Laser Solutions

Laser Solutions

Excessive or unwanted facial/body hair is a big problem for women and men alike.  Laser hair reduction is an attractive alternative to electrolysis for many people.  Our advanced Apex 800 technology by IRIDERM, will provide you with a fast and gentle approach to long-lasting hair reduction.  In addition, we offer an advanced laser system to treat many common facial problems, including unsightly age spots, pigmented areas and moles.  It is also very effective in erasing the tiny blood vessels that develop on our face and nose as we age.

We now have a laser system for full facial rejuvenation that no one east of Ottawa can match.

This laser can safely treat into deeper layers of the skin for a full rejuvenation.  It still results in minimal downtime. 


LASER HAIR REMOVAL (LHR) TREATMENT

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Excessive or unwanted facial/body hair is a big problem for women and men alike. Laser hair reduction is an attractive alternative to electrolysis for many people. Our advanced Apex 800 technology by IRIDERM, will provide you with a fast and gentle approach to long-lasting hair reduction. The whole experience is harmless enough (and so am I). You would need to avoid waxing, “neeting” and plucking the area for 6 weeks, but you can shave. Call the office to schedule an appointment. You would come in for a consultation appointment, where you will fill out the required paperwork to give the clinic nurse information to help choose the best treatment setting for your skin type. I would then answer any questions you might have and we could start your treatment. We will both need to wear protective eye wear and we both look like geeks. During your treatment your privacy is maintained with drapes/sheets. The sensation experienced during your treatment has been described as a “plucking” sensation. Nowhere close to labor pains! The treated area may be slightly pink and irritated for 2 to 4 hours after and hair reduction will be experienced 7-10 days after treatment. Remember to avoid tanning 6 weeks before treatment and between treatments and always remember to use sunscreen.

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IN ADDITION, we offer an advanced laser system to treat many common facial problems, including unsightly age spots, pigmented areas and moles. It is also very effective in erasing the tiny blood vessels that develop on our face and nose as we age.

We now have a laser system for full facial rejuvenation that no one east of Ottawa can match. This laser can safely treat into deeper layers of the skin for a full rejuvenation. It still results in minimal downtime.



VARILITE LASER TREATMENT

VariLite treatment is quick, comfortable and effective treatment of vascular, pigmented and cutaneous lesions.

VARILITE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

How does the laser work?

A laser generates an intense beam of light that can selectively target a treatment site.  The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition or destruction by heat of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cell intact.

What are the benefits of laser surgery?

The benefits of laser treatment over alternative therapies may include improved therapeutic results precisely controlled surgery which limits injury to normal skin, fewer complications and a safe and effective outpatient, same day surgery for vascular and pigmented lesions.

What is a vascular lesion?

A vascular lesion if formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin.  These vessels may be visible through the skin and may result in a red appearance of the skin.

What is a pigmented lesion?

Melanin is the dark pigment present in skin and is produced by melanocytes.  Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin.  Lesions may be flat or slightly raised.

What conditions are treated with the VariLite laser?

Vascular Lesions:

•Facial Telangiectasia – surface veins caused by dilation of capillary vessels or arterioles.
•Cherry Angiomas – slightly raised, red lesions.
•Spider Angiomas – slightly raised, red spider-like lesions.
•Scar Neovascularization – redness that may appear in or around a scar.
•Rosacea – red facial lesions around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look
•Spider Veins – small, superficial purple or red veins stretching like a web under the skin, often appearing on legs.
Pigmented Lesions:

•Lentigines – flat, brown spsots on the skin:  present on skin with frequent sun exposure.
•Freckles – brown spots on the skin; common on people with fair skin.
•Dermatosis Papulosis Nigra – small black raised lesions seen primarily on people of Asian or African descent.
Cutaneous Lesions:

•Keratoses – slightly elevated pigmented lesions often found on the back and hands.
•Warts – skin-colored growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin.
What should a patient expect during treatment?

