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Types of Scars and Their Treatments

Your skin is a seamless, critical organ. You can think of it as a silk cloth protecting valuable possessions, where a small tear or blemish can make a big difference in its appearance. It’s the same with your skin. Any injury, burn, abrasion, or incision can cause an unsightly scar. 

When this blemish is in a location that is easy to hide, it’s not so bad. But when a scar is in the open for all to see, you may wonder how to make it appear less visible or go away. Unfortunately, a scar will never wholly become invisible, but treatments exist that can reduce its size and soften its appearance.

What is a Scar?

A visible scar is the result of built-up tissue comprised of the natural protein collagen. Collagen fibers that collect around a wound will form a different pattern, causing the skin to look different than the adjacent skin tissue. The scar tissue forms a cross-stitch pattern, distinct from the natural woven pattern of collagen.

The scar tissue is different in many ways from the healthy tissue surrounding it, and it is more susceptible to the sun’s UV rays. Hair follicles rarely grow back after a wound heals, making the area more distinctive, as well.

Different Scar Types

Not all scars are created equal. Although they are composed of the same types of cells and tissue, there are different types. They include:

Hypertrophic Scars

These scars are a result of the body generating too much collagen to the wound area. Red bumps emerge on the scarred area and typically take a defined shape a month or two after the area heals.

Keloid Scars

Much like a hypertrophic scar, keloid scars present red bumps but may grow beyond the original wound and never go away. Keloid scars are more common in individuals with darker skin types. Although they form after injuries, they may appear spontaneously. They generally don’t pose health risks but can be a significant aesthetic issue.

Atrophic Scars 

These skin irregularities are often the result of losing muscle or fat in an area, making the skin appear void or sunken. Surgical and acne scarring fall into this category. 

Stretch marks form when the skin stretches rapidly and for an extended period. They result from pregnancy or weight fluctuations and are more of a cosmetic concern than a health issue.

Scar Treatment

There are various treatments available to diminish scarring with varying success rates. You should note that no treatment will completely restore the scarred skin. However, some options can make a significant improvement in the tone or texture of the scars.

Over-the-Counter Products

Although many drugstore products boast of scar reduction properties, they offer little hope for permanent improvements. If you are not ready for treatment from a dermatologist, you should wait to see if time will make your scarring less noticeable before using these non-medical-grade remedies.

Chemical Peels/Microdermabrasion/Laser Treatments

Removing the damaged layer of skin can lighten scar visibility as a new, fresh skin layer appears. The most promising results come from treatments offered by a board-certified dermatologist, not home exfoliation methods. A chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser skin resurfacing can produce fantastic results.

MicroNeedling

This advanced skincare technology creates micro-wounds in the skin to trigger collagen production to fill in voids and reduce scarring. Microneedling is a non-surgical solution that uses the body’s natural healing process to help reduce visible scars.

Dermal Fillers

These injectable products can provide a temporary solution to visible scarring. They add volume beneath the skin surface to help fill in the voids left by acne or superficial wounds. Some dermal fillers increase collagen production to help maintain desired outcomes.

Learn More

If you have more questions on how dermatology can help reduce scarring, call board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Donofrio at 203.421.6674  or request a consultation today!

Why Winter’s Chemical Peels and Laser Treatments Ensure You Stun in the Spring

Once you decide to introduce a skin treatment like a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing to your skincare routine, the time to schedule is a major consideration.  The winter months are the best time to have these treatments to improve skin tone and texture. During the warmer months, we tend to spend more time outdoors, exposing our skin to the sun’s UV rays. However, it’s easier to heal and recuperate indoors during our cozy Connecticut winters.

Chemical Peel Recovery

When opting for a chemical peel to address skin issues like sun damage, lesions, and extensive wrinkles, you may choose a superficial, medium, or deep treatment solution. The deeper peels are restricted to the face while the milder solutions can help in other areas of the body, as well. 

In the weeks following a chemical peel, your skin will peel and start the process of regenerating new skin cells to replace those that the treatment removed. During this time, you must care for your skin to ensure healing, avoid infection, and enjoy long-lasting results. Direct sun exposure can trigger hyperpigmentation and a change in color, so it’s critical you avoid the sun until your skin peels thoroughly.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Like after a chemical peel, your skin will require some time to heal after laser skin resurfacing. The time necessary for recovery varies, but a general rule is approximately two weeks. One crucial factor is that you should keep the treated area out of direct sunlight. There will be some peeling as the new skin cells regenerate, and the new layer emerges. Your skin may be pink or red for weeks if not months after laser treatment.

