Laser and Light Source Procedures
Lasers concentrate a light beam of a specific wavelength aimed at targeted areas of the skin. Our board-certified and experienced cosmetic dermatologists carefully select the most effective laser and wavelength for the safest and most effective outcome.
Light sources are multiple wavelengths of light used simultaneously during a single treatment to treat chronic sun damage. Lasers and light source treatment can also be used to safely and successfully treat a number of other cosmetic concerns including dilated blood vessels, spider veins, vascular malformations, as well as hair removal and tattoo removal. Laser treatment can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and brown sports and improve skin texture and elasticity.
Our experienced and knowledgeable cosmetic dermatologists consult with each patient to determine their individual goals and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Laser Hair Removal
Unwanted hair on the face, neck, back, underarms, bikini area or legs may cause embarrassment and even irritating and painful bumps. Laser hair removal can permanently eliminate unwanted facial or body hair and decrease the need to shave, tweeze or use chemicals on targeted areas. We offer laser hair removal to treat patients of nearly every skin type, including patients of all ethnicities.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Changes in skin texture and appearance can occur from a number of factors including over-exposure to sunlight, the normal aging process and even skin conditions such as acne or rosacea. Common skin changes such as brown spots and roughness are due to abnormalities in the upper layers of the skin.
Skin can be resurfaced, reducing the appearance of texture and appearance changes, with a specific laser that gently removes or peels the top layers of the skin. Healthy skin replaces the damaged layers, reducing the appearance of scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles and revealing the skin’s more youthful and natural tone and texture.
Fractional Laser Treatment
Fractional laser treatment produces a laser beam that is divided into thousands of light columns that target a fraction of the skin at a time. This specialized laser technology improves skin tone and texture and reduces the appearance of discoloration, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles. While traditional lasers use a single beam of light to treat the entire surface of the affected area, fractional laser treatment results in a gradual improvement as each specific area is targeted. This procedure can safely treat a variety of skin types with minimal down-time and side effects over a series of three to six treatments.
Photofacial and Light Source Rejuvenation
Photofacial treatments use a device that emits multiple wavelengths of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Broadband Light (BBL) sources to rejuvenate the skin. Sun damage, brown spots, redness, rosacea, fine lines and pore size are corrected simultaneously with a single photofacial treatment session.
The UC Davis cosmetic dermatology team uses light source treatments in combination with other effective skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser therapy, botulinum toxin therapy and/or cosmetic fillers to achieve the best possible results.
Laser Vein Treatments
Small visible veins can occur on any area of the body, particularly on the face and legs. Lasers heat and target the blood vessels causing them to shrink and become less visible. Specific lasers can target veins of a variety of depths and sizes. Noticeable improvement can be seen after one to a few laser treatments.
If you would like to discuss any of our cosmetic laser procedures, please request a consultation to speak with our cosmetic dermatologists. Please call 916-734-6111 or 800-770-9282.