Park Ridge Medical Spa Laser Hair Removal & Laser Spider Vein Removal

Shouldn't you know who is running the spa or salon you are thinking of going to for a cosmetic procedure? Who will be there to see you if there is a problem??

Dr. Sam Speron is a Chicago Plastic Surgeon and is widely recognized by the media as a leading expert on Chicago plastic surgery and Chicago cosmetic surgery. Dr. Speron is a Chicago Plastic Surgeon and proud member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Dr Speron is Board-Certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Chicago Laser Acne Removal Treatments

Laser Acne Removal - Photo Clearing System

A Few Facts About Acne: Studies indicate that most people experience acne in some form at some time in their life. Acne usually begins during adolescence but often continues into adulthood. Hormonal changes cause the enlargement and blocking of oil-producing sebaceous glands near the hair follicle within the skin. Acne usually begins with an abnormal amount of bacteria, mainly propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). This typically causes painful pimples - known as inflamed pustules of acne or inflammatory acne - that can appear on the face, chest, back, limbs and virtually any other part of the body. Acne can produce life-long scars, both physically and emotionally! A very common problem... acne-like conditions are very common and is not limited to teenagers. acne is the most common skin disorder in the US affecting 17 million people, and not all of them teens. from infants to the elderly, 80 % of the population experiences acne at one time or another. scrubbing with harsh soaps or cleansers and using some acne medications can irritate and dry your skin, making your acne worse.

Limitations of Current Treatment Methods

The most common approaches to acne management include:
  • Topical applications. From widely available over-the-counter ointments to prescription creams, this is the most popular way of treating acne; in many cases, however, creams often irritate the skin and have minimal long-term effect in actually reducing P.acnes.
  • Oral antibiotics. Although somewhat more effective than topicals, antibiotics are limited by the fact that 40% of acne bacteria are insensitive to oral antibiotics. Additionally, patients must continue the antibiotic regimen for a lengthy period of time (usually at least 3-4 months). Since improvement in the patient's condition is often very gradual, permanent scarring may occur before the condition is appropriately managed. Moreover, there is a growing reluctance in the medical community to use antibiotics.
  • Accutane. Used as the treatment of last resort, Accutane is associated with potentially serious side effects. The ClearLight system, by comparison, can be used as a first line of defense with no side effects and clinical efficacy consistent with oral antibiotics and topical treatments.

Acne PhotoClearing (APC) Technology vs. Other Treatment Modalities

The Clearlight Advantage

The innovative ClearLight System is powered by light-based Acne PhotoClearing (APC™) technology, which penetrates the skin and destroys surface and ductal p. acnes bacteria quickly and easily. Its destruction rate surpasses the normal proliferation rate, assuring a rapid decrease in p. acnes that is unmatched by other treatments. There is no irritation, side effects or photo-sensitivity.

Key benefits of ClearLight include:

  • New paradigm for acne treatment
  • Short treatment regimen – 8 treatments over 4 weeks to achieve impressive results
  • Systemic drug-free treatment
  • Increased patient compliance and patient satisfaction
  • No side effects. No pain. No downtime.
  • Suitable for all body areas, including sensitive beard area
  • Precancerous skin lesions by preventing skin cancer
  • Improvement of wrinkles and pore size
  • Improvement of skin texture
  • Minimizing pigmentation
  • Treatment of sebaceous hyperplasia

New Acne Cures - News on Three Effective Treatments

by Erik Verkler Too much oil and sebum--the products of overactive oil glands--start the acne spiral by clogging pores. Later, bacteria move in to munch the oil, turning clogged pores into pimples. The usual remedies for oil overproduction, lotions and gland-shrinking medications, don't always work or can have severe side effects. In 2003, the FDA approved a laser treatment that causes temporary heat damage to oil glands, which may reduce the oil supply. In a study of 27 men with acne on their backs, the Smoothbeam laser therapy cleared up 98 percent of breakouts after four 5-minute treatments. It's also being used to treat moderate acne problems on the face, says Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. The only side effect: Skin turns pink for an hour or two.

Drug-Free Pimple Control

A FDA-approved light treatment for mild to moderate acne is available in dermatology offices, as of April 2003. ClearLight uses high-intensity light to kill Proprionibacterium acnes, the"bug" responsible for acne pimples, bumps, cysts, and redness. In a study at the State University of New York, 60 percent of acne breakouts cleared up after volunteers got two 10- to 15-minute treatments per week for 4 weeks. Their skin continued to improve for 3 months after the last treatment. Light therapy may help teens and adults whose acne has become antibiotic-resistant and those who don't want to take antibiotics. If you have severe acne, however, you may still need topical or oral medication to control oil production and pore clogging. ClearLight has no known side effects.

Stop Wrinkles and Acne with One Treatment

Radio frequencies aren't just for radio stations. In one study, 28 people with moderate to severe acne underwent a 30-minute radio-frequency skin procedure using a device called ThermaCool TC. Most had significantly clearer skin, and acne scars became less visible. ThermaCool TC is FDA-approved for treating wrinkles but, as of 2003, has yet to be cleared for acne. Doctors are not sure how the treatment clears up pimples. They do know that it shrinks the skin to eliminate wrinkles. In the process, it may be shrinking oil glands as well. That would decrease their output of pore-clogging oil and sebum. Like lasers, ThermaCool TC generates heat under the skin and should be effective."Radio frequency is a reliable, intense, and sustained form of energy," says Javier Ruiz-Esparza, MD, researcher and president of the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons in San Diego.