Winter is Better

Since UV levels are lower during the winter, this time is better suited for chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing recovery.  For patients who are receiving multiple sessions, the colder climate allows them to complete their entire treatment regimen while easily avoiding the sun. Although sunscreen decreases the chance of sun damage significantly, staying indoors is the best way to protect yourself from UV rays. 

Scheduling these procedures during the winter helps you optimize your recovery. Many patients find it easier to take some time to recuperate indoors during the colder months, without the added pressure of beach trips, summer vacations, or other outdoor activities.

Once your healing is complete, you can show it off in time for those spring festivities. Plan your skin treatment now for graduations, weddings, or that sultry summer vacation!

To learn more about chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, or any of our cosmetic treatments and Dermspa, schedule a consultation with Aria Dermatology and Aesthetic Center today.

Get that Celebrity Glow with Jennifer Aniston’s Top Skincare Secrets

When People Magazine put Jennifer Aniston on the cover as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2016, most didn’t realize she was 48 years old at the time. In picture after picture, her glowing, seemingly uncreased skin never lets her down. 

Of course, Aniston emphasizes all the skin health habits our doctors want us to follow—plenty of rest, fruit-and-veggie diet, constant sunscreen—but she also admits to seeking the high-power interventions dermatologists offer, too. 

The first is Clear and Brilliant laser treatments. “I love Clear and Brilliant laser treatments,” she explains. “It’s a great refresher, and there’s very little downtime.” This “fractional” laser treatment stimulates the skin to grow a healthy new layer. It’s non-ablative, which means it heats up your skin without destroying it, a feature that prompted Aniston to quip, “it won’t make you look like a peeled tomato” to InStyle.  Clear and Brilliant is minimally invasive and works on all skin types for people of all ages. It’s best for those who want to begin to treat wrinkles, discoloration, and uneven skin texture with the most gentle techniques. 

H2 The Sauna Cure

Aniston also thinks the warmth and right light wavelength available in the infrared sauna contributes to her perpetual glow. 

In 2017, she told Shape, “It’s such a game-changer in terms of your skin detoxification and cell rejuvenation. So that I do a couple times a week right after I do the gym. I’ve noticed a real change in my energy, and my sleep, and my skin.”

The infrared sauna’s radiant, penetrating heat stimulates robust blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to every cell. That sallow complexion that comes with age results in part from insufficient blood supply. The sauna warms your core temperature first, forcing you to sweat from your center to the outside, pushing toxins through your pores. The infrared sauna is so powerful, in fact, those suffering from severe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis often buy one for home use. 

It’s not just the heat that makes the infrared sauna a health promoter, however. Many studies have confirmed that the infrared band of light boosts collagen production, lowers inflammation and diminishes acne. Short, concentrated wavelengths of natural light, free of UV radiation and chemicals, reduce oxidative stress (toxins) and increase circulation. While most of us cannot afford an infrared sauna in our homes, getting treatments from clinics that offer them can be reasonable. 

 

H2 Sunday is Funday . . . For the Face

Aniston also encourages women to create their own spa at home. “Sunday is my spa day,” she told Shape in 2017, “I usually do a little mini-facial time where I just give myself a good scrub, use a mask,” and leave lotion on overnight. Of course, as the spokesperson for Aveeno, she must promote their products, but there are many effective masks, scrubs, and lotions available. Here at Aria Derm Spa, we recommend the line that will most improve the individual client’s issues. 

Keeping your skin glowing when you balance in-office treatments with pampering, home care. Call Aria Derm Spa at 203-421-6674 or leave us a message via our online form to ask your questions about the best treatments for your skin.

How to Treat Summer Sun’s Skin Damage in the Fall

Memories of summertime vacations aren’t the only thing we carry into fall. The sun’s powerful UVA and UVB rays are most intense during the summer when we’re outdoors enjoying the weather. Even if you’re slathering on sunblock every time you head outside, you can still end up with damaged skin cell by the end of summer. As the weather starts to cool and dry out, these damaged cells can continue to deteriorate and ultimately impact the health and look of your skin. 

To help patients treat skin damage caused by intense summer sunshine, our dermatologist in Madison has curated a list of at-home and professional treatments for total skin rejuvenation.

