Fine lines and wrinkles, acne and traumatic scars, sun or age spots, stretch marks, discoloration and some skin loosening are among the major conditions that benefit from this state-of-the-art treatment. And the procedure may be performed on most areas of the body including the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
Popular Laser Treatments
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) gently and effectively treats skin imperfections such as brown spots (from sun and age), freckles, birthmarks, rosacea and broken capillaries. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production,
How Does It Work?
Light pulses penetrate the skin into the tissues and create heat, targeting the imperfection in a controlled manner. The body naturally removes the treated tissues while collagen and elastin fiber stimulation occurs. This process results in a visible improvement in skin tone, texture and appearance.
What to Expect
Some people with shallow pigmentation see results after 1-2 treatments. Typically 2-6 sessions scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart will achieve optimal results.
Some people may experience some redness which usually disappears in a few hours. Daily activity may be resumed the same day.. We advise you to stay out of the sun for a few days following treatment and to apply sunscreen consistently for optimal results.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from a targeted area, while leaving surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line and legs.
Although there are many temporary treatments, including tweezing, shaving, using depilatory creams and waxing, to remove unwanted hair, patients seeking more permanent and less irritating/painful methods are frequently good candidates for laser hair removal. Through what is a safe and usually painless procedure, hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body (the eye area is an exception because of the possibility of serious eye damage).
Candidates for Laser Hair Removal
Because the laser beams used to remove hair target its melanin (pigment), the best candidates have dark hair and light skin. Conversely, those with blond, red, gray or white hair and dark skin are usually not good candidates. Recent technological advances have made laser hair removal for those with dark skin more successful, while techniques for using lasers to effectively remove light-colored hair are being investigated.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
There are many benefits to having unwanted hair removed through the use of laser therapy. They include the following:
- Hair is precisely targeted
- Procedure is quick
- Results are permanent (for 90 percent of patients) or long-lasting
For many patients, laser hair removal is painless, although some experience minor discomfort, usually described as something like a rubber band's snapping against the skin.
Laser Hair Removal Procedure
Laser hair removal is performed while the target area is numbed by a topical anesthetic. A handheld device that emits intense laser pulses is moved across the area, focusing on individual hair follicles. There are several different methods of laser hair removal, some of which combine laser impulses with radiofrequency. The appropriate method for each patient is decided in consultation with the physician administering treatment.
Hair growth takes place cyclically, in three stages. The most effective laser hair removal takes place during the andogen (full-growth) stage, because the hair follicles in this stage are susceptible to laser energy. But, because all hair is not in the same stage of growth at any given time, several laser treatments, usually between three and five, spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart, are necessary. To some extent, the length of treatment depends on the texture of the patient's hair, and the location from which it is being removed.
Patients and doctors commonly compare the sensation felt during laser treatments to a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, what laser resurfacing feels like depends on the laser, the depth and area of treatment, and an individual’s tolerance for pain.
Having darker skin does not necessarily preclude you from laser resurfacing.
A common misconception is that laser resurfacing is only safe for light skin types. While it is true that certain lasers pose a higher risk for cell damage or discoloration in darker skin, there are safe and effective resurfacing options. For lighter-toned African American, Hispanic or Asian skin tones, Erbium lasers can sometimes be a good option, posing less risk for discoloration.
Patients with darker brown or black skin may need to consider other skin resurfacing options, such as radio-frequency treatments or microneedling. Be sure to ask Wendy or A Fresh Face team member which is best for you.
What Does This Mean for You?
At A Fresh Face Inc. you’re In the hands of a highly trained, knowledgeable professional, with us laser resurfacing is a safe way to dramatically improve your skin’s appearance. Get ready for a smoother complexion, cleaner hair line, a refreshed more youthful appearance in only a couple treatments. Using our highly advanced Palomar 500 Laser you’ll have very little discomfort & nearly zero downtime, with stellar results.