PhotoDynamic Therapy and Amino-Levulinic Acid

PhotoDynamic Therapy has become the most effective way for treating acne conditions. Lasers help shrink the Sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands) and reduce sebum production in a few treatments. This new therapy is becoming the latest in combination techniques working to kill bacteria and shrink sebaceous glands. These lasers are known to also improve collagen formation and the appearance of acne scars. The ELOS acne laser therapy is a non-ablative laser, using a broad spectrum of Light and Radio Frequency energies to target the sebaceous glands. The light frequency heats up the P.Acnes (acne bacteria in the pores) and helps shrink the sebaceous glands. Radio frequency helps to improve the texture of skin, which most acne patients suffer from rough, oily and blotchy skin. This treatment has no down time, low risk and offers a safe improvement for those with active acne.

What is Amino-Levulinic Acid (ALA)?

Amino-Levulinic Acid or ALA is a naturally occurring substance in the body. This product is applied topically and the body selectively absorbs the substance into the sebaceous glands, hair follicles and photo-damaged skin cells. The ALA is converted into a photosensitizer and activated by light treatment, which then destroys the targeted cells in the skin. ALA is left on the skin for 30 to 60 minutes before activated with the PhotoDynamic Therapy. This product is activated by light sources. Patients must remain out of the sun or bright indoor light for a minimum of 48 hours post treatment. Sunscreens do not protect against photo-sensitivity in the skin.

How is the Amino-Levulinic Acid (ALA) Activated?

This treatment is a two-step process which the product is applied and then the ALA is activated. First, the ALA will be applied to the skin. The ALA becomes a photosensitizer and the acne lesions are attracted to the solution. The ALA will remain on the skin for 30 to 60 minutes. After the product has settled into the skin we will perform the Acne Laser treatment on the skin, which activates the photosensitizer. The purpose of this treatment is to stimulate a photochemical reaction in the skin. A significant improvement in moderate to severe acne can be achieved in as little as one to three treatments.

What are the risks involved?

ALA is a safe alternative to antibiotics and chemical acne treatments. Most patients feel no discomfort, but some experience mild discomfort, such as stinging, burning, and tingling of the acne lesions. Change in skin color may occur and skin may turn red and have mild swelling the following week. Slight scabbing may occur on the acne lesions. Skin becomes very sensitive to any light source, such as sun and bright indoor lighting. The skin slowly heals and begins to show gradual improvement throughout the series of treatments.

Chicago Birthmark Removal Treatments

Laser Birthmark Removal - Pigmented Moles & Vascular Lesions

Birthmark (Vascular)

A Do I have to live with varicose veins & spider veins?

No. As many as 50 percent of American women may be affected by varicose and spider veins. Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available to eliminate the appearance of these abnormalities. Spider veins, which spread like a spider's web, are flat, red, blue or purple veins on the skin's surface. Varicose veins are larger, distended or raised veins located deeper. When one-way valves in the veins fail, blood no longer flows efficiently, causing veins to become enlarged and congested with blood. Heredity, hormones and daily routines play a roll in determining whether or not the valves will fail, leading to abnormal veins. While both types are cosmetically unappealing, varicose veins can be painful as well. Cramping, burning, itching and swelling are all common symptoms associated with varicose veins. In rare cases, they can bleed. For severe cases, doctors can remove veins surgically or by using a catheter to deliver radio-frequency energy to collapse the vein. Both methods require anesthetics and a long recovery.

What is a vascular lesion?

A vascular lesion is a blood vessel(s) that has expanded below the skin. They appear in different forms, sizes and clusters anywhere on the body and are all typically red or purple in color.

What causes vein problems?

The five key factors that contribute to such circulatory problems at midlife and beyond are as follows:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Excessive weight (> 20% above normal body weight)
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Chronic constipation and straining with bowel movements
  • Prolonged standing (and even sitting)

How does Laser therapy work?

The combination of light and radio frequency energies provides controlled selective thermolysis to vascular lesions including Telangiectasias (facial veins) and leg veins up to 4mm in diameter. The applicator also includes build-in contact cooling which ensures additional epidermal protection and comfort for the patient. Bi-Polar RF is controllable and predictable. The Bi-Polar Radio Frequency of elosTM technology flows between the two electrodes of the application head, delivering maximum targeted energy to the treatment area.

How many treatments are required?

Certain lesions may require more than one treatment depending on their size and type. Depending upon the laser selected, between 25-75% of spider veins may clear with one treatment. The individual response varies with skin type, color and laser selected.

What happens after treatment?

Our newest spider vein laser results in no bruising or crusting and you may return to work that same day. After the treatment, the veins will become darker and more pronounced. This fades over 7 to 10 days. Clearing begins and skin tones return to normal over the next few weeks. For facial veins, make-up can be worn within seven days, and sunscreen is recommended for six weeks following treatment.

Is it safe?

Lower energy levels result in superior results and maximum safety. Most people experience no side effects at all, though a few exhibit some short-term local reddening of the surrounding skin. Treatments require no patient downtime. Published studies state that the risk of scarring is less than 1%.

Are there any treatment alternatives?

Yes, (e.g. electrocautery and vein injections) but none are as effective and the risk of scarring is greater. In addition, they may not be feasible to diffuse extensive lesions.

How much does it cost?

Charges are based upon the time required for treatment or the number of pulses employed. Total cost will depend on the number of treatments and the size of the area. Treatments may be as low as $100.

Birth Mark (mole)

Dr Speron has a tremendous amount of experience with Laser Mole Removal in Chicago. It is one of the services most commonly performed at his office. He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:

  • he performs all the various mole removal procedures including minimally invasive and no-scar approaches
  • he uses all types of laser mole removal techniques
  • all mole removal services are offered in an office setting, meaning there are no hospital or surgery center visits
  • insurance can sometimes cover the procedure costs, even if your mole is not cancerous

What is a pigmented lesion?

