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Dermatology

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Your skin is the most visible reflection of your health and vitality. We’ll help you care for it.

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Our dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin, hair and nail conditions of all kinds. Whether the patient is a child with eczema or an adult with skin cancer, you can count on us for expert, lifelong care.

We care for concerns from the common to the complex, including:

  • Benign and precancerous skin growths
  • Skin cancer
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis (a disorder that causes red, itchy patches)
  • Childhood rashes
  • Contact dermatitis (skin rash caused by touching something)
  • Skin problems related to medical conditions
  • Hair and nail disorders

Services include: 

  • Mohs surgery, an advanced procedure for skin cancer
  • Photodynamic therapy (using drugs and light) to treat precancerous skin lesions
  • Cosmetic services such as skin resurfacing and laser hair removal

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Cosmetic dermatology

The Polyclinic has a team of dermatologists who do cosmetic dermatology procedures on a daily basis. All are highly trained and board certified. We also have a licensed master aesthetician on staff who does cosmetic skin care treatments. 

Procedures and treatments include:

  • Cosmetic injectables (treatments injected into the skin)
  • Skin resurfacing (removing the damaged outer layer of the skin)
  • Skin rejuvenation (refreshing the skin’s appearance)
  • Laser hair removal
  • Chemical peels
  • Skin care services
  • Skin care products
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  • Chemical peels use a chemical solution to remove the outermost layer of skin. This improves tone, texture and clarity. It also helps improve acne or acne scars, age spots, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, scars, rough skin, scaly patches and sun damage.  

    The chemical peels we offer include The Perfect Peel®, Mini Melanage®, Quelage®, Illuminize®, Vitalize® and Rejuvenize®

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  • Cosmetic injectables are treatments that are injected into the skin. The goal is to help improve the skin’s appearance. 

    Wrinkle-smoothing injections help reduce the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the face and neck. All use the botulinum toxin to relax muscles. We use Botox®, Xeomin® and Dysport®.

    Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the skin. They help to:

    • Add volume and fullness to the face
    • Smooth facial wrinkles and folds
    • Help plump thin lips
    • Improve the appearance of depressed scars

    The brands we use include Juvederm® and Kybella®.

    Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins — small purple, blue or red veins usually found on the legs. A salt solution is injected into the veins, which makes them seal and fade. Multiple treatments may be needed to get significant results. 

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  • Laser hair removal works for most parts of the body. It uses a laser to deliver highly concentrated light that heats up hair follicles. This helps keep hair from growing back. Multiple treatments are needed to achieve significant hair reduction.  

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  • DermaSweep® exfoliates (removes the top layer) the skin using a special process. This reduces the appearance of sun damage, dry skin, surgical scars, acne and acne scars. The skin feels fresh and radiant. No discomfort or downtime is involved.

    Dermaplaning uses a special instrument to scrape away dead skin cells and fine hair. The procedure is comfortable and relaxing. It can also be combined with other services to improve results.

    Tinting involves coloring the eyebrows or lashes with a safe, custom-blended color. This makes them look full and more noticeable.

    Waxing removes hair in various parts of the body. It leaves the skin smooth and hair-free. 

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  • Platelet-rich plasma is a newer treatment option for certain types of hair loss. It involves a blood draw and separating your plasma from the rest of your blood. Plasma contains bioactive components that stimulate hair growth. 

    Your plasma is injected into the scalp in a series of injections. We recommend three treatments spaced a month apart and a maintenance treatment every six months. 

    Each treatment costs $600 and is not covered by insurance. A hair loss consultation is required before treatment and can be billed to insurance. 

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  • The following products are available for purchase at our Madison and Downtown locations: 

    • Skin Better Science
    • SkinCeuticals®
    • Neocutis®
    • EltaMD®
    • Bella Medical
    • Beaute Pacifique
    • Perfect Beauty
    • Latisse®
    • Young Pharmaceuticals
    • IMAGE Skincare
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  • Whatever your skin concern is, we offer advanced clinical skin care procedures and high-quality products. 

