What are age spots?

What are Age Spots?

Age spots are pigmented lesions caused by excess melanin in skin cells resulting from UV exposure. People of any age or race can develop these spots. (That was the bad news.) The good news is that there are several treatment options that can help you achieve that beautiful, even skin tone again. Topical treatments used to bleach, lighten or brighten include Hydroquinone, Lytera, or Chemical Peels.  Another popular option is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), for skin types I-IV,  which can pull the excess pigment out of the skin for an immediate improvement. We recommend using Lytera with retinol  to protect your investment and results after your IPL treatment.  Regardless of the treatment option you choose, sunscreen should always be applied afterwards and daily.

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Permanent Hair Removal in a Snap.

allysonIf you are tired of shaving, you should try laser hair removal.  Laser Hair Removal has become the preferred option and hair removal continues to be the #1 requested aesthetic treatment. Permanent hair removal happens when light passes through the skin and is absorbed by individual hair follicles. The process damages the hair follicles enough to inhibit future growth. The Cynosure Icon System offers high peak power and state-of-the-art cooling resulting in fast treatments with excellent results!  When using the laser as the preferred method of hair removal, one must commit to an average of 6 treatments.  Each treatment is administered about 6-8 weeks apart.  This treatment regimen will provide a nice result.  You will no longer have razor burn or angry,painful red bumps that appear as a result of ingrown hairs.  You will simply experience smooth, hair free skin until the growth cycle renews.  Each treatment, you will see less and less hair reappearing, eventually ending your love/hate relationship with your razor.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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Beautiful skin starts with an even complexion. Rx – IPL

allysonWhat is IPL?

If hyperpigmentation is your concern, you are not alone.  1.972 BILLION other people have that same concern. Say goodbye to sun damage, blotchy redness, hyperpigmentation, small facial veins, and more! Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or PhotoFacial uses pulsed light to penetrate the skin. The result is blood vessel constriction, collagen formation, and lifting away brown spots. The procedure is quick and requires no downtime. The best candidates for IPL are people with light, untanned skin. IPL can effectively improve skin texture, eliminate discolorations, reduce pore size, and minimize wrinkles and fine lines.  To keep your results in check, we recommend protecting your investment with SkinMedica’s Lytera for your at-home treatment.  Lytera is applied morning and night and contains a combination of ingredients that effectively reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots in as little as 4 weeks.  It has similar efficacy to 4% hydroquinone but unlike hydroquinone, Lytera can be used continuously where as hydroquinone’s recommended treatment is 3 months on, 3 months off .  IPL treatment in conjunction with Lytera will give you a fantastic result of a glowing, more even complexion.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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How does SmartLipo tighten up the skin?

I have the Smart Lipo Triplex laser liposuction machine that I use for almost all of my liposuction cases. I used traditional tumescent lipo for years and my only complaint was my lack of ability to get good skin tightening particularly on the back of the arm, the inner thighs, or tummies on the female patients who had some stretch marks from having babies. Skin tightening on the 40 and 50 something patients can also be a challenge. SmartLipo offers several advantages over standard lipo but skin tightening is a main one. But why?

Smart Lipo, particularly the triplex, uses a blending of two laser beams to create heat just under the skin surface. It has a 3rd laser light that targets and melts your fat cells and this process creates heat too. All of this heat, when properly applied and when taken to the proper levels, serves to heat up the deep surface of your skin, the deep dermis, and this is what causes skin tightening. It basically helps to shrink wrap your skin. It is great for the neck, the back of your arms, the inner thigh area, and lower tummies.

Now, it’s not magic though. It will not tighten up skin that hangs or is covered with stretchmarks and it doesn’t work as well in smokers.

If you want to see if Smart Lipo might work for you please contact our office in Louisville at 502.721.0330

Lee Corbett, MD Medical Director of Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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What makes laser liposuction different from traditional liposuction?

With traditional tumescent liposuction the process goes as follows: Very small incisions are used to access the treatment area. Then a saline (salt water) solution is pumped into the area. This process is where the word “tumescent” comes into play, it refers to the infusion of the water into the area. The tumescent fluid does 3 things for us. It causes the fat cells to swell and plump so they are easier to break down, there is lidocaine in it to numb the area, and there is epinephrine in it to constrict the blood vessels. We then wait about 15 minutes to let the epinephrine take effect. Then a hollow tube called a cannula is inserted and moved in a to and fro motion to break up and suction out the fat cells.