A pigmented lesion is a raised or flat spot on the skin which is brownish, blue-black or tan in color. It appears as a mole, freckle, sunspot, birthmark or aging spot.

How does Laser Mole Removal work?

Laser Mole removal invovles releasing laser light energy to the targeted area. The Laser light energy is absorbed only by the pigment in the skin. The pigment is broken up and then"carried away" by the body and absorbed during the healing process.

How many laser mole treatments are required?

Most aging spots, sunspots and flat moles can be removed with a single treatment. Repeat treatments may be required for certain birthmarks and moles (nevi) due to the depth of pigment. Most patients receive around three laser mole removal sessions.

What happens after laser mole treatment?

Immediately after treatment, the area usually turns darker. This fades very quickly and the mole seems to"fall off" after 4-7 days. Makeup can be worn the same day and sunscreen is recommended for six weeks following treatment.

Is laser mole removal safe?

The IPL laser has been used successfully for years. The risk of scarring is typically less than 1%.

Are there treatment alternatives to laser mole removal?

Yes, (e.g. liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole, cautery to burn the mole, surgical mole removal, mole shaving) but none are as effective and the risk of scarring is greater. In addition, they may not be feasible to diffuse extensive lesions (e.g. nevi and birthmarks).

How much does laser mole removal cost?

Charges are based upon the duration of time required for treatment and will depend on the number of pulses, treatments and the size of the area. Treatments start as low as $50 per mole per treatment.

Are there are any other options other than laser mole removal?

Yes, some people can use skin lighteners or bleaching agents to help eliminate or fade away moles. Of course, skin care creams are not recommend if your mole is suspicious in any way! Of all of the physician-strength skin care options, the one that we recommend the most is neaclear® Liquid Oxygen Facial Pigment Control. The Key Benefits are:

  • helps control skin's pigmentation.
  • gradual bleaching.
  • contains hydroquinone 4% which corrects bothersome hyper pigmentation such as freckles, melasma, chloasma, senile lentigines and liver spots.
  • easy to apply and quick absorbing.
  • can use on face or body.

Remember, hyperpigmentation can occur due to sun-damage, genetics, hormonal imbalances, pregnancies or medications. melanocytes (pigment cells) can become over stimulated and thus pigmentation increases. Facial pigment control corrects bothersome unwanted areas of hyper pigmentation such as freckles, melasma, chloasma, senile lentigines and liver spots. Hydroquinone suppresses pigmentation in order to lighten the hyperpigmented areas. When using Hydroquinone, it is important to stay out of the sun for the treatment to work. Always wear full spectrum sun block and a hat and try to avoid sun exposure between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Chicago Laser Hair Removal Services

Laser Hair Removal - No Downtime!

What causes excess hair?

Factors such as age, ethnicity, medications, hormone levels, genetics, heredity and even body site influence the length, coarseness, and color of body hair. Hair grows in cycles and how much hair you have depends on how many hairs are in the active growth cycle and how long that cycle lasts.

How does the laser remove hair?

ELOS causes Vortex Heating to target and damage the hair follicle. The Vortex is created when the Radio Frequency current - the destructive energy - encircles and heats the hair follicle damaging the follicle itself, not just the hair shaft. There is a slight tingling sensation but most people tolerate the treatment well. The application of LMX, a topical anesthetic cream, is usually given to increase the patient's comfort level.

How many treatments are required?

Each hair on your body is in one of three phases at any particular time - it is either actively growing, resting or sleeping. The laser hair removal works by disabling only those hairs in their active growth cycle. That is why more than one treatment is necessary. Treatments will be necessary every 4-6 weeks until the desired result is obtained.

What happens after treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, the area will become slightly red and puffy. This reaction subsides quickly as the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way. It is possible to return to normal activities right away. A"regrowth or stubble" may appear in 2-3 weeks. This is old hair regrowth from the follicle which will fall away from the skin easily with gentle rubbing.

Is it safe?

The laser parameters were carefully defined by studying the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the light and pulse duration to the follicle size, depth, and location to safely and effectively remove the hair. Lower overall energy levels give superior results and maximum safety. Most people experience no side effects at all. The risk of getting burned with this new laser technology is <1% in our office.

Are there treatment alternatives?

There are several"traditional" methods of hair removal which require considerable commitment and are somewhat painful and transient. Until now, electrolysis offered the only potential permanency, but this is a tedious, time consuming process which can take years of treatment to achieve the desired result. There are also alternative laser hair removal treatments whose effectiveness depends on the pulse duration, method of attraction to the follicle, depth of penetration and skill of the operator. At our office, we are committed to treating with the most effective and affordable laser hair removal technology available. This commitment to state-of-the-art excellence means changing laser hair removal devices as the technology improves.

Laser hair removal is extremely precise and can be adjusted to the exact parameters to disable only the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding skin untouched. When considering laser hair removal, information should be obtained on the experience of the technician, the physician and the effectiveness of the method and equipment.

How much does it cost?

The cost of laser hair removal is based on the body area treated. The treatment price can range from $75 per session for small areas up to $1000 for the largest areas Of course, discounted packages are available.

What laser system do we use?

Syneron ELOSTM, (Electro-Optical Synergy) which is the basis of safety and efficacious treatments. This system is proven to be the safest, most effective and comfortable solution for the superior results you desire. This treatment uses gentle pulses of two targeted energies means better results with lower overall energy output - assuring the highest level of safety and comfort. Studies reveal 90% permanent reduction! ELOS is the only system that can offer 50% reduction for white, red or blonde hair.

