Laser Treatments


Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, the patient who is tired of temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair may welcome the Palomar laser hair removal system 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 vaporizes hair while the rapid cooling technology protects the skin. Treatments are effective on the face and body for both men and women. Treatments are fast, safe and virtually pain-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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Fraxel® is a unique noninvasive laser therapy designed to dramatically improve skin texture and pigmentation, including the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, and sun damage. Fraxel® utilizes fractional resurfacing technology, where only a small fraction of the skin receives the laser light. The treatment delivers a series of microscopic laser spots, while simultaneously preserving areas of unaffected, healthy skin. The healthy cells in the untouched spots promote rapid healing of the entire area, resulting in faster recovery time and minimal side effects. The result is softer, smoother and healthier skin without an uncomfortable healing period.

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Skin Treatments IPL is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that uses pulses of light to reduce signs of aging in the skin and help you look younger, healthier, vibrant and refreshed. IPL photorejuvenation reverses the effects of sun damage on the skin, especially age spots, benign brown pigmented spots, and redness due to broken capillaries. It is effective anywhere that the skin has been chronically exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, chest and hands.

The results of IPL skin treatments at the Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco can be dramatic. Soon after your treatment, you will notice your skin becoming more luminous, smooth, evenly pigmented and generally younger-looking.

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Removal Many people have second thoughts about their tattoos. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with your decision forever. The Nd Yag laser can lighten or remove your tattoo by focusing or pulsing light on the ink particles, which then convert the energy to heat and break up into tiny pieces that are absorbed harmlessly by the body. All this can be accomplished without damaging the surrounding tissue. Results can generally be seen within a few weeks, although larger and darker tattoos may require more treatments than smaller, lighter ones. Occasionally treated skin will look whiter (paler) than the skin around it, but this is usually temporary and fades in the months following treatment.

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