Q.) Why do some laser treatments require multiple sessions while others do not?
A.) The number of laser treatment sessions required is based on what type of laser treatment you need and the types of laser we use for that treatment. Small blemishes can usually be removed easily with one session, while larger imperfections require a bit more attention. For instance, warts, freckles, and red dots usually only require one session, while tattoos, unwanted hair, and spider veins usually require at least three sessions for permanent removal. Without multiple treatments, the lasers would not be able to permanently remove these large imperfections without damaging your skin.
Q.) Can I have laser hair removal over an area where I have a tattoo?
A.) No. Lasers work by targeting pigments. The darker the pigment, the better our lasers pick it up, which is why we use different frequencies for laser hair removal than laser tattoo removal since the pigment in your hair is very different from that of a tattoo. If a hair removal laser contacts the pigment in a tattoo, it can damage your tattoo (giving it a blob-like appearance) as well as your skin (possibly breaking the surface).
Q.) How can laser treatments provide a more youthful appearance?
A.) Lasers like our fractionated CO2 and Erbium lasers target surface imperfections that contribute to an aged appearance like melasma, age spots, acne scars, and wrinkles. They target the pigment within age spots, etc. just like they would target the pigment within a tattoo and then eliminates the pigment similarly. These laser treatments, especially fractionated CO2 laser treatment, also help generate “new skin” and boost the body’s collagen production, which helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Q.) Are there any after-care tips or preventative measures I should take after laser treatments?
A.) Yes and we will absolutely give you a guide of dos and don’ts after your procedure, but the biggest thing to be aware of is that you will need to avoid sun exposure. Sun exposure can increase the risk of uneven pigmentation with laser treatment. However, if you must go out in the sun within a few weeks of your laser treatment (4-6 weeks before, after or in between), be sure to wear SPF 30 sunscreen with a zinc oxide base to prevent damage.