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Lasers & Light in Beverly Hills

Lasers and light procedures treat broken blood vessels, sun spots, wrinkles, enlarged pores and more.

Lasers and light-emitting devices are used to treat a wide range of skin conditions including sun spots, melasma, broken capillaries, unwanted hair, enlarged pores, loss of skin elasticity, precancerous lesions, and wrinkles. Each laser is designed to treat a different “target”, whether it is water, pigment (melanin), or redness (hemoglobin). “Laser” stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. Dr. Kiripolsky completed a fellowship in lasers and is an expert at combining various lasers and light devices to achieve the best cosmetic results, in the most comfortable manner, with the least amount of downtime.

At MKMD, we strive to provide a customized approach to each patient, while using the most effective, technologically-advanced treatments to address your specific skin concerns. Dr. Kiripolsky lectures to other doctors across the country, and the world, on laser and light devices. She uses cutting-edge, advanced techniques to achieve the best, most reliable outcomes for her patients in a safe manner.

CO2 (CARBON DIOXIDE) LASER

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
This laser is designed to resurface the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines, build collagen and elastin in the dermis, tighten skin, and minimize the appearance of acne scarring. It can also be used to minimize the appearance of burn scars as well as post-operative scars. The CO2 laser uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage. It is partially ablative, meaning that it creates microscopic columns of destruction in the treated skin, allowing small islands of normal skin to fill in the columns with more collagen and create an overall tightening as well as smoothing effect.
 
Benefits of CO2 Laser Resurfacing:
– Anti-aging treatment for deep wrinkles
– Improved texture and tone of skin
– Acne scarring treatment
 
How long is recovery?
Depending upon the device used and the settings chosen, patients can typically expect a “social downtime” of 7-10 days. Skin can appear red and blotchy for several weeks following treatment, but it is easily covered by makeup or tinted sunblock and resolves completely as the skin heals. The more aggressive the settings, the more social downtime is typically expected (yet this also correlates with a more significant overall improvement that is ultimately achieved). Dr. Kiripolsky has the most powerful CO2 laser on the market and has years of experience using it to treat various skin concerns.

INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL)

What is IPL?
IPL is a light-based treatment that treats/removes superficial browns (like freckles) as well as reds (like broken capillaries/”telangiectasias”). It also treats ruddy marks on the skin from prior areas of active acne. It can be used on the face as well as the body.
 
How does it work?
The bright beam energy from the IPL machine breaks up dark pigmentation and cauterizes red vessels, therefore gently reducing the color in the discolored area, basically erasing stubborn and unwanted brown and red spots.
 
Who can be treated?
Those looking to reduce hyperpigmentation, freckles, rosacea, acne scarring, and broken capillaries.
 
Of note: Not every IPL device is created equally. Our clinic has the most powerful and effective device on the market.

PICOSECOND LASER (PiQo)

What is a PiQo laser?
A PiQo laser is commonly used for tattoo removal as well as for correction of hyperpigmentation (areas of abnormally darkened skin). With the fractionated settings, the PiQo laser can also be used to smooth wrinkles, as well as to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, and more. It uses ultra-short (nanosecond and picosecond) pulses that break apart ink particles with high pressure.

How long is the procedure?
The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes per session, depending on the size of the area being treated. Multiple sessions are necessary for the best overall result. The ultimate number of treatment sessions recommended will be determined at the time of your consult, as this depends upon your skin type, what we are using the laser to treat, as well as what area of the body is being treated. Laser sessions are optimally spaced 2-3 weeks apart for the treatment of melasma/hyperpigmentation and 4-6 weeks apart for tattoo removal, stretch mark treatment, and wrinkle smoothing. 

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT)

What is PDT?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a topical photosensitizing agent (aminolevulinic acid/ALA) which is activated by light from a laser to destroy target cells. ALA is a naturally occurring substance in the body which, when applied topically, is selectively absorbed into damaged skin cells, hair follicles, actinic keratoses lesions (AKs), and sebaceous (oil) glands.
 
How does it work?
Levulan (photosensitizing agent) is applied to the target areas, allowed adequate time to absorb into the skin, and is then activated by specific wavelengths of light.
 
What are the benefits?
PDT is a great option to treat sun damage, acne/acne scarring, rosacea, age spots, and actinic keratoses for more rejuvenated skin. Benefits include improvement in skin texture and tone, smaller pore size, improvement in the appearance and reduction of rosacea, acne, and sebaceous gland hyperplasia (overgrown oil glands). PDT also decreases the overall oiliness of skin. The side effects are minimal with relatively a quick recovery time. PDT has also been effective in treating certain early skin cancers.

 

What to expect after treatment?
Expect redness and peeling for 2-7 days post-treatment. Pigmented lesions will appear darker at first but eventually peel off. Some swelling may also occur. It is important to avoid all sunlight for 36 hours following the treatment.