CRYOGENIC AGE SPOT TREATMENT
In today’s world of endless information available at the click of a button, people are increasingly informed about cosmetic concerns and treatments. You may have wondered what those darkened spots on your skin are and turned to Google to learn they are called age spots.
These aesthetically bothersome spots appear on our skin over time and are, thankfully, harmless (benign). While they lie flat against the skin, their tan, light brown or dark brown coloring can mar an otherwise even skin tone.
WHAT CAUSES AGE SPOTS?
Age spots are commonly called sun spots and liver spots, but they are technically known as solar lentigines because they are caused by ultraviolet (UV) damage. Exposure to UV radiation, whether from the sun, tanning lamps or another artificial UV light source, causes your skin to produce excess melanin in certain areas, which darkens the affected area.
As the face is generally not covered by clothing, it is left exposed to more UV radiation than other areas of the body. Because of this, we often develop dark spots on our faces.
Unfortunately, this type of hyperpigmentation won’t go away on its own. At California Dermatology Care, Dr. Ting and our certified providers offer Glacial Rx, a revolutionary solution to your bothersome age spots. With this treatment, we can restore your youthful complexion.
WHAT IS GLACIAL RX™?
Glacial Rx is an FDA-cleared non-surgical treatment that eliminates age spots and produces more even, youthful skin. Using patented cooling technology called Cryomodulation, this treatment freezes the increased melanin at its source to safely and painlessly banish these benign skin lesions.
To find out if you’re a candidate for Glacial Rx treatment, give us a call or text at 925-328-0255.
WHAT IS CRYOMODULATION™?
Cryomodulation is the proprietary technology in Glacial Rx that cools the treatment area to suppress melanin production. Melanocytes are cells that produce and deliver melanin in the skin, and Glacial Rx prevents them from providing melanin in the treated areas.
As the first treatment of its kind, Glacial Rx uses this groundbreaking technology to eliminate age spots without heat and provide you with a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
WHAT DOES GLACIAL RX™ TREAT?
- Age spots
This treatment offers semi-permanent removal of dark spots and temporary reduction of skin redness and inflammation.
WHAT IS GLACIAL RX™ TREATMENT LIKE?
This fast and easy treatment provides a painless, relaxing experience without the need for numbing creams or topical anesthetics. Most patients say the treatment provides a refreshing sensation and feels like a relaxing facial. The whole treatment process usually takes less than an hour, and you do not need to schedule any downtime for after.
STEP 1: COOLING YOUR SKIN
Dr. Ting or one of our experienced providers will gently place the cold plate of the Glacial Rx handpiece against each of your dark spots for 15 to 20 seconds.
STEP 2: CALMING YOUR FACIAL TISSUES
Your provider will gently move the cooling handpiece over the rest of your facial skin to soothe inflammation, puffiness and redness. This process increases skin exfoliation and also prepares the skin to better absorb the serums in the next step.
STEP 3: PROTECTING YOUR SKIN
We will apply topical products to your skin that deliver potent, clinically proven ingredients. These serums help brighten your skin and protect it from environmental damage with antioxidants and other protective, nourishing ingredients.
WHEN WILL I SEE MY GLACIAL RX™ RESULTS?
Full results will become apparent after about two months, but many patients see improvement in their skin tone after just one month.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GLACIAL RX™
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR GLACIAL RX™?
If you suffer from troublesome dark spots that detract from the beautiful skin you want, you can likely benefit from Glacial Rx. This non-surgical treatment eliminates dark spots, but it cannot prevent new ones from developing. Candidates should be willing to limit their sun exposure and use sunscreen daily if they want to maintain their results.
During your consultation, our expert providers can evaluate your skin health and needs and determine if Glacial Rx is the right treatment for you.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Glacial Rx is a highly effective procedure, and patients typically only need one treatment to see results. However, if you have spots that are very dark or areas with a large amount of them, you may want to undergo a repeat treatment.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS AFTER GLACIAL RX™ TREATMENT?
You may experience mild redness after treatment that should resolve within a couple of days. Temporary darkening of the skin may also occur that will resolve on its own.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TREATING AGE SPOTS WITH COLD VERSUS HEAT?
Other dark spot removal treatments use lasers or light, such as intense pulsed light (IPL), to heat and damage the melanin in the skin. These treatments are often uncomfortable and require downtime to recover. You may need to undergo these treatments in the winter to avoid being in excessive heat and when you can spend more time indoors recovering out of the sun. With Glacial Rx, you can undergo treatment during any season.
CAN I COMBINE GLACIAL RX™ WITH OTHER FACIAL REJUVENATION PROCEDURES?
In some cases, exfoliation treatments can be undergone before your Glacial Rx treatment. These may include microdermabrasion or a HydraFacial. Microdermabrasion uses dermabrasion tips to resurface your skin, while a HydraFacial uses more gentle water-based solutions to resurface the top layer of skin. These cosmetic treatments remove your skin’s outer damaged layers to reduce wrinkles, dryness and other textural irregularities to reveal smoother, more radiant skin. Other skin procedures may need to be performed a few weeks before or after your Glacial Rx treatment to allow your skin to rejuvenate between treatments.
At your consultation, we can develop a customized skincare treatment plan based on what’s needed to achieve the even complexion and smooth skin you desire.
SOOTHE YOUR WAY TO SMOOTH SKIN WITH GLACIAL RX™
Dr. Ting and our certified providers at California Dermatology Care offer Glacial Rx dark spot treatment in San Ramon, Hercules and Livermore.