Laser hair removal is the newest trend in removing unwanted hair. Laser hair removal works because lasers’ light energy thermally agitates the base of your hair follicle and destabilizes it without damaging the surface of your skin. The Laser hair removal treatment is selective because it targets the hair and not the skin. The surface of your skin is protected with a cooling agent, whether it is from a Cooling tip on the laser, to a cool gel applied on the skin to a Cooling machine that blows cold air towards the area to be treated.

There are three stages of hair growth, catagen, anagen and telogen. These are important to understand prior to beginning Laser hair removal treatments. Hair growth in these stages can be affected by several factors, including age, ethnicity, weight, hormonal fluctuations, diet, and medications taken.

During the Catagen stage, the hair is in a transitional stage and can last for 2-3 weeks. Hair growth stops and the outer roots shrink & attach to the hair’s root.

During the Telogen stage, the hair is resting and can last a minimum of 100 days and the hair follicle is at rest.

During the Anagen stage, the hair is actively growing. New hair is rapidly forming and grows approximately 1 cm every 28 days and remains in this stage for 30-45 days.

Laser hair removal is meant to destroy the hair in its growing or active phase (anagen phase). During this phase, your hair contains an abundance of melanin (pigment that gives hair its color) and the follicle is targeted. The laser is a concentrated beam, and the accuracy and effectiveness are higher in targeting specific areas for hair removal. With several Laser hair removal treatments lasting, you can achieve permanent hair removal in a quick and painless treatment.

Laser hair removal is meant for clients who understand the risks involved as well as the benefits to be gained from this treatment. Anyone who bakes themselves at the beach or in a tanning bed is not a good candidate for Laser hair removal. You may be submitting your skin to damage or side effects. The laser can cause a reaction on the darker pigment and the dryness of your newly tanned skin. This is the most important in pre and post laser care of your skin. The newer lasers allow for darker skin to be treated, but we still recommend that you remain away from the beach and out of the tanning beds. Darker skin, even though this skin type can be treated with the newer laser, still has higher risks.

When you begin the Laser hair removal process, your skin should be shaved 1-2 days prior to your Laser hair treatment. Shaving the hair right before your next treatment ensures better results and the treatments will have more effective results. We recommend that you let your hair grow out in between treatments, which can be 4-6 weeks apart. By allowing the hair to continue to grow between Laser hair removal treatments, you will receive the maximum benefits from Laser hair removal.

There is a wide variety of information about Laser hair removal on the internet, some of it true and some of it false. This is an informative page about Laser hair removal and our way to help clear up some common myths involved with Laser hair removal. This way, you can achieve the best results and get the most benefit out of the Laser hair removal treatments you are about to begin. We hope this Laser hair removal article helps you with all your questions.

Skin texture and hair color are the most important factors to consider when researching Laser hair removal treatments. Laser hair removal works best on those with darker hair and lighter skin, but the newest technologies have been proven to treat lighter hair as well as dark-skinned clients. Years ago, Electrolysis was the best method for permanent hair removal for women, ranging from facial hair to bikini hair. For men, who used hair dye from wood for a permanent solution to back hair. We must also remind you that the most important precaution to take prior to beginning Laser hair removal is to avoid tanning beds or even other methods of hair removal which can cause the treatments to be less effective (and even cause harm to you or your skin). By coming to your Laser hair removal treatment with tanned skin, the Laser hair removal machine settings will have to be turned down, which will not give the best results.

There are a wide variety of Lasers, such as the ND Yag, Alexandrite, Ruby, and Diode. There are also many different clinics that offer different Laser hair removal procedures. We must remind you that there is always the risk of blistering or skin reddening, which is temporary. The majority of clients benefit from Laser hair removal but there are a small percentage of clients in whom laser treatments can be harmful. Lasers are promoted as permanent hair removal, but in truth, lasers prove to be only up to 90% permanent. Hair that does continue to grow will usually be lighter and grows much slower than prior to getting Laser hair removal. Clients always experience some form of hair re-growth, whether it be in a smaller area where the laser has treated or thinned hair. Hair growth results in three cycles, which requires a series of Laser hair removal treatments as new hairs enter the growth cycle.

A newer study has found that some aspects of your diet affect Laser hair removal treatment’s effectiveness. Laser hair removal was dependent on your beta-carotene intake but independent on anything else in your diet. Try to remember when getting Laser hair removal treatments to avoid food containing beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can contribute to a reddish or yellow tint to the hair follicle which can cause the laser not to be attracted to the hair follicle.

Unfortunately, Laser hair removal treatments can become quite costly and this is a factor to take into consideration. These treatments can run you a few hundred dollars to several thousand depending on the area(s) to be treated. Also, we recommend touch up treatments every 6 months to 1 year once the treatment package has been completed.

We hope that this article has provided the Laser hair removal information that you were looking for prior to beginning your Laser hair removal treatments. No matter what clinic you go to for treatments, it is best that you are aware of the information needed for you to achieve the best results. Good luck!

Laser Hair Removal Facts

Researching Laser hair removal is highly recommended to get the real facts, understand the myths and learn as much as you can prior to beginning a series of Laser hair removal treatments. Understanding Laser hair removal facts can help you to know how to get the most out of each treatment. You may ask yourself, “Why do I need facts about Laser hair removal? It is so common and has to be safe if so many people are doing it”. We always recommend that you do your research and learn as much as you can about Laser hair removal prior to beginning any treatments.

Getting rid of unwanted body hair is a process, especially if it affects your natural beauty due to the location of unwanted hair. There are many different companies out there that perform a variety of permanent Laser hair removal techniques and Laser procedures. The treatments available offer a wide variety of costs, risks, rewards and applicability. The facts are that there are many types of Lasers used to perform each treatment. There are two main facts that you should take into consideration prior to beginning Laser hair removal treatments:

The duration and the side-effects associated with each Laser hair removal treatment.

