January 2019
Janie Maher
Jane has been the office manager at SkinCenter for the last 11 years. She dedicates herself to the care of our growing number of patients and staff members. Jane is the first one here in the morning and the last to leave at night. She is always available to our patients and prides herself on doing the right thing for them. In her spare time Jane enjoys boating, antiquing and spending time with her family.
Actinic Keratosis is a pre-cancerous lesion of the outer layer of the skin caused by long term sun exposure. These lesions are termed pre-cancerous because if not treated they have the potential to progress into a Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer. They are most commonly found on sun exposed surfaces of the body including the face, ears, lips, neck, scalp, forearms and back of the hands. The appearance of actinic keratosis may vary but most often they appear red and scaly. There are multiple treatment options for actinic keratosis including freezing with liquid nitrogen, using topical creams and photodynamic therapy (blue light). Sun protection and avoidance is the most important factor in preventing Actinic Keratoses.
Photodynamic Light Therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) with blue light is used to treat body areas with numerous actinic keratoses. Actinic keratoses are precancerous growths that may, if left untreated, turn into superficial skin cancers. PDT uses a photosensitizing agent which concentrates in the precancerous cells and is then activated when exposed to the blue light. The reaction between the oxygen, light and photosensitizing agent destroys the pre-cancerous cells. Incubation times vary depending on treatment area. The medication is applied in the office and is left on the skin to penetrate into the pre-cancerous cells. If thicker lesions are present they are debrided gently prior to application of medication. Once the incubation time is complete the patient is exposed to blue light for approximately seventeen minutes. During this time there may be stinging, and burning. Redness and scaling similar to a sunburn may occur and usually lasts 10 to 14 days after your treatment. Patients must avoid exposing the treated area to sunlight or any bright lights for 48 hours. A zinc based sunscreen must be used for the first 48 hours.
Congratulations to Julie P.
She is our Biopelle Holiday Kit raffle winner!
ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+
This novel sunscreen both protects and repairs skin with zinc oxide (11%), Vitamin E and DNA Repairsomes. What makes this sunscreen unique is the addition of the DNA repairsomes which are enzymes that repair the damage caused by the sun improving the health of the skin and decreasing actinic keratoses. This lightweight emulsion easily blends into the skin. It is also ideal for post procedure skin (PDT, lasers, peels).
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