Laser Skin Rejuvenation
The team at DermEffects can restore your skin’s healthy glow using the latest, clinically proven laser technologies. With fractional laser skin resurfacing, IPL, and more, our specialists in London, Ontario, can safely and effectively treat a variety of skin conditions and signs of aging. Patients of all skin types travel to our clinic from the Cambridge, Waterloo, and Kitchener area as well as Sarnia and Chatham-Kent for laser skin treatments performed by Royal College-certified dermatologist Dr. Wei Jing Loo and her experienced team.
By having an array of laser platforms available, we can tailor treatment plans to suit your specific concerns and skin type.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
The emergence of fractional lasers represented a breakthrough for skin resurfacing treatments. We use the Pearl fractional laser, which creates tiny columns of damaged tissue while leaving the surrounding skin intact. The Pearl laser can result in smoother skin and fewer wrinkles and fine lines after only 1 treatment session. Fractional laser treatments require less downtime and work by stimulating the body’s natural healing process, which creates new collagen — one of the essential materials needed for smoother, softer skin. Another treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, may be an option for some patients.
What to Expect With Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
The procedure begins with the application of a topical numbing cream to help minimize discomfort. Most patients describe the treatment as a series of fast, hot pinches. After the treatment, the skin looks sunburned and may be slightly swollen. The average recovery period is 5 to 7 days. Improvements may be seen as early as one week after treatment with maximum results visible in 1 to 3 months.
Other Laser Skin Treatments
By having an array of laser platforms available, we can tailor treatment plans to suit your specific concerns and skin type. Practices that have only a single laser system are limited to its capabilities, and can’t truly customize the treatment to the condition.
Advances in aesthetic laser technology enable us to improve the texture and appearance of your skin with less downtime than previously required.
An innovative, noninvasive laser treatment that targets a range of concerns, including fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone, facial redness, and acne scars. By gently heating the upper layers of the dermis — just below the skin’s surface — the treatment stimulates the production of new collagen with no discomfort. Patients often describe the treatment as relaxing and therapeutic, like a warm facial. We perform treatments in a relaxed, comfortable manner without the use of topical numbing cream.
For optimal results, we generally recommend 5 or 6 treatment sessions. There is no downtime following treatment, and you can go outside if you first apply sunscreen.
We can customize treatments with the innovative intense pulsed light (IPL) based on each London, Ontario, patient’s skin type. These treatments address imperfections associated with aging and sun damage, such as:
- Spider veins
- Brown spots
The LimeLight IPL works by targeting pigmented brown or red cells with heat energy, causing them to fade while at the same time improving skin texture and tone. Before starting the treatment, we apply a gel to ensure optimal contact between the laser handpiece and the skin. Patients generally say they feel a mild pinching or stinging sensation during the treatment.
The number of treatments needed to get the desired results varies, but typically a patient needs 4 to 5 sessions. In cases involving severe sun damage, we may recommend additional treatments. A treatment session is usually completed in less than a half-hour. Expect some swelling and redness in the area treated, which generally fades after a few hours. It can take between 1 to 3 weeks for the darkened spots to flake and then fade and we recommend applying sunscreen daily to help prevent the development of new brown spots or spider veins.
CoolGlide Vein Therapy
The long wavelength of the CoolGlide laser is ideal for treating vessels ranging from tiny spider veins to darker reticular veins found deeper in the skin. Dark, light, or tanned skin can be treated safely and quickly using the CoolGlide vein therapy. Laser vein treatments are often better suited to remove unsightly veins on the face or body than sclerotherapy, which involves injecting a saline solution directly into veins.
CoolGlide treatments cause the blood within veins to coagulate using light energy. Treated vessels gradually fade as they’re absorbed by the body. It typically takes 2 to 3 treatments to completely destroy the veins, and few patients experience any side effects following the procedure. There is virtually no downtime, although we recommend avoiding vigorous exercise or other strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following the treatment.
A non-laser treatment for varicose and spider veins, sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into a vein. This causes scarring in the vein, forcing blood to flow through healthier veins instead. The tissue surrounding the collapsed vein naturally reabsorbs it, and the vein eventually fades.
It takes a few weeks for treated veins to fade after sclerotherapy treatments, although some patients may not see the full results for a month or more. Occasionally, a patient may need several sclerotherapy treatments to produce the desired outcome. Bruising, darkened skin such as lines or spots, and small skin sores are common temporary side effects that typically resolve within several days.
Healite II is a non-invasive, low-level light therapy (LLLT) treatment that delivers concentrated light energy deep beneath the skin’s surface, promoting new collagen production and increased blood flow to enhance the healing process. It is beneficial both as a standalone treatment or when used after other aesthetic procedures, such as laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels, to promote faster recovery. Additonally, Healite II treatments can help patients experiencing hair loss.
DermEffects also uses lasers to treat the following dermatologic conditions:
- Viral Warts
- Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)
- Keloid Scars
- Atrophic Scars
- Stretch Marks
- Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
- Acne and Acne Scars
- Laser Hair Removal (Hirsutism)
- Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Request a consultation with Dr. Loo at DermEffects to learn more about laser skin treatments. Women and men seeking both aesthetic and medical skin care travel from throughout Southwestern Ontario and the Waterloo Region to our practice. You can also call our office at (519) 472-2929 to schedule an appointment.