Cosmetic & Surgical Procedures
Laser Hair Removal
Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, women and men who are tired of temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair on the face, back, legs or other body areas may welcome laser hair removal with relief.
Lasers produce highly focused, intense beams of light. Dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface absorb this light and convert it to heat, destroying the follicles and preventing hair growth for up to two years.
Multiple treatments are required for complete hair removal. Treatments are needle-free and do not require anesthesia. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight sting like the snap of a rubber band.
It is possible that some hair will grow back, though it is usually finer and lighter than what was originally removed. There may also be some redness and swelling following the procedure. .
Laser Vein Therapy
Laser vein therapy is a modern procedure for the treatment of leg veins. At the Dermatology and Laser Center, we utilize an advanced long pulse laser ... the VersaPulse® by Coherent . VersaPulse treats veins with pulses of highly concentrated green light. The beams color is significant in that the color of a particular laser is key to its effect on spider veins, since certain colors of light are absorbed by specific colors in the skin's pigmentation. The laser's light energy seals the vein shut allowing the now diminished vein to be reabsorbed by the body, rendering it nearly invisible. The pulses of light are also unique in that they are adjustable for duration, thus minimizing bruising.
Microdermabrasion has become very popular with patients showing the early signs of aging, sun exposure and other facial imperfections. Non-invasive and non-wounding to the skin's surface, the procedure entails virtually no discomfort, down time or recovery. Patients typically experience some redness for about an hour after the procedure.
In addition to the face, microdermabrasion can be successfully used on the neck, arms and hands. It is also beneficial for patients with darker skin types.
This rejuvenation method is generally indicated for dull, oily or leathery skin texture, Contracting enlarged pores, exfoliating and suctioning clogged pores in acne cases, polishing and reducing fine lines, mild acne scarring, mild pigment irregularities, enhancing penetration of therapeutic agents.
Photodynamic therapy is a new treatment for some types of cancer. It may also be used to treat some non-cancerous conditions of the skin or eye. PDT is not yet established as a standard treatment, and research is continuing to find its exact role as a cancer treatment.
PDT uses laser, or other light sources, combined with a light sensitive drug (sometimes called a photosensitising agent) to destroy cancer cells. Within a period of three hours, the drug is selectively modified and concentrates in diseased cells while largely clearing from normal tissue. The drug remains inactive until exposed to light. When applied, the light energy, delivered to the cancer site, chemically activates the active metabolite and creates a toxic form of oxygen which destroys the cancerous and pre-cancerous cells with minimal damage to healthy cells. Most PDT treatment can be performed, on an outpatient basis.
Sclerotherapy is the removal of veins by injecting a substance, usually saline, foam or glycerin, into the vein. The substance coats the inner lining of the vein, causing the vein to be reabsorbed gradually by the body. We most commonly perform sclerotherapy with foam for large varicose veins and with glycerin or sodium tetradecyl sulfate for spider veins. We often combine sclerotherapy with laser to achieve the most effective, most rapid and least uncomfortable removal of leg veins. *
*All patients should have a minimum of a venous Doppler exam prior to proceeding with any vein treatment of any type. This exam is performed painlessly in our office at the time of the consultation at no extra cost. An abnormal Doppler exam suggests that deep veins that cannot be seen on the surface are leaky and need to be treated also. Failure to recognize and treat deep veins will lead to rapid reoccurrence of spider and varicose veins on the surface. This fact represents one of the main causes of unsuccessful treatment of veins. Make sure you have had at least a Doppler exam before you proceed with any vein treatment!
The Thermage procedure is an advanced way of tightening skin that uses a unique form of radiofrequency energy to allow the Physician to tighten loose or sagging skin, producing a kind of "lift" without an incision or recovery time. With the gentle touch of the device tip, the surface of the skin is cooled, while the deeper tissue, is altered by radiofrequency heating. This not only tightens deeper skin tissue, but jumpstarts new collagen production, which occurs over a period of time.
While not a substitute for a surgical facelift, the Thermage procedure can be used on patients with a moderate amount of sagging skin and wrinkles. The Thermage procedure is sometimes referred to as a mini-face lift, ThermaLift or DermaLift by physicians who have observed that this non-surgical procedure lifts and tightens tissue, similar to a facelift without the surgery. Thermage is now FDA approved for the body.
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