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Laser

Aesthetic Laser treatments – We have a variety of lasers to treat and target any skin concern from hair reduction to skin resurfacing. All of our laser treatments help to stimulate the growth of new skin cells and the production of collagen a protein that gives skin its structure. Age decreases the body’s ability to build new collagen, so by stimulating its production, laser skin resurfacing can help the skin appear plumper. We use top-of-line laser machines and have a variety of different lasers so that we can customize the best treatment for our patients so they are able to achieve desired results.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light, which uses a type of Light therapy to minimize or resolve:

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  • Age spots
  • Sun Damage
  • Broken Blood Vessels 
  • Acne
  • Rosacea 
  • Acne Scarring
  • Freckles

IPL is similar to a laser treatment, however, while a laser focuses on one wavelength of light to your skin, an IPL releases a light of many different wavelengths. An IPL penetrates down to the second layer of your skin, the dermis without harming the top layer of your skin (epidermis). The Pigment cells are targeted by the light wavelength and are converted to heat. The heat then destroys the sun spots or unwanted pigment. 

At Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology our Aesthetic providers will evaluate your skin type and your skin needs to best treat your concerns. Consultations are available to schedule with our laser provider team to give you the best results.

How many treatments would I need?

Depending on the desired goal, we typically recommend 1-3 IPL treatments. For maintenance treatments, we recommend 1 IPL a year. 

How do I prepare for my IPL treatment?

Discontinue sun tanning, the use of tanning beds and any application of sunless tanning at least 1 month prior to treatment. 1 Week prior to IPL treatment we want you to discontinue any Retin-A, Differin, Glycolic acid and any alpha-hydroxy acid products.  

The day of your IPL treatment we want you to come in with clean skin.

What should I expect after my IPL treatment?

Normally your skin feels like a mild sunburn with light erythema. If pigment is what we’re treating, you will notice your brown spots get darker over the next 24-48 hours. The darker pigmented spots will look like “coffee grounds” and will begin to slough off within the next 7-10 days and will continue to fade over the next 6-8 weeks. The red vessels also known as “telangiectasia” will also begin to resolve.

IPL treatments are effective in achieving an overall even tone and reduction of pigmentation and red vessels giving our patients a healthy glowing appearance. Book a consultation with one of our certified laser providers. 

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ThreeForMe

Take years off your skin, with this 2 step combination laser treatment 

At Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology we offer a Duo laser treatment that uses an IPL (Intense Pulse Light treatment) and a Fractionated light treatment. When we combine these lasers we combine the benefits of reducing the three signs of aging, brown pigmentation, rosacea and skin texture. ThreeForME laser treatments are effective for sun spots, freckles, excessive brown pigmentation, rosacea, broken capillaries, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. This is one of our most popular laser treatments because it provides the most effective benefits of both lasers that address both the tone and texture of your skin.

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Some of the specific areas that we specialize in at Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology include lip restoration and enhancement, jawline contouring, chin profile correction, nasolabial folds, under eyes, cheek lifting and contour, temples, jowl correction, but are not limited to these areas. Other treatments we offer include a specialized technique of using a dilute filler to smooth and tighten necklines as well as upper arm and knee crepey skin. We also treat thinning and aging chest skin with a unique filler treatment.

What do these 2 Laser treatments do to my skin?

  • The first step will use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to treat discoloration for a more even-looking appearance. This includes sun-damage such as freckles, brown spots, or age spots. This addresses unwanted facial veins including broken blood vessels and rosacea.
  • The second step will use a “microbeam” laser technology (Fractionated Light) to gently renew the skin for a smoother-looking appearance. This unique technology works by stimulating new collagen and elastin production – the keys to the support structure of our skin. Improved skin structure results in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and “crepey” skin.

What should I expect after my ThreeforMe treatment?

The next 24-48 hours the dark spots will appear darker and will begin to slough off within the next 5-7 days. The leftover pigmentation will begin to resolve in the following 4 weeks. You’ll begin to notice reduced redness and a reduction in broken capillaries. Over the course of the next 4-6 weeks your collagen and elastin will begin to form to thicken and correct the fine lines and “crepey” skin leaving your skin with a more youthful appearance.

