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Laser Resurfacing


Who should consider laser resurfacing?  Any patient looking for a visible moderate to dramatic improvement in their skin’s appearance should consider laser resurfacing. Especially those who have deep wrinkles in typically difficult-to-treat areas, such as around the mouth and eyes, have found laser resurfacing to be the very best treatment for these types of conditions.

How does laser resurfacing work?  The laser used in resurfacing has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied, it ablates (vaporizes) a layer of skin to a depth controlled by your physician. The high water attraction allows the Sciton laser to ablate blemishes, wrinkles and damaged skin very efficiently, which makes it both safe and effective. As your skin heals, a new layer of fresh, healthy skin replaces the old damaged skin. Additionally, laser resurfacing stimulates the formation of new collagen, leading to a stronger dermal foundation and noticeably firmer skin.

Why choose laser resurfacing over other resurfacing methods?  With the precision of a Sciton resurfacing laser, your physician has the ability to fine-tune the treatments for a specific amount of downtime – an attribute which both patients and physicians find very helpful. In shallow treatments, laser resurfacing accomplishes effects similar to dermabrasion and chemical peels, only with much greater precision, consistency of results, and predictable recovery methods.

What conditions can be treated by laser skin peels?

  • Fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Poor skin texture
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Epidermal Nevi
  • Solar Lentigines
  • Hypertrophic, surgical and acne scars

What areas can be treated?  Laser resurfacing is most commonly performed on the face. It can be very effective at eliminating the wrinkles that occur around the mouth (e.g., lip lines) and eyes (e.g., crow’s feet), as well as improving the overall skin tone, texture and color anywhere on the face.

What will happen during the procedure?  Your physician will protect your eyes with safety shields or glasses and prepare your skin for treatment. During the procedure, the physician will hold the laser handpiece in place as a computer-controlled scanner precisely moves the laser beam over the treatment area. You may hear snapping or popping sounds as the laser gently removes the outer layer of skin cells. The procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area and the depth of your peel.

Will the procedure be uncomfortable?  Your physician will discuss options for managing any discomfort associated with the procedure. The amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of treatment.

What should I expect after the treatment?  Your physician has designed an after-care regimen to address the common side effects associated with laser resurfacing and will include specific instructions to minimize these effects and hasten your healing. Localizes swelling may be present in the treated area and can be addressed with cool compresses and keeping the area elevated. Redness may persist for several days, depending on the depth of the treatment, but will resolve over time. It is important that you avoid sun exposure, especially while your skin is healing. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin, wear a hat and use sun block of SPF 30 or higher after skin has healed.

How long will it take to recover?  Your healing time will depend on factors such as treatment depth and post-treatment care. Healing time may also vary between individuals. As a general rule of thumb, the deeper the treatment, the longer the healing time, but the more dramatic the results. Your physician can provide realistic expectations of downtime based on your specific treatment as well as answer questions about temporary changes to your skin color and provide suggestions on how they may be camouflaged.

Are there any risks with the procedure?  Generally, resurfacing with a Sciton laser carries very few risks, which is one of the reasons why it has become the preferred method of resurfacing for many. Your physician can provide more information on the risks associated with any type of medical procedure, including laser resurfacing. One of the best ways to reduce the possibility of complications is to follow the after-treatment care instructions and follow-up schedule provided by your physician. Doing so will help reduce the risk of infection and ensure proper healing.

What kind of results should I expect, and how soon can I expect to see them?  Your results will vary depending on the severity of the conditions treated and the depth of treatment. Usually you will be able to see immediate visible results such as elimination of sunspots, wrinkle reduction and skin texture improvements as soon as the skin heals. Additionally, you may notice gradual firming of the skin over the next several months as the skin’s healing and rebuilding response stimulates collagen remodeling and production, leading to healthier, more supple skin. 

