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 as getting one’s nails manicured. Using the correct laser depending on skin type, all persons can safely have laser hair removal treatments. The target is the hair within the follicle. Once treated, the hair essentially falls out of the follicle. A new thinner and lighter hair typically takes its place. Hence, why a series of laser treatments is typical for laser hair removal.

Not a classic laser, but rather an ultrasound device which is useful for rejuvenation, is known as Ultherapy. This procedure was ranked number 1 by New Beauty for 2015. By using not one, but two ultrasound beams of energy, temperatures deep to the skin can be stimulated and immediately contracted or tightened. More importantly, the temperature which is achieve by this device creates the perfect environment for collagen stimulation and regrowth. Ultherapy treatments target the face, neck and décolletage to achieve both lifting and tightening.

The entire month of September 2016, we will be offering free consultations and discounts on all laser procedures and ultrasound procedures in the office. Please reach out for conversations with our cosmetic concierge if you are wondering whether one of these laser procedures might be right for you.