Posts for: August, 2019
Laser therapy is now used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic concerns in dermatology. It is used to get rid of hair that grows in unwanted places and zap away age spots. The benefits of using lasers are extensive—they can provide effective results much sooner. Consider the most frequently asked questions that many patients have about the laser treatments offered by Kimberly Bacharach, PA-C at CU Dermatology Boulder in Boulder, CO.
What Types of Laser Treatments Are Available?
At CU Dermatology Boulder, you can have a number of common cosmetic problems corrected with lasers. Here are a few applications:
- Reduction in the appearance of acne, angiomas, sun spots, facial veins, and scars.
- Laser hair removal.
- Photo-rejuvenation and resurfacing.
- Treatment for stubborn cases of rosacea.
What to Expect During a Laser Treatment
Lasers use focused, light and energy to remove unwanted cells or hair follicles. You may feel a bit of warmth when having a laser applied to your skin, but many modern tools are equipped with cooling mechanisms to maximize your comfort. In some cases, you may need to visit us on several occasions to get the full results of a laser treatment.
What Aftercare Is Needed for Laser Treatments?
We will discuss aftercare steps for you before you undergo laser treatment. This is some of the advice you’ll likely receive:
- Do not wash with hot water for at least a couple of days after a skin laser treatment.
- Avoid high-energy exercise for a few days.
- Stay hydrated and stay out of the sun for at least a week (wear a sufficient SPF sunscreen if you have to spend time outside).
- Talk to us if you see blisters or other skin anomalies appear in the treated area.
More Questions? Contact Us
With the various laser treatments available at CU Dermatology Boulder in Boulder, CO, there’s a very good likelihood we'll be able to help with your cosmetic concern. Call (303) 315-9980 today to make an appointment with Kimberly Bacharach, PA-C.
Too much exposure to sunlight can be harmful to your skin. Dangerous ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays damage skin, which leads to premature wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems. People with excessive exposure to UV radiation are at greater risk for skin cancer than those who take careful precautions to protect their skin from the sun.
Sun Exposure Linked to Cancer
Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. To limit your exposure to UV rays, follow these easy steps.
- Avoid the mid-day sun, as the sun's rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Remember that clouds do not block UV rays.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand.
- Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps which emit UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear hats and protective clothing when possible to minimize your body's exposure to the sun.
- Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your exposed skin. Re-apply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and area around your eyes.
Everyone's skin can be affected by UV rays. People with fair skin run a higher risk of sunburns. Aside from skin tone, factors that may increase your risk for sun damage and skin cancer include:
- Previously treated for cancer
- Family history of skin cancer
- Several moles
- Typically burn before tanning
- Blond, red or light brown hair
If you detect unusual moles, spots or changes in your skin, or if your skin easily bleeds, make an appointment with our practice. Changes in your skin may be a sign of skin cancer. With early detection from your dermatologist, skin cancers have a high cure rate and response to treatment. Additionally, if you want to reduce signs of aged skin, seek the advice of your dermatologist for a variety of skin-rejuvenating treatment options.