 

MicroLaserPeel™


How does MicroLaserPeel™ Work?  The MicroLaserPeel™ procedure uses a laser wavelength that is preferentially absorbed in the water of the epidermis. The laser instantaneously heats the water to a high temperature causing it to vaporize or ablate the skin. MicroLaserPeel™ precisely ablates skin anywhere from 4 to 50 microns thick). Ablating the top layer of the epidermis removes old, tired-looking skin and depending on depth, will remove some light blemishes such as sun spots and pigment irregularities. During the healing process new, healthy cells re-grow, generally improving the overall appearance of the skin. MicroLaserPeel™ may be used alone or in conjuction with other procedures, such as Sciton’s ProFractional Therapy.

What areas can be treated by MicroLaserPeel™?  Many skin areas can be treated. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and hands. Your practitioner will determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs and skin type.

What will happen during the procedure?  Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses and your practitioner may administer a type of aesthetic. The laser energy is delivered through a computer-controlled scanner that precisely positions the beam over the treatment area. You may hear snapping or popping sounds as the laser beam gently removes the outer layer of skin cells. The procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour or more.

Will the procedure be uncomfortable?  The amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of treatment. Very light treatments are often tolerated with no anesthetic at all. Deeper treatments may require topical and/or local anesthetic. Your practitioner will discuss options for managing any discomfort associated with the procedure.

What should I expect after treatment?  Slight swelling may be present in the treated area; however, it usually subsides within a few hours to a day. Redness may persist for a few days, depending on the depth of the treatment, but should resolve fairly rapidly. It is important that you avoid sun exposur, especially while your skin is healing. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin, wear a hat and use sun block of SPF 30 or higher. Your practitioner will direct you on specific instructions for after-treatment care.

Do I have to wear any type of dressing or bandages after the procedure?  No! Your practitioner will typically prescribe an occlusive ointment such as Aquaphor or Vaseline to keep your skin moist for one to five days depending on the depth of the treatment. After that, a moisturizer can usually be used.

How long will it take to recover?  Your healing time will depend on factors such as treatment depth and post-treatment care. Healing time may also vary between individuals, but patients usually return to normal activities within a few days of treatment.

What kind of results should I expect, and how soon can I expect to see them?  Results are clearly visible as soon as the skin heals after the treatment. Most patients say that a MicroLaserPeel™, even a light one, returns to a healthy glow to their skin and that the texture is smooth. Often an immediate improvement in dyschromia (skin discoloration) and overall color homogeneity of the skin is achieved.

How often should a MicrolaserPeel™ be performed?  Great results are often achieved after just one treatment. However, some patients prefer to have a series of shallow peels to achieve a gradual improvement in their skin coupled with very minimal downtime. Typically, a MicroLaserPeel™ can be repeated approximately every 4-8 weeks. Discuss your own customized treatment options with your practitioner to reflect your desired outcomes.

Are there any risks with the procedure?  Generally, MicroLaserPeel™ carries very few risks, which is one of the reasons why it has become a preferred method of resurfacing for many. Your practitioner can provide more information on the risks associated with any type of medical procedure, including MicroLaserPeel™. One of the best ways to reduce the possibility of complications is to follow the after-treatment care instructions and follow-up schedule provided by your practitioner. Doing so will help reduce the possibility of infection and ensure proper healing.

 

ProFractional Therapy


How does ProFractional work?  ProFractional is a laser made by Sciton that uses a tiny beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. The laser used in this system has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied, it ablates (vaporizes) a layer of skin to a precisely-controlled depth. Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. This body’s wound healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.

What are the main advantages of ProFractional Therapy™?  ProFractional has the unique ability to penetrate very deep into the skin, but with very little heat damage to surrounding tissue. This combination allows for efficacious collagen remodeling (due to the deep treatments) and a high safety margin (due to low thermal damage) on all skin types, This combination makes ProFractional one of the safest, yet most effective resurfacing lasers available today.

