Before any treatment, we will conduct a consultation to determine your general health and to determine your overall goals. We will evaluate any pre-existing health concerns and discuss your options based upon the particular condition you want treated. The degree of damage/scarring, and your skin type and color will be the basis of our recommendations.
You will more than likely need a series of sessions in order to achieve the results you want. You will need sun protection for as long as a year after treatment. We recommend continuing with diligent use of sun screen for life as that will help reduce skin damage.
All treatments are performed in our office. You will be given safety eyewear to protect your eyes. A small hand piece will be used to guide the laser over the treatment areas. The laser emits a quick burst of cooling spray after each laser pulse. The length of each session depends on the area being treated. Sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
There can be some discomfort. Most people describe each laser pulse as the snapping of a rubber band against the skin, but this discomfort goes away quickly. Our laser also releases a cooling spray to soothe the skin. Some people choose to apply a topical anesthetic prior to a session.
Your skin should be cleaned and dried. Make sure you remove all makeup, creams, oils, and skin-tanning products before a treatment. You should also avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun for 14 days prior to a session.
You may choose to apply a cool compress or gel pack to the treated area. Don't forget to use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) after a treatment. Avoid scrubbing or rinsing the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers for several days afterwards. Ask your technician about any other precautions you should take.
Risks are minimal, but there can be side effects. These include: redness, swelling, hyper or hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (laser bruising). Permanent side effects are rare. If any of these conditions do develop they usually go away after a few days.
Most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures. Check with your specific insurance carrier for details.