Advanced Laser Cosmetic Treatments

LA Laser Center prides itself on offering our patients and residents throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, Las Vegas, Bullhead City, Centennial, Mesquite and beyond the finest laser technology and state of the art equipment for cosmetic treatments.

We utilize several different types of lasers, each with a distinct purpose. For acne treatment, any of the first three lasers can be used to eliminate or lessen the appearance of hypertrophic scars, acne scars and contracture scars:

The lasers are also used for facial rejuvenation treatments. This means our lasers are versatile and can be used to treat skin conditions such as stretch marks, discoloration, rosacea, wrinkles, skin cancer, dark circles, redness, spots, broken capillaries and enlarged pores.

Types of Medical Skin Treatments We Offer

LA Laser Center’s many office locations and practices offer an abundance of medical skin treatments and procedures. Below is a list of skin conditions and concerns we treat:

  • acne
  • angioma
  • dandruff
  • eczema
  • lipoma
  • melasma
  • molluscum contagiosum
  • nail fungus
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea
  • skin cysts
  • skin rashes
  • skin tags
  • warts

Our treatments vary from laser use, surgical removal, liposuction, peels and other skin therapies. For example, we treat and remove fatty lumps called lipomas found in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, thighs and arms. Our removal techniques for lipoma include surgical removal, non-surgical liposuction and steroid injections.

Contact our LA Laser Center practice nearest you to schedule your consultation. We have offices in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Benefits of Photodynamic Treatment for your Skin’s Texture & Appearance

Photodynamic light therapy treatment is the latest advancement in dermatology for the improvement of one’s skin, fighting severe cases of acne. Acne, rosacea, acitinic keratosis and hyperplasia can also be targeted with this form of light therapy.

During the Procedure

A solution called Levulan is applied to the treatment area. The laser activates it, allowing the light to treat that area. It can be used to treat the face in its entirety, and not just portions of the face affected by acne or other skin conditions. Click here to learn more about photodynamic light therapy treatment and results.

Contact LA Laser Center

Contact us for an appointment or to schedule your consultation if you are interested in PDT light therapy or would like to treat specific skin conditions like acne, rosacea, skin cancer, hyperpigmentation or hyperplasia.

Fight Hair Loss & See the Results with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, is a dermatological treatment that helps skin heal faster, eliminates wrinkles, reduces dark circles under eyes, and encourages fresh hair growth in the scalp. Click here to learn more about the causes of hair loss and other potential treatments.

This treatment uses a patient’s own blood platelets to improve skin. Platelets are the cells involved in forming blood clots and scabs, and encouraging wounds to heal. Because of their role in healing damaged tissue, they exude several different growth compounds– platelet-derived growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, and transforming growth factor, among others.

When platelet-rich plasma is injected into the skin, extra fibrin begins to form near the injection sites. The growth factors exuded by platelets help boost collagen production and healing in the area, leading to a healthier appearance. The result is firmer skin, increased plumpness, filled-in wrinkles, reduced scars, and healthy scalp hair growth.

This treatment can be used by nearly anyone. It’s gaining in popularity among patients and dermatologists alike because it is long-lasting (up to eighteen months), costs about the same as other filling treatments, and offers good results with a much lower incidence of allergies or side effects. Unlike collagen treatments, PRP therapy can be safely used in patients with bovine collagen allergies. Unlike hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which are intended for use in individual wrinkles and can leave skin with an uneven appearance, PRP injections are able to rejuvenate the entire face. Despite its overall safety, this treatment should not be used by heavy drinkers or smokers, people on anticoagulant medications, or those with cancer, liver disease, clotting disorders, or infections.

Recovery from PRP therapy is generally uneventful. Because the patient’s own cells are used, the only side effects are from the injections themselves. Patients are able to resume their daily lives immediately following the treatment, and visible results appear roughly three weeks afterward.

How Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Can Treat Acne for All Ages

While acne is typically associated with adolescence, acne can also affect adults. Acne can affect one’s confidence and self-esteem, and in severe cases it can lead to painful facial lesions and cysts.

