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Jasey Issues Statement on Charleston Shooting

June 20, 2015

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) issued the following statement regarding the Wednesday evening shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church ...

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Celebrate Men’s Health Month this June by Achieving Healthier Skin

June is Men’s Health Month, and for good reason. According to recent studies, men are far less likely than women to seek routine preventive health services and are less involved in health ...

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Getting Under My Skin

“What do you think this is?” my husband asked me, pointing to his elbow. “That is your elbow,” I stated matter-of-factly. “No, these red spots,” he ...

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​               Start Early!! Visit Schools – even if you think your parents are annoying on campus tours. Buckle Down ...

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Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce President's Report

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce has had a busy spring networking at different Chamber member locations. Our Chamber has grown over the past year due to the interest in our monthly network ...

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Livingston Fifth Grade and Preschool Students Celebrate Moving Up

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Fifth graders celebrated the year's end with awards assemblies and the traditional “clap outs” on their final day as elementary-school students. The awards ...

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College Benefits Research Group Discuss Funding For College

CBRG sheds light on why crowdfunding sites for tuition are not a sustainable option- Figuring out how to pay for college can be a worrisome and stressful task for students and families.

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West Essex YMCA Hosts Annual Splash Week Teaching Kids to be Safe Around Water

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Renewing its longstanding commitment to ending childhood drowning, the West Essex YMCA begins its annual weeklong “Splash Week” swim program on Monday. The YMCA’s ...

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Golda Och Student Accepted into American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

WEST ORANGE, NJ - For seventh grade Golda Och Academy student Rebecca Casel, balancing a dual curriculum and ballet classes has definitely been keeping her on her toes. This coming year,

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Fraxel Laser for Skin Resurfacing

By SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP

February 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a technology that involves a laser to improve skin texture. It can treat a number of dermatological and cosmetic skin conditions such as, acne scars, fine lines, sun damage and pre-cancerous skin conditions like actinic keratosis.

Naheed Abbasi, M.D., is a Summit Medical Group board-certified dermatologist and Fraxel expert. “The laser has specific wavelengths that are effective against pigment; effective against, wrinkles and fine lines, and by selectively heating or manipulating those targets is able to improve certain aspects of the skin, without damaging the skin as a whole,” says Dr. Abbasi.

“Due to advancements in laser technology, the e non-invasive Fraxel Laser doesn’t cause excessive sun damage to the skin like some types of treatments,” she notes, “allowing for fast healing. Noticeable positive results can be achieved relatively quickly with minimal side effects, discomfort and downtime.”

The number of treatments required to improve a particular problem in the skin can vary from as few as one to as many as six, depending on the problem being addressed. For example, superficial sun damage and brown spots can improve with as few as one or two treatments.

However, acne scaring will typically require more sessions, anywhere from three to six and the treatments are anywhere from four to six weeks apart and can be done over a period of four to twelve months.

The Fraxel laser can be used over the entire body. There is no limit to the number of treatments that a patient can get in one area, but often the results plateau after a certain point.

Patients typically experience pain with the Fraxel and we tell them to expect that,” advises Dr. Abbasi. “Patients find it uncomfortable, but no one finds it so uncomfortable that he or she is unable to sit through it. And fortunately, as soon as the treatment is over the pain is immediately diminished and patients leave within about fifteen minutes of the procedure feeling entirely comfortable.”

Downtime is typical and lasts anywhere from two to seven days, but is very variable by patient and by treatment itself. Dr. Abbasi explains to her patients to expect anywhere from two to four days of recovery time during which he/she might feel entirely normal, but maybe a little pinker and more swollen than is their baseline. And this improves day by day, very predictably.

Results last a variable amount of time depending on the problem being treated. For acne scarring the results can be permanent since the collagen remodeling can last for decades.

In contrast for sun damage the results are often more intermediate since brown spots and wrinkles appear with time even despite treatment on any given, at any given time, such that patients will often start to develop new fine lines or new brown spots months or years after the treatment that require another round of treatment if they so choose.

However, one can expect the results to last a minimum of many months and often many years.

 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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