Cost of each Laser hair removal treatment.

The duration of treatments associated with Laser hair removal, is the most important fact you should know before you decide to get the treatment. Hair re-growth is still going to be a factor to keep in mind - no matter where you go for treatments. The Laser hair removal treatment has been marketed as permanent. Laser hair removal is up to a point, and most people get up to 80 - 90% improvement over a series of seven treatments. Lasers do NOT give results after 1 or 2 treatments and most clients need a minimum of 7 - 8 treatments! People with lighter skin and dark, coarse hair seem to achieve the best results from Laser hair removal. These are Laser hair removal facts you need to acknowledge and understand.

Some precautions prior to Laser hair removal treatments can include:

Avoid waxing & tweezing for 2 weeks prior to beginning Laser hair removal treatments.

Avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to Laser hair removal treatments.

Shave the area to be treated 1 - 2 days prior to your treatment. This way the hair is visible and the laser will be more attracted to the hair follicle and not waste its energy on the surface.

Laser hair removal side effects are minimal, and may result in redness and swelling post Laser treatment. If this does happen, effects don’t usually last longer than 24 hours. In some cases, Laser hair removal could result in blistering, which is usually rare. Surface skin burns are not uncommon and most likely result from skin that has been exposed to the sun.

The facts about Laser hair removal cost, unfortunately, are that Laser hair removal is not cheap. Most clinics do not offer individual Laser hair removal treatments because it works best in a series. Each treatment can cost up to several hundred dollars for this hi-tech treatment. Buying a package for your Laser hair removal treatments, do cut down on the initial cost. Unfortunately, due to the cost of these treatments, Laser hair removal is not for everybody. Every part of the body is different, as well as the skin type, sex, skin texture and the number of Laser hair removal treatments required.
To sum it up, Laser hair removal facts include a quick, almost painless and almost permanent solution to unwanted hair.

Laser Hair Removal Tips

This new treatment that you are about to become a part of begins before the first Laser hair removal treatment. There are several steps you need to be aware of prior to beginning Laser Hair Removal, as well as following each treatment. By being aware of these steps, you will achieve better Laser hair removal results, quick and permanent hair removal and successful treatments.

First and foremost, you must avoid the sun during the course of Laser hair removal treatments. Laser hair removal can cause skin reactions with undesirable side effects. This is the most important precaution to remember. If you do come to your appointment with tanned skin, this will cause your technician to turn down the strength of the laser pulse, which reduces the effectiveness of the Laser hair removal treatment. If you do get a tan from either the sun or a sunless tanning booth, we recommend you wait a few weeks until the tan begins to fade before getting your next Laser hair removal treatment.

The opposite is true for darker-skinned clients. For them, it is suggested they begin a skin-lightening cream, such as Hydroquinone, to help lighten the skin on the area to be treated with the laser. This should be done within 2 - 4 weeks prior to beginning Laser hair removal. When using Hydroquinone, you must be under the supervision of a physician due to the potency of the bleaching agents and the strength. Most of the time, Hydroquinone can only be obtained by prescription.

Another option to keep in mind is the Laser hair removal treatment is more effective when the hair is shorter. We recommend shaving the area to be treated a couple days before the Laser hair removal treatment to accelerate the effect of the laser. It is always best to consult with your physician prior to beginning Laser hair removal treatments. It is also best to consult with your Laser hair removal physician if you suffer from any skin conditions, rashes, acne or genital sores because you may be prescribed medication prior to beginning laser treatments. If you do have a condition that requires medication, we recommend that you continue with the medication until it is complete. This is especially important when certain areas are treated with Laser hair removal, such as the lip, chin and bikini areas.

The newest studies suggest that diets high in Beta-carotene (found in carrots and squash) can produce a slight orange or yellow coloring to the skin’s surface. Unfortunately, the skin’s pigment can absorb the energy from the laser. The skin will absorb the energy of the laser which prevents the laser energy from reaching the hair follicle. For best Laser hair removal results, it is best if you refrain from consuming beta-carotene during the series of treatments.

These tips are good to keep in mind for the best Laser hair removal results and a boost of self confidence once the treatments are complete

Painless Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is rapidly increasing as the most popular quick & painless method to remove unwanted hair. Laser hair removal offers immense benefits for people all over the world who are sick of unwanted body hair. Electrolysis, Waxing and Tweezing are becoming a thing of the past as Laser hair removal becomes a more permanent treatment.

Laser hair removal has succeeded over other permanent hair removal techniques because this makes sense to consumers in the total benefit it offers. Laser hair removal has become a breakthrough for both women and men. Laser hair removal has increased with the male clients in the past few years. Men most commonly suffer from excessive back hair and ingrown facial hairs from constantly shaving. The newer technologies are gaining popularity because of the unlimited treatments offered from time to money to speed to accuracy and especially with regards to quick and painless hair removal.

Laser hair removal has become a permanent solution to getting rid of unwanted hair. The beauty of Laser hair removal versus Electrolysis is that the laser can cover a larger area of hair, instead of removing one hair at a time. Laser hair removal has also proven to be less painful than Electrolysis because of the developing technologies to penetrate below the skin’s surface and work at the level of the hair follicle. Because of the range of area that can be covered, entire areas can be treated with each session, such as Full backs, bikini areas, whole faces, and underarms. The effects are long-lasting and can be up to 90% permanent.

