We know you have questions about Laser Therapy and we're here to help.
The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deeply into skin tissue, where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. The Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and the DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.
Treatment will take place in our office. You will wear safety eyeware to protect your eyes from the laser light. We will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handpiece. Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition being treated. Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by the DCD cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.
Hair removal and facial resurfacing requires topical anesthetic cream application one half hour to forty-five minutes prior to procedure. Please identify the procedure you request when appointment is made. We will contact you by phone to clarify pretreatment and preparation needs.
The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. For hair removal, multiple treatments are required as the process is most effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Other conditions may clear up in only one treatment, but many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition being treated.
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid plucking, electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus and are schedule for a laser treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. Also, your skin should be clean shaven, and your skin should be thoroughly cleansed and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products before laser treatment. The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning both light for 14 days prior to treatment. Before laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above).
A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours. After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers.
Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (a laser bruise) in the treated area – these usually do not last more than a few days. Permanent side effects are rare. We will discuss potential side effects with you.
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Some carries will, however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.
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