What is laser therapy and how does it work?
Laser therapy is a safe, effective, and commonly used treatment, providing optimal results in areas such as the removal of unwanted hair, skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, treatment of spider veins, tattoo removal, and the treatment of acne. Lasers work by delivering an intense beam of light that is absorbed by the skin. This light is converted to heat and is absorbed by the cells being targeted, while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected.
What is light-based therapy (intense pulsed light) and how does it work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is an effective way to rejuvenate the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Light-based treatments use a less-intense, broader spectrum of light than lasers, but are effective in treating skin pigments, rosacea, small blood vessels, collagen skin rejuvenation, and hair removal.
What is Laser Hair Removal? Is it permanent?
In the past, the usual remedies for unwanted hair were plucking, shaving, waxing, chemical depilatories or electrolysis. Some are painful, some are messy and all are only temporary. Today, with our state-of-the-art laser systems, unwanted hair can be removed faster and with much less discomfort. Laser, a highly concentrated light beam, targets the pigment located in the hair follicles and destroys the growing hair follicles. Our laser is equipped with a special contact-cooling hand piece to protect and cool the surrounding skin while the laser energy works on the hair follicle. This process also reduces the pain that is associated with laser treatment. The length of a laser session may be as little as a few minutes, depending on the area being treated. Since laser can only treat hair follicles in the active growth phase, five to six treatments are typically required to disable the hair follicles. Laser hair removal is not always permanent. The treatment can reduce the amount of hair follicles in the area to be treated. Some hair may re-grow and may require touch-up treatments periodically.
Are lasers and IPL treatments safe?
Yes, laser and light-based treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures. The equipment that we use are the safest and most effective technologies available on the market today.
How long will my treatment last and how many treatments will I need?
Every treatment, like every patient, is unique. Our physician can help you decide what is best for you based on your needs and expectations.
What precautions should I take before or after my treatment?
Treatment requirements vary. With some treatments we require patients to avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks and again after treatment until your physician allows it. Consult your practitioner for specific precautions that relate to your individualized treatment plan.
Are there any adverse side-effects to laser or light-based treatments?
In the hands of a qualified health care provider, most procedures have a very low risk of adverse side effects. Rare patients can experience temporary pigment changes in the skin color. If this occurs, the skin will typically return to normal pigmentation over time.
Is my laser or light-based treatment covered by my medical insurance?
Insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures.
Can you tell me a little bit about BOTOX®?
BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a naturally purified protein produced by Clostridium Botulinum bacterium and has been used for more than 20 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It temporarily relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles and reduces wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. It is safe and effective. Results are most apparent in 2-14 days. There is no down time and it lasts for 4-6 months.*
* Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Can you tell me a little bit about Restylane and other dermal fillers?
Restylane is a natural cosmetic filler called Hyaluronic Acid which is present in our body that provides fullness and support to the skin. Since Hyaluronic Acid is found in all animals, it is not only safe and non-allergenic, but also effective. It is most commonly used to fill in the skin folds of the mid face as well as for lip enhancement. Since topical or local anesthesia is used, pain is minimal and there is minimal to no down time. In addition to Restylane, we also use Juvederm, Perlane, and Radiesse.
I would like fuller lips, but if I have dermal filler injection will my lips be exaggerated?
Most women just want fuller, but not exaggerated lips. We, at The Medical Spa, tailor the amount of injection per the request of our patients. However, we always take a conservative approach and we use just enough to give a more natural, luscious look. If more filler is required, then we can always inject more at a touch-up session.
What type of skin rejuvenation services do you offer?
When we age, dead cells accumulate in the superficial layer of the skin (epidermis), collagen and elastin begin to disappear and thin out in the inner layer of the skin (dermis). The objective of any skin rejuvenation procedure is to exfoliate the epidermis so that nutrient and anti-aging agents can be easily absorbed. Laser and IPL are used to stimulate collagen production to restore fullness of the skin and to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Which type of Laser or Light-Therapy is best for me?
There are a variety of treatment options utilizing our state of the art laser and light systems, for many skin problems. Treatments for wrinkle reduction, hair removal, acne treatment, vascular lesions, and skin rejuvenation are among them. Our qualified physician will decide which laser or light system will be the best and most effective for your individual needs and desired results.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic effective for long-term treatment?
Yes. Given its unique mechanism of action, Botox® Cosmetic offers sustained relief, dose after dose, over the course of long-term treatment.
How long do the results of BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments last?
The relief you will feel from a single 5 to 10 minute treatment of Botox® Cosmetic will normally be sustained for approximately four to six months*. Usually, Botox® Cosmetic treatments are required only three times a year.
* Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
How do I make an appointment for Services?
Call the office and speak to one of our staff who will schedule your consultation with our physician.