Summer encourages leg revealing clothing, which is a reminder of all the imperfections that were hibernating in your winter-wear. Whether it’s unsightly leg veins, cellulite, stretch marks, sun spots, unwanted hair, or exercise-resistant fat, fixing the embarrassments is possible year round.
It is important to provide patients with a variety of treatment options to eliminate reasons to cover up their legs. There are many non surgical treatments for unwanted hair, spider veins, fat, cellulite and even excessive sweating.
- Sclerotherapy is considered the most effective treatment option for getting rid of small varicose veins. It is administered into the veins in the form of an injection, which collapses and ultimately blocks further blood flow in the area of discoloration and erases their appearance through the skin. Both the long pulse Nd:YAG and V-Beam laser treatments are typically used for smaller spider veins, but can be used as alternatives for patients who wish to avoid needles.
- Laser hair removal: Undesirable hair on the legs, bikini area, arms, underarms, back and neck can be the cause of a lot of embarrassment, especially during the summer. Hair removal methods such as shaving or waxing are not only sometimes painful, but are also temporary and require high maintenance. Dr. Cameron Rokhsar utilizes the latest in laser hair removal technology, including the GentleLase Laser, which provides 85 to 90 percent hair reduction after just a few treatments. Because hair grows in cycles, four to six treatments are necessary depending upon the type of skin, hair color, and coarseness of the hair, but will leave patients with long-lasting results.
- Stretch mark removal: Staying smooth doesn’t have to stop at hair removal, it can also be applied to perfecting the texture and pigmentation of the skin. At first, they may appear pink, red or purple because of the broken blood vessels in the top layer of skin, which eventually heal, but if left untreated, will turn into silvery-white indented scars. Laser treatments are effective for diminishing the appearance of both new and old stretch marks. The pulse dye V-Beam laser is used to treat the newly fresh stretch marks by emitting a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength, which destroys the damaged blood vessels that cause red and purple pigment.
The only type of treatment that is proven to effectively treat older, deeper stretch marks is Fraxel, a laser therapy procedure that has been the gold-standard in fractional laser technology. The older stretch marks appear white because it disrupts the dermis, where both collagen and pigment production occur, which is why Fraxel laser treatments are a necessary treatment step. Fraxel resurfaces and rejuvenates skin by administering tiny areas of micro-damager to stimulate collagen production and replace the damaged area with new, healthy skin cells.