Laser Procedures

Lightsheer® Duet™ Laser

The Lightsheer Duet laser is used to remove unwanted hair. It emits a beam of light that is absorbed by pigment within the hair follicle, which destroys the growing hair follicle. Multiple procedures are required and are usually performed 4-6 weeks apart. The number of treatments required will depend not only on the hair color, but also on the thickness of hair, the patient’s skin type, and tolerance. More closely spaced treatments will enable one to achieve his/her goal earlier, but will require more treatments.

The Lightsheer Duet has a standard 9x9mm spot size to treat small areas of the body such as the upper lip. Unlike most hair removal lasers, it has a large spot size (22x35mm) with a vacuum-assisted technology that allows larger areas of the body, such as legs and back, to be treated more quickly and with less pain than previously possible with the standard 9x9mm spot.

Sun exposure for 6 weeks prior to and after treatment must be avoided. Shaving a day or two prior to treatment is encouraged, but waxing and/or tweezing should be avoided for 6 weeks prior to treatment. White, grey, red or very light colored hair will not absorb the laser light and cannot be effectively treated with this modality.

You may schedule a free consultation with one of our nurses to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser

The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is used for the removal of tattoos and pigmented lesions.  It provides a safe, effective way to remove most tattoo inks with very low risk of scarring. The Nd:YAG can remove professional, amateur, traumatic and surgical tattoos. Professional tattoos require an average of 6-8 treatments and some may never clear completely. Amateur tattoos often clear much faster due to less layering of the ink. Treatments are typically spaced 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments needed depends on the color, type and amount of ink used.  Dark blue, black, and red inks are easiest to remove. Orange and purple tattoos usually fade as well. Green and yellow dyes are the most difficult to remove requiring additional treatments to produce significant fading. Topical numbing creams may be used; however, most patients do not require any anesthesia.

The laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink which breaks it into small pieces that can then be removed through the body’s natural filtering systems. The Nd:YAG provides maximum tattoo removal while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.

The Nd:YAG can remove most brown age spots including the so called ‘liver spots’, which are actually caused by sun, freckles and brown birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots and nevus of Ota (which occurs around the eyes). Most pigmented lesions disappear with one or two treatments. After treatment, the lesions darken and flake off. Facial lesions usually resolve within 5-10 days, while those on the extremities or trunk may take 2 ½ to 3 weeks.

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