We have compared Laser hair removal to Electrolysis treatments. Electrolysis is known for its tedious and very painful treatments, involved by inserting a needle into the hair follicle and by using an electrical charge, destroying the hair follicle, one hair at a time. Because Electrolysis is a tedious treatment, the amount of time to remove hair from one small area can take years to achieve permanent hair loss. The upside to Electrolysis is that hair removal is usually permanent.

Lasers have become more effective in achieving permanent hair removal and can treat all skin and hair color. Lasers have become effective because of the light energy beams that attack the hair follicle itself while leaving the surface of your skin unharmed. The laser beam is highly concentrated, which gives Laser hair removal the advantage to treat only the hair follicle, leaving the surface of the skin unharmed. Laser hair removal has become less invasive and clients are coming on their lunch breaks for treatments. Laser hair removal is not only effective with each treatment, but the amount of time to be treated has also decreased. Depending on the areas treated, Laser hair removal can take from 10 minutes to over an hour. This is proven not

Chicago Laser Mole Removal Treatments

Laser Mole Removal - Pigmented Moles Lesions

What is a pigmented lesion?

A pigmented lesion is a raised or flat spot on the skin which is brownish, blue-black or tan in color. It appears as a mole, freckle, sunspot, birthmark or aging spot.

How does Laser Mole Removal work?

Laser Mole removal invovles releasing laser light energy to the targeted area. The Laser light energy is absorbed only by the pigment in the skin. The pigment is broken up and then"carried away" by the body and absorbed during the healing process.

How many laser mole treatments are required?

Most aging spots, sunspots and flat moles can be removed with a single treatment. Repeat treatments may be required for certain birthmarks and moles (nevi) due to the depth of pigment. Most patients receive around three laser mole removal sessions.

What happens after laser mole treatment?

Immediately after treatment, the area usually turns darker. This fades very quickly and the mole seems to"fall off" after 4-7 days. Makeup can be worn the same day and sunscreen is recommended for six weeks following treatment.

Is laser mole removal safe?

The IPL laser has been used successfully for years. The risk of scarring is typically less than 1%.

Are there treatment alternatives to laser mole removal?

Yes, (e.g. liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole, cautery to burn the mole, surgical mole removal, mole shaving) but none are as effective and the risk of scarring is greater. In addition, they may not be feasible to diffuse extensive lesions (e.g. nevi and birthmarks).

How much does laser mole removal cost?

Charges are based upon the duration of time required for treatment and will depend on the number of pulses, treatments and the size of the area. Treatments start as low as $50 per mole per treatment.

Are there are any other options other than laser mole removal?

Yes, some people can use skin lighteners or bleaching agents to help eliminate or fade away moles. Of course, skin care creams are not recommend if your mole is suspicious in any way! Of all of the physician-strength skin care options, the one that we recommend the most is neaclear® Liquid Oxygen Facial Pigment Control. The Key Benefits are:

  • Helps control skin's pigmentation.
  • Gradual bleaching.
  • Contains hydroquinone 4% which corrects bothersome hyper pigmentation such as freckles, melasma, chloasma, senile lentigines and liver spots.
  • Easy to apply and quick absorbing.
  • Can use on face or body.

Remember, hyperpigmentation can occur due to sun-damage, genetics, hormonal imbalances, pregnancies or medications. melanocytes (pigment cells) can become over stimulated and thus pigmentation increases. Facial pigment control corrects bothersome unwanted areas of hyper pigmentation such as freckles, melasma, chloasma, senile lentigines and liver spots. Hydroquinone suppresses pigmentation in order to lighten the hyperpigmented areas. When using Hydroquinone, it is important to stay out of the sun for the treatment to work. Always wear full spectrum sun block and a hat and try to avoid sun exposure between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Chicago Laser Mole Removal

Dr Speron has a tremendous amount of experience with Laser Mole Removal in Chicago. It is one of the services most commonly performed at his office. He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:

  • He performs all the various mole removal procedures including minimally invasive and no-scar approaches
  • He uses all types of laser mole removal techniques
  • All mole removal services are offered in an office setting, meaning there are no hospital or surgery center visits
  • Insurance can sometimes cover the procedure costs, even if your mole is not cancerous

What is a pigmented lesion?

A pigmented lesion is a raised or flat spot on the skin which is brownish, blue-black or tan in color. It appears as a mole, freckle, sunspot, birthmark or aging spot.

How does Laser Mole Removal work?

Laser Mole removal invovles releasing laser light energy to the targeted area. The Laser light energy is absorbed only by the pigment in the skin. The pigment is broken up and then"carried away" by the body and absorbed during the healing process.

How many laser mole treatments are required?

Most aging spots, sunspots and flat moles can be removed with a single treatment. Repeat treatments may be required for certain birthmarks and moles (nevi) due to the depth of pigment. Most patients receive around three laser mole removal sessions.

What happens after laser mole treatment?

Immediately after treatment, the area usually turns darker. This fades very quickly and the mole seems to"fall off" after 4-7 days. Makeup can be worn the same day and sunscreen is recommended for six weeks following treatment.

Is laser mole removal safe?

The IPL laser has been used successfully for years. The risk of scarring is typically less than 1%.

Are there treatment alternatives to laser mole removal?

Yes, (e.g. liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole, cautery to burn the mole, surgical mole removal, mole shaving) but none are as effective and the risk of scarring is greater. In addition, they may not be feasible to diffuse extensive lesions (e.g. nevi and birthmarks).

How much does laser mole removal cost?

Charges are based upon the duration of time required for treatment and will depend on the number of pulses, treatments and the size of the area. Treatments start as low as $50 per mole per treatment.

Are there are any other options other than laser mole removal?

