Laser Treatment Acne Laser
Here at North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we offer a variety of cutting-edge cosmetic laser treatments to help you with everything from skin texture to acne and rosacea to semi-permanent hair removal. Our board-certified dermatologists and staff are trained in the safe and effective use of these lasers, and have years of experience helping patients reach their goals with the most advanced laser technologies.
To learn more about the different laser and light treatments that we offer and to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dermatologists, call North Dallas Dermatology Associates today at (214) 761-8524.
Some of the lasers that we offer include the following:
SMARTXIDE DOT LASER
The SmartXide DOT laser is a fractional skin resurfacing treatment great for reducing brown spots and acne scars, tightening skin, reducing wrinkles, and evening skin tone and texture. DOT stands for dermal optical thermolysis, which refers to the thousands of microscopic laser spots in a regular pattern that induce the skin to produce collagen without damaging surrounding tissue.
The SmartXide DOT laser is a less aggressive alternative to CO2 laser resurfacing, with much less downtime required. Flaking and redness generally occur for five to seven days following treatment. The treatment itself involves only minimal, if any, discomfort, and results can often be seen after a single session!
IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a popular treatment option for rosacea, broken capillaries, red and brown spots and freckles, birthmarks, and stretch marks. IPL fotofacials are great for people with an active lifestyle who want to treat these skin concerns but don’t have a lot of time to spare for recovery. There’s usually no downtime involved with an IPL procedure!
A series of three to five treatments spaced four to six weeks apart is generally needed for full results. Patients undergoing fotofacials should avoid sun exposure.
Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is a great treatment for acne, oily skin, pores, rosacea, precancerous lesions, and even some superficial early-stage skin cancers. It involves using a photosensitizing agent that reacts with certain light wavelengths to kill bacteria and reduce oil production. It can also target sun damage within the skin, causing it to rise to the surface and flake off while leaving surrounding skin tissue undamaged.
Patients generally need two or three PDT treatments spaced three weeks apart for full results. After a treatment, the skin will be extremely sensitive to the sun, so patients should be very cautious about any sun exposure. Side effects can include redness, swelling, or crusting of the targeted areas, but this generally resolves within two weeks.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Laser hair removal has quickly become a very popular alternative to shaving or waxing. While it’s currently impossible to stop hair from growing at all, laser hair removal can significantly reduce the amount of hair that grows in targeted areas, and can stop hair growth for a more significant amount of time than other types of hair removal.
Laser hair removal is safe for the legs, back, face, and even bikini line. It will require multiple sessions due to hair growth patterns, but the results are very comprehensive. All skin types are treatable.
Q: I’ve heard a lot about Fraxel laser. Acne has always been a problem for me and I have the scars to prove it – can Fraxel treat acne scarring on my face?
A: Fraxel can definitely be used to treat acne scarring. However, before you think about seeking laser treatment, you want to make sure that your acne is under control first. If your breakouts are not active, it would be best to schedule a consultation with a board certified dermatologist. Fraxel might not remove the scarring completely, and it will take multiple treatments. However, it should significantly smooth and soften the appearance of the scars. There are other options or combinations of treatments that can be considered as well such as intense pulsed light with resurfacing (Photofractional), micro-needling and even fillers for scars.
Q: What Fraxel side effects are most common?
A: The most common side effects of Fraxel laser treatment are redness, swelling, and peeling of the skin. Your skin will typically heal with a sunburn like effect over several days or up to a week, depending on the intensity of the treatment. As with any laser treatment, there is a very remote risk of a burn or scarring.
Q: I’m concerned about the side effects from Laser Hair Removal. Can I get permanent damage from the laser? What about hyperpigmentation or scars?
A: Side effects from laser hair removal are rare. When done correctly by a trained professional, IPL or laser treatments for hair removal are very safe. Patients may have some slight redness or local swelling at the treatment site that typically resolves within several hours. On very rare occasions, blistering or burning may occur. You will need to limit sun exposure before and after treatments to minimize the risk of complications.
Q: A few laser practitioners I have been to have given me conflicting advice about the length of time I should wait between treatments. Some say 4-5 weeks is the ideal period while others have indicated 7-8 weeks is much better if one is to target a greater proportion of hair in the right growth phase. What is your view on the ideal length of time that one should wait between treatments?
A: This can vary depending on the patient and the area of the body that is being treated. Generally speaking, the waiting period when treating areas of the face is between 4-6 weeks and between 8-10 weeks for areas of the body. To develop the best treatment plan for you, visit a board certified dermatologist.