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UltraPulse Fractional Ablative Laser Resurfacing

What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Fractional CO2 ablative laser resurfacing is a revolutionary laser technology for aged, sun-damaged, pigmented or scarred skin. It is a precise, effective, and long-lasting method to regenerate new, healthy skin. The minimal downtime procedure uses Fractional CO2 Laser microbeams to precisely target the deep dermal layers of the skin. This stimulates a cascade of healing responses that leads to tissue regeneration and new collagen formation throughout the entire treatment area. As a result, the skin is restored to a healthier, more youthful state. The face, neck, chest and hands can all be treated with UltraPulse technology. Because only a fraction of the skin is actually touched by the laser, healing time can be limited to just a few days.

What Conditions Can It Treat?

Cosmetic Indications:

  • Rhytides (Wrinkles)
  • Mottled dyspigmentation
  • Telangiectasia (Red Spots)
  • Solar lentignes (Brown spots)
  • Large pores
  • Rough skin texture

Medical Indications:

  • Actinic keratosis (sun-damaged skin, precancerous lesions)
  • Seborrheic keratosis (sun-damaged skin, precancerous lesions)
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia (yellow, shiny bumps on the face)
  • Rhinophyma (nose swelling and tissue over growth)
  • Epidermal Melasma (Brown spots)

Who Will Perform the Procedure?

Our dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Weimin Katherine Hu, will perform your procedure. She has fellowship training in laser and cosmetic surgery and has extensive experience with ablative lasers and other cosmetic procedures. Along with her strong background in wound healing and reconstructive surgery as a Mohs surgeon, she provides her patients with excellent treatment and a high level of satisfaction.

What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment Like and Is the Procedure Painful?

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is typically performed in a physician’s office and lasts for about 20 minutes. Your comfort is our top priority. Oral pain medications, as well as topical anesthesia, may be used during the treatment. As the microbeams are applied, you will feel a warm sensation at the treatment area. Immediately following the treatment, your skin will feel warm and will be similar in appearance to a deep sunburn. Over the next several days you will follow a gentle washing and moisturizing regimen, and avoid direct exposure to sunlight.

The post-procedure discomfort is minor; our patients have been able to tolerate the procedure very well. As your skin heals, it will begin to flake, and you will notice improvement in your wrinkles, fine lines, pigment and scars. Redness can last a few months depending upon your individual skin type.

You will be able to go back to work in 5-10 days depending on the depth of the treatment.

How Soon Will I See Results and How Long Will They Last?

You will notice improvement with skin texture and color in about two weeks. Wrinkle improvement will take about 2-6 months since it depends on collagen regeneration. UltraPulse ablative resurfacing can typically provide long lasting benefit for decades.

How Do I Get Started?
Call us at 520-618-0235 to schedule your consultation today!
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Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

What is IPL?
IPL uses short bursts of high energy light to penetrate into the skin and correct a variety of abnormalities. It has been used to effectively treat the redness associated with rosacea, removal of broken facial veins and brown spots associated with sun damage. One of the advantages of IPL is that it is non-ablative and noninvasive, meaning it does not involve surgery or destruction of the skin.

How does it work?
IPL is similar to laser therapies in that it uses a beam of light to target pigmentation and wrinkles and eliminate them with heat. However, instead of using just one color, or wavelength of light, IPL uses a range of wavelengths. This gives our technicians the ability to adjust how deep in the skin the light goes and what structure it targets. Different structures in the skin absorb different wavelengths of the light more effectively. This prevents the use of excessive energy and damage to other layers of the skin.

What does IPL treat?

Problem Areas:

  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Face

Target Conditions:

    • Rosacea
    • Spider Veins
    • Brown Spots

 

 

What can I expect during treatment?

IPL treatments typically involve four to six visits spaced three to six weeks apart. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and patients can return to their normal routine immediately. IPL infrequently causes some side effects including mild discomfort during treatment and skin turning pink, freckling, mild swelling and feeling a little sore immediately after the procedure. Side effects are minimal and typically fade within two weeks of the procedure.

How Do I Get Started?
Call us at 520-618-0235 to schedule your consultation today!
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Vbeam Vascular Laser

What is Vbeam?

Our 595-nm pulsed-dye laser (PDL) has a superb reputation in the treatment of vascular lesions. It targets unwanted blood vessels while leaving other skin structures with minimal damage. The duration of the pulses can be adjusted so that the desired energy can be delivered to the targeted vessel without excessive heat to the surrounding skin. This laser also has a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), which delivers a spray of cool air prior to the laser pulse, protecting the epidermis and reducing the risk of blistering, purpura, and pigmentary changes. The V-beam has been considered to be the most effective and safest modality of choice for the removal of excess blood vessels.

What Conditions Can It Treat?

Cosmetic Indications:

  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Diffuse Redness
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Facial/Leg Veins
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars and Stretch Marks
  • Freckles, Sun and Age Spots
  • Poikiloderma

Medical Indications:

  • Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Hemangioma/Port Wine Stain
  • Angioma
  • Venous Lakes
  • Benign Gynecological Vascular Lesions
  • Other Benign Cutaneous Vascular Lesions
  • Onychomycosis (Toe Nail Fungus)

What Does the Procedure Feel Like?
In most cases, our patients consider the treatment very tolerable with no need of any pain medications. However, in the cases of patients with a large treatment area, Tylenol can be taken prior to the treatment to reduce the discomfort during the procedure.

What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
In general, each treatment can reduce target vessels by 50-90%. The necessary number of treatments is determined by the type of blood vessel, the area being treated, and the medical condition of the patient. In most cases, 2-3 treatments will achieve a satisfactory outcome. For some conditions, such as port wine stain, 6-8 treatments are necessary. On average, treatment can be done every 4-6 weeks. Additional “touchup” treatments on small troublesome areas can be arranged at relatively low cost.

Normally, there will be some swelling and possibly purpura (red-purple discoloration, bruising) after treatment. You can use cold compresses for the first 24 hours after the procedure for comfort if necessary.

How Do I Get Started?
Call us at 520-618-0235 to schedule your consultation today!
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Laser Hair Removal

Specialists in Dermatology offers permanent hair reduction with laser hair removal treatment. This treatment option for hair removal is great news for both men and women and can target many different areas on the body. Today, laser hair removal is a more viable alternative to shaving, waxing, and plucking than ever before. In fact, nearly 1.3 million Americans underwent laser hair removal in 2009 due to its proven safety and effectiveness.

How Does it Work?
During laser hair removal, a large beam of highly6 concentrated light is generated and focused onto the skin. The light emitted is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles (melanin). Throughout the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, allowing the hair to absorb the light and heat up. This significantly reduces the hair’s ability to regrow, and results in permanent hair reduction over time.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Because hair grows in phases, a series of treatments will be needed to remove the hair that subsequently enters the growth phase. Treatments are generally spaced 6-8 weeks apart to compensate for this.

What Can I Expect?
Following laser hair removal the treated area may appear slightly red, but this is usually minimal and gone within a few hours. If you have tanned skin or have been exposed to a lot of sunlight, you may be asked to wait until the tan has subsided to begin treatment. Additionally, the treated area must be shaved close to the skin immediately prior to treatment – this can be done at home and we will assist in shaving the hard-to-reach areas in the office. Three weeks prior to treatment, patients are told not to use hair removal products such as gels and waxes.

How Do I Get Started?
Call us at 520-618-0235 to schedule your consultation today!
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