Laser Treatments

For a state-of-the-art laser skin treatment performed by licensed medical professionals, look no further than the skilled team at Dr. Valentina Bradley’s office.

There been tremendous advancements in dermatological treatments in recent years. For countless Americans, skin issues can be fixed with far greater ease and safety than ever before. Dr. Bradley can help you look your best and feel your best. We offer a full complement of laser treatments and are able to do all of our cosmetic treatments personally and on our premises.

Age/Sun Spots

Age spots are also known as sun spots, liver spots, lentigos, or lentigines. These lesions are flat, tan, brown, or dark brown spots on sun-exposed skin. As people age, sun spots most commonly appear on the backs of the hands, the forearms, neck, chest, and face. Sun spots are associated with cumulative sun exposure. The pigment producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) are activated to produce more pigment by ultraviolet rays. While these spots are not themselves cancerous, you may be at risk for skin cancer if you have them.

FAQ’s
What causes age spots?
What do age spots look like?
What treatment options are available for age, sun or liver spots?

Beard Bumps

Razor bumps are a common condition in people with curly hair, predominantly African American men. Curved hairs grow back into the skin, causing inflammation and keloidal scarring.

After examination, the physician may prescribe a combination of medications, cleansers and topical or oral antibiotics. Occasionally, simple injections are used to bring the condition under control. Bleaching agents may be used to even out the darker pigmented areas.

Laser hair removal is also a treatment option to help prevent further outbreaks of these dark bumps. This same condition can occur on the back of the neck and on the scalp. Dr. Bradley can help get this condition under control.

Facial Veins

Visible facial veins, which have many different names, are actually dilated blood vessels. They are usually found on the forehead, nose, cheeks, eyelids, neck, and upper chest. Visible veins are most commonly seen in fair-skinned women and usually appear in the fourth or fifth decade. Blood vessel dilation is due to weakening of the elastic fibers in the walls of the blood vessel. Although the exact mechanisms leading to blood vessel dilation are not understood, visible veins are associated with excessive sun exposure, normal aging, steroid use, liver disease, genetics, radiation therapy, and trauma. On the face, visible veins can range in size from the tip of a pencil to bigger than a pencil eraser. Visible veins may be even larger on sites other than the face.

Visible veins are often considered to be a cosmetic issue. However, they can be found in people with rosacea, liver disease, and more rarely, autoimmune disease. Hormonal changes can be associated with visible veins as well. Dr. Bradley can help to determine the cause of your visible veins.

FAQ’s
Facial Vein Prevention
Facial Vein Treatment
What are visible facial veins?
What causes visible facial veins?
Are there any symptoms of visible facial veins?
What do visible facial veins look like?
How is the diagnosis of visible facial veins made?
What treatment options are available?

Freckles

Freckles, medically known as are small brown spots found on the skin, most commonly on the arms and face. Freckles are extremely common, especially among light-skinned people, and those with red or light hair. Freckles are caused by genetics and sun exposure, and tend to darken in the summer or when exposed more often to the sun. People with a lot of freckles should avoid the sun and always wear sunscreen, as they are more susceptible to skin cancer. Because freckles are harmless, they do not need to be treated. However, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your freckles, there are several steps you can take to prevent further development, and to fade existing freckles. Talk to our team about available treatment plans for freckle-fading, and remember to always wear sunscreen. Protecting yourself in the sun will prevent freckles from darkening, and new freckles from developing.

Hair Removal

Laser treatment for unwanted hair is a noninvasive approach to permanent reduction and long-term removal of undesired hair from anywhere on your body. Large areas such as your back, shoulders, abdomen and legs can be treated rapidly. Facial areas such as lips or chins can be treated in minutes. Multiple treatments are necessary to disable hair follicles completely.

Men, women and children have all been successfully treated with our laser hair removal procedure. Treatments are customized according to hair color, texture and location on the body. Nearly all hair colors – black, brown and red can be treated, and the administration is effective on all skin types, including dark and light-skinned individuals of all ethnic origins.

