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Category: IPL

Fall is the Laser Season!

Now that summer will be officially over with the start of Labor Day weekend, dermatology offices such as Dermatology Office, Ellen Turner, M.D. are gearing up for an increase in laser treatments. Many conditions that are not safe to treat during the heat of the summer, where patients are out of doors for longer periods of time, become manageable in the fall. Pigmentation, or darkening of the skin, is the most common ailment that people wish to treat. Knowing that pigmentation is more of a chronic condition that is treated using a variety of modalities, it is nice to be able to use lasers (when appropriate and safe!) to treat. Pigment can be treated with photorejuvenation as well as non-ablative resurfacing lasers such as Fraxel. Additionally, our office boasts the Park Cities Peel which is a combination of both a photofacial and a light resurfacing treatment using the erbium yag laser. Typically considered a lunch-time procedure, photofacials are considered to have no recovery time. When non-ablative or low-grade ablative resurfacing is involved, recovery times go up to about 3-5 days at most. Other types of laser targets such as hair are popular. Laser hair removal has become as common place […]

What is Photofacial?

Photorejuvenation or photofacial or intense pulsed light (IPL) or broad band light (BBL)—what do these all have in common? They are all one and the same thing. Photorejuvenation is technically a light-based procedure developed out of California approximately twenty years ago by a dermatologist. Different from a true laser procedure, photorejuvenation utilizes a much broader but still focused wavelength of light in order to target certain tones in the skin. It can also target certain conditions such as acne and rosacea as well, depending on the wavelength. Typically performed in a series of four treatments, this is a lunch-time or “no recovery” procedure performed in the office by the dermatologist or esthetician. The fact that there is no downtime is tremendous, but when you realize all of the benefits that are received by performing a series of photofacials, it is easy to get excited about this procedure.  We have known for a long time that photorejuvenation creates improvement in tone (decrease in reds and browns) as well as texture. However, we are learning even more benefits that are not quite so obvious to the naked eye. Dr. Patrick Bitters, who practices out of both San Francisco and Los Angeles, did […]

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