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April 11th, 2016 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


Carl W. Soderstrom, MD Board Certified Dermatologist

One of the most incredible discoveries in dermatology over the past twenty years has been the use of laser light for effective skin rejuvenation.

Whether it’s the damaging rays of the sun, lifestyle choices (such as smoking) environmental pollutants or stress – they all effect the health, color and texture of the skin. The outcome can lead to premature aging including facial wrinkles, irregular skin tones, blotchiness, brown spots and rough “leathery” patches. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014 over 543,000 men and women decided to have facial laser resurfacing to help reverse the signs of aging.

Do you have a big event coming up soon – maybe a wedding or reunion? Imagine walking in looking and feeling years younger!


Water in skin cells is absorbed by specific laser light. The laser energy heats up the water causing the evaporation of the affected tissue. Some heat is also absorbed by adjacent tissue. This causes tiny “injuries” to the surface and thermal stimulation of the deeper skin layers. The body’s natural healing process then replaces the damaged skin with new and healthy tissue.


Considered to be the gold standard in laser rejuvenation, the CO2 Fractional Laser provides skin resurfacing, deep collagen restructuring, a short healing phase and minimal downtime – at lower cost than 3-5 more superficial laser treatments. Known as the “weekend peel” it provides cost effectiveness, convenience and results.

Continue reading… Youthful Looking Skin Is Possible With Facial Laser Resurfacing

March 8th, 2016 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


J. Eric Lomax, MD and James M. Jeffries III, MD

There are many reasons why women may consider breast enhancement surgery. Factors such as weight gain/loss, illness, pregnancy, breastfeeding, irregular shape and size, sagging and cancer are just a few situations that can influence this decision.

 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014, more than 286,000 women decided to have breast enhancement surgery making it the #1 cosmetic surgical procedure in the country. 


During this initial meeting it is important that your plastic surgeon understands your goals and desires.  Health issues, potential risks and expectations should be discussed. It is important to have open communication so the surgeon can determine the most appropriate options for the patient. Moving forward there are several options to discuss including the type of incision, implant placement, plus implant type, size, shape and surface.

Continue reading… Why do women get Breast Enhancement? The reasons may surprise you…

February 12th, 2016 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


Age, lifestyle, genetics and metabolism all play significant roles in how and where individuals store their excess weight.  For many, stubborn fat deposits around the abdomen, chest, thighs, arms, neck and face are the most problematic areas and can be resistant to diet and exercise.

Laser Liposuction

In the last twenty years, there have been significant scientific advances in the field of body contouring including Smartlipo Triplex™. This laser liposuction treatment system is supported by eight years of clinical studies and is one of the most researched lasers systems available. 


How does it work?

The procedure is performed using a small tube about the size of the tip of a pen, which is inserted under the skin.  The laser delivers energy directly to the fat cells through the tube, causing them to rupture.  The liquefied fat is then gently suctioned out. This unique technology safely delivers the optimal blend of three laser wavelengths for better fat removal and enhanced tissue tightening.

Continue reading… There’s Hope for those with Fat Deposits Resistant to Diet and Exercise

November 26th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: drinking more water is the first step to optimal health. Staying hydrated is a magical way to keep your body in check and take care of your basic functions. You’ve probably also been told that drinking a certain amount of water a day will lead to the perfect complexion we all dream about. But we need to relearn a few of the things we’ve been told.

TRUTH: Water can help with weight loss

Well, yes, but this isn’t some voodoo magic where drinking more water immediately begins to shrink fat cells. (Scientists, can we get on that?) Instead, this is a pretty obvious phenomenon. Researches have found that drinking a glass or more of water before a meal will fill your stomach up making you eat less when you sit down to dig in. It is also true that feeling hungry and feeling thirsty send the same signals to our brains. So staying consistently hydrated throughout the day will reduce the amount of times we feel the need to snack. The other piece of this is almost too obvious to mention, but I will, because we could all use the reminder: choosing water over soft drinks is one of the best ways to curb calories and lose weight.

TRUTH: Water can get rid of headaches

Dehydration is a leading cause of headaches, causing blood volume to drop and less oxygen to flow to the brain. The decreased oxygen and electrolytes in the brain produce pain signals resulting in different types of headaches. Some may recognize this sensation as a hangover, but migraine sufferers and others can be more sensitive to dehydration and experience this without drinking a bottle of wine the night before. Staying properly hydrated throughout the day is one of the best ways to be proactive in warding off unwanted headaches.

