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The use of laser light for medical procedures began in the 1960s when they were first used in operations as cutting tools by some surgeons. Laser technology has developed over the last few decades to treat patients with a variety of different skin problems including the effects of sun damage, removal of body hair and tattoo inks, and recently the treatment of psoriasis and acne.

Lasers have become extremely popular in recent years as a non-surgical alternative for a variety of problems. Lasers are now used to reduce fat and cellulite, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, tighten loose skin, eliminate acne.

Laser Cellulite Reduction
A laser may be used to heat and massage cellulite areas throughout the body. This breaks up the fat clusters that appear as cellulite resulting in a dramatic improvement not achievable through diet and exercise. The treatment plan may involve more than one session to achieve the best result.

Laser Fat Reduction
The idea behind laser fat reduction is to heat up underlying fat cells without the need for liposuction. The body than naturally eliminates this fat. Studies have shown that many people report a several inch reduction in the size of their hips and abdomen after a series of treatments.

Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening may be accomplished with the use of a laser to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of loose, sagging skin of the face and body. Skin tightening may occur after the first treatment and results continue to improve over time. More than one session may be required to achieve the benefit.

Laser Wrinkle Reduction
Lasers may be used for the improvement of fine to moderate wrinkles on many areas of the face. Lasers can remove the outer layers of skin that contain the imperfections, allowing for the growth of new, smooth skin. Depending on the severity of your wrinkles, multiple treatment sessions may be necessary.

Laser Acne Reduction
Laser acne reduction is a more recent trend for the treatment of acne. The laser acts to kill bacteria that cause acne and also to reduce the body's inflammation that is a natural response to this bacteria. It also may stimulate that body's own ability to prevent and treat acne

Laser Scar Reduction
Lasers may also be used to improve the appearance of scars. The disruption of the scar with a laser allows for the replacement of this scar with smooth, healthy skin tissue. Depending on the severity of your scar, several treatments may be necessary.

Laser Stretch Mark Reduction
Lasers may also be used to reduce the visibility of stretch marks. The laser can shrink the stretch mark and stimulate new tissue formation beneath the stretch mark, making the stretch mark less visible. Depending on the severity of your stretch marks, several treatments may be necessary.

Laser Freckle Removal
The laser freckle removal procedure works by targeting the melanin in your skin. The laser light is selectively absorbed by the pigment in the freckles, which heats up the pigment in the freckles and breaks up the pigment into tiny particles which can then be removed from the skin as part of your skins natural exfoliation process. During the course of treatment, we recommend that you use gentle cleansing products and good sunscreen. We have a full line of products you can use during the course of treatment that will allow us to better manage your treatment. This includes a true, full spectrum sunblock, gentle cleansers and moisturizers. After you are finished treatment, you can use your regular facial care products, however, we strongly suggest that you discuss these with your skincare specialist to ensure they are the right products you need.             

Laser Tattoo Removal
The development of lasers has allowed practitioners to remove the varying different types and colors of tattoo pigments with increasing safely and effectiveness. The use of certain lasers, which do not damage surrounding skin and which can, with multiple treatment sessions, produce good results, have become the preferred method for tattoo removal treatment. Most patients will be able to return to work immediately following this type of procedure, although the area will be sore and tender and may be covered by a dressing for up to a week. If you are working in dirty or unhygienic conditions, extra care must be taken, especially where tattoos are on the hands.

Laser Hair Removal
Scientific studies in the early 1990s proved that lasers were an effective method of removing unwanted hair, and the first machine approved for use in America was in 1996. Since then, many different types of laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machines or Light Heat Energy (LHE) devices have been developed and improved to remove hair in all areas of the body. A laser is a high-energy beam of light that can transfer its energy through the skin to a specific part of the body. These beams of light can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target. In the case of hair removal, pigment contained in the hairshaft can be targeted as can the hair follicle or root with a single specific wavelength (or color) of light generated by the laser. This energy heats up the base of the hair follicle, which causes damage to the cells that produce hair growth. If enough damage is done, this will prevent the hair from growing any further. The procedure can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Treatments can be repeated at approximately monthly intervals. In this way, after 2 - 7 treatments, most of the hair follicles in any particular site can be successfully treated. After this series of treatments, any further hair growth can be treated as and when it's necessary.