Improve Your Skin With Advanced Laser and Skin Care
Since 1998, the registered nurses and licensed aestheticians at Dr. Beals’ Skin and Laser Center in Scottsdale have been dedicated to helping patients improve their skin. The various treatments include deep cleansing facials with advanced exfoliation, chemical peels, dermaplaning, extractions, facial waxing, microdermabrasion, removing minor skin irregularities and laser treatments (see Laser Services insert). These customized treatments are designed to help our patients with a variety of skin concerns, such as minimizing fine lines, fading pigmentation, improving skin texture and tone, increasing natural moisture, normalizing oil production, and maintaining overall good skin health. In addition, having a good skin care regimen can help to enhance and maintain the results of facial cosmetic procedures.
Dr Beals thought you would like to hear about the recent scientific research from Stanford on the rejuvenating effect of Sciton’s Broad Band Light on skin cells. The laser not only reduces the red and brown pigment that can occur from sun damage, but also has an anti-aging effect on all skin cells.
Our Registered Nurses and Licensed Aestheticians
Our registered nurses and licensed aestheticians are certified in the use of skin and hair lasers by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA). Our aestheticians are also licensed by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology. In addition, our Skin and Laser Center near Scottsdale is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology and the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency, and is in full compliance with supervisory requirements. Our nurses and aestheticians are also members of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS) and participate regularly in advanced educational seminars specifically focused on medical and corrective skin care. The clinical experience and caring manner of our providers continues to earn the trust and commitment of patients who choose our Skin and Laser Center for their skin care needs in the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area.
The Stephen P Beals, MD Skin and Laser Center also provides services for injectables, fillers, and sclerotherapy. These three treatments are administered by our highly trained and experienced Registered Nurses.
Overnight stay can be provided in our adjacent state licensed Paradise Valley Surgical Recovery Center where our nurse and staff can keep you comfortable and pampered.
Visia Complexion Analysis
The Visia computer controlled system scans your skin and provides a detailed printed report which can assist developing your own personal skin care regime. This technology allows you to establish a baseline for your skin texture, wrinkles, pores, sun damage, brown spots, UV spots, vascular redness and then enables you to monitor product and treatment results over time. Photos provided by Visia.
Frequently Asked Questions
- After losing nearly twenty pounds, I want to enjoy wearing shorts and skirt again, but now I feel self-conscious about the tiny spider veins on my legs. Is that something that requires surgery?
Spider veins, unlike larger varicose veins, can be treated in our office with either sclerotherapy (salt water injections) or our Cutera laser system, or a combination of both modalities. Telangiectasias or spider veins usually require two to four sessions in our Skin and Laser Center, scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart. All our providers are laser certified and can evaluate your legs and let you know if you are a candidate for laser or sclerotherapy. Joan, our Clinical Specialist RN, has 19 years of experience utilizing hypertonic saline injections to treat spider veins and will refer you to a vascular surgeon if she determines you have varicosities that need further evaluation for a more invasive skin care treatment.
- My friends have been telling me about a skin care treatment called dermaplaning. What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning manually smoothes the skin’s surface and removes the fine vellus hair giving the skin a more-even look and softer feel. This procedure generally causes no irritation and can be done alone or as a part of a facial or peel to enhance its effectiveness. It is a great exfoliation alternative for people who are sensitive to microdermabrasion and chemical peels. This treatment is only performed by aestheticians in a medical setting.
- What does SPF mean?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF number on sunscreen, the more protection you have, or the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. The daily application of sunscreen containing SPF is a critical skin care practice, especially in sun-soaked Arizona. However, SPF does not give the complete story of a sunscreen. It only pertains to the Ultraviolet B (UVB) protection in a sunscreen, not Ultraviolet A (UVA) protection.
- What are UVB and UVA rays?
Sunlight exposes you to two types of ultraviolet light: UVB and UVA. UVB (B =burning) rays are more potent and quicker to produce sunburn. UVA (A = aging) rays are associated with aging. UVA rays penetrate through things that are able to block out some UVB rays, such as clouds, windows, and clothing. Both rays have been associated with developing skin cancer at alarming rates.
- How do we know we are being protected from UVA rays?
There is no technical rating system in place for UVA rays. However, to ensure you are being protected you can look for the words “Broad Spectrum Block” or UVA/UVB protection and one of the following ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone (parsol 1789), anthelios sx, or helioplex. Unfortunately, there is no system in place to help you “measure” the amount of protection, so you just need to find as high of a percentage of at least one of the above ingredients to achieve the best skin care.
- Why do I need to protect my scar from the sun?
The sun can make the scar darker (hyperpigment) and never allow it to heal to your natural skin tone. We recommend using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB protection) sunscreen with an SPF 30 or above for daily protection. Apply often and liberally.
- What suncreed does Dr. Beals’ recommend?
We urge you to wear an SPF 15 at minimum; however we prefer an SPF 30 or above for daily protection. We also feel it is extremely important to have at least one of the above listed UVA ingredients, with our favorites being zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These two mineral blocks are known to provide better protection and have less adverse side effects, such as skin sensitivity, than the other chemical blocks listed. We encourage you to find as high of a percentage of at least one of these ingredients as possible. We offer many great sunscreen selections at our office that meet all of the criteria for optimal skin care.
- How do I apply my sunscreen?
Often and liberally! We recommend applying sunscreen every day at least 20 minutes before going out if you are using a chemical sunscreen. It is not necessary to wait before going out if you are using a complete mineral “physical” sun block. If you will be out in the sun quite a bit, it is important to reapply. We typically recommend every 2 hours, if your SPF is 30 or higher. Also if you will be perspiring or getting wet you need to reapply at least every hour if not more frequently depending on your SPF and skin type. We also recommend wearing hats, sunglasses, and even sun protection clothing to supplement your skin care regime. Keep in mind the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. And remember, if layering sunscreens, SPF 15 + SPF 15 does not equal SPF 30.
- I am interested in laser hair removal, how many treatments do I need?
When being treated with a laser for unwanted hair, the laser is seeking out the pigment in the root of your hair follicle. Because of this, the hair must be dark. The laser does not recognize blonde, red, grey, or white hair. Hair grows in cycles and the laser can only remove hair that is in the active growth stage, therefore, multiple treatments are needed. Though the number of treatments needed can never be guaranteed, we have noticed some averages in our patients. Removal of hair on body areas usually need 6-10 full treatments. Facial hair generally requires 8-12 treatments. The number of treatments needed depends on the color of the patient’s skin and hair. Patients usually see an 85-95% reduction of dark unwanted hair after the series of 6-10 treatments.
- Should I shave before a laser hair removal treatment?
We prefer that you shave one to two days before getting a treatment for unwanted hair. A minimal amount of growth is required so we can see the area that we are treating. Too much growth can affect the results of the treatment and can singe the hair on the surface of the skin.