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 complete removal. Without multiple treatments, the lasers would not be able to completely 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 More
Summer rays can produce painful, red sunburn on exposed skin without sufficient SPF protection. In addition to sunburn, sun exposure can also cause rosacea flair-ups. While avoiding sunburn can be accomplished pretty easily by wearing protective, impenetrable clothing and regularly applying sunscreen, avoiding aggravating rosacea symptoms can be a bit more complicated.
Rosacea commonly appears as patches of red, inflamed skin that may or may not be a different texture than surrounding tissue. A majority of rosacea patients are female and over the age of 30, but it is not limited to this group. The causes of rosacea are difficult to determine, but many skin experts point to an interruption in the production process of connective tissue within the dermis (i.e. – collagen and elastin fibers). Common triggers of rosacea may include: dramatic hormone fluctuation, exposure to certain foods or drinks, new skin care products, and even sun exposure. More
Lasers are commonly used to treat skin conditions like rosacea and acne; they can also remove tattoos, freckles, birthmarks, and even unwanted hair. If you receive treatment from an experienced laser technician and follow their advised post-procedure instructions, laser skin treatments are typically safe. However, in my 21 years of experience, I’ve learned that no matter what the skill of the laser technician, patients who neglect proper aftercare are more likely to experience adverse effects. With that in mind, I believe it’s my job to educate my patients on proper laser aftercare.
The most common side effects patients sometimes experience immediately following their laser procedure are itching, redness and swelling. During your procedure, we’ll apply numbing cream to minimize any discomfort (if you need it). Some laser treatments are more painful than others (typically determined by the location of the treatment areas). Patients who experience post-treatment discomfort should take over-the-counter pain medication. Ice or a cold compress may also help. More
The same laser technology is used in male laser hair removal that is used in female laser hair removal; however, the areas that are typically treated differ. Thus, the technique and laser settings vary slightly between men and women. The certified laser hair removal technicians at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center are skilled in performing hair removal on all skin and hair types. More
Dr. David Whiteman with Southern Plastic Surgery has extended his breast augmentation featured procedure special through the end of March 2011.