The procedure is well tolerated by most patients, as the laser functions so quickly that only a mild sting is felt. No local anesthetic or pain medication is necessary, but topical anesthetic is offered for sensitive areas. Blistering, soft scabbing or redness sometime occurs, but disappears quickly – a few days at the most. In certain cases the skin could become slightly lighter or darker.

FAQ’s
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Am I a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
How Many Laser Treatments will I Need and How Far Apart are They Scheduled?
Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?
Is Laser Hair Removal Painful?
What Should I Expect Before and After a Laser Treatment?
Are They any Laser Hair Removal Risks or Side Effects?

Laser FAQ’s

How does laser treatment work?
What can I expect during treatment?
Does it hurt?
How many treatment sessions will I need?
How do I prepare for treatment?
What can I expect after treatment?
What precautions should I take after treatment?
Are there side effects?
Are these treatments covered by insurance?

Leg Veins

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. They may also look like a spider web or a tree with branches. 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 varicose veins may be raised above the skin surface. They may occur along with spider veins.

Patients can have pain, ranging from a dull throbbing pain to a burning sensation. The larger vessels are more likely to cause discomfort, although smaller blue veins have been shown to cause pain.

If spider veins are unsightly or uncomfortable, they can be treated with laser, or by injection of a solution that will cause them to disappear or become much smaller. There is about a 50-90 percent chance for a greatly improved appearance. We specialize in the injections, called sclerotherapy, primarily because we feel it works better. A small amount of an FDA approved chemical called hypertonic saline is injected into the vein. The vessel swells and then goes through an inflammatory process that over time causes the vessel to shrink and fade. It is very important to realize that while the vessels are going through this phase they do not look good. Often the whole process takes several months, so in general this procedure is best done during the winter and touch ups are often necessary.

FAQ’S
What causes these blood vessels to become visible?
Can spider veins be prevented?

Pigmented Lesions

The color of the skin is determined by the amount and distribution of a substance know as melain. The more melanin, the darker the skin. Higher concentrations of melanin in one area causes discoloration, including freckles, liver marks, brown spots, age spots, and birth marks. Higher concentration can be caused by a number of factors, including age, exposure to harmful sun rays, etc. All of these conditions are commonly known as pigmented lesions.

Where these pigmented lesions detract from the natural beauty of your skin, they can easily be lightened or removed by modern laser technology. As pigmented lesions are darker than the rest of the skin, the wavelength of the laser is calibrated to be absorbed by the darker areas where the melanin is concentrated. As the melanin absorbs the energy of the laser light, this is converted to heat, effectively destroying the concentration, leaving the skin with a uniform color and texture.

Vascular Lesions

Vascular lesions may be acquired or arise directly after birth, which then are considered birth marks. Birth marks and other vascular lesions are the effect of an alteration in size and form of multiple blood vessels. While they are displeasing in appearance, they have no effect on normal bodily function. They become problematic because they grow in proportion to total body growth. Some physicians treat vascular lesions to prevent spreading, or to make them less noticeable. Other physicians chose not to treat the lesions unless they cause functional problems.

In any case, the best treatment for vascular lesions is laser treatment which is highly dependent on the location, extent, and rate of growth of the lesion. The lesions are removed by light absorbed by the blood that destroys the vessel. After some time, the vessel disappears restoring the skin’s natural appearance. Lasers allow for quick treatment of vascular lesions without damaging the surrounding skin. Topical anesthesia or ice may be applied to the lesion prior to laser treatment for maximum comfort. Lasers are safe, producing gradual results. Large lesions may require multiple treatments for full repair, but in most cases a single treatment will suffice. Laser treatment has very few side effects. Temporary discoloration of the affected skin may result from treatments. This discoloration can last anywhere from 5-14 days depending on the location, size, and type of lesion being treated. The use of sunscreen on the treated area is recommended for optimum results.

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We are here to help, and as experts in our field we’re confident we can do the best job for you. Call (954) 634-1595 to schedule a consultation with us today and let us help improve your quality of life.