Dermatologists have developed several ways to alleviate skin acne and other skin conditions. One affective method is acne photodynamic treatment, or PDT. This is a new procedure designed by dermatologists to combat especially resistant and stubborn cases of acne with the use of light.

With photodynamic treatment, a special agent known as Levulan is applied to the skin by a dermatologist and left there for 15 to 60 minutes. Then the dermatologist uses a light of a certain wavelength to activate the solution, causing it to be absorbed by the skin and allowing the acne cells to be targeted by the light. Sebaceous hyperplasia and acne rosacea will also be targeted by the Levulan. The photodynamic treatment will decrease skin oiliness as well as clean pores while reducing their size. Pre-existing acne scars will also reduce, as will skin wrinkles. Other conditions such as sun-damaged skin with actinic keratosis can also be treated.

PDT has significant acne treating advantages over other forms of acne therapy. PDT requires no surgery and leaves no scarring, and is much less painful than other types of treatment. Also, PDT treats the entire facial area rather than just spot treating. There is some redness and skin peeling immediately following the procedure, and patients are encouraged to avoid direct exposure to the sun for 24 hours following treatment. Over the next seven to ten days, liver spots, if present, will also darken and peel away, resulting in normal skin. For best results, having 2-3 treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals is highly encouraged.

Microdermabrasion: A Powerful Exfoliant for your Face’s Pores, Spots & Wrinkles

Microdermabrasion is a far more powerful exfoliation than anything that can be performed at home with a scrub. It is a mechanical dermabrasion, utilizing a machine in the office of a dermatologist.

Microdermabrasion is a sought-after technique, with a number of facial benefits. It will smooth rough skin and scarring, soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce age spots (hyperpigmentation) and decrease the appearance of large pores. The use of skin-renewal products is then enhanced; and high-tech syrums can enter the deeper layers of skin and begin rebuilding collagen from the inside out. Collagen renewal is highly desirable for aging skin, as it plumps up the dermal layer, giving a smooth and youthful appearance.

The outer layer of skin is removed in microdermabrasion, which has many benefits. The outer layer of skin may become cross-hatched and wrinkled with sun exposure and aging. This can contribute to an undesirably aged appearance.

Facial scarring from acne or accidents can be of concern and can be treated with microdermabrasion. Dermatologists recognize the dramatic results that microdermabrasion can offer as a solution to these imperfections.

It usually takes only about 30 minutes for a microdermabrasion treatment, and there is no down-time for the skin to heal. For best results, a series of treatments is recommended. Usually, the esthetician will recommend the number of treatments a person will need, and can adjust accordingly for sensitive skin.

Dermatologists advise a few cautions after Microdermabrasion treatments. It is important to realize that the outer layer of skin is for protective purposes. Before it renews itself, a person must be extremely cautious about sun exposure. A gentle sun block should always be worn, even if the day looks cloudy. Also, vigorous exercise should be avoided after such a treatment, until the skin can rebuild itself.

Ultherapy: The Non-Invasive Neck and Facial Skin Tightener

Getting a face lift is an invasive and often painful dermatological procedure. Ultherapy offers dermatologists another way to get these results without having to perform surgery. Ultherapy uses an ultrasound in order to help tighten and lift the skin of the face and neck. A dermatologist will use this ultrasound machine to stimulate the tissues of the face below the surface. This can help to speed up the body’s natural healing process. It is very safe, and it won’t leave any of the marks or scars that surgery could. There is always risks associated when having a surgery, such as swelling, bruising or discomfort, so choosing to have Ultherapy by a dermatologist is a less-invasive choice.

After a dermatologist performs this procedure, patients can immediately go about their day. The only caveat to Ultherapy treatment is that the results are not immediate. While surgery gives instant results, this takes some time. Within two to three months, patients will start to see the changes in their face that they have been looking for. It won’t exactly look like the results of surgery, but over six months it can provide significant changes and results to those who don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure.

