Laser and light based treatments have become very popular since they provide great benefit with minimal recovery time. Laser and light sources can be used to improve skin color, tone and texture. Some treatments require a series of sessions, while others are performed in only one session. Most of the latest laser treatments have state of the art cooling built in to prevent discomfort and skin injury.
Below are the laser and light source treatments that are offered at Santa Monica Dermatology Medical Group:
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial- The IPL is a light-based system designed to fade brown sun spots and facial blood vessels. This system is very effective in treating Rosacea and other signs of sun damage. The recovery time and discomfort are minimal, allowing most patients to return to their normal level of activity after treatment.
More information about this IPL system can be found at www.palomarmedical.com.
Laser Hair Removal- This popular procedure utilizes the IPL technology to eliminate unwanted hair. Any body area can be treated as long as the hair is not grey or light blond. It requires a series of treatments.
More information about this hair removal process can be found at www.palomarmedical.com
Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Treatments- Fractional lasers have revolutionized the field of laser surgery in the past few years due to their ability to resurface skin and create tightening with a short recovery time. This procedure creates many tiny “wells” through the top layers of skin, causing contraction of existing collagen and formation of new collagen in deeper layers.
Non-ablative fractional resurfacing (the Fraxel 1540) is FDA approved for use in skin resurfacing and may be helpful for acne scarring. This procedure is also FDA approved for use in the correction of pigment changes such as sun spots and melasma. More recently this procedure received FDA approval for improving stretch marks. It does require a series of 3-6 treatments but has only a mild "sunburn-like" recovery."
More information about this laser can be found at www.palomarmedical.com
Ablative Resurfacing Laser Treatments
More information about this laser can be found at http://www.almalasers.com/pixel_omnifit.jsp