LASERS & PHOTOTHERAPY


Please read Before Your Initial Visit to prepare for your first appointment.


Hair Removal

Hair removal has long been one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures. Its proven efficacy has made it a popular procedure for all ages and skin types. After completing a series of treatments, hair growth is significantly reduced. Laser hair removal is also perfect for people who suffer from razor burns after they shave and is also great in treating ingrown hairs and folliculitis.

How It Works

Laser hair removal uses light and heat to reduce hair growth. Light travels harmlessly through the skin until it hits the hair follicle, where most of the melanin (or color) is. The light is converted to heat energy which essentially destroys the follicle as well as most of the hair shaft. The dead hair is pushed to the surface of the skin and eventually falls out after 1-3 weeks.

What To Expect

We start by having you lie down comfortably before applying a thin layer of conductive gel in the areas to be treated. There will be flashes of light as the treatment begins. Most people say they occasionally feel a mild snapping sensation, especially in extremely sensitive sections or over a bony area. Procedure time depends on how large of an area we are treating.

Length Of Results

This varies greatly depending on what areas we are treating and how many sessions you have already completed. In the first few sessions, hairs will usually take 3-4 weeks before starting a new growth cycle. The more treatments you have already had, the longer the time between sessions will be.

Number Of Treatments

It is important to come in every 4-6 weeks, especially for the first few treatments. This will ensure the most effective, long-lasting results. Patients need at least 6-8 treatments to see a significant reduction in hair. Once-a-year touch-ups are necessary for maintenance.


Photodynamic Therapy

Years of sun exposure can lead to severe damage of the skin. From darkening brown spots to precancerous lesions, treating these conditions can take months and many visits to the office. The addition of Levulan® to a photofacial is called photodynamic therapy or PDT. Levulan intensifies the IPL treatment and can produce significant results in a shorter amount of time. This is an ideal treatment for people with years of sun damage, acneic skin, or widespread actinic lesions.

How It Works

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Levulan (also known as ALA) is a photosensitizing agent. After it is absorbed by the skin for a certain amount of time, a photofacial is performed. Light activates the drug. It works on three levels: inactivates the bacteria that causes acne, shuts down the glands that create sebum, and exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores. Together, these actions help to improve skin and can even potentially help prevent skin cancer.

What To Expect

Once your skin is cleansed, we will carefully apply Levulan onto the skin. It is left on the treated area for 1 or more hours. Patients can spend this time reading, catching up on emails and phone calls, or even take a well-deserved nap. We will then perform the light treatment. Because Levulan makes skin sensitive to light, you will feel a mild to moderate burning sensation. This should start to subside immediately after the light treatment. Because the Levulan incubation period varies, this treatment can take anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Length Of Results

After the first treatment, you will see a difference that should last for many months. Results will be even longer lasting with more sessions.

Number Of Treatments

Because of the intensity Levulan brings to the treatment, only 1-3 sessions are typically necessary. However, if you have severe sun damage, more treatments will improve your skin even more.


Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing is a broad term that means enhancing the texture and appearance of the skin using a controlled type of injury. Using a laser, we can pinpoint the specific desired wavelength to achieve your results. Our non-ablative laser uses microscopic beams that penetrate the skin to the dermis. This ensures improved superficial changes as well as deep collagen remodeling.

How It Works

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The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is scientifically proven to be the best modality for skin resurfacing. The laser shoots tiny beams onto the skin, creating microscopic holes in the skin. The laser penetrates deep enough to heat collagen found in the dermis. This allows the collagen to rebuild itself and subsequently tightens your skin as a result. On the surface, new epidermal cells are formed which translates to smoother texture, softened wrinkles, and a brighter, clearer complexion.

What To Expect

We start by cleansing the skin of any surface debris and makeup. We numb the skin using prescription cream for at least 20-30 minutes. Once the skin is cleansed again, we will start the laser resurfacing. The laser feels like a quick, hot prick. Sensations may increase with multiple passes or around the eyes and over bony areas. You will experience heat much like a sunburn after your treatment. Treatment typically last between 15-45 minutes.

Length Of Results

After treatment, patients can typically go 3-6 months without needing another treatment. If proper anti-aging products are used along with occasional chemical peels, the results can last even longer.

Number Of Treatments

A series of 1-4 treatments is recommended for maximum results. Patients usually schedule the sessions 4-6 weeks apart. More treatments are necessary to treat deeper wrinkles and more severe sun damage.