Botox®, (botulinum toxin type A) is a substance that acts to block
the signal from nerves to muscles. It is injected very precisely using
an ultra fine needle into several locations on the face. Botox®
blocks the impulses from the nerve to some of the tiny facial muscles
that are related to expression lines thus relaxing the targeted muscles
so they do not contract, while the untreated facial muscles contract
in a normal fashion, allowing for normal facial movement and expression.
Botox®, may also be used to block the signal from nerves to sweat
glands in patients with excessive sweat production. This generally decreases
sweat production in troublesome areas such as the axillae (underarms)
Injectable Fillers (Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane® and
Juvederm®, Perlane® and Restylane® are stabilized forms
of hyaluronic acid used in the correction of lines, wrinkles, and
folds of the facial skin. These proven non-allergenic, natural cosmetic
dermal fillers are used for cosmetic purposes to restore volume and
fullness to the skin, thereby improving its appearance. Injectable
fillers may also be used to enhance the appearance of the lips and
some types of scars.
The filler is injected through an ultra fine needle beneath the surface
of the skin, under the wrinkle, where it corrects the line or wrinkle
by plumping and smoothing out the skin depression. The filler acts
as a natural cosmetic filler to restore volume and fullness to the
skin, thereby "softening" and improving its appearance.
Also available, injections of cow- or human-derived collagen may be
used in the correction of lines, wrinkles, and folds of the facial
skin. Using an ultra fine needle, collagen is injected beneath the
surface of the skin under the wrinkle where it corrects the line or
wrinkle by plumping and smoothing out the skin depression. Collagen
is used for cosmetic purposes as a "filler" substance to
restore volume and fullness to the skin, thereby "softening"
and improving its appearance. Collagen may also be used to enhance
the appearance of the lips and some types of scars.
Sclerotherapy is a technique used to minimize or remove unwanted superficial
blood vessels in the skin. It involves injection of a substance that
irritates the inner lining of the unwanted blood vessels stimulating
a decrease in diameter of the vessels and, in many cases, ultimately
results in clearance of the vessels.
Microdermabrasion is a technique involving the combination of a vacuum-like
suction and crystals that are sprayed on the surface of the skin.
This treatment results in a very gentle resurfacing of the most superficial
layer of the skin. Microdermabrasion is meant to soften and brighten
the appearance of treated skin. It is generally performed as a series
Superficial Chemical Peel (Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peel)
Superficial chemical peels using alpha hydroxy acids (usually glycolic
acid) are intended to improve the appearance of the skin by causing
a mild exfoliation (sloughing) of a portion of the uppermost layer
of the skin. These peels are meant to soften and brighten the appearance
of treated skin and, in some cases, blend skin tones and improve the
texture of the skin. These peels are generally performed as a series
Laser Treatment Options
Melbourne Dermatology Center offers numerous distinct laser therapy
options to achieve optimal results in treating a wide range of conditions.
• Laser Hair Removal Treatment (Diode or GentleYAG® Laser)
• Laser Removal of Tattoos and Pigmented Lesions (Q-Switched
• Laser Resurfacing / Fractionated CO2 Laser Resurfacing (UltraPulse
Encore Total FX/Deep FX/Active FX™ Laser)
• Laser Resurfacing / Ablative CO2 Laser Treatment (Carbon Dioxide
• Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Fractionated Laser Resurfacing (Fraxel®
• Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Non-Ablative Laser Treatment (CoolTouch®
or NLite® Laser)
• Photofacial (IPL(™) Treatment)
• GentleYAG® Laser Treatment for Spider Veins of the Legs
• Versapulse® Vascular Laser Treatment
• Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment (V-Beam ® Laser)
• Erbium Laser Peel
Laser Hair Removal Treatment (Diode or GentleYAG® Laser)
Laser therapy removes unwanted hair, putting an end to routine shaving
and waxing. Because the laser treats more than one hair at a time,
it is possible to rapidly treat larger areas such as the back, shoulders,
arms, legs and face. Laser treatments are a safe, fast and effective
alternative method for permanent hair reduction. This laser therapy
requires a series of treatments to achieve maximal benefits. The type
of laser utilized for your treatment and the laser settings used will
be chosen to maximize the potential results and minimize the potential
Laser treatment injures or destroys follicles that are in an active
phase of their growth cycle at the time of the treatment. The laser
energy passes through the surface of the skin and is absorbed by the
pigment in the hair follicle. During the procedure, the laser pulses
for a fraction of a second, just long enough to heat up the hair and
significantly impede the follicle's ability to re-grow. During the
active growth phase, the hair has an abundance of melanin pigment,
so hair in this active phase are most affected by the treatment.
