Cosmetic Procedures

Botox
Botox Cosmetic is a non-surgical, dermatologist administered treatment that temporarily diminishes frown lines producing a smoother complexion.  Approved by the FDA, Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin that is injected in miniscule amounts into the appropriate muscle to relax and thus diminish or eliminate the dynamic wrinkle line or furrow.  Botox has been used for over ten years and is becoming the most chosen non surgical treatment to reverse signs of aging.  The injections are safe and require no downtime. 

Additionally, Botox is also used to treat hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating of armpits and hands.

Botox before and after images. 

Botox before and after images

Results may vary.
Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a chemical solution applied to the skin’s surface to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration of the skin such as sun and age spots and refresh skin texture and color.

At the Skin and Laser Center we use medical strength glycolic acid and Obagi Blue Peel® System. A consultation with one of our dermatologists will decide which chemical peel is right for each patient.

Cosmetic Fillers
Cosmetic fillers are substances that are injected through small needles into the skin to smooth depressions caused by wrinkles, folds, scars or facial volume loss. Areas amenable to treatment with fillers include lips, wrinkles, folds and fine lines around the mouth and eyes, and depressed scars caused by the likes of acne and chicken pox.

Over the years a variety of filler agents have been successfully designed to create a more youthful appearance.  Each filler is composed of different materials which produce different aesthetic affects and have different durations.  By way of consultation, our dermatologists will detect the best filler option for each patient.

At the Skin and Laser Center we utilize the following filler agents
  • Cosmoderm
  • Cosmoplast
  • Restylane
  • Juvederm Ultra
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus
  • Radiesse

Cosmetic Fillers
Treatment with Radiesse. Courtesy: S. Bentkover, MD - Worcester, MA

Cosmetic Fillers
Treatment with Restylane

Cosmetic Fillers
Restylane Lip Injections

Laser Treatments and Procedures
The use of lasers in dermatology has advanced rapidly over the past 30 years. Today, lasers have a broad range of dermatologic applications, including: removal or improvement of wrinkles, lines and other effects of aging and photoaging, treatment of superficial brown pigmented lesions such as age spots, and deep pigmented lesions such as port wine stains and birthmarks, removal or improvement of scars, removal of some skin cancers, removal of tattoos, removal of warts, and removal of unwanted hair to name a few.  At the Skin and Laser Center, we utilize numerous lasers to treat specific conditions of the skin. A consultation with one of our dermatologists is required prior to any laser therapy to determine which laser is most beneficial to treating the patient.

Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a skin-freshening technique that helps rejuvenate the skin and improve acne.  Tiny particles are passed through a vacuum tube to gently scrape away the aging skin and stimulate new cell growth.  As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation.

Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a procedure that utilizes the application of a photosensitizing drug to skin and intensed-pulsed-light therapy selectively to target pre-skin cancers, acne and sun damage. PDT can help clear the skin of actinic keratoses which are premalignant growths in sun-exposed areas, mainly the face, chest, arms, and hands.  It is also effective for moderate to severe acne.  A series of treatments can put acne into remissions for months as well as reversing some scarring without taking oral medications.

Spider/Leg Vein Treatments
Spider veins are small enlarged superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue.  They commonly occur on the legs, but frequently occur on the face or elsewhere. These dilated blood vessels may be short, unconnected lines each about the size of a large hair or connected in a matted, "sunburst" pattern. Sometimes, they occur in a small area and aren't very noticeable, or they can cover a large area of skin and be quite unattractive. Larger dilated blood vessels called reticular veins may be appear blue/green through the skin’s surface. They may occur along with spider veins.

At the Skin and Laser Center we offer number treatments to improve the appearance of spider and varicose veins including schlerotherapy and laser treatments.

Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is injection therapy for spider veins (small red and purple veins) and larger reticular surface veins of the leg. The procedure is rather simple.  Veins are injected with a sclerosing solutions which causes the veins to collapse and fade from view.

The injection solutions available are slightly different, and the choice of which to use depends on several factors including the size of the vessel. During an initial consultation, our dermatologists will choose a solution and treatment plan that is best for your particular case.  The number of treatments depends on the amount and severity of your veins and the results that you hope to achieve.

Laser Treatment
Lasers have been used for more than twenty years to treat the appearance of spider and varicose veins . Wavelengths of light are absorbed by the hemoglobin in the blood vessels to destroy them. Many types of lasers, pulsed dye, long-pulsed, variable-pulsed Nd-YAG, may be used, as well as a non-laser intense pulsed light technique. During a consultation, our dermatologists will recommend the best type of laser for you.