Yes, some people can use skin lighteners or bleaching agents to help eliminate or fade away moles. Of course, skin care creams are not recommend if your mole is suspicious in any way! Of all of the physician-strength skin care options, the one that we recommend the most is neaclear® Liquid Oxygen Facial Pigment Control. The Key Benefits are:

  • Helps control skin's pigmentation.
  • Gradual bleaching.
  • Contains hydroquinone 4% which corrects bothersome hyper pigmentation such as freckles, melasma, chloasma, senile lentigines and liver spots.
  • Easy to apply and quick absorbing.
  • Can use on face or body.

Remember, hyperpigmentation can occur due to sun-damage, genetics, hormonal imbalances, pregnancies or medications. melanocytes (pigment cells) can become over stimulated and thus pigmentation increases. Facial pigment control corrects bothersome unwanted areas of hyper pigmentation such as freckles, melasma, chloasma, senile lentigines and liver spots. Hydroquinone suppresses pigmentation in order to lighten the hyperpigmented areas. When using Hydroquinone, it is important to stay out of the sun for the treatment to work. Always wear full spectrum sun block and a hat and try to avoid sun exposure between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Chicago Laser Varicose & Spider Vein Removal

Laser Vein Removal - Varicose Vein & Spider Veins

Do I have to live with varicose veins & spider veins?

No. As many as 50 percent of American women may be affected by varicose and spider veins. Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available to eliminate the appearance of these abnormalities. Spider veins, which spread like a spider's web, are flat, red, blue or purple veins on the skin's surface. Varicose veins are larger, distended or raised veins located deeper. When one-way valves in the veins fail, blood no longer flows efficiently, causing veins to become enlarged and congested with blood. Heredity, hormones and daily routines play a roll in determining whether or not the valves will fail, leading to abnormal veins. While both types are cosmetically unappealing, varicose veins can be painful as well. Cramping, burning, itching and swelling are all common symptoms associated with varicose veins. In rare cases, they can bleed. For severe cases, doctors can remove veins surgically or by using a catheter to deliver radio-frequency energy to collapse the vein. Both methods require anesthetics and a long recovery.

What is a vascular lesion?

A vascular lesion is a blood vessel(s) that has expanded below the skin. They appear in different forms, sizes and clusters anywhere on the body and are all typically red or purple in color.

What causes vein problems?

The five key factors that contribute to such circulatory problems at midlife and beyond are as follows:

  1. Poor nutrition
  2. Excessive weight (> 20% above normal body weight)
  3. Sedentary lifestyle
  4. Chronic constipation and straining with bowel movements
  5. Prolonged standing (and even sitting)

How does Laser therapy work?

The combination of light and radio frequency energies provides controlled selective thermolysis to vascular lesions including Telangiectasias (facial veins) and leg veins up to 4mm in diameter. The applicator also includes build-in contact cooling which ensures additional epidermal protection and comfort for the patient. Bi-Polar RF is controllable and predictable. The Bi-Polar Radio Frequency of elosTM technology flows between the two electrodes of the application head, delivering maximum targeted energy to the treatment area.

How many treatments are required?

Certain lesions may require more than one treatment depending on their size and type. Depending upon the laser selected, between 25-75% of spider veins may clear with one treatment. The individual response varies with skin type, color and laser selected.

What happens after treatment?

Our newest spider vein laser results in no bruising or crusting and you may return to work that same day. After the treatment, the veins will become darker and more pronounced. This fades over 7 to 10 days. Clearing begins and skin tones return to normal over the next few weeks. For facial veins, make-up can be worn within seven days, and sunscreen is recommended for six weeks following treatment.

Is it safe?

Lower energy levels result in superior results and maximum safety. Most people experience no side effects at all, though a few exhibit some short-term local reddening of the surrounding skin. Treatments require no patient downtime. Published studies state that the risk of scarring is less than 1%.

Are there any treatment alternatives?

Yes, (e.g. electrocautery and vein injections) but none are as effective and the risk of scarring is greater. In addition, they may not be feasible to diffuse extensive lesions.

How much does it cost?

Charges are based upon the time required for treatment or the number of pulses employed. Total cost will depend on the number of treatments and the size of the area. Treatments may be as low as $100. Dr Speron has a tremendous amount of experience with Laser Mole Removal in Chicago. It is one of the services most commonly performed at his office.

He is able to offer all types of options to his patients:

  • He performs all the various mole removal procedures including minimally invasive and no-scar approaches
  • He uses all types of laser mole removal techniques
  • All mole removal services are offered in an office setting, meaning there are no hospital or surgery center visits

Insurance can sometimes cover the procedure costs, even if your mole is not cancerous.

Chicago Laser Skin Rejuvenation Services

Laser Skin Rejuvenation - Fotofacial

Who is a candidate for Skin Rejuvenation?

  • People who suffer from rosacea and experience flushing and redness.
  • People with early aging changes and sun damage.
  • People who don't want the downtime of laser resurfacing.

How does it work?

Skin Treatments often consist of full-face or body treatments, using gentle energy parameters. The treatment regime typically consists of:
Four to six treatments administered to the whole face, chest, neck or hands, spaced at three week intervals

Broad spectrum light in the visible and near infrared range, from 515 nm up to about 1200 nm

Light is transmitted through a small, smooth, flat glass hand piece which is gently placed over the skin

What results can I expect?

You can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries.

Sun damaged skin will become smoother with a decrease in fine wrinkles, reduction in pore size, and fading of sun spots.

Many people with rosacea see an improvement in breakouts and are able to decrease or discontinue their medications.

How soon will I see results?

After your first Fotofacial treatment, your skin will feel smoother and will have a more even tone. These improvements are gradual and will be more visible after each treatment. Five treatments are performed for optimal results. some patients benefit from additional treatments.

