NewSurg-KTP Laser Treatment Addresses Multiple Problems
At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we are interested in the latest technologies that have demonstrated outstanding safety and efficacy in the treatment of medical and cosmetic dermatologic concerns. We are pleased to offer NewSurg-KTP laser treatments to patients of our Seattle office, and want to discuss here what this modality is used for and what you might expect from treatment.
What is KTP laser treatment?
NewSurg-KTP laser employs a single wavelength of green-light for specific dermatologic improvement. A potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal actually generates the specific wavelength of light by translating Nd: YAG energy into light on the green visible spectrum. The green light in this laser treatment targets blood vessels, making NewSurg-KTP well-suited to problems such as broken capillaries. Additional concerns that are commonly treated with this modality include rosacea, spider veins, and melasma.
How it Works
When the green light energy of KTP is focused on pigmented lesions, selective absorption occurs. The heating of superficial blood vessels cause closure and redirection of blood flow, which ultimately causes their disappearance. The treatment process itself takes less than an hour. Immediate improvement is likely to be noticed, but the process of elimination may occur over several weeks. In some instances, multiple treatments may be indicated for optimal skin clearing.
Treatment involves skin cleansing and the application of clear, cool gel onto the area of skin being treated. This gel is a coupling aging for laser energy. As the laser application tip is moved across the skin, the heating of shallow blood vessels may be felt as slight tingling or energy pulses. Some areas of treatment feel greater sensations than others, but most patients do not describe their treatment as uncomfortable but tolerable. After this gentle heating, it is natural for the skin to feel slightly sunburned for a few hours up to a few days. Redness may also be noticed.
With the advent of so many light and laser treatments in recent years, it is normal to feel confused about the best way to manage various cosmetic and dermatologic concerns. We are here to help you. Learn more about the services available in our professional, friendly offices. Call 206-859-5777.
October 2016 Events and Specials
October 2016 Specials and Events are here. Save the Date for our Evening of Beauty on Thursday, November 3rd in Northgate and Thursday, Dec 1st in Renton. Get Botox at $10/unit, plus 15% OFF all retail products. From head to toe, get holiday ready! Read about our top 10 treatments. Learn more by reading through our specials, contact us, or RSVP for our August Events at 206-859-5777.
April 2016 Specials and Events
As Featured in NEW BEAUTY© MAGAZINE
April 2016 Specials and Events are here. Renew You! NEW Treatments. NEW Events. NEW ways to renew your skin and body for SPRING! Specials include Clear+Brillant, Halo, Laser hair removal, vi peels, and Ultherapy. Plus, sign up for events on Ultherapy, Obagi, and more. Learn more by reading through our specials, contact us, or RSVP for our April and May Events at 206-859-5777
Plan Ahead To Look Your Best For Weddings, Reunions & The Beach
By Cheryl Wells
If you are planning a little spruce up for a Spring or Summer event like a wedding or high school reunion, NOW is the time to start planning! While many of the most modern procedures don’t have any “down time” where you’re hiding behind big sunglasses, they do take some time to take effect. For example, Botox will give you a noticeable improvement in about a week, while you’ll need 3-6 months to see the maximum effects of Ultherapy as it spurs new collagen growth to smooth wrinkles and lifts your face. To time your treatments right, follow the chart below:
|When to Schedule|
|Name of Procedure||What it does|
|3-6 months||Ultherapy – Face/neck & chest|
Liposonix – Tummy, waist, thighs
|Lift, tighten, tone and smooths wrinkles|
Permanent fat cell destruction
|4-8 weeks||Fillers – Lips, cheeks, under eyes|
smile lines and around the mouth
|3-6 weeks||Botox – Crow’s feet, 11’s, forehead and other facial wrinkles||Buys you “wrinkle-free” time. Softens wrinkles and decreases muscle movement|
|3-4 weeks||IPL/BBL – Face, neck, chest, hands||Diminishes brown spots, freckles, redness, veins, rosacea, sun damage and more|
|2-8 weeks||Clear & Brilliant — Coming soon! Face, neck, chest, arms, hands||Improves skin tone and texture, and gives your skin a more radiant, youthful glow|
Ultherapy is a new and effective non-invasive alternative to a face-lift, with virtually no down-time. It is the only FDA-approved device that allows the provider to see an image of the layers of the skin in order to direct the ultrasound waves at the exact precise depth needed to cause neocollagenesis. This collagen growth will lift and tighten your face, neck, or chest. It really works! The price for Ultherapy usually runs anywhere from $750 to $3500 depending on the area treated. View more
