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Permanent Skin Whitening Surgery
Laser=light: See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/laser. Light, a form of electromagnetic radiation, see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/electromagnetic_radiation, used for treatment is just a way of applying heat, i.e. The heat generated when the light is absorbed. What then happens ; the results (down the road) are a result of both the heat damage ; the healing response, locally ; body wide, thus no guarantees. ...Read more
Got tattoo. Removed tattoo (laser). Tried to cover scar w/new tattoo. Removed coverup. Left with permanent scarring. Can my skin ever fully heal?
No, but...: Nobody has a perfect body, Ben. You had an adventure. You had the courage to make a statement, and even if things didn't turn out as you'd hoped, your life is richer. The key to looking and feeling good is fitness. How trim and muscular your are is entirely up to you. And you've got a story to share from a time when you were younger. Be good to yourself, and best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the Fraxel 1550 resurface superficial burn scars from laser tattoo removal? I'm desperate to diminish its appearance.
Possibly: i would say that depending on how irregular or prominent the scar is, it may help blend and smooth the scar. It is unlikely to hurt anything other than your wallet. :) Depending on the size of the affected area you maybe be able to excise the bad areas, but that will leave a scar as well, just likely flat and thin. ...Read more
Yes but be careful: It helps to remove pigment but there are many side-effects that an experienced doctor needs to warn you about. It causes increased sensitivity to the sun so if you're not careful about sun protection afterwards you can actually get worse pigmentation in the long run. Noninvasive lasers may be a safer bet especially for ethnic skin because they do not have as many side-effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options are available; redness may be improved w/ bbl. ...Read more
How does laser hair removal for full body and face work? How many sessions before permanent generally? Risks? Will laser fade scar marks too?
Laser hair removal: It works by heating and destroying the follicular unit of the individual hairs thereby inhibiting future hair growth and can work for hairs anywhere on the body. The number of sessions depends on your skin and hair color, and the location and density of hair. On average, 3-5 sessions (~4-6 weeks apart), will result in 50-80% reduction in hair growth. ...Read more
Hair removal: Lasers, in general, can remove hair from a variety of body areas. If done by a qualified professional, this includes the face. The "best" laser for any particular application depends on the type of skin, the type of hair, and the provider's skill with the laser in question. ...Read more
Can silicon gel sheets fade the appearance of scars from laser tattoo removal? (The scar is about 3 years old).
Semi-perm: Teeth darken over time ; age. So no products will give you permanent results. As for "semi-permanent", if you mean a long-term stability of whiteness you've achieved, yes, many professional whitening gives you a stable result for a long time. It is common, however, that patients want to do periodic "touch up" whitening to maintain the whiteness they finally achieved. I do not know "brilliant" kit. ...Read more
Smoking cigarette after done with fractional co2 laser procedure, will it affect the skin rejuvenation process?
Prevention: The best thing you can do for your skin is to prevent injury. This includes stopping smoking. Smoking chokes the small blood vessels that provide the skin nutrition. It causes premature aging, and wrinkles. It will slow you healing after any surgery or skin resurfacing and should be discontinued today. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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