Who"discovered" this technique?

Dr. Bitter (a dermatologist in California) first published this technique and has been doing it since 1998. Dr. Mullholland (a plastic surgeon in Toronto) also helped refine the procedure especially with regards to wrinkle improvement. Dr. Speron has been performing this procedure since July 2000 and has taken extensive additional training courses by Drs. Bitter and Mullholland (as have the nurses performing this procedure in our office).

What areas can be treated?

There are many skin rejuvenation devices on the market today for treating areas other than just the face. The neck, chest, back and extremities may also be treated. Please consult with your physician regarding your specific requirements.

Who are candidates for treatment?

Nearly every patient type. Leading physicians worldwide report excellent results on patients of virtually all skin colors, most complexion types and nearly any age.

What is treatment like?

Patients experience minimal discomfort. We routinely give patients LMX (a topical anesthetic) so that they may be comfortable during the procedure. Some patients do not need it.

How long is a typical treatment?

Each case varies. When only small areas are treated, the procedure time is short. Typically the procedure may last up to an hour.

What are the side effects?

Side effects vary individually, but they are typically minimal. The risk of burns from the laser are < 1%.

Are there restrictions on my activity after treatment?

Following treatment, there should be only minimal restrictions on your activities. Most patients return to work or social activities right away. You can start exercising the next day. Make up can be worn immediately.

How is laser resurfacing performed?

Skin resurfacing using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is the most recently developed of the techniques described in this brochure. Its effects are similar to those of chemical peels and dermabrasion, except that the laser removes skin layers by vaporization rather than with chemicals or a sanding device. Your plastic surgeon is trained in the safe use of laser equipment. He or she is able to specify the amount of energy transmitted to the skin's surface by the laser beam and control the depth of penetration.

Like the other resurfacing methods, the laser is effective in treating wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots, and scars from acne or other causes. It can be used on the entire face or specific areas. Patients with a variety complexions, including some darker-skinned individuals, may be treated with the laser. Certain other characteristics of your skin, such as its thickness and texture, may influence whether you are a good candidate for laser resurfacing. Some patients may benefit from the laser's mild"tightening" effect on the skin, particularly in the lower eyelid area where the skin often becomes somewhat loose as a result of aging.

Chicago Laser Skin Tightening Treatments

Laser Skin Tightening - Non-Surgical Lifting!

Skin Tightening is one of the newest laser treatments available today. According to physicians, Skin Tightening is the best nonsurgical facelift or skin tightening"no downtime" laser treatment modalities on the market.

There are a wide variety of medical lasers and light systems now available to rejuvenate the skin. Some lasers, however, are not effective for certain skin types. With the Skin Tightening, however, all patients (regardless of skin type) who wish to rejuvenate their skin can have this treatment. The Skin Tightening can benefit many different types of people with many different types of ethnic backgrounds. The Skin Tightening Polaris is state of the art treatment for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. The innovative Skin Tightening treatment is most commonly used for the facial and neck non-ablative (not shedding skin) rejuvenation. Because you are not shedding any skin, unlike laser resurfacing, you can have treatment with Polaris and be back at work the same day. The energy is focused beneath the skin surface which minimizes the risk of visible skin injury. Thus, it is considered a (no downtime) non-ablative laser treatment. The Syneron Skin Tightening device was named the best anti-aging treatment of 2004 by New York Magazine!

Skin Tightening treatment sessions are usually not painful, and do not require local anesthetic. Most physicians, however, do recommend using topical anesthetic cream. Most physicians recommend five treatments. You will begin to see results in the mirror after 3 sessions, with each treatment having a higher energy level to increasingly stimulate collagen growth.

From a medical point of view, Polaris is actually a combination of a 900nm Diode laser and bipolar radiofrequency (ELOS). This requires overall lower energy levels for superior results with maximum safety and comfort. The heating of the Polaris produces results at both the epidermal and deep dermal levels. Energy is sent precisely and effectively to the treatment zone. Light (laser energy) creates higher temperatures in the epidermis, treating fine wrinkles at the surface, while the combination of light and RF penetrates deep into the dermis to treat deeper wrinkles.

Remember, it generally takes up to five treatments to achieve the maximum effect. Skin Tightening creates skin tightening and wrinkle reduction through stimulation and production of your own body’s collagen. The full benefits of treatment can take 6-12 months to become apparent. The new collagen that is formed is permanent, unlike injected collagen, but is subject to natural deterioration with continued aging. Maintenance treatments are usually recommended every 6 - 12 months.

Even though Polaris Skin Tightening treatments are mainly used for the face and neck, they are not limited to these areas. FotoBody can be used for problem areas on other parts of the body, like sun damaged or aging skin of the chest, hands, legs and forearms. The FotoFacial (and FotoBody) treats age spots, freckles, and other pigmented blemishes and helps restore youthful glow, radiance and smoothness to the complexion. The Skin Tightening firms, tones and tightens the skin -- this can be used on many areas of your body.

Chicago Laser Wrinkle Reduction & Removal

Laser Wrinkle Reduction & Removal - Build Your Own Collagen

The Matrix IR Wrinkle Reduction procedure, featuring the revolutionary Fractional technology, heats the connective tissue within the targeted treatment area. This stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect in sagging skin. Mild to moderate wrinkles are resolved and skin texture becomes smoother and more elastic. Wrinkle Reduction is a safe and effective solution for all skin types without downtime.

Most patients start to notice improvement of wrinkles between 2-3 treatment sessions. Some patients note improvement even after the first treatment. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on your skin's condition. Schedule a consultation to establish your personalized treatment schedule.