Start Fresh with Skin Rejuvenation

Sun damage affects the skin in several different ways. Extended exposure to UV rays causes upper layer skin cells to burn.UV damage can also penetrate to deeper layers of your skin, disrupting the cells’ production of important proteins that facilitate skin healing. As damage accumulates over the years, it can cause skin to lose volume and elasticity and accelerate the aging process. 

To interrupt this cycle of summer skin damage, our dermatologist recommends starting the fall season with professional rejuvenation treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Over the years, these classic skin therapies have helped countless patients kickstart healing skin growth and improve complexion. These procedures remove layers of dead or damaged skin cells and reveal healthy new skin just below the surface. As skin rejuvenation treatments can vary in intensity, these options can be easily personalized to patients with different degrees of skin damage. 

Even Skin Tone and Remove Blemishes with Laser Treatment

Unfortunately, not all sun damage can be easily reversed with a mild chemical peel. Years of accumulated dead skin and discoloration can sometimes require a stronger treatment. In these cases, our experienced dermatologist may recommend laser facial rejuvenation to remove more of the damaged outer layer of skin and stimulate the skin’s natural healing processes. 

Options like Fraxel skin resurfacing and IPL photofacial therapy target wrinkles and hyperpigmentation by targeting specific areas of skin and stimulating collagen production – a key regenerative protein. The resulting collagen development reverses signs of skin damage and leaves patients with a more youthful, radiant appearance.

Evaluate Your Skincare Routine

The transition from summer to fall weather can be especially taxing on skin. As the weather dries out and gets colder, skin damaged by sun exposure during the summer is more susceptible to dehydration and can have difficulty retaining moisture. Regardless of which rejuvenation treatments you are considering,, be sure to add moisturizing products to your daily and nighttime skincare regimen to protect vulnerable skin. 

Great skincare might start at your dermatologist’s office, but it is maintained at home. Updating your skincare routine as the seasons change and after professional treatments can extend treatment results and preserve your skin’s health. 

To learn more about reversing sun damage and protecting your skin, contact Aria DermSpa in Madison today.  You can receive information about your options for treating sun damage and a personalized skincare plan by calling 203-421-6674 and scheduling your consultation.

3 Low Downtime Cosmetic Treatments to Get You Back In The Summer Sun Fast

No matter your age, everyone looks forward to the summer season. Beyond planning beach side vacations or family reunions, many patients find the downtime that comes with summer to be the perfect opportunity to finally undergo long-awaited cosmetic treatment. However, few want to spend this precious time off work and gorgeous weather stuck indoors recovering from serious cosmetic surgeries or procedures. Fortunately, there are many low downtime, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that make it easy to enhance your looks between summer plans.

Looking for Subtle Facial Rejuvenation? Consider Microneedling

Skin rejuvenation procedures are a highly recommended treatment with any change in seasons. However, certain treatments like laser therapy and stronger chemical peels can require that patients avoid the sun for several days following their procedure. Less invasive rejuvenation treatments like microneedling offer men and women a less invasive alternative. 

During this treatment, tiny needles are used to create microtraumas along the surface of your skin. The tiny resulting pinpricks are enough to trigger your body’s natural skin regeneration and collagen production processes. This not only restores skin from the inside out, but gives patients the added benefit of long-lasting results.

Add Volume with Dermal Fillers

Not all patients need facial rejuvenation to enhance their summer glow. For some, dermal fillers offer the perfect facial enhancement without needing any recovery time. Whereas some treatments can make skin sensitive to the sun, dermal fillers are among the few cosmetic treatments that do not react negatively to intense sun exposure – making it the ideal last-minute treatment before your big vacation. 

Thanks to extensive innovation in non-surgical treatments, patients that choose to enhance their looks with dermal fillers can receive extremely personalized care. Many available dermal fillers are designed to address different areas of the face that have lost substantial collagen, ensuring the results are subtle and natural looking. As most dermal fillers last between four to nine months, most patients come in early in the season for treatment and can enjoy their results all summer long.  

Tone Your Beach Body with Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Summer is peak beach season, meaning body sculpting treatments are always in high demand in the weeks leading up to long-planned vacations. While some may turn to liposuction or abdominoplasty to help tighten their figure, non-surgical body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting offer an excellent alternative. This minimally invasive treatment is an especially valuable option for helping patients add definition to their figure before heading to the beach.

 With CoolSculpting, patients can target and literally freeze stubborn pockets of fat, which are then metabolized out of the body naturally. As the treatment uses external applicators to administer treatment, CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical – making downtime virtually non-existent.  Want to tighten skin instead? Be sure to ask your specialist about ThermiTight. This non-invasive procedure used radiofrequency to help trigger your body’s natural collagen production and reduce skin laxity (sagging).