How often should I get this treatment done?

Depending on the correction of pigmentation and texture, results can typically be achieved in one to three consecutive treatments, with an annual treatment to maintain results.

The ThreeForMe treatment provides the best of both lasers in one treatment  session, giving you the ultimate “WOW” result. Book a consultation with one of our aesthetic laser providers to guide you to your desired goal.  

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Fractionated Light (FL)

Fractionated light is used to treat:

  • Fine lines
  • Surgical scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • “Crepey” skin

Fractionated light treatment safely delivers a laser beam that is divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time.

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Fractionated light uses a non-ablative technique to treat sun damaged and aging skin. While ablative laser treatments work mainly on the epidermis (surface skin cells), the fractionated light works at both the epidermal and dermal (mid layer of skin). This treatment delivers high precision micro beams of light deep into the dermis of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, causing new healthy tissue to grow.

At Dr. Monica Scheel Dermatology patients can benefit from one treatment to a series of treatments. Best results are typically seen after a series of five treatments. Cosmetic maintenance includes an annual treatment for beautiful prolonged results. Special package prices are available. 

What is the downtime like for a fractionated light treatment? 

Patients generally experience minimal downtime with mild redness and swelling that can last 48-72 hours. 

How does this treatment feel?

The typical sensation feels like a light rubber band snap on the skin with mild heat. We will also apply a topical numbing cream prior to your treatment. Cooling modalities are also used throughout the treatment for your comfort.

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CO2 & Micro CO2 Laser

CO2 Laser

The CO2 laser treatment is recommended for moderate to severe wrinkles, sun damaged skin and lips, precancers and severe scars. The CO2 laser targets the dermis layer deep within the skin. The treatment results in collagen production, skin tightening and thickening, and overall rejuvenation. The skin will have a smoother, tighter texture and pigmentation problems will improve.

You will need to follow specific skin care instructions after this treatment, and there will be downtime. You will notice a significant improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity and discoloration in about 4 to 6 weeks after the laser.

Book here for a consultation; let us evaluate your skin and choose a customized treatment program that is specifically designed for you. At your consultation appointment, we would also perform test spots to find the right settings for you with the goal to maximize your results while providing a safe treatment.

Micro CO2 Laser

Our Micro CO2 treatment utilizes our top of the line Fractionated CO2 laser, but offers a lower intensity treatment for those that don’t have the time to commit to a full week of skin healing. Utilizing micro settings, the CO2 laser resurfaces the outer layer of the skin while helping tighten and stimulate collagen. The results are a refreshed glow, improved skin quality, and reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. The micro-laser treatment takes an average of three to four days to heal. We recommend a series of three treatments at one month intervals. A yearly Micro CO2 is recommended for maintenance. Please make a consultation to see if this laser is the best option to reach your desired goals.

Things to Know

  • Resurfaces moderate to severe wrinkles and scars
  • Evens skin tone and texture
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Improves skin health by addressing pre-cancerous lesions and sun damage
  • Be prepared for some downtime
  • Redness may persist for a period of time after the procedure
  • Sun protection is highly recommended before and after the treatment
  • A series of treatments may be required, depending on your goals

Am I a candidate?

CO2 and Micro CO2 can be performed on most skin types. Please schedule a consultation to determine if CO2 laser is the best laser to meet your desired skin goals.

How many treatments will I need?

Results can typically be achieved in one to three treatments, depending on your desired result.

How will it feel?

Patients typically describe the laser as a mild pinprick and heat sensation. Numbing cream, lidocaine injections and cooling techniques can be used to optimize your comfort during the treatment.

How long until I can resume normal activities?

CO2 laser treatments require seven to ten days of downtime and post care. Micro CO2 typically require three to four days of downtime and post care.

Are CO2 laser treatments safe?

Yes! CO2 laser treatments are clinically proven to be a very safe and effective cosmetic and medical treatment.

