By Andy Dean, PA-C
Kansas Medical Clinic is one of the few multispecialty practices offering these services within our medical clinics. Our lasers treat a wide variety of skin conditions from spider veins to sun spots to warts, and I’d like to take a minute to tell you about them.
Growths and Skin Conditions
The VBeam Perfecta is a type of laser known as a pulsed dye laser. Lasers of this type mainly treat vascular lesions – that is, growths and skin conditions that have to do with tiny dilated blood vessels. Conditions that respond to the VBeam include spider veins, hemangiomas, venous lakes, port wine stains, warts, and redness caused by acne or rosacea. It can also improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars.
The VBeam delivers a burst of light that specifically destroys tiny blood vessels without doing any damage to the surrounding skin. Most people describe the feeling as being like a rubber band being snapped against your skin. Anesthesia is very rarely needed, though when treating warts, we usually need to use a higher fluence (or level of energy, resulting in a stronger “zap”) and may prescribe an anesthetic cream to make the procedure much more comfortable.
Spider Veins and
Hair Removal Treatments
The GentleMax Pro is the other type of laser with which we are now offering treatment, and is a combination of two types of lasers. One of the most common uses of the GentleMax is for laser hair removal. And since it combines two different lasers, it allows us to treat a wide variety of lesions and conditions, such as leg veins, brown spots, redness from rosacea or other conditions, ingrown hairs from shaving, and even nail fungus! It has also been used for skin tightening.
Before & After Treatment
There are certain things to keep in mind when planning treatment with a laser. It’s very important to make sure your skin has been very well protected from sunlight for 4-6 weeks before the procedure, and that you continue this protection for another 4-6 weeks after the treatment.
(Sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher and protective hats and clothing are great ways to protect.)
Treating tanned skin with a laser can damage your skin. Be sure to let us know all medications you are taking and products you are using on your skin, and if you have a history of cold sores. We do not recommend having laser treatments if you are pregnant. We recommend scheduling a consult prior to the laser treatment so we can review these details with you.
For more information and to find the treatment that is best for you, please call Kansas Medical Clinic at (844) KMC-DERM to schedule an appointment in Shawnee or Leawood. Our trained professionals are here to keep your skin looking great!
Andy Dean, PA-C
Andy joined KMC in 2012 and has been practicing dermatology as a board-certified physician assistant since 2002. He sees patients at our Shawnee and Lawrence locations. Originally from Maryville, Missouri, Andy studied at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) and received his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL). He is a diplomate of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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