Laser Skin Treatments & Hair Removal in Miami, FL
At the Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center, our talented doctors and staff offer the latest laser treatments for your skin and hair. We provide cutting-edge techniques and individualized care to help you reach your aesthetic goals. Call 305.532.4478 today to schedule a consultation at our Miami Beach office and learn more!
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How Do Laser Treatments Work?
Laser devices are designed to address different issues, so how each one works varies. For example, IPL devices use multiple wavelengths of light to heat the skin and break down damaged cells.
Non-ablative lasers also heat up the underlying skin tissue to promote collagen production. While ablative lasers increase collagen too, they additionally remove the top layer of skin to combat more advanced signs of aging. This allows your skin to remodel firmer and smoother.
During laser hair removal, the device emits a light that targets your hair’s pigment. This damages the hair follicle to stop or reduce future growth.
Which Laser Treatment is Right For You?
Modern technology has opened the door to wonderfully innovative skincare procedures and medical treatments that are specifically designed for reducing the effects of aging and revitalize the skin, resulting in a younger, more radiant, healthier-looking you.
Laser facial and body treatments have been used for many years for a variety of medical and cosmetic procedures, including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and smoothing fine lines on the face.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Treatments?
The best candidates for laser skin rejuvenation treatments tend to have mild skin laxity, fine lines or wrinkles, sun damage, leathery skin texture, shallow acne scars, or hyperpigmentation. You should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for laser treatments.
Some light and laser therapies carry a risk of pigmentation issues if you have a dark or olive complexion, so our providers might recommend alternatives like chemical peels or Hydrafacial® treatments, which are safe for all skin tones.
While laser hair removal technology has improved and can treat a broader range of skin tones and hair colors than before, these treatments still tend to be most effective if you have light skin and dark hair. The laser hair removal device works by targeting melanin. This means it’s easier to find and treat your hair follicles if there’s more contrast between your skin tone and hair color.
How Should I Prepare for Laser Treatments?
You can take a few steps before your laser skin rejuvenation or laser hair removal treatment to ensure you get the best results. These include:
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds. Sunburned skin can’t be treated with lasers, and UV exposure before your treatment increases your risk of discoloration. Cover the areas you plan on having treated with protective clothing or a high-SPF sunscreen for at least two weeks before your laser treatment.
- Stop taking certain medications. You should always check with your primary care provider before changing your medications. There are some prescription drugs that increase photosensitivity like naproxen, tetracycline antibiotics, antihistamines, and oral contraceptives. Our providers can review a complete list at your consultation.
- Remove hair by shaving. You’ll want to avoid plucking or waxing your hair for four to six before laser hair removal so the device can target your hair follicles. Shaving is recommended 24 hours before your appointment o decrease the chance of side effects.
- Skip specific topical skincare products. Any product that increases your skin’s sensitivity should be discontinued several days prior to your appointment. These include retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid. If you have questions about any products in your skincare routine, don’t hesitate to contact our practice.
- Stop bleaching your hair. Because laser hair removal targets pigment, bleaching your hair can make it more difficult for the device to locate your follicles. You should stop bleaching about six weeks before your hair removal appointment.
At Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center, we offer various laser treatments for the face, neck, chest, hands arms and feet that can:
- Remove spots
- Treat spider veins
- Remove unwanted hair
- Reduce pore size
- Improve skin texture
- Remove unwanted tattoos
Laser Skin Treatments Available at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center
Aurora Laser Treatment for Face Lift
This revolutionary laser face lift treatment for facial wrinkles and anti-aging is an excellent non-invasive option.
This laser improves texture tone and pore size. It also erases unwanted brown spots and evens out skin tone. Additionally, it can smooth skin texture and imperfections such as acne scars, and can be used to rejuvenate your neck, chest, and hands.
IPL Laser “FotoFacial”
This is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to erase the signs of aging from the face, neck, chest, and hands.
The Medlite C6 Laser
This laser is used primarily for tattoo removal, age spots and elimination of pigmented lesions.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, plucking, and waxing, achieve only temporary results. Until now, the only semi-permanent way to remove hair has been by electrolysis, which can be painful, time-consuming and is limited to small areas. Scarring, allergic reactions, and ingrown hairs are common side effects of all these hair removal methods.
Laser hair reduction reduces the amount of unwanted hair in a specific and targeted area. A laser sends beams of light through the skin and the heat is absorbed by the color in the hair. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which can disable the follicle but leaves the surrounding skin unchanged. Think painless waxing laser, but more permanent. This meticulous selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating the unwanted hair. The skin is further protected during treatment by a dynamic cooling process in which cryogen is sprayed on the skin to cool the upper layers. This precaution provides another protective measure of comfort and ease for our patients.
Since hair grows in cycles, repeated treatments are necessary to destroy all the hair follicles. After each treatment, you can expect to see a 10% to 25% decrease in hair growth. With repeat treatments, it is possible to destroy about 80% of the hairs. If any new hairs grow, they will be noticeably lighter and finer. Treatment can be administered every four to eight weeks.
Laser hair reduction can be used on most parts of the body, including face, bikini area, underarms, back, chest, neck, shoulders, arms, and legs. Areas that have thinner skin such as the underarm and bikini areas may require fewer treatments than thicker-skinned areas.
