Laser Services

IPL Photo Facials

What is it?
A Photo Facial is a cosmetic treatment an increasing number of skin clinics are using to rejuvenate the faces of aging patients. Photo Facials work with the use of an intense pulsed light ()IPL), which shoots high intensity pulses of light into the deepest parts of the skin even while leaving the layers closest to the surface untouched.

Unlike laser resurfacing, which uses a narrow band of light that is too harsh for many skin types, Photo Facials do not damage the surface of the skin and are the perfect option for patients suffering from delicate or sensitive skin issues.

Generally, the Photo Facial procedure itself lasts around 20 minutes and does not require and anesthesia whatsoever. Nearly all patients are able to resume their full activities immediately after completion of the treatment, making Photo Facials a popular option for anyone looking for a lunchtime touch up.
How Does It Work?
An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat causes damage to the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or the body absorbs it. Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.

Clients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation, pore size, and fine lines. After each treatment, the skin will feel smoother and appear to have a more even tone.
How Long Do Treatments Take?
Treatments may vary from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. First, the treated area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a snap of a rubber band. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sunscreen is applied. Pain is minimal; however, topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied following treatment.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
For optimal results, a series of five treatments are recommended. Follow-up treatments may be desired once a year to maintain results.

Side effects are rare. Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed; brown pigmented spots may appear darker; and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.

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Hair Reduction

How Does It Work?
A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. The laser pulses for a fraction of a second, just long enough to vaporize the pigment, disabling numerous follicles at a time to eliminate or significantly impede the hairs growth.

Is laser hair reduction painful? The laser treatment itself can cause a slight tingling sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. Because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, topical anesthesia can be an option.
How Long Do Treatments Take?
The laser hair reduction treatment time can vary considerably depending on the size of the area treated, and the particular technique used. A small area such as the upper lip may take only five minutes, while a larger area like the back or legs may take up to one hour. Since the laser affects only those hairs in the growing stage, and not all hairs will be in this stage at the same time, several treatments will most likely be needed to effectively remove all the hair from one area. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled at least a month apart. By this time you will probably begin to notice the re-growth of hairs that were previously in the resting stage.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Although the FDA has approved several types of laser for permanent hair reduction, results can vary. An individual's metabolism, hormonal level, hair quality and number of hair follicles can all affect the outcome. Morever, normal hair goes through a growth cycle in three stages: the anagen, or growing phase; the telogen, or resting phase; and the catagen, or transitional phase.

During the anagen phase, hair is susceptible to the lasers energy, but during the telogen and catagen phases, it is resistant. At any one time, various percentages of body hair will be in each of these phases, making complete removal unlikely without multiple sessions. Typically six laser hair reduction treatments are necessary to achieve the desired result.

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ClearLift™

What Is It?
ClearLift™ is a lunchtime laser "face lift" that is growing in popularity. It allows for a virtually pain-free and no hassle treatment that can remove 10 years from your face in under 30 minutes. ClearLift improves fine lines, wrinkles, the appearance of small veins and redness caused by vascularity. It is gentle enough to treat areas that are typically too sensitive to treat with traditional ablative lasers, such as the delicate skin around the eyes, neck, mouth and chest.
Procedure
ClearLift™ treatment delivers a controlled dermal wound over the course of 20-30 minutes deep beneath the skin, (up to 3mm in depth). With this innovative technology the outer layer of skin is left undamaged. All stages of healing and skin repair occur under the intact epidermis.
Recovery
No downtime is needed – you’re ready to get on with your day!

Your physician will give you specific aftercare instructions. Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.

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