"Laser" Hair Removal
Palmetto Medicine & Aesthetics offers two options for hair removal (see below).
In general, laser hair removal does not work very well on blonde or gray hair. It is also not very effective on fine, thin hairs. The best response is with coarse or darker colored hair. Laser hair removal can be performed on any body part, except the eyebrows. Palmetto Medicine & Aesthetics does not perform hair removal on the male genital area.
True Laser Method
Our tuned Laser which is sometimes referred to as "Cool Glide" can treat men and women of all skin colors safely and effectively, year-round. It is even safe in patients with a suntan!
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. In rare instances, blistering may occur.
To reduce discomfort during the treatment, we use icepacks on the skin prior to the treatment. We have found ice packs to be just as effective as topical anesthetic cream and much safer! Other treatments to reduce discomfort are available if needed.
Most body areas require a minimum of 6 treatments. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors like hair thickness, hair color, the area treated, and your hair's growth cycle. It is not uncommon to need 1-2 touchup treatments the first couple of years, after the initial 6 treatments.
IPL is a light-based treatment (not a true laser).
Sometimes referred to as Prowave, it cannot be used on dark skin colors or on tanned skin. This includes tanning beds, spray tans and all self tanners.
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are redness and mild swelling of the skin. In rare instances burns may occur, especially if the skin is too dark or tanned during treatment. IPL does cover a larger area with each pulse, as compared to the True Laser, so the treatments are quicker and slightly more comfortable.
Again, as with the True Laser above, we use icepacks on the skin prior to the treatment to improve comfort. We have found ice packs to be just as effective as topical anesthetic cream and much safer! Other treatments to reduce discomfort are available if needed.
Like the True Laser above, IPL also requires a minimum of 6 treatments.
IPL Sun Spot Removal
Only $70 for a single spot!
Palmetto Medicine & Aesthetics uses the proven IPL method for sun spot removal. This non-invasive light treatment that is sometimes called "Limelight" is used to reduce hyperpigmention associated with aging and sun damage.
Our experienced Palmetto Medicine & Aesthetics physician can tune your IPL treatment to your skin type in order to selectively treat the brown and/or red pigmented areas on your skin.
It is most effective on the face, but can be used anywhere on the body including on the neck and chest.
Again, we usually only need to use cold packs to reduce discomfort during the treatment. Immediately following the treatment, the brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly 1-3 days. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness. Then within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness will decrease and your complexion will improve. New brown spots and redness may appear with new sun damage; however they too can be treated!
IPL cannot be done on dark skin colors or tanned skin.
We usually recommend three treatments, each spaced one month apart. The results typically last 1-2 years.
Sometimes also referred to as a "Titan" treatment, performing this procedure, Palmetto Medicine & Aesthetics uses light energy to heat the dermis deep beneath your skin's surface. Without the need for surgery or a prolonged recovery time, this is an ideal solution for the sagging skin on any body part. It is especially effective on the lower face/ jawline and on the neck.
The treatment can be done for patients of any color.
This treatment is not painful and there is no downtime! During the treatment you will feel a brief heating sensation. Following the treatment, you may notice mild redness in the treated area which will resolve within an hour.
The results will vary somewhat from person to person and usually depend on age, skin tone, and skin thickness. This treatment will not accomplish the same results as our other more aggressive and more invasive treatments like ablative lasers, fillers and PDO or other thread lifts but although the results are usually subtle they are noticeable and most patients are pleased with the outcome for the ease and speed of treatment required.
Call our office and schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for skin tightening or perhaps a different wrinkle reducing procedure!
Laser Skin Rejuvenation:
On average, patients will require six treatments (spaced 2-4 weeks apart) in order to achieve optimal results. We will then recommend maintenance treatments tailored to your needs... for most patients maintenance will be needed every few months.
Palmetto Medicine & Aesthetics uses a patented laser technology that can make your skin look more vibrant and healthy to give you a more youthful appearance. This treatment is designed to treat conditions that are typically associated with premature signs of aging and sun damage, such as excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, and fine lines. Sometimes called Laser Genesis, this is used on the face and neck to stimulate collagen regrowth and to reduce redness caused by dilated capillaries.
During the treatment you will experience a gently warming of your skin's surface. There is little to no downtime!
Again, the results can be subtle but most patients are pleased with the outcome for the ease and speed of treatment required.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Note that some patients may require two treatments (spaced one month apart) to achieve the desired results. Other patients may need only one treatment.
Sometimes referred to as the "Pearl procedure" this laser combines the impact of other more ablative resurfacing lasers with the gentleness and safety of non-invasive procedures to treat aging and sun-damaged skin. This thermal laser reduces wrinkles, uneven texture and solar damage with fewer treatments and less overall recovery than other technologies and will give you a healthy, "pearl-like" glow.
During the procedure, the top layer of skin is treated with pulses of light while the laser portion of the device simultaneously sends heat to the deeper layers of skin to provide longer-term benefits. A natural protective dressing forms on the skin to minimize downtime during the restorative process. On day 3 or 4, this natural dressing will peel off, leaving new, healthy skin underneath.Right after the treatment, the skin will look and feel sunburned. You will apply aquaphor or vaseline on the skin for 3 to 4 days. Since you cannot wear sunscreen during this time, you will need to wear a protective hat to shield your face and limit sun exposure for 2 weeks after the treatment.
This IPL/Laser is most effective treatment to address fine lines, uneven texture and discoloration without wound care and the lengthy downtime required with certain ablative Erbium and C02 lasers. Also, when compared to today's fractionated lasers, this process offers noticeable results in just one treatment, versus 4-6 fractionated treatments.
Patients with light to medium skin tones and moderate sun damage are the ideal candidates. Unfortunately this cannot be done on dark skin tones.
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