Everybody's Doing It

Everybody's Doing It

Are you thinking about Fraxel laser skin treatment but are a little worried about the recovery and aftercare process? Fraxel laser is a non-ablative laser treatment, which means it does not completely remove the topmost layers of skin as ablative lasers do. However, Fraxel laser does cause very tiny injuries just below the surface of the skin. Don't worry; these micro-injuries are part of the rejuvenation process and the journey to great-looking skin. The Innovations Medical Center offers patients these tips to help mitigate the side effects of Fraxel laser treatment.

What to Expect After Fraxel Laser
Most patients experience some irritation, redness and swelling right after their Fraxel laser treatment. The skin can also feel dry and tight. These effects occur because Fraxel exfoliates away the top layer of skin to allow new skin cells to form. You may also experience some flakiness and crusting, too. Don't be alarmed; these side effects are a sign that the treatment is working.

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Say Bye-Bye to Stretch Marks

Say Bye-Bye to Stretch Marks

Tiger stripes. Mom medals. War wounds. All nicknames to nicen up something that many women dread: stretch marks. The very words can make many women nervous, and many women feel frustrated and embarrassed because these marks are seemingly permanent. But are they? Innovations Medical can help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks using laser skin-rejuvenation therapy.

What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are lines that develop when the elastic fibers of the skin stretch beyond their normal capacity. When this happens, these fibers are unable to regenerate.

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Stop Premature Aging- Now!

Stop Premature Aging- Now!
Aging is a natural process and consequence of getting older, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it- especially when it happens prematurely. While the goal is aging gracefully, premature aging can happen when we don’t take care of ourselves. While you can’t stop time, you can prevent premature aging with some simple lifestyle choices. When all else fails, you can also call Dr. Johnson at Innovations Medical for powerful anti-aging treatments like fat transfers, dermal fillers, and Fraxel laser treatments.

How to Prevent Premature Aging

De-stress to Save Your Skin. Stress has been known to impact health for years. It can cause high blood pressure and other cardiac concerns, ulcers and digestive issues, headaches and much more. Stress can also wreak havoc on your skin. When you’re stressed or upset, you may subconsciously scowl or frown. Over time, these actions turn into wrinkles and creases- which will definitely give you something more to frown about.
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Officially Leave the Teenage Years Behind

Officially Leave the Teenage Years Behind

Whether you suffered from acne as a teen or adult, you know that after the blemish fades, in many cases, a scar is left behind. Acne scars are a source of embarrassment for many people and cause some individuals to feel self-conscious in social settings or relationships. Dr. Johnson is helping patients with acne scars get Skin like the Stars with Fraxel Laser skin rejuvenation.

Acne scars develop because acne is traumatic to the skin. Acne blemishes cause inflammation and infection of the skin’s pores. When the blemish swells and bursts, the bacteria from the blemish irritates surrounding skin. To heal the skin, the body increases collagen production for the repair. Sometimes the body over produces collagen which causes raised scars. When the body under produces collagen, scars become sunken or pitted. Many people with acne scars experience pitted scars.

Squeezing or picking at blemishes or acne lesions increases the chance of damage to the skin and scarring. These actions can further infect the blemish, and up the chances of developing a scar.

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Erase The Past Summers From Skin

Erase The Past Summers From Skin
Stressing over sunspots? These flat, brown spots of hyperpigmentation are harmless, but that does not mean you have to live with them. Dr. Johnson uses Fraxel Laser to remove sunspots, and reduce other signs of sun damage and aging.

Sunspots happen when the skin is exposed to the sun for long periods of time on a regular basis. Exposure to the sun stimulates the body to increase the production of melanin as a means of defense against damaging rays. In the majority of people, this increase melanin production results in a suntan, but in a percentage of the population, the melanin increase is uneven. This means some areas become darker than others.  Continued exposure to the sun further darkens existing sunspots, as melanin production increases with each additional exposure.

Fraxel Laser is an excellent treatment option for sunspot removal. During the procedure, an intense light is delivered in pulses to the area of treatment via a handheld laser device. The light targets the concentrated melanin found in the sunspot. After the procedure, the sunspot will come to the surface of the skin and flake off. Fraxel  Laser is also effective in erasing fine lines like crow's feet, and yields excellent results in minimizing the appearance of scars, like those caused by acne. This laser treatment has been found to effectively treat actinic keratosis, a precancerous condition in which rough, scaly patches of skin develop on the face and arms as a result of prolonged and regular exposure to the sun.
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Menopause Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin?

Menopause Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin?

Menopause means a lot of changes for most women. It means changes in the menstrual cycle, body temperature, weight, and hair. Many women also see changes in the appearance and quality of their skin, too. All of these changes are brought on by fluctuating and declining hormones, but when it comes to differences in skin quality, depleted estrogen is the root cause.


When estrogen declines, testosterone becomes dominant. When this occurs, the body produces more sebum; an oily, waxy substance that is made in the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for lubricated the skin and hair. This overproduction gives the skin an oily appearance, and in many women causes blemishes and acne. According to the American Association of Dermatology, 54 percent of menopausal women struggle with the onset of acne during middle age. Acne causes many women to feel self-conscious, and some individuals even avoid social situations or relationships because of the condition of their skin.

Increased facial hair is another consequence of testosterone dominance. During menopause, many women experience thicker, darker facial hair that develops around the chin area and along the jaw line. Increased facial hair often evokes feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness, and is a source of frustration for many women.

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