Liposonix can help get rid of those exercise resistant fatty deposits by fully destroying the fat cells! Never to return again—once the fat cells are gone—they are gone forever. Liposonix uses HIFU Ultrasound waves at a specific depth and frequency with a unique large tip to accomplish this cell destruction. The price ranges from $500 to $3500 depending on the size of the area. View more
Botox & fillers are a great way to soften wrinkles and/or add volume to help you look younger. Botox is a purified protein that decreases muscle movement, which essentially gives you wrinkle free time. Fillers are used to add volume in areas such as the cheeks or lips and to help soften creases. They are also a terrific complement to your Ultherapy treatment. Use these spot treatments any time after Ultherapy and at least one month or two (see chart) before your special occasion. The average price ranges from as little as $250 and up to $1000, or more depending on what is needed. View more
IPL/BBL uses multiple light beams and wave lengths to target the problem areas. Both devices diminish brown spots, freckles, redness, veins, rosacea, sun damage and more. They are also terrific anti-aging treatments! They work at a cellular level and physically make the skin cells healthier. If your skin is healthier at a cellular level, then it acts looks and feels younger. Look up Forever Young BBL for more info. View more
As a nurse who has worked with lasers, fillers and injections for 11 years, I have helped many people plan and get ready for their special day and I would like to help you too! There is so much more to tell you when it comes to our fabulous no-downtime treatments, but space is limited. If you are looking forward to an important event, please book a FREE consultation (with me, Cheryl the Laser Queen) and I can help create your beauty plan for your special day!
From Cheryl the Laser Queen
You’ve probably heard that today’s laser treatments can help get rid of sun damage and rosacea. But did you know the most modern lasers, like the ones we have in our office, can also boost collagen growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles? Or blast fat cells to permanently kill them, and help get rid of an annoying trouble spot that won’t respond to dieting? Many of our patients are surprised to discover the array of treatments that are possible now.
My new blog series will introduce you to our full suite of the most cutting edge lasers here at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center. You'll learn how we can treat those pesky veins on your face or around your nose that have been bothering you forever or how we can minimize or erase freckles, sun damage or age spots that prevent your skin from looking even and youthful. We'll explain how we can diminish acne scars, reduce the appearance of stretch marks and provide the best non-surgical alternatives to a face-lift.
My name is Cheryl, and I’m a nurse with a bachelor of science degree and PD&CC's resident laser expert. I have been working with Dr. Reichel and with lasers for 11 years, and I’m also a Clinical Educator for Ulthera. I love my job and making a difference in my patients’ lives! I’ve seen so many advancements in this innovative technology and look forward to sharing them with you.
Look out for the next in my series – The Best Ways to Plan Ahead To Look Your Best For Weddings, Reunions and The Beach. And until then, don’t forget your sunscreen!
Welcome the New Halo Laser!
Welcome the Halo Laser to our Renton Clinic!
Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is happy to announce the newest arrival to our state-of-art laser suite.
Limited Time...Pick one of the packages below for an exclusive offer that ends June 15 and be the first to get your Halo Glow!
Package 1: Purchase one treatment area of your choice and receive the second treatment 50% OFF
(Savings of up to $750)
Package 2: Purchase any treatment area and receive chest, neck or hands for FREE
(Savings of up to $750)
RESTORE YOUR GLOW WITH HALO
Over time, your skin can lose its youthful glow. Halo eliminates years of damage by precisely targeting the right depth. Halo restores the luminous glow you had when you were younger with minimal downtime.
Halo precisely targets years of damage to your skin, including: Discoloration, Sun damage, Visible signs of aging, Uneven skin tone, Enlarged pores, Poor texture, Fine lines, Scar revision
BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
Everyone's skin is different. Everyone's needs are different. Halo allows Dr. Erica Linnell to customize your treatment to the downtime you have available and the results you want. Need to be back at work tomorrow? A light treatment creates silky smooth, vibrant skin that's ready for makeup the next day. Want to wow them? A more aggressive treatment will give your skin a deep youthful glow with just a few days of downtime. Ask Dr. Linnell today about the Halo Glow.
