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October 17th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


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One of the most incredible discoveries in health care over the past two decades has been the use of laser light for the effective treatment of skin diseases and skin rejuvenation. Laser beams have been created that penetrate the skin at different depths, different widths, and with different degrees of intensity. They have also been designed so the skin, or colors in the skin, absorbs different wavelengths of light. To create this multitude of possibilities, a large number of different colored laser beams had to be engineered scientifically and technologically.

Vein Therapy

Veins, blood vessels, and red birthmarks absorb laser light in the color of red, therefore, these laser beams can treat these types of lesions. The laser beam
is directed into the skin and in all cases it passes harmlessly through the skin, but once it hits the red in the blood vessels
it heats up the blood as the light is then absorbed causing the area to be treated.

Tattoo Removal

Blue, green, red, or yellow colors
all have to be treated with different laser beams. Tattoo treatments and pigment
in tattoos, therefore, over a period of time and multiple treatments, can be effectively diminished or completely eradicated. This is also true for ink stains, tar abrasions, and other forms of pigment in the skin, including birthmarks.

Continue reading… What Can Lasers Do For You?

September 4th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


Most of us have been there. You are worrying about an important presentation in the morning at work, only to wake up with a new blemish. No matter the specific situation, acne can be an embarrassing and even debilitating skin condition that affects many people at some point in their lives.

Forty to fifty million people have acne at any one time.

It is the most common skin problem in the United States.
— American Academy of Dermatology

What is Acne?

Acne is an inflammation of the oil glands and hair follicles of the skin. During your lifetime, especially during adolescent years, hormonal changes take place. These changes can cause oil glands to produce more oil than necessary to lubricate the skin. When this happens, the gland opening gets blocked, and germs grow, causing pimples to form.

Acne consists of blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps, pustules, and sometimes deeper boil-like spots called cysts or nodules. Most commonly appearing on the face, acne occurs anywhere that oil glands are numerous. Other common areas susceptible to acne breakouts are the back, chest, shoulders, and neck.

While it is not curable, acne is treatable and visiting a dermatologist is the first step in getting acne under control and eventually into remission.

Because it commonly appears in teens going through puberty, many make the serious mistake of “waiting out” acne. Even when briefly affected, not treating the disease can have consequences like recurring flares-ups later in life and the increased likelihood of scars in the affected areas. Treating and preventing acne now means less of a chance to experience it in the future.

More women are getting adult onset acne.

Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s.
— American Academy of Dermatology

Continue reading… The Myths, Truths, and Treatments of Acne

April 25th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

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Almost completely preventable and curable, skin cancer is still overlooked by many as a medical threat. And yet, this year alone, over 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed and over 9,000 of these cases will be fatal. (American Academy of Dermatology) 

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is a mutation that occurs in the DNA of skin cells. These mutations cause the cells to grow out of control and form a mass of cancer cells. 

Skin cancer begins in your skin’s top layer — the epidermis. The epidermis is a thin layer that provides a protective cover of skin cells that your body continually sheds. The epidermis contains three main types of cells:

Squamous cells lie just below the outer surface and function as the skin’s inner lining. Basal cells, which produce new skin cells, sit beneath the squamous cells. Melanocytes — which produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its normal color — are located in the lower part of your epidermis.

Melanocytes produce more melanin when you’re in the sun to help protect the deeper layers of your skin.

Continue reading… Skin Cancer – Prevention and Early Detection Are Key

January 29th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


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The battle against bulge can feel like a losing one, especially when diet and exercise fail.  Age, lifestyle, genetics and metabolism all play significant roles in how and where individuals store their excess weight.  For millions, stubborn fat deposits around the abdomen, chest, thighs, arms, neck and face are the most problematic areas resistant to change.

What is traditional liposuction? 

For over 20 years, traditional liposuction has been the go-to procedure to achieve body contouring results.  Today, body contouring, or liposuction, remains the #1 plastic surgery procedure in America. For those who struggle with excess fat deposits, liposuction can be a successful way to achieve personal body goals. Mayo Clinic defines liposuction not as a weight-loss alternative, but rather a way to treat isolated areas of fat that do not respond to exercise and diet.  

Traditional liposuction uses general anesthesia and is more invasive, which contributes to difficult post-operative period as well as painful swelling and bruising. Smartlipo Triplex™ is changing all of that – and with more precise, controlled results, it is quickly becoming the most widely accepted form of liposuction. 

Continue reading… What is Smartlipo Triplex?