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From Laser Hair Removal, to Cellulite Treatment and SkinRejuvenation therapies, The Skin Station offers a wide variety of laser-based skincare services for all parts of your body. Achieve the look you want with a personalized treatment plan created just for you by our highly trained staff. Our Staff was trained and certified by.....
Patrick J. Clark, CMLSO [email protected]
CEO / Director of Clinical Education Dallas, TexasMr. Clark has been active in clinical light applications since 1988. Pat moved from his first administrative and clinical exposure of laser use and control at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to being a member of the team to first accomplish and teach routine laser laparoscopic cholecystectomy in several Northeast states. A Texas native, Pat returned home in 1992 to be selected as the founding director of the laser program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the allied hospitals. In that position he refined a teaching and administrative process that included the control of some 117 laser and light sources in a myriad of applications and a recurring education process for physicians, residents, nurses, and paramedicals. Numbers of internationally known facilities and organizations call upon Pat to assist in development, testing, application and safety of light on tissue worldwide.Pat has direct experience in complete hospital programs, outpatient and freestanding surgery centers, the beginnings of office and spa applications, and the development of light applications for nonprofessional and home use. His commercial experience includes being Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Product Development for both a national publically held mobile laser-surgical services company, Medical Alliance, and with the device division of an international pharmaceutical company, ICN. Often called upon by laser manufacturers and having given over 400 clinical and lay lectures in the last 20 years, Mr. Clark can bring a world of experience to your select needs.Medical Laser Dynamics is an internationally recognized independent aesthetic laser and intense pulsed light education group. From its offices in the United States, and with over 20 years experience in presenting courses in the newest and best treatment methods, Medical Laser Dynamics has grown to become the largest clinical laser and intense pulsed light training program in the world. Supported by the Laser Institute of America http://www.laserinstitute.org/ Medical Laser Dynamics
FOR ETHNIC CLIENTS: During a recent consultation a black patient asked if they could get laser hair removal.
It had come up earlier in the consultation that this individual had been turned down for treatment by two other cosmetic professionals in the city. When I asked what prompted the question she said, past experience had taught her to be upfront about the issues surrounding ethnicity and cosmetic treatments. I asked her what the other skin clinics had told her. She said they had told her she was ineligible for any type of laser treatment. This is a common response, but it is also an incorrect one.
When discussing laser hair removal with an ethnic clients, there is a short answer and a long one.
While it’s true that she is not the ideal candidate, it is also true that laser hair removal on people with dark hair and dark skin is difficult, but not impossible. Therein, lays the long answer, which I will focus on in the remainder of this article.
The origins of laser treatment would suggest that ethnic patients are ineligible for the procedure, however; lasers have come a long way since their FDA approval in 1997.
The original laser technology used in hair removal was called the Ruby Laser. This laser emitted an intensely short wavelength of 694nm (Nanometers). If you had asked me back then about laser hair removal on dark-haired dark skinned clients I wouldn’t have suggested it. There was simply too great a possibility of skin damage and burns.
As the demand grew for ethnically-appropriate laser treatments, the technology grew with it.
The key to hair removal for patients with dark skin and dark hair is the laser’s wavelength.
Lasers are extremely attracted to the dark pigment (Melanin) in your hair. That pigment is housed at the root of your hair follicles. The darker the pigment the more intense the laser responds. Don’t get me wrong, on patients with the right balance between skin tone and hair color the procedure is relatively painless with great results. The tricky thing is with dark hair and dark skin the laser can’t distinguish between what is hair and what is skin-see the problem? What you need is a laser with a much longer wavelength. Luckily, it already exists.
The best approach to take with laser hair removal on an ethnic patient is to combine different lasers at different strengths until you find the right ratio.
For all intents and purposes, the idea of solely relying on the Ruby Laser for laser hair removal has been retired. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to laser treatments. Instead, there’s a three –prong approach consisting of:
1.The Alexandrite Laser-emits 755nm
2.The Diode Laser-emits 810nm
3.The Nd:YAG Laser-emits 1064nm
For best results on ethnic patients, I use a combination treatment of the longest wavelength lasers. This treatment will take longer, but diffusing the intensity of the laser gives it the best chance at targeting your hair follicles rather than your skin.
There are also several post-treatment steps to take that will give you the best results possible. Before taking any pretreatment steps on your own, come talk to me.
