Penn Dermatology

Before Cosmetic and Skin Enhancement Treatment

Patients receive recommendations before undergoing cosmetic procedures at Penn Dermatology. Pre-treatment varies depending on the procedure.

Learn about pre-treatment recommendations for:

Botulinum toxin A or Botox®

Botulinum toxin A, also known by the brands Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®, has been used for more than 30 years with a demonstrated safety record for effectiveness in treating medical and cosmetic problems. For cosmetic purposes, Botox® injections work by relaxing muscles in certain areas, such as the forehead or around the eyes, to temporarily improve or reduce facial wrinkles or fine lines.

Penn dermatologists or dermatologic surgeons may recommend Botox® injections in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as chemical peels, soft-tissue fillers or microdermabrasion, to potentially improve the results and possibly prevent new wrinkles and lines from forming.

Botox® injections do not require advance preparation. However, Penn Dermatology requires that female patients verify that they are not pregnant before receiving Botox injections.

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the skin's texture and appearance, especially for the face, neck or hands. A chemical peel involves the application of a special chemical solution to remove or exfoliate the damaged outer layers of the skin or epidermis. There are various levels of chemical peels, including light, medium or deep applications.

At Penn Dermatology, patients are carefully examined by a dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon for the best and most effective level of treatment, depending on skin color, tone and texture.

Prior to treatment, some patients may be asked to stop taking certain oral medications or to use a topical skin solution.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive method for refreshing or rejuvenating the skin that is suitable for practically all skin colors and types. Microdermabrasion, also called a "power peel" or "lunch-hour peel" is a gentle exfoliation technique. Microdermabrasion benefits the skin because it helps stimulate collagen growth, a protein in the skin that declines with age.

At Penn Dermatology, the dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon sprays a light solution on the skin and uses a special hand-held instrument to "sand" or "polish" the skin and remove the top layer that may be mildly scarred, uneven, discolored or sun damaged.

Microdermabrasion does not require advance preparation. At Penn Dermatology, patients are carefully examined by a dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon for the best and most effective microdermabrasion approach.

Laser Hair Removal

Penn Dermatology offers non-surgical treatment options for the removal or reduction of unwanted facial or body hair for small or large areas of the face or body. Laser hair removal works through the use of state-of-the-art laser technology that disables active hair growth in the deeper layers of the skin and may require a one-time or multiple treatment application. Laser hair removal is often more effective and less cumbersome than other methods such as electrolysis, waxing, shaving or bleaching.

Laser hair removal does not require advance preparation. At Penn Dermatology, patients are carefully examined by a dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon for the best and most effective laser hair removal treatment approach.

Laser Skin Resurfacing for Acne and Surgical Scars

Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive method of removing the superficial layers of skin damaged by acne or surgical scars using state-of-the-art laser technology. It is also an effective treatment for rosacea. The microscopic treatment zones caused by the laser allow the body to produce more collagen that results in improved and tighter skin texture.

To prepare patients for treatment, Penn dermatologists prescribe an antiviral medication to prevent cold sores. Patients should not wear makeup on the areas of the skin that will be treated. A topical anesthesia will be applied to the treatment area. In addition, a local anesthesia or pain medication may also be used prior to laser treatment. At Penn Dermatology, patients are carefully examined by a dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon in advance of treatment to determine the best and most effective approach.

Laser Resurfacing for Photodamaged Skin

Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive method of removing the superficial layers of skin damaged by excessive and long-term sun exposure using state-of-the-art laser technology. The microscopic treatment zones caused by the laser allow the body to produce more collagen that results in improved and tighter skin texture and complexion.

To prepare patients for treatment, Penn dermatologists prescribe an antiviral medication to prevent cold sores. Patients should not wear makeup on the areas of the skin that will be treated. A topical anesthesia will be applied to the treatment area. In addition, a local anesthesia or pain medication may also be used prior to laser treatment. At Penn Dermatology, patients are carefully examined by a dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon in advance of treatment to determine the best and most effective approach.

Sclerotherapy

Penn Dermatology's sclerotherapy services offer a safe and effective option for patients that want to eliminate or reduce visible spider veins on the legs or other areas of the body. Spider veins or telangiectasias are small broken blood vessels that are red or purple in appearance and visible because they are close to the skin's surface. Sclerotherapy involves inserting a very fine needle into the vein that causes the vessel to collapse and gradually be absorbed. Blood is ultimately redirected to deeper veins below the skin's surface.

As experts in sclerotherapy procedures, Penn dermatologists use proper injection techniques which require experience and sound medical judgment to achieve optimal results.

Penn Dermatology requires that female patients verify that they are not pregnant before undergoing sclerotherapy. An imaging study of the venous flow may be necessary, depending on the distribution of the blood vessels.

Soft-Tissue Fillers

Soft-tissue fillers, also called "dermal fillers" or "liquid facelifts," are a minimally invasive and temporary approach for adding volume and depth to certain areas of the face and to soften creases or wrinkles or adding plumpness to the lips. Soft-tissue filler injections replace lost volume to temporarily achieve a more rejuvenated appearance.

The number and variety of filler products in the marketplace has grown substantially over the years. Some commonly used brands include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse® or Sculptra®. Penn dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons are experts in selecting the proper and safest fillers to customize and meet the needs of every patient. A series of injections may be necessary to obtain the desired results. Botox® or other supplemental cosmetic procedures may be recommended in conjunction with the soft-tissue filler procedure.

Before undergoing treatment with soft-tissue fillers, it is recommended that non-essential blood thinners be discontinued prior to treatment, such as vitamin E, fish oils and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Topical anesthesia, nerve blocks and/or filler mixed with a local anesthetic are applied to minimize treatment discomfort.