MYTH: Water prevents dry skin

While drinking water does work to flush out the toxins that clog our pores and cause acne, the idea that drinking more than 8 cups a day makes your skin look young and fresh is ultimately not true. Sure, dehydration can lead to drier skin but once you’re taking in a good amount of fluids, drinking even more isn’t going to help your complexion. Instead of surging straight to clearing up our faces, the excess water will be filtered through our kidneys as waste. The most important thing to pay attention to for flawless skin is external factors like cleansing routines and exposure to damaging sunlight. Keep drinking adequate amounts of water but don’t expect it to seep through to the outer layers of your epidermis and smooth out problem areas.

October 17th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


Individual results may vary.

One of the most incredible discoveries in health care over the past two decades has been the use of laser light for the effective treatment of skin diseases and skin rejuvenation. Laser beams have been created that penetrate the skin at different depths, different widths, and with different degrees of intensity. They have also been designed so the skin, or colors in the skin, absorbs different wavelengths of light. To create this multitude of possibilities, a large number of different colored laser beams had to be engineered scientifically and technologically.

Vein Therapy

Veins, blood vessels, and red birthmarks absorb laser light in the color of red, therefore, these laser beams can treat these types of lesions. The laser beam
is directed into the skin and in all cases it passes harmlessly through the skin, but once it hits the red in the blood vessels
it heats up the blood as the light is then absorbed causing the area to be treated.

Tattoo Removal

Blue, green, red, or yellow colors
all have to be treated with different laser beams. Tattoo treatments and pigment
in tattoos, therefore, over a period of time and multiple treatments, can be effectively diminished or completely eradicated. This is also true for ink stains, tar abrasions, and other forms of pigment in the skin, including birthmarks.

Continue reading… What Can Lasers Do For You?

September 4th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute


Most of us have been there. You are worrying about an important presentation in the morning at work, only to wake up with a new blemish. No matter the specific situation, acne can be an embarrassing and even debilitating skin condition that affects many people at some point in their lives.

Forty to fifty million people have acne at any one time.

It is the most common skin problem in the United States.
— American Academy of Dermatology

What is Acne?

Acne is an inflammation of the oil glands and hair follicles of the skin. During your lifetime, especially during adolescent years, hormonal changes take place. These changes can cause oil glands to produce more oil than necessary to lubricate the skin. When this happens, the gland opening gets blocked, and germs grow, causing pimples to form.

Acne consists of blackheads, whiteheads, red bumps, pustules, and sometimes deeper boil-like spots called cysts or nodules. Most commonly appearing on the face, acne occurs anywhere that oil glands are numerous. Other common areas susceptible to acne breakouts are the back, chest, shoulders, and neck.

While it is not curable, acne is treatable and visiting a dermatologist is the first step in getting acne under control and eventually into remission.

Because it commonly appears in teens going through puberty, many make the serious mistake of “waiting out” acne. Even when briefly affected, not treating the disease can have consequences like recurring flares-ups later in life and the increased likelihood of scars in the affected areas. Treating and preventing acne now means less of a chance to experience it in the future.

More women are getting adult onset acne.

Not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s.
— American Academy of Dermatology

Continue reading… The Myths, Truths, and Treatments of Acne

April 25th, 2015 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

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Almost completely preventable and curable, skin cancer is still overlooked by many as a medical threat. And yet, this year alone, over 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed and over 9,000 of these cases will be fatal. (American Academy of Dermatology) 

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is a mutation that occurs in the DNA of skin cells. These mutations cause the cells to grow out of control and form a mass of cancer cells. 

Skin cancer begins in your skin’s top layer — the epidermis. The epidermis is a thin layer that provides a protective cover of skin cells that your body continually sheds. The epidermis contains three main types of cells:

Squamous cells lie just below the outer surface and function as the skin’s inner lining. Basal cells, which produce new skin cells, sit beneath the squamous cells. Melanocytes — which produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its normal color — are located in the lower part of your epidermis.

Melanocytes produce more melanin when you’re in the sun to help protect the deeper layers of your skin.

Continue reading… Skin Cancer – Prevention and Early Detection Are Key