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A patient receives Ultherapy treatment. Courtesy of Van Dyke Laser & Skin

Non-invasive ways to restore, protect sun-damaged skin

The Arizona sun is harsh for skin, especially during the summer time, and desert dwellers are most susceptible to skin damage.

Dr. Susan Van Dyke and Van Dyke Laser & Skin have compiled a number of services to restore and protect damaged skin. All of the services that Van Dyke has compiled are all non-invasive.

Van Dyke’s procedures include regimes to resurface and tighten skin such as Fraxel Hands, Botox, and Clear + Brilliant. There are also a handful of treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, like Botox.

Aside from the classic beauty treatments to enhance the daily appearance of skin, the Van Dyke Laser & Skin team has also compiled a series of procedures for brides to have glowing skin on their wedding day.

Starting about four to six months away from the wedding, brides should start to consider skin treatments. Brides typically have a year to get ready, but that starts with a consult in order to have the best skin.

“You want to start with something like Cool Sculpting for noninvasive fat removal long before you do the dress fitting,” Van Dyke said.

Another beautification aspect that brides should consider is miraDry. This treatment safely and permanently inactivates sweat glands in the armpit. The procedure itself takes about 30-40 minutes in the office.

Although some of these treatments can get pricey, it’s important to pick a reputable place. The place should have a health care or medical provider, such as a physician or nurse practitioner. That type of authentication resembles that there won’t be any harm done to the patient’s body.

In addition to procedures, there are simple daily routines to take into account with skin care as well.

Sunscreen is an important part of skin protection, but most people don’t reapply every two hours like they should. Van Dyke says that an alternative to spray or lotion sunscreen is a powdered SPF 50 sunscreen.

“You can put it on and not disturb your makeup. It’s a great bridal tip for the day of the wedding, especially outdoor ones,” Van Dyke said.

Antioxidants are also important for skin. New products for skin care are loaded with antioxidants. While they don’t protect your skin the same way that sunscreen does, it helps repair some of the damage caused by the sun.

Even if people aren’t looking for skin care treatment, it’s still important to keep in touch with a cosmetic dermatologist from time to time, according to Van Dyke.

“The advances are coming to fast with products that reanalyzing their skin care every once in a while is a good idea,” Van Dyke said.

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Delete Tattoo Removal Salon Erases The Past

Excuses for not getting an unwanted tattoo removed may be a thing of the past with the opening of the Valley’s first free-standing tattoo removal salon.

Delete Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon, which opened Nov. 8, uses three-wavelength technology combined with Alex TriVantage laser treatment that is safe, effective and affordable.

Owner and founder Marci Zimmerman got the idea for her business while at a spring training baseball game two years ago.

“There were a lot of bad tattoos out there and I said to my friends, ‘That’s going to be a huge business,’” she says. “It was just one of those things that stuck in my head and I couldn’t let it go.”

Zimmerman, two doctors, and three trained technicians are helping clients take the next step in removing unwanted body ink.

The process begins with a complimentary consultation where patients sit down with a doctor to discuss treatments, costs, risk factors and pain reduction options.

Next, a photo is taken to track the removal progress.  Patients are given protective eyewear that is worn throughout the laser procedure and are asked to choose from a variety of pain-numbing options.

“We can either do cold air, ice, a topical numbing or an anesthetic numbing injection that goes under the surface of the skin,” says Dr. Julie Keiffer, medical director and supervisor for Delete. “Most clients choose the anesthetic. They feel a little needle stick and slight discomfort and then they don’t feel anything.”

After each session, patients wait four to six weeks before coming back for another round. The number of treatments and cost both depend on the amount of ink, colors and the location of the tattoo.

Zimmerman says that Delete specifically targets 29- to 45-year-olds who are going through a change in life, whether it is marriage, children or a new job. Clients also include those who never liked their tattoo to begin with and want it removed.

“It’s a need out there and no one deserves to live with something permanently if there’s the technology out there to remove it,” she says.

Samya Cochran, 35, a mother of two, says she felt that it was time to remove two of her tattoos after being overlooked several times for modeling jobs because of her body art.

“It just wasn’t my style anymore,” she says. “I wanted my skin back and I’m just over-the-moon thrilled that this is getting done.”

In addition to its tattoo removal services, Delete also removes unwanted pigment spots on the body such as freckles or birthmarks.

As a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the company launched All Clear, a complimentary removal service for breast cancer survivors that removes the small mark left from the radiation site.

The removal salon is the company’s first location, but Zimmerman says she hopes to expand and eventually franchise Delete nationally.

“The more salons we have the bigger our messaging can be,” she says. “It’s a huge gamble but I really believe if we provide a superior product at a superior price, great results and great costumer service, then we’ve got a winner.”