Poikiloderma of Civatte

Poikiloderma of Civatte:

  • Appears as red-brown discoloration
  • Usually affects the sides of the neck and upper chest
  • Sometimes affects the cheeks, side burn area and ears
  • Usually does not affect the area directly under the chin which has been partially shielded by the sun
  • Is caused by sun exposure years or decades prior to the appearance of the changes in the skin
  • Occurs because damage from ultraviolet light causes:
    • Small abnormal vessels to grow
    • The skin to  become abnormally thin
    • Abnormal pigment to form
  • Is not cancerous
  • Does not develop into cancer
  • Is not dirt trapped in the skin

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) also known as photo-facials, fotofacials, and photo rejuvenation is a state-of-the-art system and the latest technique in photofacial therapy
  • The IPL system delivers high intensity, smooth and powerful pulses of light (not lasers) that greatly enhances the results of your skin rejuvenation
  • For skin therapy, IPL stimulates new collagen growth resulting in smoother, more even, healthier skin

How Does it Work?

  • A highly advanced computer regulates the light pulse to a specific wavelength range, which in turn heats a portion of the skin
  • This removes the unwanted tissue or pigment, while it spares or avoids the surrounding healthy or “normal” tissue
  • The penetration depth and degree of heat is highly controlled to minimize complications
  • With IPL  fotofacial rejuvenation, the light pulses are directed at, and improves:
    • Brown freckling
    • Enlarged pores
    • Sun damage
    • Skin collagen
    • Redness caused by broken capillaries
  • All of these lead to smoother, younger looking skin and reduced redness at the same time
  • IPL-Fotofacials can be combined with a medication called Levulan in a procedure called Levulan PDT-Photodynamic Skin Rejuvenation
  • Levulan-PDT is the ideal treatment for moderate to severely sun-damaged skin
  • Also, if you have pre-cancerous skin lesions (Actinic Keratoses), Levulan-PDT is an excellent way to improve your skin

How can you prevent Poikiloderma of Civatte?

  • Wear a hat with a broad brim and protective clothing (e.g. long sleeves)
  • Avoid the outdoors when the sun is strongest between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm
  • Use a sunscreen year round with an SPF of at least 30
  • Wear a sunscreen which resists water and sweating and which protects against both UVA and UVB
  • Reapply sunscreen every hour if you are in water or sweating heavily
  • Wear sunscreen even if you are in the shade, it is still possible to burn
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • The ultraviolet light from tanning beds causes skin cancer

Sun Damage (Poikiloderma) – Neck – Treatable with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Poikiloderma – Neck and Face

Poikiloderma of Civatte – Back of Neck

Microdermabrasion can boost the effectiveness of IPL treatments

What if you are interested to learn more?

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