The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour, depending on the area treated. All patients can go home immediately after treatment. The treated area may become pink or red after 30 minutes, this may last from a few hours to several days.
Although most insurance plans do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures, you can consult your insurance carrier for more information on laser hair removal.
Hair Reduction Treatments Available at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center
Sure, you tweeze, shave or wax your unwanted facial hair (UFH), but when you come face-to-face with people, you realize how difficult it is to cover unwanted hair. VANIQA® is the only prescription product approved by the FDA and clinically proven to reduce the growth of unwanted facial hair in women. VANIQA® works by slowing the growth of hair rather than just removing it. When used twice a day, women will see results within four to eight weeks, but for some women, it may take longer. With VANIQA®, you’ll feel confident that people won’t notice your UFH, even up close.
Although not a hair removal product, VANIQUA® slows down the re-growth of hair. Therefore, one must continue using her hair removal method of choice (laser, waxing or shaving).
Additional Laser Treatments Available at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center
Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) for Actinic Keratosis and Acne
Actinic keratosis is scaly, rough, dry, hard lesions that are signs of pre-skin cancer caused by sun exposure. Photo Dynamic Therapy can be used to treat resistant acne, remove dark spots caused by sun exposure, and smooth rough, scaly, sun-damaged skin.
When used to treat resistant acne, PDT combines light and a special photo-sensitizing topical that hones in on and eliminates acne. This treatment also diminishes old scars and leaves your skin with a smoother texture. The procedure Photo Dynamic Therapy is sometimes called Blue Light Therapy.
The Levulan Kerastick® PDT system is an advanced two-step treatment that targets actinic keratosis lesions and brown spots. The first step is to apply the Levulan Kerastick solution and allow absorption. During the second step, the treated areas are exposed to a special blue light which will activate the solution.
Vascular Birthmarks Treatment
Many babies are born with birthmarks. These birthmarks may result when a few blood vessels either do not form correctly or fill up with too much blood. There is nothing a mother can do during pregnancy to cause, prevent or predict a vascular birthmark. The most common vascular birthmarks are salmon patches, infantile hemangiomas, and port wine stains.
- Salmon Patch (Nevus Simplex): A salmon patch is usually pink or red flat birthmark. When a salmon patch forms on the baby’s forehead, eyelid, nose, or upper lip, people often refer to it as an “angel’s kiss” and often disappear by age two. Salmon patches that form on the back of the neck (also known as “stork bites”), or on the lower back often fade but may not completely disappear.
- Infantile Hemangioma: Commonly known as “strawberry hemangioma”, this type of birthmark tends to appear during the first few weeks of life and is most common in girls and premature babies. An infantile memangioma can form anywhere on the skin and can be usually bright red or have a bluish color. These lie much deeper in the skin. A baby can have both strawberry and deep hemangiomas. When this happens, a baby is said to have “combined” or “mixed” hemangiomas. Infantile hemangiomas have a tendency to grow rapidly and can increase in size for the first two to six months of a child’s life. Most of them begin to shrink, flatten, and fade completely in the next several years without treatment. It is advisable that a dermatologist examine an infant with this type of birthmark. A hemangioma that forms near an eye can cause vision problems for the child. A large hemangioma on the face can be the first sign of a medical condition called “PHAGES,” which can be a sign of a heart defect, eye problem, or other medical condition. For a hemangioma that is growing quickly, the most common treatment is a corticosteroid injection or an oral form of this medication.
- Port Wine Stain (Nevus Flammeus): This birthmark is so named because it looks like someone splashed or spilled a reddish purple liquid on the skin. Although a port wine stain can appear anywhere on the skin, it is most common on the face, scalp, neck, arms, or legs. When the baby is born, a port wine stain is flat and may be pink, red, or purplish in color. The birthmark grows proportionately with the child. As the child grows, the color of the birthmark tends to deepen, turning a deep dark red or purple. Port wine stains can thicken and develop small bumps or ridges. If these bumps bleed easily, they should be removed. This type of birthmark is permanent and will not fade with time. Most are harmless, but in rare cases, they can be a sign of a medical condition. If your baby has a port wine stain on the face, your dermatologist may recommend an eye exam to check for glaucoma, an eye disease that causes too much pressure in the eye. Caught early, glaucoma can be treated. Your dermatologist also may recommend a brain scan to check for risk of seizures. Children who have large port-wine stains should be closely monitored for growth problems.
Laser Treatment for Port Wine Stains
If your dermatologist recommends treating the port wine stain, laser treatment has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for port wine stains. Laser treatment can lighten a port wine stain by 50 to 90 percent.
While laser treatment is generally safe and effective, it is not appropriate for every child. A dermatologist trained in laser technologies can better determine if your child’s birthmark is likely to respond to laser treatment and when treatment should begin. Laser therapy can often begin during the first few weeks of life and several treatments (eight to ten, or more) are typically required. Because port wine stains grow with your child, some parents choose to treat this birthmark before it grows larger and thickens.
Seeing a dermatologist for a consultation soon after you notice a birthmark can be very helpful. An early consultation can identify birthmarks that may require treatment which can often prevent a potential or long-term problem.