What areas of the body can be treated?  Most skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, although many people also treat the chest and hands. Your health care provider can adjust the laser settings appropriately for the specific area being treated.

What will happen during the procedure?  The skin in the treatment area will be cleansed and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser handpiece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the laser energy is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds as the computer-guided handpiece scans the laser beam over the treatment area. The handpiece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire desired area has been covered. The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Will it be uncomfortable?  ProFractional Therapy™ is widely regarded as a comfortable procedure, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream of a local anesthetic, depending on the depth of treatment.

What should I expect immediately after the treatment?  Immediately following the procedure you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Your health care provider will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.

 

Phototherapy BBL Broadband Light


How does BBL Work?  BBL deposits pulses of light energy that gently heats the upper layers of skin. Within  the skin, the light energy is absorbed by targets, such as fine, broken vessels that cause redness and brown spots or pigmented  lesions that are caused by an overproduction of melanin. This scientific and biological process destroys the target, eliminating it from the skin and restoring it to its natural beauty, blending its normal tones, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and touch.

What conditions can be treated with BBL?

  • Pigmented Lesions (e.g., freckles, age spots, melisma)
  • Vascular Lesions (e.g.. small blood vessels, rosacea and other micro-capillary flushing conditions)
  • Acne
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Unwanted Hair

What areas can be treated?  Any are of your body can be treated . The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

Can tanned skin be treated?  An active tan from the sun or tanning beds is not appropriate for treating with BBL. Tanned skin has a lot of pigment or melanin that may also absorb the BBL light energy. It is recommended that a person does not have sun exposure in the area to be treated by a period of 3 weeks prior to treatment with BBL. Self tanners must be faded from the skin for at least a week to 10 days prior to treatment. Discuss with your clinician the possibility of tanning during your series so that a safe regimen can be created.

How many treatments will I need?  The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient and your clinician will personalize a treatment plan based on your skin defects and the level of improvement you desire. Your clinician may also combine your treatment with other popular aesthetic procedures to further enhance the outcome.

What will happen during the procedure?  Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or “rubber band snap” sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to a half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of procedure performed. Your clinician will discuss all of your options with you.

Will it be Uncomfortable?  The procedure is gentle, noninvasive and safe. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic but your clinician may choose to use it on more sensitive areas.

What should I expect after the treatment?  You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Pigmented lesions will darken and gradually flake off and fade. Results depend on your skin’s condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated. Your clinician will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.

How long will it take to recover?  This is noninvasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities immediately.

What aftercare do I need?  It is important to follow your clinician’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin and us sun block of SPF 30.

Will insurance cover this procedure?  Phototherapy treatments, like other cosmetic procedures, are not usually covered by your insurance company. If you have any questions, it is best to talk with your provider.

 

SkinTyte


How does SkinTyte™ work?  As our skin ages, its base foundation known as the dermal matrix begins to lose its tight, interwoven structure as some of its elastin and collagen strands become stretched. There is also a decreased production of collagen and elastin. The SkinTyte™ procedure utilizes infrared thermal energy to deeply heat collagen in the dermis. The heat also initiates the body’s natural healing or repair process, which creates a renewed collagen foundation leading to increased skin firmness. Powerful cooling maintains the outer surface of your skin at a cool temperature before, during, and after each pulse providing the patient a comfortable and safe procedure.

Who should consider SkinTyte™?  The procedure is recommended for those who desire mild to moderate, noticeable skin improvement, without surgery.

What is the treatment like?  The SkinTyte™ light energy is delivered in a sequence of rapid, gentle pulses, Typically, a topical anesthetic is not used. However, your clinician man choose to use one on more sensitive areas. A series of pulses will be repeated over the treatment area to ensure the best results. While the face and neck can typically be treated within 30-45 minutes, the actual time will depend on the volume of the area treated.

How much downtime will there be after treatment?  The SkinTyte™ treatment is non-invasive so there is no downtime. Patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities and even apply makeup or sunscreen after each session with no visible signs of treatment. You may experience some mild redness in the treated area, bur this will fade away within minutes post treatment.