There is no preparation for the procedure, but dermatologists might recommend over-the-counter medication to make it more comfortable. There will be some sensation that patients will feel while they are receiving the ultrasound. It may feel stronger depending on what area is being worked on, as some places on the face are more sensitive than others. Dermatologists will work to make the whole experience comfortable, and patients enjoy going home after the procedure to see the results. This procedure may need to be repeated over time depending on a patient’s needs.

Say Goodbye to Wrinkles with Sculptra

Many people choose to undergo cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance and skin texture, elasticity and overall glow. Plastic surgery is incredibly drastic so choosing less invasive procedures that can benefit your goals for your skin may a better option for you. Sculptra is a collagen producing procedure which has been compared to Botox because the process includes injections into the patient’s skin. Dermatologists have given their seal of approval on Sculptra due to the ease of the procedure and the benefits their patients have seen. So, what exactly is Sculptra?

Consisting of Poly-L-Lactic Acid, Sculptra stimulates extra collagen production. Collagen is an element in the skin which gives an appearance of fullness and life. When men and women age certain areas of the face lose the extra collagen which results in a more “sunken” appearance. This tends to happen most under and around the eyes, cheeks and the temple area. Sculptra is to be used in an injected form within the patient’s targeted area and will help correct unwanted wrinkles, folds, and lines.

Sculptra must be administered by a board-certified dermatologist. Although it is FDA approved, the procedure must be done in the dermatologist’s office. This enables maximum light for the doctor to see. Also, before Sculptra is injected, a local anesthesia is administered to reduce any pain. The complete procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. To achieve the best results, Sculptra treatments should be completed 2-3 times.

Venefit: The Popular Varicose Vein Treatment

Today there is a new alternative for varicose veins and spider veins. Dermatologists are using Venefit otherwise known as the endovenous laser treatment to eradicate this unsightly condition with more precision and accuracy than ever before.

Varicose veins result from a stoppage in the circulatory system that keeps blood in the legs from returning back to the heart. The blood pools or collects in the lower extremities, causing enlargement and bumpy irregularities in the skin as well as a dark discoloration. In addition to appearing unattractive, if left untreated, varicose veins can escalate into a more serious condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), which is permanent damage to the vein valves, causing a leakage of blood to back-flow the vein. The end result of the more serious condition can result in pain, swelling and restricted movement in the limbs. Ulcers may result in advanced proliferation of the condition.

Generally, the elderly are at risk of developing cases of varicose veins due to a lack of circulation and mobility. Serious conditions of varicose veins may cause fatigue or an unusual sluggishness that can affect daily activity.

Persons with varicose veins should contact a dermatologist for a consultation about the Venefit procedure. The treatment itself is minimally invasive, meaning that no surgical methods are used to correct the problem. The condition is treated by the use of a unique radio frequency energy pulse that focuses on the target veins. A precise, localized heat is used to close off the vein by deflation, allowing the accumulated blood to be picked up and transported back to the heart. The treatment, being non-invasive, causes little pain and discomfort to the patient. Patients benefit the most when they seek out the treatment of Venefit immediately rather than let the condition worsen.

Different Types of Facial Rejuvenation

What exactly is facial rejuvenation? It is a cosmetic procedure with one goal- to tighten, lift and improve the skin’s appearance, texture and feeling. Various rejuvenation procedures are offered at LA Laser Center to revive the skin. For instance, laser treatments improve the skin by treating broken capillaries, targeting brown and age spots, redness, acne and more. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to target loose skin.

Facial rejuvenation also includes treating acne and scars on the skin including unwanted discoloration. For example, this can be done with the Fractional C02 laser.

Hydrafacials and chemical peels treat the skin in a different way. Both seek to eliminate dead skin cells and create room for new skin to grow and new collagen to develop. Microneedling also induces collagen growth. Microdermabrasion treat enlarged pores and blackheads to minimize and reduce them.