You'll find the latest products and techniques for every type of skin in our deluxe spa-style Medical Skin Care Center. By treating all our surgical patients, both pre- and post-operatively, we can enhance healing and speed recovery with customized skin-care regimens. Plus, our specialized estheticians have created an array of programs for nonsurgical skin rejuvenation, including the procedures listed below.
A Premier image exclusive in Atlanta. Have the kind of smooth, tight skin that only laser can give you but without the hassle factor. This lunchtime laser peel uses nothing more than blown chilled air to cool the skin. Best done in a series of five treatments, the ArcticPeel™ is by far our most popular laser procedure. No anesthetic is required. Mild redness is expected afterward, and patients typically return to work the following day. Best for those people who are beginning to see the results of sun damage and aging on their face but really don't require an aggressive laser resurfacing procedure (or don't have the time for one). Specific benefits for aged and photo-damaged skin include improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, reduction of brown spots and scars, and an overall tightening of the skin. Makeup will go on smoother and you will feel and look younger. Dr DeJoseph utilizes the Sciton erbium laser for the ArcticPeel™, arguably the finest laser in the industry!
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Every year, millions of patients complain of skin problems including fine lines and wrinkles, persistent red complexion caused by broken capillaries or rosacea, brown/sun spots, sun-induced freckles, acne scars, large pores and other blemishes. Various treatments, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing have been used to improve these conditions.
IPL/Intense pulsed light is a new, non-ablative technique to treat the above conditions and is also called photorejuvenation. IPL technology can be used to help restore the skin's youthful appearance. IPL is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.
How does IPL (Photofacial) work?
The IPL treatment delivers high intensity pulses of broadband light that is different from the narrow band light of lasers. IPL, which stands for intensed pulsed light, is non-ablative, meaning it does not damage the surface of the skin. The intense light is delivered to the deeper parts of the skin (dermis) and leaves the superficial aspect of the skin (epidermis) untouched. IPL treatments target brown spots, vascular lesions such as spider veins and vascular birthmarks, pigmented lesions such as melasma and age spots. The thermal effect of IPL also causes production of new collagen. From this collagen stimulation process you will feel a significant difference in the tightness and softness of your skin and a remarkable improvement in fine lines and wrinkles.
What are IPL’s advantages?
As discussed above, IPL does not damage the skin surface, unlike Erbium and CO2 Laser resurfacing. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time. Treatments take approximately 30-45 minutes. No downtime, patients can apply makeup before leaving the office and return to work the same day. There is also minimal pain with IPL therefore no anesthetic or pain medications are needed. Any brown spots will become a little more brown and will continue to darken for 7 to 10 days following the treatment. (This darkening can be covered with makeup) These darkening spots will literally rise to the surface of your skin and flake off.
What are IPL’s disadvantages?
Given that there is little damage to the skin surface, several treatments may be required to see the desired effect. Typically, 3-6 treatments, spaced 3 weeks apart, are needed. Side effects can include transient redness which is relieved with a cold compress and subsides quickly. Avoidance of sun exposure is needed.
How much does IPL cost?
Prices usually vary according to the IPL treatment size/area. The average cost for a PhotoFacial/IPL is $450.00 for each treatment, depending on the body part. A consultation with one of our Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons and the number of treatments needed will determine your IPL treatment cost.
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Laser skin resurfacing, also known as “laser peel”, can renew skin that has been damaged by chronic sun exposure, and can dramatically reduce skin wrinkling or facial scars and improve skin texture. We use an advanced dual pulsed-Erbium laser and CO-2 laser, which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at precisely controlled levels of penetration. It is the most precise equipment available to resurface the skin.
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Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, the patient who is tired of temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair may welcome laser and intense pulsed light hair removal with relief.
Lasers produce highly focused, intense beams of light that are absorbed by dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface and converted to heat, destroying the follicles and preventing hair growth for up to two years. Multiple treatments are required for complete hair removal -- the follicle must be “active” at the time of treatment, and not all follicles are active at the same time. Treatments are needle-free and do not require anesthesia. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight sting like the snap of a rubber band.
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New technology allows us to treat spider veins, scars and stretch marks without surgery or other painful procedures that require an extended hospital stay and long recovery. Laser treatment is painless and does not require anesthesia.
For spider vein treatment, the laser aims carefully controlled pulses of narrow-wavelength light at the damaged veins. The veins absorb the light and heat up, then collapse and close. These techniques also treat a wide variety of scars and stretch marks. The laser's energy stimulates the skin under the scar and causes the fibroblasts in the skin to begin to divide again. It also stimulates the production of collagen. This thickens the skin under the scar until it closely resembles the surrounding normal skin.
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Tattoos have been around for at least 5,000 years. The interest in removing them is just about as old. Many of the techniques to remove the tattoos in the past have produced less than desirable results. Dermabrasion, or sanding of the tattoo, chemicals, or even the older CO2 or Argon lasers removed tattoos but left undesirable scars.
The Versapulse VPC laser removes tattoo ink using directed rays of light with a very low risk of scarring. This laser is the ultimate tattoo removal system, housing four lasers in one machine. The laser works on all color tattoo inks. Medical research has taught us the exact wavelengths of light used to selectively remove certain colors of ink. The ink is broken up into 10-100 small fragmented particles to be carried off by the body.
After these treatments the tattoo fades and your normal skin tone shows through. New technology laser treatment is effective but slow. Between four and ten laser tattoo removal treatments spaced four to six weeks apart are necessary to remove tattoos. The end result is worth it.
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