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Some of our patients consider their moles beauty marks, whereas others are self-conscious about them. Regardless of how you feel, if you decide to remove them, in most cases we can help. Moles are genetic. Although some do develop later in life, they are not related to sun exposure.
The challenge with moles is that there are many different types. While some are surface-oriented and easy to remove with no aftereffects, deeper moles that are excised (surgically removed) or cauterized can leave behind some form of scarring. in general, if the mole extends into the skin, removing it will leave behind some form of scarring (as seen in the photo above).
Even with the possibility of a residual scar after removal, many patients still want to remove their moles. They would rather have a small scar than the very visible mole they currently have. In that case, we evaluate your moles for the tools we have available at Celibre and let you know if we can help. Call us today to find out more about mole removal.
Little, pinpoint, flesh colored bumps around the eyes can cause you big concern. Not to mention they’re hard to cover with make-up and can alarmingly change the texture of your eyelid skin. These spots are known as syringoma. And unfortunately, they disproportionately appear in women who have a family history of them.
If you research them, you will find that syringoma can occur as part of a few, more serious health problems such as Down’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danos syndrome. But take a breath, a large majority of the time, they just happen and are not a sign of any greater, underlying health problem.
However, cosmetically, they can cause a big problem. And syringoma can be confused for other types of spots, so make sure you have a good exam with a proper diagnosis before you decide to seek treatment.
Celibre Medical Corporation offers treatment of syringoma either with precise laser resurfacing or hyfrecation. Hyfrecation uses electrical energy to produce heat that damages the tissue of individual syringoma causing them to go away over time. Laser resurfacing can also be done, but it costs a lot more than hyfrecation.
If you’re suffering with syringoma and want to get rid of them, come in and see us today. We’d love to help you find the treatment that is perfect for you and to give you back smoother, younger looking skin around your eyes.
If your toenails are yellow, thickened and discolored, you’re probably more than embarrassed by them — you’re worried about having an infection. And chances are, you have a fungus living beneath your toenail plate that’s causing these changes. No one wants that! Toenail fungus is a common problem that many people deal with for years. It’s frustrating in that it can be painful in addition to making you want to bury your toes in socks and shoes.
Well, if you thought your only option to fix your toenails was to take several months of oral medication with many potential side effects and frequent blood work evaluations, then we have some exciting news for you! Laser treatments are now available that can help you fix your nails once and for all.
Celibre Medical Corporation uses a combination of two to three lasers for toenail fungus removal. And it works! The exact reason why still isn’t known, but it’s believed that the lasers can generate both light and heat capable of killing the fungus.
Oral medications only work 20-50% of the time at getting rid of toenail fungus. They can put you at risk for headaches, dizziness, diarrhea and an upset stomach or even liver damage. Why do that? Give us a call today. Let us discuss our laser treatment program for toenail fungus with you and help you be proud to show off your feet again.
Are you noticing new bumps popping up all over your face? Does it look like acne, but isn’t really red, won’t “pop” and doesn’t seem to ever go away? If you’re not breaking out, you may have something called sebaceous hyperplasia.
Sebaceous hyperplasia is a fairly common condition that can affect both men and women of all ages, but usually happens later in life. The “sebaceous” part of the name comes from the fact that the growths are from your oil glands (or sebocytes). The “hyperplasia” part means enlarged or overgrown. So the spots that you are seeing on your face are simply enlarged oil glands.
Normally, our oil glands are unseen, small and beneath the skin’s surface. We don’t really understand why or what triggers the oil glands to overgrow, but sebaceous hyperplasia typically will come up on the areas of the face that are the oiliest. They are not a sign of any underlying skin problem, and are not because of a lack of skin hygiene. Still, many people with sebaceous hyperplasia want to get rid of them because they don’t like the way they look.
Celibre Medical Corporation offers a few effective options for sebaceous hyperplasia, but hyfrecation (cauterization) is most consistent. We also offer laser resurfacing, but this option can be more expensive and has longer downtime.
Hyfrecation can be done to anyone. It involves using a fine electric “needle” of sorts that can precisely heat and damage the excessive tissue, causing it to gradually fade away.
If you’re seeing sebaceous hyperplasia, and want to get rid of them, give us a call. We have proven, safe and effective solutions for you and we would love to help you with this frustrating problem.
Are you suffering with embarrassing, dark discoloration on your face that bothers you every time you look in the mirror? Is it impossible to cover with makeup? Have you spent hundreds (or thousands?) of dollars on different skin care products that don’t do a thing to help? If this all sounds familiar, we’re glad you found us because we can help you!
Since 2004, we’ve treated thousands of patients just like you who suffer with Melasma. We’ve spent countless hours evaluating many treatments and have settled on one that works well to control Melasma for the majority of our patients. Our treatment program involves the use of topical (on the skin) hydroquinone. Although many of our patients come in expecting to be offered laser treatments, we have found that lasers can often make Melasma worse and if it does improve temporarily, the results last less than a month. This is why we have settled on Hydroquinone. Still, many patients say “but I’ve already used hydroquinone.” While we know many have failed the standard 4% hydroquinone creams, our product is 8% hydroquinone and is a liquid gel. It penetrates the skin more easily because it’s a gel and works better and faster because it‘s 8%. Because we use a higher % hydroquinone, we do require our patients to take a break after 3 months of continuous use. To learn more, call us today for a free consultation.
It is a condition that usually affects women, and is often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”. Though becoming pregnant isn’t the root cause of melasma, the hormonal changes that occur are just one of the different things that trigger it to mysteriously appear during that time. Almost out of nowhere, dark brown appearing patches can appear on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and neck area. And while it’s not a sign of something serious, it can be really aggravating to have to look at and cause you some anxiety about your appearance.