What areas can be treated?  SkinTyte™ treatments are safe for all skin colors and can be performed on any area of the body where an improvement in your skin firmness is desired. Popular areas include the face, neck abdomen, thighs, hands and arms. You should consult with your practitioner regarding the treatment options that are best for you.

How many treatments will I need before I begin to see results?  3-5 treatments sessions are often recommended to achieve maximum collagen rebuilding and skin firming, but your practitioner can work with you on a personalized treatment plan. Patients may see immediate firming results right after treatment, but the full effect of improvement is achieved several months after treatment as collagen continues to rebuild.

What aftercare do I need?  No special skin care regimen is required following treatment. However, you should always protect your skin from direct sun exposure and use a good sunscreen. Your practitioner can also recommend a home skin care regimen if desired.

Am I able to have other laser or light treatments with SkinTyte™?  Yes, there are many procedures that your practitioner may recommend to you to have in tandem with SkinTyte™.

 

Venefit Procedure


What is The Venefit™ procedure?  The Venefit™ procedure uses radiofrequency energy to precisely and effectively treat patients suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). With less pain and bruising than alternative treatments, you can feel confident that a better patient experience is part of the Venefit procedure.

The Venefit™ procedure is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.

The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.

 

Tattoo Removal


Why get rid of my tattoo?  Many people who have gotten a tattoo experience some level of regret. Laser tattoo removal at Tranquility Laser Center is an easy and safe solution for removing unwanted ink to patients in the Dayton, Ohio area. Some popular reasons for getting rid of tattoos include: job opportunities, changes in lifestyle, changes in preference, and unsatisfactory artwork.

Why use a laser for tattoo removal?  Laser tattoo removal, especially with our Trinity laser, is non-invasive, requires no downtime, and is exceptionally effective at removing tattoos. Alternative options for removal include harsh surgical methods that result in permanent scarring or topical creams that simply do not work.

How many treatments do I need?  Tattoo removal with the Trinity will minimize the number of treatments needed for complete removal. Factors that affect the rate of removal include: tattoo color, location, patient immune health, tattoo size, and the skin type. Typically patients need 5-10 treatment scheduled 6-8 weeks apart, but the doctors at Tranquility Laser Center will tailor each treatment for you to ensure that you’re getting the most out of each session.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?  Most people say laser tattoo removal feels a lot like getting the tattoo. At TLC, we offer a variety of numbing solutions to help you feel comfortable. We have skin cooling, topical creams, and lidocaine injections for a comfortable, low-pain tattoo removal procedure.

How long does each treatment last?  Treatment time is dependent on the size of your tattoo, its physical location, and the colors of ink. Average treatments last anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes. During your free consultation, the length of each treatment, how many treatments you may need, and any technical aspects will be discussed.

What are the side effects?  Side effects are minimal with the advanced Q-switched laser technology of the Trinity. The Tranquility Laser Center medical team has years of medical experience and is well-trained on the tattoo removal procedure. Patients may experience some swelling or blistering, but all common side effects are temporary. If you have any concerns before your treatment, the knowledgeable staff at Tranquility Laser Center can answer all of your questions.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?  The price of laser tattoo removal at TLC depends on the size of your tattoo. During your free consultation, we will discuss the cost of each treatment based on an assessment of your tattoo. We offer attractive package deals and Care Credit!

PicoSure Tattoo Removal

How does a PicoSure treatment work?  During treatment with PicoSure, ultra-short (trillionths of a second) pulses target ink particles with PressureWave technology – a pressure so powerful, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles, These microscopic particles are more rapidly absorbed and eliminated naturally by the body.

