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.
These days, it is rarer to find a person that has not suffered from acne at some point in their life than someone who has. Acne affects more than 85 percent of teens and can still be a problem for a number of adults, so it is not surprising that scientists continue to look for ways to treat the bacteria that cause it.
Recently, a graduate student from UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering discovered a new treatment for acne: using the lauric acid found in coconut oil and human breast milk, he invented a unique delivery system to the skin, using nanotechnology, to target acne causing bacteria. Scientists are hopeful that this specific treatment will help with the most common type of acne, acne vulgaris.
While nanotechnology may be the future of acne treatment, there are a variety of advanced acne treatments available right now that treat the causes and symptoms of acne. At Laser Lights we offer acne light therapy, an FDA approved high intensity light treatment that destroys acne- causing bacteria and treats inflammation. Also available at laser lights are TCA Chemical peels to remove damaged skin, facials by our in-house licensed estheticians, and a variety of facial cleansers and skin care products to keep skin healthy and blemish-free.
For more information about the services and products available at Laser Lights, contact our office today.
People say that you can always tell a person’s true age by the look of their hands. That is because we spend hundreds to thousands of dollars and hours a day working to ensure that we put our best and youngest face forward, but we often neglect the look of our hands – an equally visible part of our body.
Just like our face, our hands are exposed to daily sun damage – making them equally susceptible to wrinkles and age spots. Additionally, our hands are one of the first parts of the body to “thin out” – causing wrinkles, loose skin, and a lack of youthfulness. At Laser Lights Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Laser Center, we acknowledge the importance of keeping your hands looking as young as you do. Read below for several hand rejuvenation treatment options available at our laser and cosmetic center:
- Paraffin wax treatments: Designed specifically for the hands to moisturize and soften your skin.
- Laser Treatments: Consider an Erbium Laser Peel to reduce the look of wrinkles or target specific age spots and skin discoloration caused by the sun.
- TCA Chemical Peels: A chemical peel removes the upper layer of damaged skin to reveal the healthy, youthful skin underneath.
- Skin Care Product Line: We offer multiple skin care products that can moisturize your hands and reduce the look of wrinkles. We even have products that moisturize with SPF, so that you can help prevent further damage.
- Dermal Filler Injection: Double board certified plastic surgeon and part owner of Laser Lights, Dr. David Whiteman, can inject a popular facial filler, like Juvederm® or Restylane® into your hands to restore youthfulness and fill-in some of the volume lost with age.
A recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) commented on the dangers of Canada’s lax laser hair removal regulations. Currently any person, regardless of the amount of training they have or do not have, is legally allowed to operate a laser hair removal device. No license is required and training is left up to the manufacturers of the machines themselves.
The article comments on the dangers of improper hair removal, quoting Diane Kelsall, Deputy Editor, Clinical Practice of CMAJ, who writes that, “Although controlled trials of laser hair removal have shown that severe adverse effects are uncommon, there have been reports of burns, pigmentary changes, scarring, reactivation of herpes viruses and even paradoxical hypertrichosis, the growth of unwanted hair. Eye complications have also occurred when the eyes have not been shielded adequately.”
The risk factors discussed above are reason enough to make sure you visit a qualified laser hair removal specialist. While all U.S. operators of laser hair removal machines must have a license, it is a good idea to look one step further and make sure that you are getting laser hair removal from someone who is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), an organization dedicated to promoting research and education in the field of medical laser applications. Experience is also a key factor in looking for a qualified laser hair removal specialist. You want to look for an office that specializes in laser technology, not an office that specializes in another field, but offers laser hair removal to make some extra money on the side.
Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center employs licensed laser hair removal specialists, is a member of ASLMS, and has been providing safe laser treatments for all skin types since 1999. Under the guidance of Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Owner, Dr. David Whiteman, Laser Lights has performed over 50,000 treatments.
While stricter regulations on laser hair removal are greatly needed in Canada, we in the United States are lucky to have licensed experts like the team at Laser Lights for safe laser hair removal on all skin types. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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