Laser Liposuction works a little differently. The incisions used are smaller because of the effects of the laser. 1-2 mm incisions are made and the tumescent water is placed. With the laser we don’t have to wait the 15 minutes because the laser will seal the blood vessels so that saves us some time. So the 1 mm laser wand is inserted and the laser turned on. The laser wand shoots out blended combinations of laser light that target the water in the fat cells and literally melts the fat. So the fat cell is being melted away instead of being physically disrupted as with traditional lipo. The laser also creates heat which is beneficial because it heats the under surface of the skin causing it to tighten more than is possible with standard lipo. The laser also coagulates blood vessels so there tends to be less bruising than we get with standard SAL (suction assisted lipectomy).

Both techniques will result in swelling so that part of your recovery should be the same with each method but most patients report less bruising, pain, and down time with the laser lipo vs standard lipo.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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How much weight can I lose with Liposuction?

I was seeing a patient this week for a Smart Lipo consultation and she asked me this question. She was quite surprised by my answer which was, “not much”. So, I thought this might be a good topic to blog about so that you might better understand the role of liposuction.

First, conceptually, think of Liposuction as a shaping tool, a sculpting tool. It is a way that I can restore balance to your figure. Another way of saying it, and I tell every patient this, is to think of liposuction as you would a nail file. It is a tool we use to smooth out a rough edge. For instance, take your back as an example. Say you are OK with your bra line area and you are OK with your tush, but right above your buttocks, lets call this area your hips, you have a bulge. I use this as an example because it seems like every woman who has had a baby has a little extra fat right there. Well, using the nail analogy, I want to use liposuction to ‘file down’ your hips so that they blend more smoothly with your bra line above and your buttock below.  So we are shaping/sculpting your figure to give you a smoother,  better curve. This doesn’t mean I am trying to remove every fat cell in the area, if I did that I would leave you with a dent that doesn’t match what’s around the area. I just want to remove enough to improve your figure. Now, if I am doing liposuction on your tummy, I am trying to remove every fat cell that I can possibly get out as no one has ever complained that their tummy is too flat!

As far as weight loss goes, fat is not a very dense tissue. It falls into the “pound of feathers” category. In other words, it takes a lot of fat to weigh even a pound. With most of my liposuction cases the patient might lose between 3 to 5 pounds, but that’s about it. Now, losing 3-5 pounds might very well enable you to drop a dress size or two. If we get rid of the bulge on your hips or your tummy your clothes will fit much better and you might not have to buy that larger size just to accommodate your problem area. But the idea of liposuctioning off 20 or 30 pounds or more is simply not possible and not done.

Dr. Lee Corbett

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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Medi Spa Menu

With the move to our new location to Eastpoint, we are pleased to offer an expanded service menu for our Medi-Spa! Services include facials, chemical peels, Derma Planing, IPL treatments for facial spider veins, facial pigmentation (brown spots), pore size and overall skin quality. We also offer laser treatments for hair removal and tattoo removal. We have also expanded our product line and now offer Neo-Cutis, Skin Ceuticals, Skin Medica, and Obagi.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Corbett Cosmetic

Aesthetic Surgery and Medi-Spa

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Summer Skin Care

Now at Corbett Cosmetic Surgery, my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice, we are offering several summer MediSpa packages.

We have Laser Genesis treatments that help reduce redness, pore size and build new collagen to firm the skin. SkinCeutical Peels are available to lighten and brighten your skin. Microdermabrasions are also available to exfoliate dead skin and deeply cleanse the skin.

If you have any interest in our MediSpa services please give us a call at 502.721.0330

Lee Corbett, MD


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Laser Tattoo Removal…are you a candidate?

Louisville, KY Laser Tattoo Removal.

Not all skin types are candidates for laser tattoo removal. Darker complected patients may not be good candidates because the laser can bleach the skin. If you are considering laser tattoo removal please click this link and complete the Fitzpatrick Scale evaluation.

If you are skin type I-IV you are likely to be a good candidate for Louisville Tattoo Laser treatments.

Lee Corbett, MD


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