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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.


Ulthera files for $86 million IPO

Ulthera, which sells ultrasound energy systems for the non-invasive lifting of eyebrows and skin around the neck, filed on Monday with the SEC to raise up to $86 million in an initial public offering.

The Mesa-based company, which was founded in 2004 and booked $82 million in sales for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, plans to list on the NASDAQ under the symbol ULTH. J.P. Morgan and Citi are the joint bookrunners on the deal. No pricing terms were disclosed. (1)

Ulthera, Inc. is a global medical device company focused on developing and commercializing technologies for aesthetic and medical applications. The company’s signature technology is the Ulthera® System, which is the first and only energy-based device that is FDA-cleared for use as an aesthetic treatment – the Ultherapy® procedure – that non-invasively lifts the eyebrow and skin on the neck and under the chin.

The company received its third FDA clearance in January of 2013 for its ultrasound platform device, the Ulthera System, has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to visualize the dermal and subdermal layers of tissue during the non-invasive lifting treatment, Ultherapy.

This third FDA clearance follows the first two – in Sept. 2009 and Oct. 2012 – which cleared the Ulthera System to non-invasively treat the face and neck with specific, first-and-only indications to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and above the brow.


Injectables Can Fill Out Wrinkles, Scars And Sculpt Your Face To Perfection

Give it a shot: Injectables can fill out wrinkles and scars and sculpt your face to perfection, experts say.

Do you want your face to be a masterpiece?

“What paints and clay are to an artist, ‘injectables’ are to a cosmetic dermatologist,” says Dr. Susan Van Dyke of Van Dyke Laser & Skin in Scottsdale.

The term “injectable” refers to any substance that can be introduced into the skin through a needle, Van Dyke says. Injectables can be broken down into three main groups: fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse), volumizers (Sculptra) and relaxers (Botox and Dysport).

Here is how Van Dyke defines them:

Fillers: “Plump up the lips, fill out wrinkles and scars, and can do amazing things by sculpting faces to perfection.”

Volumizers: “Improve overall facial volume that is lost as we age, filling in hollow temples and cheeks to re-establish a more youthful proportion.”

Relaxers: “Smooth wrinkles from movements such as squinting and frowning. Relaxers can also create uplift in the brow and lower face, which can get dragged down by age and gravity.”

Dr. Lee P. Laris of Phoenix Skin Scottsdale says the ideal patient who will benefit from injectables is someone who still has good elasticity in their skin, without a lot of excess skin around their jowls. If there is too much skin, the injectables can help soften the area, but will not get rid of the excess skin, so Laris recommends a mini facelift or a skin tightening system (Thermage, Ultherapy) before injecting the fillers to help tighten the surrounding area.

“As we age, we lose structure and often time one’s own fat is the best filler we have because it is long-lasting — 7-10 years — and natural.” Laris says.

He recommends that patients do their research before receiving an injectable.

“Many times I can suggest areas to inject that patients never knew could be done that makes a dramatic difference in the final result, and other times I may explain that filler is the wrong choice for them altogether,” Laris says. “They should go to a licensed doctor or provider that has been trained in the art of injecting.”

Even though most injectables can be done in less than 20 minutes, doctors say to make sure you spend some time doing research before walking into their office.

“My advice would be to ask questions, and make sure you are getting the best injectable and the best procedure for you,” Laris says. “Every patient is different and we all age differently. Someone with deep smile lines may need skin tightening before fillers to achieve optimal results, others may need several syringes around the mouth and under eyes to look their best. A younger patient may only require filler in their lips or acne scars. No one is the same and before you invest time and money into a procedure, I always recommend speaking with the provider so you know the expectations and risks of the procedures.”


For more information about injectables, visit:

Phoenix Skin Scottsdale
(480) 473-9111

Van Dyke Laser & Skin
(480) 948-5045

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013