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Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair is a common problem for both men and women. Frequent hair removal tasks such as shaving, depilatories, plucking, and waxing can be time consuming, inconvenient, and often painful. At best, these methods offer only temporary results. Free yourself from the constant need to shave and wax unwanted hair. The Vectus Laser brings us a permanent solution to remove unwanted hair, leaving your skin feeling smooth.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

During laser hair removal, a laser device emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color. This energy damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow.

Things to Know

  • Hair is permanently reduced
  • Ingrown hair resolve in 1-2 treatments
  • No downtime
  • Not painful
  • Less expensive than waxing over time
  • Temporary redness may occur
  • Sun protection recommended during treatment
  • Shaving is allowed during treatment
  • Dark follicles are removed, and skin is smoother after treatment
  • Blonde and gray hair is not effectively treated
  • Multiple treatments are recommended for the best results

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

Shave the area being treated before your appointment.

Discontinue all waxing, plucking, and tweezing on the areas being treated six weeks before and during your sessions.

Discontinue excessive UV exposure, tanning, and tanning beds and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment, four weeks before your appointment.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?

Immediately after the treatment, there may be redness around the treatment site, which may last up to a couple of days but usually subsides within the first few hours. It is normal for the treated area to feel like a mild sunburn for the first few days. You may resume normal activities immediately after treatment

Avoid sun exposure on the treated area and use a sunscreen SPF 45 or higher at all times throughout treatment.

Anywhere from 7-30 days after treatment, shedding of the hair may occur, and this may appear as new hair growth; this is not all new hair growth, but mostly dead hair pushing its way out of the follicle. 

WHAT AREAS CAN LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREAT?

The Vectus Laser can remove hair from many areas, including the face, back, chest, arm, underarm, bikini, and legs.

CAN THE LASER GET RID OF ALL OF MY UNWANTED HAIR?

Since our hair grows in different phases, no laser treatment can achieve 100% hair removal, but it is possible to significantly reduce the number of growing hairs by as much as 85%. Multiple treatments are recommended for maximum results.

IS HAIR REMOVAL PERMANENT?

Hair removal is permanent. Hair follicles in the anagen phase, or growth phase, are targeted by the laser. After treatment, those follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.

CAN ANYONE HAVE THIS TREATMENT?

Laser hair removal is effective on individuals with dark hair anywhere on their face or body. Individuals with very light or gray hair are not ideal candidates. Any skin color can be treated, as the laser is effective on light and dark skin types. Speak with one of our providers to discuss if you are a good candidate.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?

Most people feel only a slight “snap,” like a rubber band at the treatment site during the procedure. You will also feel cooling on your skin as the handpiece glides over the treatment area.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Since your hair grows in three stages, several treatments are needed to affect all of the unwanted hair. The number of treatments can vary between individuals, depending on the amount of hair, the area to be treated, skin color, hair color, and hair coarseness.

Typically 4 – 6 treatments are needed, but this will depend on several factors. One of our providers can give you a more specific treatment plan during your consultation.

HOW FAR APART ARE TREATMENT SESSIONS?

It depends on which area is getting treated. In general, face, underarms, arms, and bikini are approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Back, chest, and legs are approximately 8-10 weeks apart.

HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?

Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the area to be treated.

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PicoSure Laser

PicoSure’s unique way of delivering energy has given many of our patients breakthrough results. This laser not only improves the appearance of skin and reduces the signs of aging, but does so without the traditional downtime, risks and pain. This laser is safe for all skin types, including darker skinned individuals who were typically denied laser treatments in the past.

PicoSure is designed to activate the body’s natural immune response while minimizing injury and discomfort. Because it uses gentle pressure instead of heat, there’s no recovery time and patients can resume normal activities immediately after their treatment. Most patients only experience an hour of very mild redness. Results can be seen over the course of six weeks after the treatment is performed. The body will naturally clear away any unwanted lesions through the lymphatic system while improving skin texture.

