Aesthetic Institute
Aesthetic Institute

Terry Gillian, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.C.
Hair removal using laser technology…

Many different lasers exist, how they are used depends on the wave length produced by a particular laser. The energy created by the laser wave is absorbed by the hair follicles which have pigmentation and heat is created. The heat created destroys the har follicles. The laser is able to penetrate the upper part of the skin.

For most patients the laser treatment has minimal discomfort and requires no sedation, injection of local anesthetic, or preparation on the part of the patient.

Unfortunately, only those hair follicles that are active have pigmentation, these follicles are destroyed, but inactive cells with no pigmentation will not absorb the laser energy and can not be destroyed. In order to destroy these follicles they need to become active. Because of this, multiple sessions are necessary to get the clinical results desired. The interval between sessions depends on the rate of hair growth in a particular area, closer interval for facial hair removal due to more rapid growth.

Millions of women are bothered by spider veins - those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem. Today, many plastic surgeons are treating spider veins with sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling, and night cramps.

Spider veins - known in the medical world as telangiectasias or sunburst varicosities - are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it.

A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.

Varicose veins differ from spider veins in a number of ways. Varicose veins are larger - usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter, darker in color and tend to bulge, Varicose veins are also more likely to cause pain and be related to more serious veins disorders. For some patients, sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose veins. However, often surgical treatment is necessary for this condition.

Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just as long.

Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. The use of dermabrasion, salabrasion and Argon or CO2 lasers have left behind scars in place of the tattoo.

The advent of Q-Switched lasers has permitted the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring. The Medlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is the newest system in this class of lasers. The Medlite can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks, and is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, black and red inks.

The Medlite laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Just as natural as sunlight is made up of light wavelengths of many colors, a laser is a device which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are either absorbed, reflected or simple passed through objects. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, where it is then removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.

Medical research has taught us which wavelengths of light to use and specificially how to deliver the laser’s output to best remove tattoo ink. The Medlite uses a light wavelength which passes through skin, but is absorbed by most inks. The Medlite also delivers th light in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. The use of this specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light results in minimal damage to the skin while providing maximum tattoo ink removal.

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