Laser and Light Treatments

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer, damaged layer of skin to reveal a smoother, younger look. Laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven pigmentation and superficial scarring. Intense pulsed light vaporizes the surface skin and causes regeneration of collagen while revealing the undamaged layer beneath. Skin resurfacing can be performed with a carbon dioxide (CO2) fractional laser. A dermatologist is then able to remove thin layers of skin tissue with exquisite precision while minimizing damage to surrounding skin; therefore, resulting in reduced redness and more rapid healing. Sand Lake Dermatology also offers the Madonna eye lift. This is a laser eye lift that, unlike other conventional operations, does not use incisions as part of the treatment. Instead the CO2 fractional laser is used on the eyes to eliminate crow’s feet, eye wrinkles and sags. Once the procedure is finished, the skin looks firmer and tighter from removing the fine lines.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial

Photofacial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL is one of the most popular light sources used by dermatologists to improve the signs of sun damage and discoloration, rosacea and brown spots on the face, hands and body. The IPL produces a specific wave of light which targets a certain color in the skin. They avoid the associated bruising sometimes seen with vascular lasers and this is a distinct advantage.  It can be used to treat any site on the body, the most common areas being the face, neck, hands and arms.  Topical anesthesia is recommended. Patients should expect mild post-procedure stinging, redness and swelling lasting 1-2 days. Brown spots will become darker and fall off within one week.  Multiple treatments are usually required on a monthly basis. Once desired results are achieved, maintenance treatments are recommended 1-2 times per year.

Looking for pre- and post-treatment information? Please read our IPL Photofacial Treatment Instructions

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Hair Removal

Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, women and men who are tired of temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair on the face, back, legs or other body areas may welcome IPL hair removal with relief. IPL produces highly focused, intense beams of light which are effective in permanently reduce unwanted hair growth. Dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface absorb this light and convert it to heat, destroying the follicles and preventing hair growth for up to two years; therefore, patients with dark hair and lighter skin are the best candidates for treatment. This is also a wonderful treatment for patients with foliculitis. The patient can expect anywhere from 50-70% reduction in hair growth after a series of 3-6 treatments. Hairs that do grow back are usually smaller, lighter and less noticeable. Maintenance treatments may sometimes be needed.

Looking for pre- and post-treatment information? Please read our IPL Hair Removal Treatment Instructions

Excimer Laser

The excimer laser is an FDA approved device shown to be effective in treating diseases and cosmetic problems where the color in the skin has been lost. This includes vitiligo, color changes associated with laser resurfacing and stretch marks. It is also quite effective in the treatment of localized psoriasis. For vitilgo, best results are seen on the face and neck; however, multiple treatments are required. It may take as many as 10 treatments to clear plaques associated with psoriasis and 40-50 treatments for vitilgo.

Non-ablative Erbium Laser

Fractionated, non-ablative erbium laser treatments effectively target wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and skin resurfacing. Patients can expect redness and swelling for 3-4 days after treatment. Multiple treatments spaced four weeks apart are recommended for optimal results.

Looking for pre- and post-treatment information? Please read our Erbium Laser Treatment Instructions