Dr. Jill Waibel

With the before and after picture of a 90-year-old lady, Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida explains studies show that when women and men do procedures for things like wrinkles, they do it to make themselves feel better.

The dermatologist also explains what IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is and how it can delay aging. Rosacea is a chronic genetic condition of the skin. It can be very painful, stingy and gets really red.

Laser procedure doesn’t cure the disease, but the skin looks better, because after one treatment session, the patient comes back again 2 to 3 years later, says Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida.

Also she explains what photodynamic therapy is and how it prevents and helps skin cancer patients. Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, says acne is the number one reason people go to a dermatologist. “One of the highest populations to get acne is adult women, so a third of women have severe acne from the ages of 18 until they’re 90.”

She explains the gold nanoparticle laser is a treatment that cures acne. A nanoparticle is a tiny particle you rub on the skin, activate with a laser, and it destroys the oil glands. It’s about 75% improvement. Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains there are patients with a disease called hyperhidrosis. She also says sweating can be a real medical problem and a lot of patients don’t even know it is a disease.

She points out there is a new device called the MiraDry. “It is a microwave technology that stops excessive sweating, this is permanent.” Port wine stain is a spontaneous genetic mutation, explains Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida.

She says at birth, parents are afraid of the birthmark on the baby’s face, but she explains the treatment. “Statistics are staggering if you treat the patient within the first three months of life, you get an 80 % chance of a 100 % clearing.” Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains laser treatment for wrinkle and skin tightening.

Normally It’s a one-time treatment and It’s once every five or ten years, she explains.

For best results, the laser procedure can be combined with botox. Port-wine birthmarks and hemangioma are two main red birthmarks, explains Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida and adds they’re tumors of blood vessels.

The specialist says with two or three laser treatments, the birthmarks can go completely away.

This procedure takes three to ten seconds. Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains Restoring Heroes Foundation helps veterans that are burn victims or others that are not getting cutting-edge health care. “That’s what you need with these horrible injuries.”

The doctors of the foundation are specialized in high trauma and trauma reconstruction. “Miami’s been the first city to pilot this, and we’re going to take it then to Boston and California,” she says.
Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains Restoring Heroes Foundation helps veterans that are burn victims or others that are not getting cutting-edge health care. “That’s what you need with these horrible injuries.”

The doctors of the foundation are specialized in high trauma and trauma reconstruction. “Miami’s been the first city to pilot this, and we’re going to take it then to Boston and California,” she says. “It’s all downhill after 20, our muscles are aging, our bones are aging, our fat goes away from our face into our stomach,” says Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida.

She explains there are some people that maybe don’t have time for a facelift, or maybe their health won’t let them have a facelift, so they need some other options, like non-surgical facelift. Lasers are simple and very safe procedures, affirms Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida.

However, the doctor thinks lasers can be scary for patients at first. “Lasers can do things that we don’t have any other thing in medicine that can do,” she says.

Laser is a very natural organic option to choose, It’s really taking the skin back to where it was 20 years ago, she adds. Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, says clinical trials are very important in medicine, it is safe, because it has the approval of the FDA. “The FDA also said it works, but we want to study it more and see some different things. Clinical trials are an exciting opportunity for patients.”

She explains a lot of patients could think they are guinea pigs, but by the time it gets to a physician’s office it is already been done on hundreds of patients in most cases, and the FDA monitors every single step of the way. The treatment with Alexandrite laser is used for getting rid of the brown spots on the hands; however, this laser can be done anywhere on the body.

“They turn a little grey for three to five days, they crust off and clear hands,” explains Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida.

Regarding the white spots, the doctor says they’re called idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis and they’re sun induced. Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains the clinical trial to regrow hair consists on using stem cells to grow hair in humans. “We do have an FDA approval for this and this will be starting soon.”

She also says this maybe can grow new skin for burn survivors, new pigment, but they don’t have official FDA approvals yet. “Stem cells are going to cure diseases that we can’t cure now; it’s very exciting.” Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains the fractional ablative laser was brought to market to treat wrinkles. “We have helped to innovate. We were the first to treat a burn patient in the world with these lasers. These lasers vaporize the scar issue into tiny little holes, it’s like boiling water on the stove with the tea, it starts as water and it turns into steam. We steam off the scar and it rebuilds to almost normal skin.”

She says she has burn patients that just want to open their mouth wider so they can brush their teeth. “It’s about function, it’s about quality of life.” Hyperhidrosis is a common disorder characterized by excessive sweating. Dr. Jill Waibel, Dermatologist with Baptist Health South Florida, talks about how it occurs, how common it is, and how to diagnose it.

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