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Rosacea and spider veins are two of the most commonly exhibited dermatological conditions. Because the symptoms of these conditions are often very visible (usually appearing on the face or legs), many patients wrongfully believe that they are too difficult to treat. In fact, laser treatment for rosacea and spider veins consistently show some of the most dramatic, positive results of laser procedures.
Rosacea is a dermatological condition characterized by chronic facial redness and discoloration. Usually developed later in life around one’s 30s or 40s, inflammation and pimples are also sometimes observed. Unless affecting the eyes, rosacea is generally far less medically harmful than social. Laser treatment for rosacea is facilitated by three or four of Laser Light’s 15 different lasers depending on the patient’s individual case. Most patients require one to three treatments to achieve the results they’re after.
Treatment of spider veins is similar to that of rosacea: with little to no down time. Spider veins are most commonly observed as tree-branch or spider-web shaped blue veins directly beneath the surface of the skin. Laser treatment for spider veins uses a unique wavelength of light that actually passes through the skin and is absorbed by the veins. This allows the patients’ skin to remain completely intact while the spider veins beneath are eliminated.
Compared to earlier, more invasive dermatological treatments, laser treatment for spider veins and rosacea is easy and quick, and relatively painless. Though everyone’s case is indeed different, the experienced Laser Lights’ cosmetic laser technicians want to make patients aware that just because a condition seems tough to treat doesn’t mean they should rule out laser treatment. Laser technology has advanced so quickly in the last couple of years that there is now a laser technology that can effectively treat most cosmetic skin conditions.
Laser hair removal is one of the most media-circulated terms in the country today. Billboards, commercials, and websites now advertise and discuss laser hair removal like never before. With such high amounts of media chatter about this type of procedure, it’s important to approach the topic objectively. At Laser Lights, our licensed professionals are committed to providing you with factual and educational information about laser hair removal procedures. Below, Laser Director and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman responds to some of the most widely circulated laser “myths.”
A: “Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair and impeding the ability for the underlying hair follicle to grow hair. Thus, lasers cannot easily target the follicles of fair-haired individuals. Fortunately there are other methods, such as electrology that can effectively eliminate body hair. It is also true that some skin tones (usually darker) are more apt to discoloration by laser treatment, that is why Laser Lights offers an array of laser types to ensure that any risks are minimized.”
Q: “Laser hair removal is extremely painful.”
A: “Though everyone has a different pain threshold, most patients equate any discomfort from laser hair removal to the feeling of being snapped by a rubberband. Because laser hair removal offers a long lasting solution to the repeated discomfort of tweezing or waxing, any temporary discomfort is inconsequential to most patients.
Q: “Laser hair removal is way too expensive.”
A: Compared to the compounded costs of a lifetime of razor, cream, and waxing, laser hair removal is actually quite economical. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center also offers regular specials and packaged deals to make their experienced professionals’ services more accessible.
Q: “Laser hair removal is dangerous.”
A: As with any medical procedure, laser hair removal does inherently carry risks. This fact further necessitates the importance of entrusting a licensed professional to perform any laser procedure. The Laser Light’s personnel are fully trained and licensed to operate our lasers and perform laser procedures.
As the popularity of laser hair removal continues to grow, so does the technology and amount of available procedures. For answers to other frequently asked question about cosmetic laser procedures click here. You can also stay in the loop with the latest Laser Lights news by subscribing to our blog, visiting our website, and liking us on Facebook.
Freckles can be a harmless, yet annoying, result of time spent in the summer sun. Freckles form when the skin is exposed to ultra violet radiation (usually from the sun); causing the body to increase melanin production which makes the skin darker to protect itself from the sun’s rays. Even though freckles are a natural precautionary response your body takes to defend your skin, many deem freckles an unsightly blemish.
At Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we have specialized lasers effective in removing unwanted freckles. The specific laser used for freckle removal is determined by patient’s specific skin type, freckle coloring, and freckle distribution during a consultation. Laser freckle removal works be subtracting the melanin from the treatment areas freckled portions, therefore returning the color of the area back to its normal appearance.
Individuals weary of possible pain associated with laser freckle removal may opt for topical lightening agents instead. However, patients should know that laser treatments, done by a fully qualified laser technician, are of minimal discomfort. Often, freckle removal patients will refer to the feeling of the laser as a “pinch” like that of a rubber band.
While laser treatment such as laser freckle removal are quickly growing in popularity because of their effectiveness and convenience, it’s important to ensure that proper cancer screenings are completed before any spot removal laser treatments are performed to ensure that none of the areas are cancerous. In addition to freckle formation, high exposure to UV rays can cause cancerous spots to form. Therefore, be sure to wear (and reapply) sunscreen to minimize additional freckles and harmful effects from the sun while outside this summer.
Some of you may have heard recently about a Florida woman who was treated for severe burns following laser hair removal treatment. Understandably, many of you may have gotten nervous or fearful of the risks involved in laser hair removal treatment. At Laser Lights, we understand that the potential for complications is inherent with any medical procedure. However, we can offer some simple advice to ensure that you are minimizing (or eliminating) these risks and getting the best care and laser treatment possible.
Everyone wants the best possible care when it comes to medicine. Who can blame them? Of course anyone contemplating medical treatment for something would want the most qualified individuals to apply and monitor their treatment. The best way to make sure that you are in the hands of someone who is qualified to care for you is to review their credentials. Here are several steps that are vitally important in choosing a specialist for any laser cosmetic treatment:
- Ensure that the technicians and physician are licensed to administer the treatment you are pursuing.
