Houstonian Medical Associates is now offering state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures that are safe and very effective. We have waited to offer these treatments until the technology and medical protocols were developed to the point that they met our standards for medical excellence. We are pleased to offer the following services using state-of-the-art laser systems.
- Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation and Elimination of Vascular and Pigmented Irregularities, including Sun damage, skin discoloration, reduction of small fackal blood vessels and wrinkles. These multiple laser treatments really work and have virtually no down time.
- “No Down Time” Wrinkle Reduction by stimulating collagen formation.
- Reduce and Eliminate Shaving Bumps. We use the first FDA cleared laser for the treatment of Pseudo Folliculitus more commonly known as shaving bumps.
- Laser Hair Removal, the permanent reduction of unwanted hair from virtually any part of the body. May be used for all ethnic groups and skin colors including tanned skin.
- Eliminate unsightly spider veins and broken capillaries. With our advanced laser systems, you will see noticeable improvements after one or two treatments.
- Acne Treatmenst for Adults and Teens. This new approach reduces acne by ustin the body’s own natural defenses.
Don’t wait any longer to look as young as you feel. Costs for these treatments are probably less than you would expect. Call us today for an expert consultation.
COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. How does the Lyra-i from Laserscope differ from other lasers?
A. The Laserscope Lyra-i 1064 nm laser produces a deeply penetrating, consistently theraputic wavelength. This combination of the wavelength, long pulses and safe theraputic energies makes the Lyra laser unique when compared with most other laser systems. The principal reason for this design was to produce a system that would be safe and effective on all skin types, including very dark and tanned patients. Before Lyra systems became available, no other laser could be used on all skin tones.
Q. How long has it been in use?
A. Lyra-i is the newest generation of a laser series introduced in 1999, and has been cleared by the FDA for the safe and effective treatment of all skin types, including those who wish to be treated while tanning.
Q. Is it widely recognized?
A. Hundreds of Lyra laser systems are in use around the world by many prominent physicians in aesthetic medicine. In fact many of the famous faces in the world are kept youthfull by Lyra’s unique ability to treat facial wrinkles.
Q. Under what circumstances would a physician use the Laserscope Lyra-i as opposed to other lasers?
A. Many lasers can not safely be used on tanning patients or on all skin types. A physician would select the Lyra laser to safely and effectively treat facial wrinkles, leg veins, and unwanted hair.
Q. Who is a perfect candidate for laser treatment with the Laserscope Lyra-i?
A. For facial wrinkles, any patient with fine lines and/or moderate wrinkles are ideal candidates. For hair removal, patients with any skin color with brown or black hairs. For patients with leg veins, those with blue, red or purple vessels up to 4mm in diameter. Additionally, any skin type patients that have deep vascular malformations, such as hemangiomas or resistant port wine stains, are good candidates for Lyra-i.
Q. How does it work?
A. The laser light penetrates the skin keeping it intact until it reaches its target – either a hair follicle (for hair removal) or a vessel (for leg vein treatment). Once the laser energy reaches the target, it is immediately absorbed. At this point, the energy turns into heat and destroys the target without harming any surrounding tissue. It then takes a short while for the hair or vessel to dissipate into the body. The laser energy is delivered through a chilled window to protect the patient’s skin and provide comfort.
Q. How many treatments will the patient need to treat facial wrinkles?
A. The treatment of facial wrinkles is progressive with very little down time, results will begin to be apparent after the 3rd treatment. Generally five to eight treatments are required, spaced two to four weeks apart.
Q. How many treatments will the patient need for hair removal?
A. Hair growth involves several cycles and, thus, some hairs may be affected during a single treatment and some may not. We have seen that after several treatments most terminal (mature) hairs are replaced with finer hairs of lighter color. Some hairs are completely eliminated. Although complete hair removal may not be achieved, the hairs become less visible and, thus, less bothersome. The number of treatments is completely dependent upon the individual. It may take anywhere between 3 and 8 treatments several weeks apart to achieve the desired effect. This is related to the patient’s age, hormonal balance, gender, area on the body, diet, and even the time of year.
Q. How “permanent” is “permanent” following the course of epilation treatment?
A. Since the procedure is very new and people go through so many stages in their lives it is impossible to completely determine at this time. However, we have seen up to 2 years with no hair re-growth following several treatments.
Q. How many treatments will the patient need for complete leg vein removal?
A. It usually takes up to 2 treatments six weeks apart to seal the vessels. It may vary slightly based on the severity of the vessels. Once the vessels are sealed, they will dissipate in the body and never re-canalize. However, based on the individual, new leg veins may form.