I’m Jeannie Herman, a Laser Certified Tech. If you are an ethic client interested in laser hair removal; don’t take no for an answer. Schedule a consultation at The Skin Station so we can consider all of your options and develop a custom-designed plan, just for you.
LASER SKIN REJUVENATION
What are Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments?
Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments are a new and revolutionary technique that uses Lasers to reduce the effects of ageing on the skin. The technique is particularly effective on the skin of the face and neck but can be used on any area of skin. Laser Rejuvenation treatments improve the complexion of the skin as well as stimulate the skin to become healthier and more resilient. The skin is treated with two lasers.
The first laser called Cromilite Laser emits light in the infrared spectrum and stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. The second laser called KTP emits green light which reduces capillaries and pigmentation.
Why do people have Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments?
Patients undergo Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments to reduce the effects of aging and sun exposure on their face and neck.
Laser skin rejuvenation will reduce redness of the face, decrease the appearance of open pores, reduce skin roughness, tighten skin laxity, diminish wrinkles and fade freckles.
Laser Skin rejuvenation treatments can also used to reduce:
Redness around scars
What is the difference between Laser treatments and other treatments?
There are other treatments that will achieve similar results to Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments. The best known of these other therapies is IPL. The greatest advantage of laser Rejuvenation Treatments is the speed with which results are achieved.
Most patients will notice improvement after one treatment.
How much do Laser Rejuvenation treatments Cost?
The cost of treatments depends on the size of the treatment area. Most patients spend $550 to treat the whole face.
Larger areas of skin are charged at $220 per 15 minutes lasing time.
What are the risks of Laser Rejuvenation treatments?
A small number of patients (1 to 5%) experience the following side effects and complications:
Swelling and blistering of the treated skin
Burning of the skin with skin breakdown
Swelling of the lower eyelids
Excessive pain during the procedure
Worsening of ACNE
Darkening of the treated skin
Excessive whiteness of the treated skin
Activation of cold sores
Any patient developing side effects and complications should contact the treating doctor immediately.
Who should not undergo Laser Rejuvenation treatments?
Clients who have received a lot of sun exposure and are heavily tanned
Clients who have received treatment with Roaccutane for their ACNE within six months.
Clients with infections
How are Laser Rejuvenation treatments performed?
The area to be treated is washed with cool water to remove surface dirt and makeup. Water-based gel is applied to the skin. Eye protection is applied. The Lasers are used in a systematic sequence to treat the different layers of the skin. At the end of the treatment, the gel is wiped off, the skin is washed again with cool water and dab-dried with a soft paper towel. A moisturiser is applied to the treatment area.
How long will my Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatment take?
Treatments take about 30 to 45 minutes.
When will I see the result of my Laser Rejuvenation treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the lasered areas of skin will be slightly pink .The pinkness will begin to settle within minutes of the end of the treatment. Most patients find that the treated skin will settle completely overnight and normal skin care and makeup can be applied the next day.
How often will I require Laser Skin Rejuvenation treatments?
Most patients have 6 treatments initially separated by three months. Maintenance treatments will be required every 12 months.
Is my Laser treatment guaranteed?
There are many factors that determine the final result of Laser Rejuvenation treatments.
No guarantees can be given of a particular result or how long the result will last.
What can I do to slow down aging of my face?
Protect the face from excessive sun exposure. Wear a good quality sun block.
Apply a moisturiser to the face before showering to protect the skin from hot water, shampoo and soap.
Apply a moisturiser before any other contact with water such as swimming in the sea or swimming pool.
Follow a good skin care routine.
Take anti-oxidant preparations to slow down the ageing process.
For advice regarding skin care or nutritional supplements, please ask.
What can I do to improve my Laser Rejuvenation result?
Use a high quality moisturiser on the treated areas. Take a multi-vitamin preparation.
What shall I do if my Laser treatment does not work at all?
Always wait one full month to give the Laser treatment adequate time to work.
If you still feel that it hasn't worked, come in for a follow up appointment.
What shall I do if my Laser treatment works partially or incompletely?
Wait one full month to give the Laser treatment adequate time to work fully.
If you still feel that there is incomplete or uneven effect, come in for a follow up appointment.
Would you like more information about Laser Rejuvenation treatments?
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