Healthier Skin for the Summer An interview with Dr. Lopez by Channel 5 Belize.
Sun Damage Aging speeds up in those areas exposed to sunlight, a process known as photoaging. Photoaging, or sun damage, results in fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and textural changes. The epidermis becomes thinner so the skin easily blisters and tears. The skin feels dry because it is less able to hold onto water. Overactivity […]
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who is already infected. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including HPV (genital warts), chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, and syphilis. Most STDs affect both men […]
Scars & Scar Correction Scars are permanent and affect a person’s self esteem, especially when located on visible body areas. Vicious scars could even go beyond the original injured skin (keloids) or raise above the skin (hypertrophic scars). The correction of the scars could be achieved through surgery and intralesional therapy, both techniques being offered […]
Melasma Melasma appears as a symmetrical blotchy, brownish pigmentation on the face. The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes. It can lead to considerable embarassment and distress. The cause of melasma is complex. There is a genetic predisposition to melasma, with at least one-third of patients reporting other family […]
These may be upsetting, but they usually are not caused by serious medical problems. Hair loss, including thinning and breaking, is the most common scalp problem. Most people lose from 50 to 100 hairs per day. Some possible causes for severe hair loss are: damage to the hair from hair care products, (dyes and permanents, curling […]
This procedure peels away many visible signs of aging on the face, hands, neck and chest. After the skin heals, fewer wrinkles, less discoloration and improved texture may be seen. Chemical peeling is also suitable for younger people. Some people in their 20s and 30s opt for a mild chemical peel to prevent signs of […]
Photo-thermal rejuvenation is a skin treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF) to treat some skin conditions and remove wrinkles arising from photoaging. The process induces controlled wounds on the skin, prompting it to heal itself by creating new cells. This process reverses the effects of photoaging to a certain extent by […]
Known by brand names Botox® and Xeomin®, this is a procedure that can erase years from the face or neck by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Because the injections are quick, side effects minimal, and the procedure does not generally require downtime, this is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the […]
Rosacea is a common facial acne-like disorder affecting middle-aged and older adults, particularly the fair-skinned. Many patients have a significant flush or blush that might be precipitated by hot liquids, hot sauce, alcohol and sun exposure. Depending on the severity of the condition rosacea could be treated with oral or topical medications.