It is also common in women who take oral contraceptives for birth control (they have hormones in them too) and those with darker skin types. Believe it or not, we are really only now just starting to unlock some of the mystery around what causes melasma. Studies have linked it to multiple different things: endocrine dysfunction, medications, nutritional deficiencies and hepatic (liver) dysfunction can all be involved. Because it doesn’t usually occur in postmenopausal women who take estrogen replacement, we know that hormones alone aren’t the only cause.
The one thing that is universal to everyone who has melasma is sun exposure. So in someone who’s predisposed to it, sun can trigger its onset. And no matter how careful you are about it, everyone gets UV exposure when they are out and about in their daily life. It also seems to get worse with heat and humidity, which depending on where you live can be completely unavoidable too.
Melasma is a multi-factorial, lifelong problem for the many women who suffer from it. Celibre understands this. Our goal is to not only educate you about your melasma, but also recommend and provide you with the most effective tools for you to use to keep it in check. It really is a problem that takes a team approach. Come visit us at either of our Los Angeles offices today. We can help you better understand what’s happening to your skin and work with you to find the solution that’s right for you. What are you waiting for? Give us a call today to get started.
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wondered, “What’s happened to my eyelashes?” you’re not alone. Millions of women around the world have discovered an easy, effective and safe solution to have thicker, darker and longer lashes: Latisse.
Latisse is not only the first, but it’s also the only FDA approved prescription treatment you can use to get longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. It’s made by Allergan, a trusted and proven company that has brought to market many popular cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Juvederm. With daily application and a touch of patience, you can have the eyelashes of your dreams that are worthy of envy.
You might think that Allergan spent years working on a product that could dramatically improve the appearance of eyelashes, but you’d be wrong! Latisse was actually discovered by accident. Allergan also makes medical prescription products in addition to its cosmetic ones. One of these medications is bimatoprost, an eye drop that is used to treat glaucoma. Patients prescribed bimatoprost started telling their doctors about the changes they were seeing in their eyelashes after using it for a few months. And the doctors could see the difference too! Allergan wisely saw a unique opportunity to develop a sorely needed cosmetic treatment for those with scant or inadequate eyelashes, and Latisse was born.
Now, women who’ve never had lush lashes are enjoying the benefits of beautiful, thicker lashes and those whose lashes have lost their former lushness are regaining it plus some! Latisse is a serum that is applied with a special applicator to the upper lash line every night before bed. It helps lengthen the growth cycle of the lash hair, which allows the lashes to grow longer and thicker. It also helps to darken the lashes as well.
Most women see some effect within a few weeks of starting Latisse, but the full effect can take up to 16 weeks to see. And you have to continue to use Latisse to keep the results otherwise your lashes will be back to normal in about eight weeks or so.
Have you done eyelash extensions, but hate the maintenance? Pricey mascara not giving you the look you want? Try Latisse! You too can have lashes that look date-night-ready right out of bed in the morning! Swimming, sweating, crying – no matter what the activity, your lashes will look great 24 hours a day.
Give us a call today. We’d love to talk to you more about what Latisse can do for you and answer all of your questions at a free consultation. Don’t wait another day to start this amazing product!
Warts aren’t just for witches and ogres! In fact, this common skin problem has been around forever, and yet today, we still struggle to get rid of them! Warts are due to a viral skin infection that can occur anywhere on the body but typically occurs on the hands and feet. They are ugly, they spread and can be tough to treat even with physician-grade treatments such as freezing. Never mind trying over-the-counter solutions and pads; there are lots of these things available, but it is rare that they ever work.
Celibre Medical Corporation uses a pulsed dye laser to treat tough warts. This laser damages the tiny blood vessels in the skin, feeding the infection. If there is no blood flow, the virus can’t survive. And the wart will gradually will fade away! It sounds simple and effective because it is.
If you are struggling with warts, please give us a call. We would love to tell you how we’ve helped our patients get rid of their unwanted warts with laser treatment and how we help you get rid of yours too.
If you’ve got darker skin and have suffered from tiny, pinpoint dark bumps on your cheeks and around your eyes since high school (or before!), you’ve probably gotten used to the idea of them being around forever. But what if we told you there’s a way for you to get rid of them!
Dermatosis papulosa Nigra (DPN) is a common condition that affects African Americans and Asians. The spots look like tiny black moles and are slightly raised. Women are typically more affected than men, and usually, there is a strong family history of DPN. It usually starts during your teenage years, with a few, small spots. With age, the spots get larger and more numerous.
If you’re tired of looking at yours, there is a safe, effective, and easy way to treat DPN. Hyfrecation is a tool that uses electric current to heat individual DPN, which damages the tissue so that the lesion simply fades away after treatment. Even if you have hundreds, they can safely be treated this way, revealing clearer, smoother-looking skin.
If you’re ready to get rid of your DPN, please contact us today. We would love the opportunity to discuss how we can get your skin looking better than it has in years.
It can be scary when things go “bump” — especially so when it’s you! If you’re noticing more and more little “bumps” on your eyelids, neck, underarms, groin and/or breast areas, you may have skin tags.
Skin tags are extremely common and they come in all shapes and sizes. They will usually start out as very small, fine bumps (only a couple of millimeters), and rarely they can get as big as a centimeter! They are fleshy; you may even be able to grab onto them because they are attached to the skin by a base or “stalk”. Rest assured, they are completely harmless, but we understand that they can be annoying to deal with and ugly to look at.
Treatment of skin tags is easy and straightforward. At Celibre Medical Corporation, we use a device called a hyfrecator to treat unwanted skin tags. It uses electrical current to heat the growth, gently yet precisely causing damage to the skin cells of the skin tag. This destroys the skin tag, allowing it to heal and disappear!
If you have skin tags and want to get rid of them, we can help you. Give us a call today and get your smooth skin back!