Laser Tattoo Removal & Sclerotherapy
Laser Tattoo Removal
Many people have second thoughts about their tattoos. Highly precise lasers can lighten or treat a tattoo by focusing or pulsing light on the ink particles, which then convert the energy to heat and break up into tiny pieces that are absorbed harmlessly by the body. All this can be accomplished without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal are typically fair-skinned individuals whose tattoos are on areas with a greater concentration of body fat, such as the arms, legs, buttocks or chest. Laser tattoo removal may not be as effective on areas with minimal body fat, as well as on dark-skinned individuals. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations and discuss their desires and concerns with our doctors.
Depending on the complexity of an individual's tattoo, the results of laser tattoo removal may vary. Individuals with simple tattoos may be rid of their tattoo within four treatment sessions, while more complicated tattoos may require ten or more treatment sessions. Laser tattoo removal is the most effective method of removing tattoos with minimal risks.
Vascular Lesions Treatment
The Vbeam pulse dye laser by Candela has been a gold standard laser treatment for vascular conditions for decades. This incredibly versatile Vbeam lasers treats a remarkable array of skin conditions, from red and brown discoloration to vascular and pigmented lesions to wrinkles and acne and beyond for dramatic skin rejuvenation.
The Vbeam laser is highly adaptable because it was designed to give the physician a range of energy strengths to precisely control it and deliver the exact amount of laser energy needed to tackle a specific problem. Each pulse of the Vbeam contains eight micro pulses within. This enables the laser energy to be directed through the micro pulses for effective targeting of even the smallest of spider veins.
Treatment with the Vbeam laser is fast, safe, effective and comfortable, thanks to a large spot size and a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™). The DCD cools the upper layers of the skin using cryogen in the treatment area just milliseconds prior to the laser pulse being emitted. Combined with the Vbeam's advanced micro-pulse technology, the DCD prevents post-treatment bruising and offers patients little to no downtime after treatment.
Iriderm DioLite Laser
A valuable in-office therapy option for treating facial blood vessels, the DioLite laser employs effective, intense light energy. This light can be focused on the damaged blood vessels or the areas of skin with an abundance of melanin in order to eliminate them, leaving all surrounding tissue unscathed. Sometimes more than one treatment is necessary to achieve the desired results.
There may be some redness, swelling and crusting in the treatment area following the procedure, but this usually disappears within two to three days. The results of DioLite treatment will be fully noticeable within two weeks after treating blood vessels.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat varicose and spider veins, most commonly found on the legs, by collapsing them through the use of a solvent. Sclerotherapy has been used on patients since the 1930s with great success, producing increasingly effective medical, as well as cosmetic, results.
During sclerotherapy, a solution of saline and a sclerosant is injected into the damaged veins. This will cause irritation in the affected veins and produce their eventual collapse.
Sclerotherapy has proven to be a safe procedure and is performed outpatient in the doctor's office. Typically, sclerotherapy is performed in less than an hour, although a varying number of injections may be required, depending on the number of veins involved. Patients do not require an anesthetic and usually report only a mild burning sensation during treatment. In some instances, multiple sclerotherapy treatments may be necessary.
Most can return to work and resume normal activities the next day, although exercise and strenuous activities are to be avoided for one to two weeks. Compression stockings need to be worn for a week or so after the procedure for the best results. It may take up to a month for the patient to see full results.