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Shaving, plucking and waxing aren't the only ways to deal with unwanted hair. Laser hair removal gets rid of hairs painlessly and offers long-term results. Our Wilmington, DE, dermatologist, Dr. Michael Saruk of Delaware Valley Dermatology Group, LLC, discusses the laser hair removal process.
How does laser hair removal work?
Pigments in your hair give it its color. Short bursts of laser light heat the pigment, which damages your hair follicles and prevents hair from growing. Because laser light precisely targets the hairs, it doesn't damage your skin. Laser treatments often permanently prevent hair from growing, although some regrowth may occur. Regrowth can be easily managed with follow-up treatments in our office.
Is laser hair removal treatment painful?
If you don't like the pain of plucking or waxing, laser hair removal may be a good option for you. Although you'll probably experience a slight stinging sensation as the light penetrates the hair pigments, most people don't consider treatments to be painful. Before your treatment begins, you'll be given a pair of goggles, and a cooling gel will be applied to protect your skin and increase your comfort. Your skin may look a little red after your hair removal session, but that sunburned appearance will only last a day or two. Cold compresses can help decrease redness and warmth.
How many sessions will I need?
Three to seven sessions are generally needed to remove all of the hair from a particular part of your body. The length of time you'll spend in our Wilmington office depends on the amount of hair to be removed. Larger, hairier areas will require longer appointments. You'll need to avoid plucking or waxing your hairs for at least six weeks before your treatment session.
Results won't be immediately noticeable, as it usually takes a few weeks for your hair to fall out after treatment. Once it's gone, new hairs won't replace it.
What areas can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal can be used to remove hair from many areas of the body, including:
- The upper lip
- Bikini line
Interested in scheduling an appointment for a laser hair removal treatment? Call our Wilmington, DE, dermatologist, Dr. Saruk of Delaware Valley Dermatology, at (302) 478-8532 to schedule an appointment.
Dermatologists help people maintain good skin health, but at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Michael Saruk and staff also help people achieve their best look! Below are a few of the cosmetic procedures that our patients use to keep their skin not only healthy but beautiful as well.
Shaving to remove unwanted body hair is time-consuming, inaccurate and temporary, not to mention all the various nicks and cuts that inevitably go along with it. With laser hair removal from your Wilmington dermatologist, the distracting hairs that grow under your arms, on your legs, on your stomach or anywhere else can be removed permanently. Using a specialized laser that targets the hair while leaving the surrounding skin untouched, we can make smooth, clear skin a reality!
Wrinkles are formed by repeated muscle movement after many years. Since the muscles around the eyes and between the forehead are constantly used when smiling, frowning, talking and squinting, deep, noticeable wrinkles can form in these areas. To combat these unwanted signs of aging, your Wilmington cosmetic dermatologist can inject Botox from a tiny, precise needle to these muscles, causing them to stop moving for a few months, allowing your skin to smooth out and leave a much more refreshed and youthful appearance behind.
Like Botox, dermal fillers are an injectable, minimally-invasive way to rejuvenate your facial features. However, fillers from your cosmetic dermatologist in Wilmington are used for different purposes in different areas of the face. When the skin ages and the fat beneath it starts to dissipate, it can leave you with unwanted contours, lines and hollow spaces. Fillers "plump" these areas up - most often the lips, lower eyelids, and lines that form between the corners of the nose and mouth - to give you a firmer and more youthful appearance.
If you'd like to learn more about these treatments or any other cosmetic or medical dermatological procedures we offer at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group, contact us in Wilmington, DE to make an appointment today!
DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) Therapy
DOT is a new and exciting way of reversing the appearance of aged or sun-damaged skin. Wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun-spots, skin laxity, and scars all may be reduced or eliminated with DOT therapy. This innovative, new laser procedure takes less than one hour in our office and may restore a more youthful appearance. While the aging process cannot be stopped, with proper care you can maintain your rejuvenated skin's appearance for many years. Because DOT Therapy delivers the desired outcome with minimal downtime, it is rapidly replacing traditional laser skin resurfacing as the treatment of choice for mild to moderate signs of photoaging and damaged skin.
During the procedure, a pattern of tiny scanned pulses of laser energy will be applied to your skin. The DOT Therapy laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes (DOTs) in your skin, which induce immediate skin tightening and stimulate new collagen growth. DOT therapy is designed to improve the skin's texture and tone, and to fight fine lines, deep wrinkles, and acne scars.
