IPL Photo Facial
Photo Facial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable new technology StarLux Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). StarLux IPL Photo Facials can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea and brown spots on the face, hands and body. This technology uses Intense pulses of light directed at the skin's surface to improve texture and tone by removing age spots, brown and red spots, freckles, and blood vessels.
Usually 1-3 treatment sessions lasting about 20 minutes each will provide you with long lasting beautiful results. Our revolutionary non-invasive approach to healthy skin is achieved without any downtime- with an IPL Photo Facial you can return to work or resume your normal activities on the same day. You will notice a gradual, natural-looking improvement in your skin with time. IPL is a safe solution tailor-made to your skin type and condition.
Laser Hair Removal
Imagine being able to remove unwanted hair without needles, the side effects of electrolysis or waxing. With our advanced laser hair removal methods, nothing touches your skin except a focused beam of light that penetrates deep into the hair follicle with little risk of infection, pigmentation or scarring.
Whether for hygienic or cosmetic reasons, the patient who is tired of temporary, often painful methods of removing unwanted hair may welcome permanent laser hair removal.
IPL and Lasers produce highly focused, intense beams of light that are absorbed by dark pigments in the hair follicles beneath the skin's surface and converted to heat, destroying the follicles and preventing hair growth. Multiple treatments are required for permanent removal of 60-90% of all hair -- the follicle must be "active" at the time of treatment, and not all follicles are active at the same time. Treatments are needle-free and do not require anesthesia. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight sting like the snap of a rubber band.
Dr. Lugo uses the state of the art StarLux IPL system, a laser that is effective in treating unwanted hair on all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals such as those of Black, Hispanic and Asian descent.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. A very tiny amount is injected precisely to facial muscles around the eyes and forehead to smooth crow's feet, frown lines and forehead lines. Made from a purified protein, BOTOX® injections block nerve impulses, temporarily weakening muscles so that the wrinkles that form with excessive facial movement are diminished. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while untreated facial muscles contract normally, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected. The treatment gives the face a rejuvenated, relaxed and younger look. BOTOX® may also be useful to stop sweating under the arms.
A very fine needle is used to administer BOTOX® so the pain associated with the injections is minimal to none. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you will be able to drive and engage in all of your usual daily activities immediately after your injections. We do ask that you remain upright for 4 hours after treatment and not to massage the area treated. You may have slight temporary bruising of the skin at your injection sites, but otherwise there will be no visible signs of your treatment. It is wise to schedule your BOTOX® treatment 2 weeks before an important event.
BOTOX® results are not permanent and will take effect 4-7 days after the first treatment and last for 3-4 months. Repeat injections are done as the muscle function returns. Overtime, the muscles begin to lose their strength and the time intervals between injections lengthens, so that injections can be spaced 6-7 months apart.
Restylane® and Perlane®
When we are young our skin is smooth and elastic with a healthy glow. As we age, our ability to maintain that smoothness and elasticity diminishes, resulting in skin that becomes drier, thinner and less able to replenish itself. Our body's natural collagen and hyaluronic acid levels decrease and our skin becomes looser. This leads to our skin wrinkling and appearing older than it should.
Approved by the FDA, Restylane® and Perlane® are designed to match your skin, smoothing wrinkles, sculpting lips or shaping facial contours. With the unique ability to bind with water, Restylane® and Perlane® are able to perform for many months in your skin. The most common areas for a Restylane® and Perlane® treatment are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows) and the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of your mouth). When used for lips or facial contouring, Restylane® and Perlane® will add shape and volume to the area. Restylane® and Perlane® are able to create volume under your wrinkles, which are then lifted up and smoothed out.
Since no pre-testing is required, a Restylane® or Perlane® treatment can be performed almost immediately. It usually takes about 30 minutes depending on the type of correction you want. Most people find the injections relatively painless, but a topical anesthetic can be applied to the area prior to your treatment. You will be able to see the results as soon as your treatment is completed.
Restylane® and Perlane®, manufactured by a unique method in Sweden, are clear transparent gel composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found throughout your body. Hyaluronic acid gives volume to your skin and has been used as a lubricant in arthritic joints. It has even been used during eye surgery to protect the retina. The hyaluronic acid found in Restylane® and Perlane® are not of animal or human origin which means that there is no risk of disease transmittal or allergic reaction, which you might find in other cosmetic fillers. There is no need for skin tests and the risk of side effects is very low.
Removing unwanted leg veins is now easier than ever. Spider veins, as they are commonly called , are found on the legs of over 100 million Americans. These veins are treated by injecting them with small amounts of a solution that constricts them and makes them disappear. Several treatments may be needed but injections are virtually painless and patients can return to work immediatly after the procedure.
Photodynamic Acne Therapy
Acne is the term for the blocked pores, pimples, and deeper lumps that can appear on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. 17 million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. It affects mostly teenagers, although adults of any age can have it.
It is important to treat acne not only because it is unattractive but because it can lead to permanent scarring and emotional distress. In addition to your prescription acne regimen, severe acne can be treated with Levulan Photodynamic therapy (PDT). Acne treatments with Levulan Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is the most recent advance in acne therapy. PDT for acne involves the application of Levulan to the skin where it is absorbed specifically by overactive oil glands and the bacteria responsible for acne. Light from a laser source activates the Levulan solution to kill bacteria and shrink the oil glands, resulting in a significant improvement in moderate to severe cystic acne. Levulan therapy is safe and can even work in patients who have failed other therapies. Often 1-3 treatment sessions 3-4 weeks apart are required and sun avoidance is very important for 48 hours after treatment. Most people return to work or school immediately.
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