Things to Know

  • Great for all skin types, including darker skin types
  • Evens both skin tone and skin texture
  • Removes age spots, freckles and hyper-pigmentation
  • Resurfaces fine lines, wrinkles and scars
  • Minimizes pore size
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Rejuvenates “crepey” skin
  • No downtime
  • Mild to no redness post treatment
  • Sun protection (SPF 30+) is highly recommended prior and post treatment
  • A series of treatments may be required if making cosmetic corrections and annual cosmetic treatments can help prevent early signs of skin aging.

We offer a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments with our PicoSure laser. Request a cosmetic consult with your aesthetic provider to see which PicoSure treatments will help you achieve your desired results.

PicoBright – This gentle yet effective treatment is great for all skin types. The treatment will enhance and maintain the natural glow of your skin. The treatment can also be performed in a series for patients suffering from pigmented issues like melasma.

PicoTone – This is a very effective laser treatment for darker skin types looking to reduce brown pigmented lesions and improve the texture of their skin. This treatment involves two Pico lenses. Many patients love this laser treatment because there is minimal discomfort and patients can resume daily activities immediately. This treatment can be done in a series or as an annual treatment to maintain beautiful, healthy skin.

PicoRenew – This laser treatment combines the magic of PicoSure technology with our Fractionated Light hand-piece. This combination treatment is for darker skinned patients looking to make a significant improvement to fine lines, wrinkles, and “crepey” skin. This is similar to a ThreeForMe combo treatment, but without the use of heat.

Pico-Cleanup – This is a highly effective treatment to specifically target stubborn brown spots which do not resolve with typical laser therapies or chemical peels.

Am I a candidate?

These treatments work on all skin types looking to improve both the texture and tone of their skin. Please schedule a cosmetic consultation with one of our aesthetic providers to determine which PicoSure treatment is best to achieve your desired result.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, cosmetic corrections are achieved with a series of three treatments with an annual treatment to maintain results. A cosmetic consultation is recommended so we can tailor the treatments to your specific needs. Many of our patients take advantage of our package specials.

How will it feel?

The treatment itself has minimal to no discomfort. Most patients describe the sensation as a mild prickle or warm sensation. We offer numbing cream prior to your laser and cooling techniques to enhance comfort. After the treatment, most patients have mild to no redness.

How long until I can resume normal activities?

There is no downtime with most PicoSure treatments, except for PicoRenew which may involve minimal social downtime. Pico-Cleanup treatments may also leave brown pigmented spots looking bronzed for several days prior to fading. Normal activities can be resumed immediately post treatment. Sun protection is encouraged using a Zinc Oxide SPF 30 or higher. Daily makeup and most topical products can also be resumed immediately post treatment.

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PicoSure Tattoo Removal

PicoSure is the world’s first picosecond laser and the only advanced tattoo removal laser with PressureWave technology; it works with your body to remove unwanted ink. PicoSure delivers laser energy that specifically targets tattoo ink, resulting in the break up of the ink particles without harming the surrounding tissue. Best of all, PicoSure tattoo removal often requires fewer treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal.

PicoSure works effectively on:

  • Multicolored tattoos, including blues and greens
  • Black ink
  • Stubborn, previously treated tattoos

How does it work?

PressureWave technology is used to deliver ultra-short pulses of specialized energy to targeted ink particles. These pulses are so rapid they cause a change in pressure that breaks ink apart into tiny dust-like particles. These tiny particles are then absorbed by the lymphatic system, a critical part of your body’s immune system, and eliminated naturally.

What does the procedure feel like

Laser tattoo removal has been described as feeling similar to the actual tattooing process. PicoSure relies on pressure changes instead of just heat to break apart ink particles but some patients may feel some discomfort. We offer topical numbing cream, lidocaine injections, and cool air with our Zimmer Chiller to make your experience more comfortable.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments needed is dependent on variables such as ink characteristics, size of tattoo, location on body, and lifestyle habits.

Treatments typically occur every 6-8 weeks and your treatment provider will develop a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. 

What is the downtime?

You may expect a sunburn-like sensation after the numbing injections has worn off. It is recommended that you avoid direct sunlight or the ocean until the area treated is healed. A side effect that some people experience is blistering. 

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