    Our licensed master aesthetician offers no-fee consultations to determine the best treatments and products for your skin. Some of our dermatologists offer cosmetic consultations for a fee. 

    Ready to improve your look? To talk with one of our dermatologists, or to schedule a no-fee consultation with an aesthetician, call 1-206-860-5571.  

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  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) destroys undesirable skin tissue to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and freckles. It also removes age spots and redness caused by broken capillaries and rosacea.

    Because IPL requires no downtime, it’s popular with patients who have active lifestyles. Multiple treatments are usually needed for best results.

    Nordlys is a type of laser treatment. It helps clear and smooth the skin by improving textural irregularities and rejuvenating areas that have sun damage.

    It works by delivering very small and controlled bursts of heat energy to the area being treated. The heat stimulates the production of collagen, which resurfaces the skin over time.

    The treatment takes only a short time and the surface of the skin is left intact. Healing and recovery are quick and no downtime is involved. Multiple treatment sessions may be needed. 

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  • Fractionated carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is the best option for skin resurfacing (a way to improve skin quality and texture). It works by sending thousands of tiny beams of light into the skin. This helps remove sun damage, deep wrinkles, acne scars and surgical scars. 

    Usually only one treatment is needed. Expect downtime of 10 to 14 days. 

    MicroPen® uses tiny needles to prick the skin to produce collagen and elastin. This helps soften wrinkles, reduce pore size and even skin tone. It also improves the texture of stretch marks and scars, including acne scars. 

    This treatment requires little downtime, making it ideal if you have an active lifestyle. Multiple treatments are usually needed for best results. 

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The Polyclinic Clinical Research Department - Rosacea Treatment - Evening Magazine

Narrator: Health Link on Evening is brought to you in part by The Polyclinic.

[Sound of waves crashing]

Male Reporter: The sun can trigger it, so can spicy foods and alcohol. And when it happens, it’s hard to hide.

[Music] 

Monet: It started off, just red skin. And mainly just in this area right here. And then it started happening in dots and I’d get them right above my lip, looked like fever blisters.

Male Reporter: Monet is describing her rosacea. An uncomfortable skin condition that has another known cause, skin mites. This guy. The demodex mite. Before you say “Gross!” just know- we all have them.

Monet: We all- I know! People are like, “Gross! You have face mites?”, I’m like, “So do you! You have them! We all do” [laughs]

Dr. Kim Abson: It is unfortunate that the demodex mite is on everyone’s skin. But in patients with rosacea, we recently found that there’s an increased concentration.

Monet: And obviously my face mites don’t live well on my face, they-they, we weren’t compatible. 

Male Reporter: Monet couldn’t get rid of them. At least not until her dermatologist at The Polyclinic, Dr. Kim Abson, recommended she participate in a clinical trial testing a new cream designed to kill those mites. 

Dr. Kim Abson: We made a decision that we would like to participate in clinical trials so that our patients would have access to potentially newer medications or options. 

Male Reporter: The Polyclinic currently has more than 2 dozen clinical trials underway, investigating remedies for a wide range of ailments. But to be effective, they need volunteers like Monet. 

Monet: And to think that this might help me and others was definitely a benefit. 

Male Reporter: The yearlong trial of the rosacea cream began with a questionnaire. Then, periodic checkups at The Polyclinic’s onsite research department. It was a blind study, meaning Monet didn’t know if she was using the real thing or a placebo. But after a while, she could make an educated guess. 

Monet: I started noticing um, just a clearing up. You know, fewer- fewer red dots.

Male Reporter: The treatment recently received FDA approval and is now available to other patients. It’s the end result of giving a clinical trial a go. 

Dr. Kim Abson: It’s volunteerism. And you have to understand that it may not benefit you but it may benefit the next patient. It’s an opportunity to participate in science. 

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Treating rosacea

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