Get off the Sidelines of Summer at Aria DermSpa

Enjoy your summer feeling and looking your absolute best. Explore other low downtime cosmetic treatments at Aria DermSpa by calling our practice and scheduling your visit with Dr. Donofrio. Together, we’ll help you enhance your looks subtly and without having to sacrifice time in recovery. 

Everything You Need to Know about Hyaluronic Acid

As cosmetic dermatology becomes more advanced, more procedures are shifting to the use of naturally-occurring substances and compounds. In recent years, hyaluronic acid has gained traction, thanks to its inclusion in many popular and effective skin rejuvenation treatments. If you’re in the process of weighing your non-surgical rejuvenation options, chances are you’ve heard of this substance. But how much do you know about this hyaluronic acid or its benefits?

Back to Basics: What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, commonly abbreviated as HA or called hyaluronan, is a naturally produced substance present throughout the body, including the face, eyes, and joints. Due to its high concentration in areas that require substantial lubrication, HA has been used for a number of non-cosmetic purposes; patients with osteoarthritis may be prescribed hyaluronic acid for pain relief while HA has also been approved for use during eye surgeries like cataract removal to replace natural fluids.

HA’s success in lubricated skin is thanks to its chemical makeup. HA is unique in that it helps retain moisture. By some estimates, one gram of hyaluronic acid can retain up to 1000 mL of water. Based on the environment, the compound may adjust to account for humidity and environmental pollutants. When it comes to dermatology, these capabilities are especially valuable when trying to diminish the impact of aging.

How Does Hyaluronic Acid Improve Skin?

As our skin ages, it loses the ability to retain moisture.  Exposure to the sun, poor air quality or pollution, and other factors can also accelerate the aging process. Over time, constant exposure causes a noticeable loss of skin quality. As patients reach this stage, they find their skin looks less taut, is less pliable, and begins to lose its volume. Combined with slowing or stalled collagen production, individuals facing the consequences of aging can experience rapid premature aging where wrinkles seemingly set in overnight. For these individuals, retaining moisture isn’t enough – they also need an effective means of restoring the underlying collagen structure. This is where hyaluronic acid comes in.

Hyaluronic Acid in Cosmetic Treatments: Injectables

Hyaluronic acid tackles the problem of declining skin quality head-on by bringing much-needed hydration to the targeted area. When injected into skin via dermal filler or applied topically in a lotion, the compound helps reduce epidermis water loss in spite of aging or sun exposure.

Hyaluronic acid is popularly used for treating wrinkles and rejuvenating aging skin through dermal filler injections. Injectables like Juvéderm® and Restylane® rely on the compound’s unique ability to retain moisture to help add volume to areas where collagen production has stalled or stopped completely. Each of these cosmetic treatments uniquely leverages hyaluronic acid to address specific facial issues. For example, while Juvéderm® XC and Juvéderm® Vollure XC are used to target moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folders, Restylane® can be used to improve volume in delicate areas like the lips and under the eyes.

At Aria DermSpa, we recognize how unique our patients are. As a result, our Madison, CT dermatologist offers several popular hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler options to address the diverse concerns of our patients. During your consultation, Dr. Donofrio will evaluate your current skin quality and facial condition to determine which option is the right one to help you reach your cosmetic goals.

Explore Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers in Madison, CT

When it comes to choosing the right cosmetic treatment to enhance your appearance, choose one that offers proven success. Find your right solution by calling 203-421-6674 today and scheduling your consultation with our Madison cosmetic dermatologist.

 

Modern Skin Care in New Haven County at Aria DermSpa

Whoever says that good looks are determined by genetics doesn’t know any better! At Aria DermSpa, we can tell you that the secret to gorgeous skin—at any age—isn’t really a secret. Rather, youthful, lustrous skin can be achieved with a clever skin care regimen that includes diligent use of sunscreen, regular photofacials, injectable treatments, and medical-grade skin care products. Got all that?

Photofacials are one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the health and look of your skin, and they make a smart addition to any skin care routine. Photofacials infuse the skin with intense pulsed light (IPL), which can reduce sun damage and diminish common pigmentation concerns such as rosacea, brown spots, redness, and melasma. Photofacials can also target broken blood vessels and large pores, leaving you with more even skin texture and tone. With no downtime, photofacials are a convenient way to keep your face looking its most vibrant.