 

SmartLipo


How does it work?  Smart Lipo is usually done in a doctor’s office or clinic. Before the procedure, the doctor will mark the targeted areas and a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. A very small Cannula, or tube, approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser’s energy to the fat cells, causing them to rupture, and then suctioned out. The fluid released from the fat cells is also removed by the body’s natural waste system. The laser also causes small blood vessels to coagulate (gel) immediately on contact, thus resulting in less bleeding and swelling. The laser also affects the collagen in the skin which later causes the skin to tighten and shrink gradually over the next 6-8 weeks. The treatment takes about 30-45 mins.

What results can I expect?  For most people, results are achieved in just one treatment. Results can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over 3-6 months.

 

Laser Hair Removal


How does it work?  Energy is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth without causing damage to the surrounding skin.

What results can I expect?  You can expect to see a gradual decrease in hair thickness and the amount of hair in the area. Since this treatment only targets hair in the active phase of growth, multiple treatments are often needed for complete removal.

 

SculpSure


How does it work?  Laser targets and heats fat cells under the skin without affecting the skin’s surface. SculpSure raises the temperature of fat cells damaging their structural integrity. Contact Cooling™ stays on throughout the treatment, which keeps the skin safe andcomfortable.

Is SculpSure rignt for me?  SculpSure is ideal for people with stubborn areas of fat, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.

How many treatments will I need?  Every patient is different. Most patients see the best results when they have a series of treatments. Ask your treatment provider about the treatment plan that is right for you.

What should I expect during the treatment?  Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well tolerated.

How long before I can resume normal activities?  There is no recovery period or downtime with SculpSure, so you can have the treatment and return to normal activities immediately.

When will I see results?   Patients may start to see results as early as 6 weeks following treatment as the body begins to evacuate the destroyed fat cells, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks.

 

diVa


Who is an ideal candidate for diVa?   Women that have had children or are experiencing menopause may be interested in a resurfacing treatment to improve the quality of their vaginal tissue.

How long does a procedure take?  diVa’s ergonomic design allows for comfortable, fast and easy treatments. Each procedure takes 3 to 5 minutes to treat the full length of a vaginal canal.

How many treatments are recommended?  You and your clinician may choose between one and three procedures spaced every 4 weeks apart, followed by one treatment every 6 -12 months.

What do patients experience during the treatment?  You may experience a slight pressure against the vaginal wall during the diVa treatment, and some patients may experience increased sensitivity near the vaginal opening. diVa laser therapy is fast with minimal discomfort.

What do patients experience in the next 48 hours after treatment?  You may return to your daily routine with minimal to no discharge, spotting, or discomfort; however, you should avoid sexual intercourse for up to 48 hours.

Is anesthesia necessary?  No, diVa is an in-office treatment. Topical anesthetic may be applied to increase your comfort but is not necessary.

 

Microblading


What is Microblading?  Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattoo, also referred to as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation, used to give the patient fuller more defined eyebrows. Color pigment is implanted beneath the surface of the skin by means of a special hand tool to produce the appearance of hair strokes.

How long will it last?  Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results CAN NOT be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently, and break down at different rates. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any necessary changes.

What results can I expect?  Your semi-permanent makeup will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. Redness and swelling is minimal. The pigment

in your brows will fade as if there is no color in them; the color will resurface within the 30 days before your touch up. This is the normal process.

During your appointment, we will analyze your skin’s undertone to anticipate how pigment colors will fade in the future. We will also mix pigments to ensure color blends well with your existing eyebrow and hair color. The majority of our clients’ cosmetic tattoos stay true to color and lighten naturally over time. Your eyebrow tattoo will eventually look softer and have more of a “powdered” look. This happens with all clients as the skin ages. To keep your hair strokes looking good, a refresher appointment is suggested every 1 to 2 years. Results vary with each client.

 

Halo


What is Halo?  Halo is the world’s first and only Hybrid Fractional Laser that delivers a non-ablative and an ablative wavelength to the same microscopic treatment zone. Combining these two wavelengths creates a strong synergistic effect, resulting in ablative results with non-ablative downtime.