- Ask to see a copy of the institutions’ insurance coverage.
- If you are having a laser procedure performed, make sure that the facility’s lasers have been calibrated to prevent over-exposure of skin.
- Ask questions. Make sure your laser center and laser technician have the proper laser equipment and experience to address your needs and skin type effectively.
Laser Lights’ patients can rest assured that we are qualified to perform all procedures that we offer. Under the guidance of Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Whiteman (Southern Plastic Surgery), we can promise you that all personnel are fully authorized to perform their duties. As a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery that has performed over 55,000 laser procedures since 1999, Laser Lights is dedicated to patient satisfaction. Whether you’re receiving tattoo removal, laser hair removal, or microdermabrasion, you can be sure that it will be done with the highest attention to care by the highest qualified of individuals.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions, and remember that preventing laser treatment complications begins be thoroughly researching your prospective provider before you let them treat you.
With the housing market and other vital areas of the economy slowly healing after several years of recession, elective industries like plastic and cosmetic surgery are now also on the rise as economic stability slowly spreads across the country. Studies reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that the number of cosmetic procedures has been increasing steadily throughout the last few years. Though many patients elected to try non-surgical treatments during the past few lean years, the number of surgical procedures is also beginning to rebound in response to the improving economy. Some surgeons have reported a 50-60% increase in number of (non-surgical and traditional surgical) procedures from last year at this time.
Still wary of using their wallets at full throttle, many have elected to undergo more affordable alternatives to surgery like laser hair removal, laser facial treatments, or Botox. At Laser Lights, we are committed to providing premier services to treat any number of cosmetic issues regardless of the economic climate. Our certified laser professionals are equipped with the latest medial-grade lasers to perform everything from skin-resurfacing microdermabrasion to laser hair removal. Additionally, Laser Light’s Co-Medical Director Dr. David Whiteman is a certified Plastic Surgeon practicing out of Southern Plastic Surgery. If you’re interested in pursuing a laser cosmetic treatment, or a cosmetic surgery procedure, contact the Laser Lights office today.
According to a recent article on Men’s body hair removal in The New York Times, a whopping 61% of American males between the ages of 18 and 29 report practicing some form of body hair removal. It’s no surprise then that the body shaver industry grosses over $10 million dollars annually. The professional Laser Hair Removal Specialists at Laser Lights have also noted the trend: scheduling an increased number of appointments for male patients.
The razor manufacturing company Philips Norelco released research that reports the most frequent areas for male body hair removal are the groin, armpits, and finally the chest and back. Besides specialized razors, men have begun to utilize depilatory creams, waxing, and most effectively, laser hair removal for their revitalized grooming regimens. Depending on the amount and type of hair to be removed, a series of six visits can rid you (or someone you know) of unwanted body hair.
Laser Lights of Atlanta has over 12 different medical grade lasers to aid in a range of skin issues: ranging from unwanted hair removal to wrinkles. A professional consultation with a certified laser professional is necessary before a plan of care can be compiled. If you are interested in learning more about the laser services Laser Lights of Atlanta performs or wish to schedule a consultation, visit our website.
Once reserved for eliminating wrinkles and scarring on the thicker skin of the forehead and cheeks, the Fractional CO2 Laser is now being used to effectively treat dark circles and sagging skin around the eyes.
As discussed in a previous post on Laser Light’s blog series, the Erbium Fractionated CO2 Laser has been proven successful in reducing the appearance of medium-depth wrinkles and superficial scars on the tissue of the face, chest, and hands. Until now, sagging skin around the eyes and under the brows was typically remedied by a surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) procedure. The Erbium Fractional CO2 Laser works without surgery to rejuvenate the eye area by penetrating the first layers of the dermis with pulsed columns of light. The columns create tiny wounds that the body then “heals” by generating collagen and elastin that re-plump the treated area and result in a more youthful, lifted appearance. In addition, the Erbium Fractionated C02 Laser also reduces the appearance of dark circles underneath the eye.
Often used in conjunction with Laser Resurfacing treatments like Erbium Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatments, Co-Medical Director of Laser Lights Dr. David Whiteman also offers the cosmetic injectables Juvederm® and Restylane® to restore youthful volume and decrease facial wrinkles. If you would like to learn more about Laser Lights other lasers and treatments call (770) 495-9322.
As summer’s super-heated whether and sunny afternoons tempt us to wear less clothing and stay outside, hair-removal patients should be weary. Exposing skin to sunlight that has been treated with a laser to remove unwanted body hair can result in skin discoloration and compromised hair-removal results.
Not only do the ultraviolet rays of the sun speed the aging process of your skin, but they can also darken the skin which in turn hinders the hair-removing lasers ability to target the melanin in the hair shafts during removal. Darker skin, whether naturally so or sun-tanned, is also more prone to hyper pigmentation (burning) as a result of laser hair removal.
Completely avoiding sun exposure is often unrealistic as many of us get sun without even knowing it (i.e.- sitting in the car, sitting next to a window at work, etc.) Therefore, preventative daily application of sunscreen is key. The professionals at Laser Lights typically recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This enables you to be exposed to sunlight, protected from burning, 30 times longer than you would be able to with unprotected skin. Everyone’s skin is different, but laser and skin experts agree, it’s much better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your laser hair removal results.