Laser Removal of Tattoos and Pigmented Lesions (Q-Switched
Q-switched lasers provide high levels of energy over very brief periods
of time allowing for the reduction of many types of unwanted pigmented
lesions or tattoos. During treatment, Q-switched lasers are used specifically
to target and microscopically "shatter" the pigment of the
tattoo ink or lesion, dispersing it in the skin to be carried away
by the body's white blood cells. Such therapy requires a series of
treatments for some types of pigmented lesions and for nearly all
tattoos. The number of treatments required to achieve maximal benefits
varies widely from patient to patient.
Laser Resurfacing / Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatment (UltraPulse
Encore Total FX/Deep FX/Active FX™ Laser)
We are pleased to be able to offer our patients treatment with a new
type of CO2 laser that we believe may change the way sun damaged,
scarred, and wrinkled skin is treated for years to come. Combining
the safety of fractionated laser therapy with the unparalleled efficacy
of CO2 laser treatments, the UltraPulse Encore Total FX ™ (fractionated
CO2) laser is revolutionary technology that is certain to help thousands
of patients look their very best. With this device, microscopically
small but deeply penetrating and highly effective CO2 laser "microbeams"
("Deep FX ™") remove old sun damaged and scarred tissue
and stimulate the body to produce new, healthier collagen. In addition,
most patients also elect to have the surface of their skin treated
with a second laser pass designed to blend color imperfections ("Active
FX ™"). The result is a significantly improved appearance
of the treated skin with wrinkles and scars substantially diminished
and skin color made more uniform. Patients especially appreciate the
laser"s ability to safely treat both facial and neck skin, resulting
in a very natural outcome. Healing after this treatment is rapid with
minimal care required for just a few days and redness of the treated
skin generally resolving over the subsequent week. Most patients'
appearance will continue to improve for months after this unique laser
therapy. Only one or two treatment sessions are generally required
to achieve our patients' goals. Because of extensive research done
here at the University of Michigan regarding the molecular effects
of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser therapy, we are uniquely positioned
to maximize the benefits of this treatment for our patients.
Laser Resurfacing / Ablative CO2 Laser Treatment
Laser skin resurfacing softens or removes undesired skin defects such
as wrinkles or depressed scars. It also removes pigment related to
sun damage thereby creating a more youthful appearance to the skin.
Sometimes called "laser peeling", laser resurfacing is a
precise, effective and long-lasting method of skin rejuvenation. Laser
resurfacing often results in dramatic improvements to the appearance
of treated skin. The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser meticulously yet gently
ablates delicate tissue, layer by layer, permitting clear definition
of landmarks and optimal depth control--a valuable tool for treating
a range of aesthetic conditions, including lines, wrinkles, acne scarring,
certain other scarring, "sun spots" and other skin irregularities.