But don’t stop there. Your skin care regimen wouldn’t be complete without injectable treatments expertly administered at Aria DermSpa and The Savin Center by Drs. Lisa Donofrio and Dana Ellis. We offer a suite of injectables to chase away fine lines, wrinkles, creases, and hollow areas.

For maintaining your results, we also offer a wide selection of medical-grade skin care products that can revolutionize your home skin care routine! At your next appointment, we can help you select the products that best suit your skin’s unique needs.

Looking fantastic may not be a mystery, but your age can be! To keep from broadcasting your years, fill out our online form or call 203.421.6674 to schedule your consultation.

The Secret to Glowing Skin—and Happiness! Skin Rejuvenation at Aria DermSpa

When beauty researchers tried to pinpoint the secret behind “super agers”—those women who look ten years younger than their actual age—what they discovered is no surprise to us. Aside from diligent SPF protection, the biggest asset to aging gracefully is your attitude—as in Positive Mental Attitude, or PMA.

Do you have PMA? If you find yourself needing a boost (and who doesn’t at times?), there’s help in sight at Aria DermSpa! Restorative and rejuvenating skin treatments are the name of the game, and a speedy way to jumpstart your positivity!

For glowing skin that radiates happiness, fractional laser skin resurfacing at Aria DermSpa can reverse years of sun damage and boost collagen production, diminishing age spots, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone while improving texture.

Looking for skin renewal without any downtime? Photofacials in Madison can reverse years of sun damage by reducing redness, freckles, age spots, and much more. Quick and effective, this simple treatment takes as little as 30 minutes and can be performed on your lunch hour.

Go from weathered to radiant this spring with a little help from Aria DermSpa! To discover the best skin rejuvenating treatment for you, schedule your consultation today by calling us at

Top Skin Care Blunders Revealed in Madison at Aria DermSpa and Aesthetic Center

It’s our business to produce amazing results for your skin. So naturally we take notice when people make mistakes when caring for their own! Especially during the harsh winter months—which can take a toll, creating dry, cracked, and irritated skin—proper skin care is essential. So it’s time we set the record straight and divulged the most common beauty blunders we see in the winter months—so you can avoid making them!

Mistake #1: Slacking off on your sunscreen

The sun shines 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and still packs quite a punch in the winter months, especially if you live in an area where it snows and you’re exposed to snow glare. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands is essential every day of the year. A simple way to protect yourself is to wear cosmetics or moisturizer with SPF built right in.

Mistake #2: Judging skin care products by their price tags

Just because a product is more expensive doesn’t make it better for your skin. The key to keeping your skin supple and healthy this winter is paying close attention to the ingredients on the label, and knowing which ingredients will sooth and hydrate your skin without causing break outs and irritation. Because the health of your skin is our top priority, Aria DermSpa carries only the most effective and nourishing skin care products. Your first step is to consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists who can identify your skin’s needs and pinpoint the exact ingredients you should seek—and avoid—in your products.

Mistake #3: Taking hot baths or showers

It’s tempting to indulge in a scalding bubble bath when your toes are frozen, but exposing your skin to hot water is a no-no because it can break down your skin’s natural barriers and drain it of much-needed moisture. When bathing, stick with warm water for shorter amounts of time. Your skin will thank you.

The skin care pros at Aria DermSpa know best. Get to know your skin better and schedule a consultation with us today by calling 203.421.6674.

Keep Your Skin in Pristine Condition with Regular Treatments in Madison, CT at Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center

Taking care of your skin is like taking care of your car—if properly taken care of it will stay durable and functional for a lifetime, but without routine maintenance it can start to break down. At Aria DermSpa Dermatology and Aesthetic Center we always stress the importance of regular skincare, as one-and-done treatments are almost never enough to give you the beautiful results you deserve.

We often recommend scheduling a series of treatments rather than just one to ensure that your results will be satisfactory. In many cases, optimal results do not appear after a single treatment and multiple treatments are necessary to unlock your skin’s true potential. This applies to treatments such as PRP facial rejuvenationchemical peelsmicrodermabrasionIPL photofacials, and many more.

Dr. Donofrio and our highly trained staff will work with you to lay out a treatment plan that works best for your schedule. They will also give you suggestions and advice on how to keep your skin in tip-top shape going forward after your series of treatments is complete!

Don’t let your skin break down! To learn more about our on-going treatments, call 203.421.6674today and schedule your consultation!