigmented (yellowish to black), scaly, and somewhat flat in shape. They are most common on the back, face, scalp and chest and differ from acitinic keratosis which are more red in color, and scaly.
Acitinic Keratosis: These are flat hyperpigmented lesions (liver spots) that appear dry, hard and rough in texture. They are commonly found in sun-exposed areas (face, arms, legs and back of hands). These lesions are also commonly found on people who are often in the sun.
Fibromas: These are benign tumors that can be flat or raised, and of any size. A skin tag is a small fibroma. They are commonly found on the neck and chest areas, and constant friction from necklaces or shirts can contribute to their formation in these areas. They can also be found on the eyelids.
These lesions are associated with sebum, the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands.
Milias: These are plugs of sebum that have become embedded probably due to poor skin exfoliation, or having very oily or very dry skin. They can also occur during the healing of traumatic scars. Milias are commonly found on the forehead and cheeks.
Sebaceous Hyperplasia: Chronic sun damage contributes towards these lesions resulting in enlarged sebaceous glands. They appear as a soft, yellowish papule with a cauliflower-like or doughnut-shaped appearance. They are usually solitary and appear on the forehead and cheeks, and they often have a rough texture.
Xanthelasma (cholesterol deposits) These are soft yellowish plaques of lipids usually found around the eye area. They are very tiny to medium in size and some may be raised.
They appear in different forms, and when present excessively, can give the skin a reddish complexion. They may be hereditary, or caused from any constant exposure to excessive blood stimulation such as alcohol, caffeine, hot drinks, physical exertion, excessive spicy foods, high blood pressure, medications, and sun exposure. Vascular lesions are more noticeable in fair skinned individuals.
Telangiestasia (broken capillaries) These tiny, superficial dilated blood vessels appear as red wavy lines on the skin, particularly around the nose, cheeks, or decolletage. Constant blood stimulation causes the thin elastic walls of the capillaries to eventually break.
When they are small, bright red dots with radiating threads, they are called spider nevi.
Hemangiomas (angiomas, ruby points or blood spots) Hemangiomas are minor vascular abnormalities of the skin found on the face, neck chest or back. Cherry angiomas are bright red to purple dots of blood. In children, they are called strawberry hemangiomas and appear raised, red and soft with a strawberry-like lobule but usually disappear in adulthood.
PRE- AND POST-CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
No over exposure to the sun for 2 weeks before treatment
No over exposure to the sun for 2-4 weeks post-treatment
No Retin-A, Retinol, Tazorac or tretinoin for 1 week before treatment
No self-tanners 1 week before treatment
No blood thinners 1 week before treatment