Laser & Light

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Skin MD Colorado

Elizabeth Piantanida, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist located in Colorado Springs, CO

Laser & Light Specialist
There are many exciting laser and light technologies available to help treat dermatological concerns such as fine lines or wrinkles, age and sunspots, unwanted hair and spider veins; it can be confusing. Expert dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Piantanida, at Skin MD Colorado, chooses the best laser treatment for your skin type to achieve the most natural-looking and long-lasting results. If you’re in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, call or make your appointment online today.

Laser & Light Q & A

by Elizabeth Piantanida, MD

How do lasers and light work on skin?

Although each laser or light treatment works slightly differently, they all rely on heat energy which Dr. Piantanida applies very precisely to your skin. Ablative treatments work on the outer layers of the skin, removing old tissue and encouraging the growth of healthy new skin cells. Non-ablative treatments heat the layers beneath the skin’s surface, also stimulating new growth.

Laser and light therapies are non-invasive and result in minimal discomfort and down time. However, because of the risk of burns and other damage to the skin’s surface, it’s important they’re performed only by a properly qualified and trained dermatologist. Dr. Piantanida conducts a full evaluation of your skin and overall health before recommending any course of treatment.

What is a CO2 laser?

A CO2 laser uses carbon dioxide gas to produce a beam of infrared light, which in turn generates heat. Dr. Piantanida uses it to treat deeper wrinkles, age spots, sun damage and scars and it works very well on the delicate areas around your eyes and mouth.

What is IPL™?

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) devices generate a beam of multiple wavelengths of light that Dr. Piantanida uses to treat skin discoloration, including age spots, rosacea, and brown pigmentation. It’s also an effective tool for treatment of broken blood vessels.

What is laser hair removal?

Dr. Piantanida uses a laser set to a specific frequency to beam light directly into your hair follicles, heating the pigment and destroying the hair without harming the surrounding skin. Lasers are a good way of removing unwanted hair from sensitive areas like your underarms, bikini line, and face, as well as your legs and arms. After a few sessions of laser hair removal, hair loss in the treated area is permanent.

What is Clear + Brilliant®?

Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser therapy created for people wishing to put off the early signs of aging. It’s very convenient, with each session taking just 10-20 minutes, with no visible effects and instantly improved skin tone.

What is Fraxel®?

Fraxel is a fractional laser treatment that works on both the surface and deep layers of your skin to stimulate new collagen growth. Dr. Piantanida uses it to help reverse signs of aging, such as wrinkles or age spots, and to heal sun damage. Treatment sessions usually last 15-45 minutes.

*Individual results may vary.

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