Research done here at the University of Michigan has shown that laser
resurfacing treatments also stimulate the formation of new collagen
to provide better support for the skin, resulting in a smoother and
more even appearance to the skin. Laser resurfacing treatments are
tailored to the nature and extent of skin damage, skin type and individual
requirements for recovery time.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Fractionated Laser Resurfacing
Treatment with the Fraxel® laser is a truly revolutionary approach
to improving the appearance of the skin. The laser precisely targets
numerous microscopic areas of the skin using tiny focused columns
of laser light. The microscopic beams of light penetrate into the
deeper layers of the skin breaking down old, damaged skin and stimulating
the body's own natural healing processes to produce new, healthier
skin. By design, the laser targets about 20 percent of the skin's
surface area during each treatment session, leaving the remaining
untreated skin to help rapidly heal the treated areas. Down time is
usually minimal after the treatments with redness and sometimes mild
swelling generally resolving within a few days. The Fraxel® laser
is safe for all skin types and may be used to improve the appearance
of skin at nearly any body site including the face, neck, chest, and
hands. Maximum results are generally achieved through a series of
three to six treatment sessions. The skin's appearance may be quickly
enhanced and continue to improve for months after the treatments.
Wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and melasma (the "mask of
pregnancy") may all be improved with this laser therapy. The
result is smoother, fresher, healthier looking skin. In the Cosmetic
Dermatology and Laser Center, our patients are treated with the newest,
most effective version of this laser - the Fraxel® 1500.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Non-Ablative Laser Treatment (CoolTouch®
or NLite® Laser)
Non-ablative laser therapy using either the CoolTouch®or NLite®
lasers is intended to improve the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles
or depressed scars. Non-ablative laser treatment uses an intense beam
of light to gently stimulate the production of new collagen while
bypassing the outer layer of skin. This stimulated collagen growth
may improve skin tone, acne scarring and fine wrinkles. Over time
the skin may gradually "rebuild" from the inside to restore
a more youthful appearance and feel, as the new collagen softens the
appearance of aging skin and scars.
Non-ablative (or "non-wounding") laser skin rejuvenation
involves gentler laser technology that does not remove skin, and results
in minimal downtime and recovery. Non-ablative laser therapy generally
requires a series of treatments to achieve maximum benefits.
Photofacial (IPL(™ Treatment)
Intense pulsed light (IPL(™)) devices are used to improve the
appearance of the skin by gradually reducing unwanted pigmentation
and redness (vascularity) through a series of non-invasive treatments.
Some patients also experience an improvement in overall skin tone
and texture. IPL delivers the light energy in short, gentle, adjustable
pulses that minimize bruising or other problems while targeting the
unwanted skin pigment and redness.
GentleYAG® Laser Treatment for Spider Veins of the Legs
The GentleYAG, laser may be used to lighten or remove unwanted or
abnormal blood vessels in the skin, especially on the legs. This laser
treatment of "spider veins" may be recommended for patients
whose vessels have either been resistant to sclerotherapy or the are
too fine to inject with a needle.
Versapulse® Vascular Laser Treatment
The Versapulse® laser is used to lighten or remove unwanted or
abnormal blood vessels in the skin. Prominent red or purple facial
vessels are traced and destroyed in this very safe and effective procedure
which generally requires minimal "down time."
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment (V-Beam® Laser)
Pulsed dye lasers are used to lighten or remove unwanted or abnormal
blood vessels in the skin. Pulsed dye lasers use an intense beam of
light that is strongly absorbed by vascular lesions. This process
minimizes the unwanted blood vessels or redness without harming the
surrounding healthy skin. The laser's energy is delivered in short,
adjustable pulses that may minimize the risk of bruising or other
problems. The pulsed dye laser may be used to treat a variety of skin
conditions including, vascular lesions such as port wine stains, hemangiomas,
"spider" angiomas and facial redness from rosacea and other
Erbium Laser Peel
The erbium laser provides a precise, superficial removal of the uppermost
layers of the skin creating for a more uniform and bright appearance.
Somewhat deeper peels may also improve the texture of the skin by
softening fine lines, superficial scars, and other textural irregularities.
Superficial laser peels are generally performed as a brief series
of treatments with gradually increasing energy levels.