Treatment may vary depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated.  An individual treatment program will be developed by your physician.  Treatment sessions typically take 10-15 minutes.  Patients are advised to remove make-up in the treatment area and to avoid tanning prior to scheduling a treatment.  You will be placed in a reclined position and asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the intense beam of laser light.  The doctor will use a pen-like handpiece to direct a beam of laser light to the lesion.  Some patients report feeling a slight stinging sensation during treatment so a cooling gel or system may be used to help alleviate any discomfort.

What should a patient expect after treatment?

Some redness may occur in the treatment area immediately following treatment; however, it should subside within several hours.  Some swelling may also be experienced and will go away in 1-2 days.  Unlike older technologies, VariLite treatment will not cause any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.

Minor crusting or scabbing of the treated area can occur.  Do not rub or pick the scab.  After washing with fingertips with a gentle soap, (use of a washcloth or other abrasive instrument is not recommended), apply an antibacterial ointment to the treated area.  Pigmented lesions may turn gray or dark after the treatment, as the skin heals, the spot will slough off.  Do not rub or pick the lesion.  Your doctor will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process (3-4 weeks).  Use of a sunscreen containing an SPF of 15 or higher is recommended.

Final treatment results should be evident 10-14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within 2-3 weeks after treatment for pigmented lesions.  In the meantime, normal activities can be resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.

How will I know if laser treatment is right for me?

Ask your doctor.  After a brief examination, your doctor will determine if laser treatment is appropriate for you.

SCANLITE LASER FACIAL REJUVENATION - Quick, effective and gentle laser treatment to reduce signs of skin damage from aging and sun exposure.


SCANLITE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

What is a ScanLite Laser Facial?

A laser facial is a gentle procedure that uses the handheld ScanLite scanner with an IRIDEX laser system to improve the overall appearance of skin.  This new laser procedure can reduce sun-induced damage, even out pigmentation, remove vascular and pigmented lesions, decrease redness from rosacea, and give skin a more youthful appearance.  Laser facial treatments can be performed on the face, neck, chest and hands.

How does laser facial treatment work?

Targeted laser energy is applied to the treatment area where it is absorbed in the form of heat by abnormal vessels, lesions or damaged cells.  The energy stimulated the natural collagen and the body begins its natural healing process.  Healthy collagen softens the appearance of aging skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What treatments can be done with the ScanLite?

The ScanLite is designed to enhance the capabilities of the IRIDEX VariLite and DioLite laser systems.  In addition to performing laser facial treatments, it can be used to rapidly and uniformly treat large area vascular and pigmented lesions.  The ScanLite offers a variety of pattern shapes, sizes and densities to ensure laser energy is selectively delivered only to the target treatment site.

What should a patient expect during treatment?

Treatment may vary depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated.  An individual treatment program will be developed by the doctor/nurse.   Treatment sessions typically take 15-30 minutes and multiple sessions may be required.  Patients are advised to remove make-up in the treatment area and to avoid tanning prior to scheduling a treatment.

You will be placed in a reclined position and asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam.  A handheld scanner will be used to direct the laser in a predetermined pattern to the treatment area.  The scanner is moved across the treatment area with selective spacing to maximize the clinical effect and minimize any damage to healthy tissue.  Patients typically feel a slight stinging sensation during treatment; therefore, a gel or a cooling system may be used to help alleviate any discomfort.

What should a patient expect after treatment?

Some redness may occur in the treatment area immediately following treatment; however, it should subside within several hours.  Some swelling may also be experienced and will go away in 1-2 days.  Patients should not experience any purple skin discoloration, bruised appearance to the treated skin, or blistering as may be seen with older technologies.

Postoperative care is minimal.  Your doctor may ask you to use an anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area for a short period of time and will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process.

How long will it take for me to see results?

After your first treatment, your skin should have a more even tone with a smoother look and feel.  Fine lines and wrinkles may gradually decrease, sunspots should fade and redness associated with rosacea will be reduced.  Treatment results should be evident 14 days after laser facial treatment and should continue to improve with each treatment.  In the meantime, normal activities can be resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.

How will I know if laser treatment is right for me?

Ask your doctor.  After a brief examination, your doctor can determine if laser treatment is appropriate for you.

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