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Winter Skin Care Routine

The winter in Northeast Ohio can be harsh on the skin. The lack of humidity in the air, wind and cold temperatures can make our skin appear dry and dull. Even worse, it can cause cracked hands, rashes and itching. Many skin products that we use in the summer just won’t give the same results in the winter. Here are some tips to help your skin survive the winter. Tip #1 Use a cleanser that does not dry out your skin. Harsh antibacterial soaps can strip the skin of oils and disrupt the skins natural barrier. Mild fragrance free-soaps that moisturize are preferable. Newer cleansing oils such as Bioderma are also very effective. Tip #2 Take shorter showers. Showers should be 10 minutes or less so that excessive hot water doesn’t strip the skin of essential oils. It is also better to keep the temperature of the water warm rather

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Candela V Beam

The Candela Vbeam® Laser is a pulsed dye laser, which delivers an intense burst of yellow light to the skin (wavelength 595 nm). This wavelength of light is absorbed by hemoglobin, which is in red blood cells. Because blood vessels are filled with red blood cells, laser light can be specifically absorbed in these areas, to diminish or fade the vessels, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The blood vessels are coagulated and reabsorbed by the body. The Vbeam® Laser has a unique cooling device, which sprays a cooling mist onto the skin with each laser pulse, protecting the epidermis (the top layer of the skin), and increasing comfort. In addition to hemoglobin, melanin, the pigment in the skin, absorbs the 595 nm wavelength of light. If lasering a pigmented brown spot on the skin is desired, a special hand piece is used. This hand piece compresses the blood away

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Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis – also known as AK — is a pre-cancerous condition that presents as small patches on areas of the skin that have been heavily exposed to the sun. These patches may be red, rough, flaky, scaly or even appear as sores. The use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) can help destroy pre-cancerous cells without harming healthy tissues. PDT uses a combination of photosensitizing drugs and light to target cancer and cancer-causing cells. Treatment is usually administered over the course of several light therapy sessions. Did you know… that people with naturally light or fair skin are more likely to develop actinic keratosis? Chances of developing the condition increase with age and increased sun exposure. Although AK can occur anywhere on the body, the head, neck, arms, hands and lower legs are most likely to be affected. Frequently Asked Questions Do I need photodynamic therapy for my actinic keratosis? You

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Leg Veins

Unsightly and painful leg veins are a common problem for men and women; however, every patient circulation is not the same.  Dr Woods collaborates with Dr. Schmetterer so that they can offer a comprehensive evaluation as well as ultrasound vein mapping in order to determine if your vein problem is superficial or deep.  Treatments can be tailored to meet your cosmetic goals as well to improve your circulatory health.  Sclerotherapy is used to treat superficial veins and small varicose veins on the surface of the skin.  Patients with larger varicose veins may require surgical removal or ambulatory phlebectomy. Fortunately, Dr Schmetterer can perform ambulatory phlebectomy with very small, practically invisible incisions. To help the overall health of the legs, some patients may require fixing veins that have abnormal valves using a procedure called endovenous ablation.  This procedure is done in the office and takes about an hour.  If abnormal valves are found on

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Skin Surgery

Removing benign growths, such as moles, skin tags, cysts, lipomas, warts, milia, warts and many other kinds, is a necessary service for many.   Many of these growths become unsightly or are bothersome. Fortunately, most benign growths can be removed using fast and easy methods such as freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), electrocautery, pulse dye laser, or shave excisions.   We are pleased to be able to remove these benign lesions in a cosmetic fashion with as short a healing time as possible.

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Winter Skin Care Routine

The winter in Northeast Ohio can be harsh on the skin. The lack of humidity in the air, wind and cold temperatures can make our skin appear dry and dull. Even worse, it can cause cracked hands, rashes and itching. Many skin products that we use in the summer just won’t give the same results in the winter. Here are some tips to help your skin survive the winter. Tip #1 Use a cleanser that does not dry out your skin. Harsh antibacterial soaps can strip the skin of oils and disrupt the skins natural barrier. Mild fragrance free-soaps that moisturize are preferable. Newer cleansing oils such as Bioderma are also very effective. Tip #2 Take shorter showers. Showers should be 10 minutes or less so that excessive hot water doesn’t strip the skin of essential oils. It is also better to keep the temperature of the water warm rather

Read More »

Candela V Beam

The Candela Vbeam® Laser is a pulsed dye laser, which delivers an intense burst of yellow light to the skin (wavelength 595 nm). This wavelength of light is absorbed by hemoglobin, which is in red blood cells. Because blood vessels are filled with red blood cells, laser light can be specifically absorbed in these areas, to diminish or fade the vessels, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The blood vessels are coagulated and reabsorbed by the body. The Vbeam® Laser has a unique cooling device, which sprays a cooling mist onto the skin with each laser pulse, protecting the epidermis (the top layer of the skin), and increasing comfort. In addition to hemoglobin, melanin, the pigment in the skin, absorbs the 595 nm wavelength of light. If lasering a pigmented brown spot on the skin is desired, a special hand piece is used. This hand piece compresses the blood away

Read More »

Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis – also known as AK — is a pre-cancerous condition that presents as small patches on areas of the skin that have been heavily exposed to the sun. These patches may be red, rough, flaky, scaly or even appear as sores. The use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) can help destroy pre-cancerous cells without harming healthy tissues. PDT uses a combination of photosensitizing drugs and light to target cancer and cancer-causing cells. Treatment is usually administered over the course of several light therapy sessions. Did you know… that people with naturally light or fair skin are more likely to develop actinic keratosis? Chances of developing the condition increase with age and increased sun exposure. Although AK can occur anywhere on the body, the head, neck, arms, hands and lower legs are most likely to be affected. Frequently Asked Questions Do I need photodynamic therapy for my actinic keratosis? You

Read More »

Leg Veins

Unsightly and painful leg veins are a common problem for men and women; however, every patient circulation is not the same.  Dr Woods collaborates with Dr. Schmetterer so that they can offer a comprehensive evaluation as well as ultrasound vein mapping in order to determine if your vein problem is superficial or deep.  Treatments can be tailored to meet your cosmetic goals as well to improve your circulatory health.  Sclerotherapy is used to treat superficial veins and small varicose veins on the surface of the skin.  Patients with larger varicose veins may require surgical removal or ambulatory phlebectomy. Fortunately, Dr Schmetterer can perform ambulatory phlebectomy with very small, practically invisible incisions. To help the overall health of the legs, some patients may require fixing veins that have abnormal valves using a procedure called endovenous ablation.  This procedure is done in the office and takes about an hour.  If abnormal valves are found on

Read More »

Skin Surgery

Removing benign growths, such as moles, skin tags, cysts, lipomas, warts, milia, warts and many other kinds, is a necessary service for many.   Many of these growths become unsightly or are bothersome. Fortunately, most benign growths can be removed using fast and easy methods such as freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy), electrocautery, pulse dye laser, or shave excisions.   We are pleased to be able to remove these benign lesions in a cosmetic fashion with as short a healing time as possible.

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