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5 Skin Conditions Laser Therapy Can Reduce

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If you’re ready to achieve your best skin yet, PicoSure Focus laser therapy can help. Since its inception, this cutting-edge skin revitalization treatment has helped countless men and women improve and resolve various skin conditions without the prep time, patient discomfort, and downtime associated with non-ablative and ablative laser treatments. Our PicoSure Focus laser facial leaves the skin radiant and glowing. A series of three treatments is typically recommended to patients with the following five skin conditions.

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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation occurs when patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. It is usually the result of excess melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color and is often a result of sun damage and inflammation. Although this condition is not medically harmful, it can leave you feeling self-conscious, making laser therapy a good option.

Acne Scars

If you’ve struggled with moderate to severe acne in the past, you may have scars on your face to remind you. The four main types of acne scars include ice pick, boxcar, rolling, and keloid scars. While these scars are usually stubborn and you may not be able to get rid of them completely, you can significantly reduce their appearance with laser therapy.

Sun Damage

Although the sunshine and warmth can make you happy, it can also harm your skin. If you have damaged skin, you may be struggling with fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and discoloration. The good news is you can repair sun damaged skin through laser therapy. Once you receive laser therapy treatments, it’s important to wear sunscreen and reduce the amount of time you spend soaking up the UV rays.

Fine Lines

While fine lines are an inevitable sign of aging, they can be softened via laser therapy. Keep in mind, however, if you have moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles, you may require additional procedures such as Botox injections, dermal fillers and/or a MicroLaserPeel.

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Melasma

Melasma, also called the mask of pregnancy, is prominent facial pigment caused by overproduction of melanin in response to hormonal changes.  Although it can sometimes spontaneously resolve on its own, most Melasma occurs over a period of years and requires stringent regimens to manage. It is usually seen on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. If you are living with melasma, PicoSure Focus Laser Facial may be right for you. Several types of laser and light therapy have been studied in the treatment of Melasma. The number and frequency of treatments varies by device type, but overall, Q-switched lasers require the greatest number of treatment applications to see a benefit. Vascular-specific lasers do not appear to be effective for the treatment of melasma, and ablative fractionated lasers should be used with caution because the thermal damage they cause to the skin presents a very high risk for post-inflammatory hypo- and hyperpigmentation. The use of non-ablative fractionated laser treatments compared with other laser and light options may result in slightly longer remission intervals. However, Pico-second lasers, such as the PicoSure Focus,  are showing a promising future to treat melasma, with 60-90% reduction after 3 treatments. PicoSure’s shorter laser pulse durations result in pigment fragmentation that is more a result of photoacoustic than photothermal effects (such as with laser energy treatments). Therefore, it may be more efficient at pigment removal without inducing thermal damage to surrounding tissue. Because Melasma is tough to treat and there is no cure, it will slowly return unless maintenance laser or bleaching treatments are done. It works best when combined with creams such as hydroquinone and tretinoin.

The PicoSure Laser Facial Difference

Unlike other skin rejuvenation lasers, the groundbreaking technology of PicoSure Focus delivers ultra-short bursts of pressure energy to target areas without using any laser heat at all. Because the pressure energy does not damage the surrounding skin (unlike laser energy), there is no downtime with minimal redness or peeling skin. Erasing fine lines, wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and melasma, this is a comfortable “lunchtime procedure,” with patients comparing the sensation to the light snap of a thin rubber band.

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Take the Next Step

If you would like to resolve or improve the appearance of any of these skin conditions, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz in Leawood, KS. Call us at 913-451-8346, or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician.

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