Unlike older laser technology, DOT Therapy leaves islands of healthy tissue surrounding the microscopic dots This enables your skin to heal more rapidly. Immediately afterward, you will experience redness and some discomfort similar to a sunburn. You may also experince some peeling after about three to four days. In most cases, your skin will return to its normal appearance in five to seven days. You should be able to wear make-up after the third day post- procedure.
For your comfort, you will receive a topical and/or injected local anesthetic just prior to treatment. Maximizing your comfort is our highest priority. People with unusually low pain thresholds can ask for a sedative, but you will not be able to drive yourself. We will need to be assured that you have a friend, relative, or taxi available to get you home safely. Having said that, many people have no difficulty tolerating the procedure with minimal anesthetic. The procedure lasts less than an hour. Once the procedure is over, a cold compress will be applied. During your recovery you will apply a hydrating lotion to keep your skin moist and to promote rapid healing. In most cases, you may resume your normal make-up application after three days.
DOT Therapy can be performed safely on most skin types. Many people get excellent results after just one treatment. However, your specific needs may require two to six visits. You will discuss this with your provider at your cosmetic consultation visit. Multiple treatments are usually spaced approximately, one month apart. However, spacing treatments further apart will not negatively affect your results.
What your dermatologist in Wilmington wants you to know
You’ve probably heard a lot about dermal fillers, but you’re not sure how they work. You’ve noticed some early signs of age sneaking up on your face, and you want to do something about it. Dermal fillers are the answer you’ve been looking for. Dr. Michael Saruk at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group, LLC in Wilmington, DE, wants to share the facts about dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers typically come in an injectable gel form and are designed to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. As you age, you begin to lose volume in your face, causing your face to sag and look older. Fine lines and wrinkles form, which can deepen as you age. Dermal fillers change all that by restoring the volume and “plumping” your skin. After a dermal filler treatment, your skin will look smoother, younger, and more vibrant.
These are just a few of the early signs of aging which dermal fillers can help:
- Fine lines around the corners of your eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet
- Fine lines between your eyebrows, commonly known as glabella
- Fine lines around your mouth and nose from laughing and smiling
- Fine lines in your forehead, commonly known as furrows
Dr. Saruk uses fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, and wrinkle relaxers like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport to give you a naturally younger look. A small amount of the filler material is injected into a target area; your amount of injections will vary based on areas you want to be treated. The procedure is tolerated very well, and Dr. Saruk can also apply a numbing cream or spray before treatment if you wish.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Saruk’s patients please visit the photo gallery page on the website at http://www.delawarevalleyderm.com/photo-gallery.html
You now have an effective weapon in the fight against aging; it’s called dermal fillers! You can look younger, thanks to Dr. Saruk’s skills in dermal filler treatment. For more information on how you can get started on your younger-looking face, call Dr. Michael Saruk at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group, LLC in Wilmington, DE, today!
Say goodbye to your fine lines and wrinkles with BOTOX. Eliminate frown lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles and more without surgery. BOTOX makes it possible to achieve smoother skin and a more youthful appearance with no surgery and no recovery time. In Wilmington, DE, BOTOX treatments are administered by Dr. Michael Saruk at Delaware Valley Dermatology Group. Dr. Saruk can help you decide if BOTOX treatments are right for you.
BOTOX treatments are injected into the facial muscles in areas where lines and wrinkles have formed. BOTOX works by relaxing the muscles, which softens the appearance of existing lines and certain types of wrinkles. Plus, new lines and wrinkles are also prevented from developing for as long as the muscles remain relaxed. The results of BOTOX injections only improve in the days following treatment, with maximum results readily noticeable within fourteen days. Ask your dermatologist in Wilmington if BOTOX can work for you.
Benefits of BOTOX
BOTOX cosmetic treatment offers multiple benefits, all without surgery. It can give you a more youthful appearance by smoothing lines and wrinkles on the face. BOTOX treatments can even help prevent new lines from forming on the skin. BOTOX treatments can also diminish the persistent look of being tired, or worried that can develop over time with age. There are many ways BOTOX can help you look more youthful. Some of the results BOTOX can achieve include:
- Eliminating frown lines between the eyes
- Eliminating crow’s feet around the eyes
- Smoothing forehead lines
- Smoothing wrinkles around the mouth
BOTOX injections can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. You’ll finally be able to say goodbye to your fine lines and wrinkles. For BOTOX in the Wilmington area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Saruk by contacting Delaware Valley Dermatology Group at (302) 478-8532.
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