BEFORE & AFTER
Treatment for Broken Capillaries & Sun Damage
I am interested in treatment for broken capillaries and for sun damage. What are the treatment options? - A
There are a few different possible lasers to treat broken capillaries - if we are trying to treat pigment too (along with the capillaries), then we might want to consider the Intense Pulse Light Device. This (IPL) is great for treating red and brown discoloration. It may improve texture a bit, but not super significantly. There is also the Fraxel Dual laser - this will treat lines, texture, and pigment, but not redness.
Then there is the question of maintenance - which we can discuss when you come in - it will include possible topical medications/creams to apply at home, and maybe ongoing chemical peels every 3 to 4 months.
I would love to see you for a consultation. Please call 206-859-5777. Make sure to mention RealSelf as the $80 consult fee is then waived.
Thank you again.
Jennifer Reichel MD
Director, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
11011 Meridian Avenue N Suite 102
Seattle WA 98133
Hi there Victoria.
Thank you for sending in a consultation request about treating acne scarring on your cheeks.
Acne Scarring affects so many people. I would love to be able to tell you that there a magic bullet that will cure scars - especially acne scars - since they affect so many people. Even I have dealt with them (on my temples). Maybe some day we will be able to completely erase them - with each decade (THAT'S A LOT OF TIME) we have improved options to help smooth acne scars.
I would love to see you in consultation to look at your skin and make a plan tailored just for you. There are many different safe and effective treatment options. We have treated so many patients in the past 12 years (1000's). I always sit down and talk with every patient in consultation to discuss what is right for you as an individual and to address your specific concerns and options.
Please call 206-859-5777 to make a cosmetic consultation appointment. I can also have my receptionist, Melissa, call you to book an appointment.
Thank you for your inquiry - please remember to say you found us on Realself, as the $80 consultation fee is then waived.
Jennifer Reichel MD
Director, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center
Treatment for Large Pores
What can I do about large pores on my face?
Large pore size is a very common complaint in my clinic. Unfortunately, pore size is relatively unchangeable. Pores can actually enlarge with time with the loss of elasticity in the skin as well as sun damage. The good news is that there are many treatments that can help reduce the appearance of your pores.
First and foremost, I always recommend a prescription retinoid cream for nightly use. Retinoid creams (i.e. Retin-A, Atralin, Tazorac, Differin) help keep your pores unclogged and therefore they appear to be smaller. Another helpful tool is the Clarisonic Pro- this will work synergistically with the retinoid cream to keep those pores as clean and clear as possible.
If you’re still unhappy with your pore size after initiating the appropriate topical treatments, there are some laser treatments that may help. The Fraxel laser is used for acne scarring, scarring, brown spots (hyperpigmentation) and can also help with pore size in some cases.
So, don’t despair- there are some options to reduce the appearance of pores. We’re always happy to see you in consultation in Renton or Northgate.
Erica Linnell, MD
Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center
Treating brown spots on Asian skin
Are lasers to treat brown spots on Asian skin safe? -K
Asian skin is more susceptible to scarring and discoloration after laser treatments. That being said, there are absolutely some great treatments for hyperpigmentation of Asian skin- a very common complaint.First and foremost you must always wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or above. Remember to re-apply every couple of hours if out in the sun. If possible, wear a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses.Secondly I recommend a series of in-office chemical peels and prescription lightening creams (the Obagi NuDerm System is an outstanding at home treatment for pigmentation). If these treatments are inadequate, laser treatments are an option. The laser used would depend on the type of pigment that you have (superficial pigment vs deeper hyperpigmentation). In my Asian patients I typically use more conservative settings initially and gradually increase the settings if tolerated. The IPL device (intense pulsed light) is good for superficial pigment. The Fraxel laser (using the 1927 wavelength) is also excellent for more stubborn pigment.Please schedule a consultation with us at Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center here in Renton so we can determine the best treatment for you!
Erica Linnell, MD
Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, Renton, WA