Did you ever wonder what can be done about scars?

Many people either through various injuries or surgical procedures develop scars on their skin. Many people assume that there is nothing to do about these scars. In fact, there are many ways to treat scarring. Some scarring results in thickened skin; some scarring results in stretched skin. Scars can also result in the development of blue or red discoloration due to new blood vessel formation beneath the surface of the skin. Some people refer to darker, pigmented skin in a local area after an injury or insult as scarring.

No matter what kind of scarring someone has, it can almost always be made to look better. Thickened scars can be injected with appropriate concentrations of cortisone, and I say appropriate concentrations because it is important not to inject too high or too low a concentration of this medication. Therefore, this should only be done by someone very experienced with cortisone injections. Appropriate injections can flatten a scar almost completely. Scars that are stretched can frequently be re-excised and brought together with less tension on the surface of the skin resulting in healing without a stretch mark. Scars that develop prominent blood vessel formation resulting in the red or blue discoloration can usually be treated by superficial electrocautery of the area. Scars that are darker or hyper pigmented respond nicely to specially compounded skin bleaching medications.

If you have a scar from an old acne breakout, an injury, a surgical procedure or even an insect bite reaction, there are things that can be relatively easily done to improve the appearance of the area and significantly minimize the scar.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Would you like to get rid of the dark circles under your eyes?

Many people have dark circles under their eyes because of their type of skin pigmentation. This discoloration can be effectively minimized in my office through the use of light peels followed by at home use of my Sal-Hydro Liquid Fade Formula™. Sometimes dark circles can even develop around the mouth. Avoiding rubbing and scrubbing in the affected areas frequently minimizes the problem; however it is important to use the Sal-Hydro Fade Formula™ to maximize the results and to diminish discoloration. It is further helpful to use a facial sunblock such as my SPF 30 since sun exposure will result in the area becoming tan and, thereby, darken the pigmentation.  In people whose circles are more blue than brown, it can be due to thin skin allowing the color of the blood vessels to reach the surface.  In these cases, bleaching techniques are not effective.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661

Do you have bothersome brown spots on your skin that you would like removed?

First, it is important to have these spots accurately diagnosed by a competent dermatology practitioner.  Brown spots can be caused by many different factors and an accurate diagnosis is important.  If your brown spots are caused by overexposure to the sun (actinic keratoses), melasma (pigmentation following pregnancy or oral contraceptives) or are a result of prior inflammation to the area, normal skin color can frequently be restored by in-office light acid peels, as well as at-home treatment with our specially formulated Sal-Hydro Fade Formula, which gently peels and lightens the affected areas.  Sal-Hydro works well for people with all skin types and skin colors.

Sal-Hydro is also extremely effective as a spot treatment for breakouts.  It not only helps the breakouts clear, but also minimizes or prevents any resulting discoloration of the skin.

– Dr. Bussell

Beverly Hills Dermatology Consultants

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 805   Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | 310-550-7661