By: Mallory Spoor-Baker | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: June 2008
Dr. Mallory Spoor-Baker performs an IPL laser procedure on a patient.
Each patient I see for skin care has a different problem, but it is usually a variant of one thing – sun damage. Sun damage shows up in many forms – brown pigment, veins, wrinkles, dilated pores and laxity.
My principle approach to sun damage now begins with nutritional supplementation, using a whole food fruit and vegetable concentrate. I am completely convinced that better nutrition provides the foundation for everything else I may recommend, such as laser procedures and topical treatments.
The next step is better skin care at home: glycolic acid cleansers and toners, topical Vitamins C and E, sunscreen and retin A.
The following phase in the process to better skin is selecting a procedural pathway. This usually means choosing one or more laser procedures to treat the sun damage.
The laser procedure that most dramatically changes pigment – red or brown – is Intense Pulse Light (IPL), also known as limelight. IPL is a 560-nanometer light that primarily treats vascular and pigmented lesions. It is also the “grandmother” of all lasers that claim photorejuvenation, because we now know that the impact of the heat produced by IPL means more collagen. More collagen results in better-looking skin.
For patients who desire significant changes in heavy textural issues, I recommend the Pearl. The Pearl is a newer resurfacing laser that combines the best effects of Erbium and CO2 lasers, without the risk of serious side effects. The Pearl is essentially a thermal peel, providing significant surface exfoliation. My Pearl patients have smoother skin, smaller pores and an overall refined texture within three to five days. Their skin is fresher, softer and brighter, and their heavy lines are greatly improved.
With better skin care and nutrition, as well as attention to sun exposure, these treatments are considerably long-lasting. They may also reduce the need for surgical procedures. When your skin looks good, you feel good.
Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is located at 3958 S. Hudson in Tulsa. We provide a variety of skin care treatments, including laser procedures, Botox, dermal fillers, leg vein therapy, permanent cosmetics, and laser hair removal. For more information about these procedures or about skin care for sun damage, call (918) 280-0270, or go online to