Laser Treatment For Men And Women Eliminates Unwanted Hair

Shaving, bleaching, plucking, waxing, or trimming unwanted or excessive hair on your face or body may grow tiresome over time and may irritate your skin. That’s why we have been offering safe and effective laser hair reduction treatment for men and women since 1999.

How laser hair removal works

One of the most popular laser treatments, hair reduction and removal allows you to put away the creams, razors, and tweezers for good. Light energy targets the pigments in each hair. As the light is absorbed, it creates heat energy, which eliminates the hair follicle and stops hair growth.

To prepare for the procedure, patients are asked to refrain from waxing or plucking hairs so that the hair is present in the follicle. Shaving immediately before the treatment maximizes the effectiveness of the laser, allowing the laser energy to penetrate into the follicle to heat and destroy it.

Who is a candidate for laser hair removal?

Laser hair reduction works best on patients who wish to remove darker hairs. Because the laser focuses on pigmentation, grey, blonde, or white hairs are not responsive to treatment. Laser hair reduction effectively removes undesired hair on the face, chin, neck, back, underarm, legs, and bikini area.

How many treatments are needed?

Treatments vary by patient, pigmentation, and thickness of hair to be removed. Hair grows in cycles so the procedure is typically scheduled to address each new growth cycle for optimal results.

For a confidential and comprehensive consultation with our board-certified dermatologist, call us today.

Understanding Skin Pigmentation Problems And Causes

You are uniquely you. Just as no two people will have identical thoughts, beliefs, body shapes, or hair texture, your skin tone and pigmentation are unlike any other individual.

Understanding pigmentation

Pigmentation is the color and tone of your skin. Certain cells, named melanocytes, exist in the surface layer of the skin and produce the pigment, melanin. The level of melanin that is produced determines the color of your skin. If these cells create too much or too little melanin, skin pigmentation problems occur.

Types of pigmentation disorders

Skin disorders or problems with discoloration may affect small patches or your entire body. If your cells produce too much melanin, skin will darken. Overexposure to the sun, Addison’s disease, and hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause your skin to become darker.

If your melanin production is decreased, skin will turn lighter. Vitiligo is a skin problem that occurs when the melanocytes are destroyed, and it results in patches of white skin. Albinism is a genetic condition in which production of melanin is restricted, resulting in no pigmentation in skin, eyes, or hair.

Other factors that can affect pigmentation include the abnormal development or clustering of blood vessels, such as hemangioma and nevus flammeus, also called port wine stains. Moles, scars, burns, infections, certain health conditions, and blisters can also contribute to discoloration.

If you would like to know more about pigmentation problems and gain a better understanding about how to care for your skin, call us today for your comprehensive consultation.

Powerful Video on Sun Damage and the Importance of Sunscreen

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We offer patients a complimentary VISIA Complexion Analysis to identify the skin’s characteristics on all layers, similar to the ultraviolet camera in this video. With the VISIA analysis, we are able to provide the comprehensive data needed for an overall skin care rejuvenation plan. The photographs and analysis take about 15 minutes. The VISIA screening is complimentary for all patients. Call today to schedule an appointment for a VISIA Complexion Analysis.

Skin Allergy Patch Testing Now Available at the Lupo Center

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Patch testing is a diagnostic tool used for patients believed to have contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is an itchy red rash that occurs from a chemical or substance coming into contact with the skin. The most well-known example of contact dermatitis is the rash caused by poison ivy, but contact dermatitis can also occur from everyday exposures such as soaps, cosmetics, jewelry, and hair dye.

A patch test is a specific examination to determine the exact cause of an allergic contact dermatitis. It works by placing a small amount of safety-tested substances that are common causes of skin allergies on the skin to see what causes a reaction. Patch testing is simple and painless. The entire procedure takes one week to complete and requires three visits to our office in the same week.

Dr. Kate Holcomb is our board certified dermatologist who performs patch testing at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology. Dr. Holcomb has gained expertise in patch testing throughout her residency at a national patch testing center, Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University. After her residency, she performed patch testing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2014, Dr. Holcomb received the American Contact Dermatitis Society Mentorship Award where she spent a week at the largest patch testing center in the United States and further honed her expertise in delayed contact allergy testing. She is pleased to be able to provide more extensive testing for patients in the New Orleans area.

To learn more about Patch Testing at the Lupo Center, visit our website or schedule a consultation with Dr. Holcomb.

Dare to Bare Your Decolletage

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We often share with you ways to improve your appearance with skin tightening of the face, neck and body, and we are now excited to specifically target the decollete as well!  

 The Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment utilizes imaging and micro-focused ultrasound to stimulate the natural formation of collagen and elastin in the skin’s foundation to gradually smooth the lines and wrinkles on the chest area. As with all FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedures for lifting the neck, eyebrow and under the chin, meaningful results are achieved in just one 30-60 minute treatment, and there’s no downtime or post-treatment care required. Full results are visible after about three months.

 

There are several factors that cause the skin on decollete to wrinkle, including age, sleep position and sun exposure.  Many patients who come to us to treat the lines and wrinkles on the decollete also want to address skin discoloration as well.  That’s because sun exposure not only causes the lines and wrinkles but also brown spots.  In order to fully treat the decollete area, we are offering a $500 savings with the purchase of a Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment, an IPL treatment for discoloration, and a NEOCUTIS BioSerum for at home maintenance of lines and discoloration.

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