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Lasers

LASER AD LIGHT-BASED AESTHETICS

If you are confused about lasers, you’re not alone! There are many different types of lasers and light based systems on the market. Just to mention a few companies: Luminis, Cutera, Syneron, and Palomar. The term laser will be used to refer to all laser and light based systems. Although there are different lasers systems available, the goal is the same. That is, to selectively heat the target while preserving the surrounding tissue. This is called Selective Photothermolysis. In our practice we use the Cutera XEO Laser system.

There are three key parameters to Selective Photothermolysis: Wavelength, Pulse Width, and Fluence. Wavelength is the color of the light used. Wavelength determines the absorption of the light energy by the pigmented target. Also, many of the intended targets for treatments are beneath the skin surface, and wavelength plays a role in the penetration depth of the incident light energy due to scatter. Pulse width is the time interval over which the energy is delivered. For effective treatment, this pulse width should be shorter than the thermal relaxation time of the intended target. The TRT is a measure of the time it takes for the energy absorbed by the target to diffuse to the surrounding tissue. Fluence is the amount of light energy per area delivered to heat a target. Of course, sufficient energy must be delivered during treatment to damage the target. For a given laser energy, a smaller spot size will create a higher fluence. This is the science behind the laser.

USES:

  • Permanent hair removal on any part of the body on all skin types
  • Vascular lesion-Telangectasias, Rosacea, and Port Wine Stains
  • Removal of small spider veins throughout the body
  • Treatment of pigmented lesions, including brown spots
  • Skin rejuvenation, photo facials, and wrinkle reduction
  • Treatment of acne and acne scarring

PIGMENTED LESIONS

Limelight/IPL

Intense pulsed light systems are exceptionally effective at treating pigmented lesion, sun and age spots, uneven skin tones, and diffused redness.  The visible light delivered by the Limelight is selectively absorbed by the pigmented spots or redness in your skin.  It can also treat widespread blotchiness, freckles, skin redness, and individual fine veins.  The treatment is often referred as photo-rejuvenation.

The LimeLight uses light to heat the pigmented areas on the top layer of the skin to reduce discoloration and promote a more even skin tone.  The most popular areas for treatment are the face, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands because they suffer most from sun exposure.

There is no “down time” with this procedure.  You can return to your normal routines immediately.  Many patients even schedule their sessions during their lunch break. When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching sensation.  Anesthesia or pain medicines are typically not required.   Whether you’re a man or women, if you are showing the signs of aging and sun damaged skin, you should consider LimeLight to help you look as young and healthy as you feel.

Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken; you may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin.  This typically subsides within a couple of hours.  Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off.  Typically, three to four treatments are sufficient to see dramatic results.  When you come in for your free consultation, we will give you additional information tailored to your particular needs and desires.

PROWAVE 770 HAIR REMOVAL

Prowave-770PhotoHair can be safely and easily removed utilizing the latest technology from Cutera, the ProWave 770.  The ProWave 770 hair removal system delivers a specially tailored light source for permanent hair reduction.  This hair removal innovation provides treatment for a wide range of skin types.  An additional benefit is the ability of the hand piece to treat large areas such as women’s legs and men’s backs-quickly and safely.

Does the treatment hurt?

When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation.  We use a topical anesthesia when sensitive areas are treated.  Although patients experience few side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn.

Why may I need multiple sessions?

Hair removal requires multiple sessions in order to achieve the desired clearance.  This is due to the fact that hair is in different stages of growth at different cycles.  The ProWave laser targets hairs that are in the active growth phase of the cycle.  Since some hair follicles may enter their growth cycle after the treatment, additional sessions are required to eliminate most of the hair.

Now men and women alike, regardless of race, are making unwanted facial and body hair a thing of the past- thanks to the Cutera ProWave 770.  No more painful waxing, electrolysis or razors.  The ProWave combines unrivaled treatment speed with optimal results and safety.