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Michael Sinclair, MD



Q. What is the difference between IPL treatment and Laser Hair Removal?

Years ago, when light based hair reduction treatments began, the only way to get enough light to do the job was by using a laser. Other sources of light were either not bright enough or very expensive to maintain. The bulbs that were used to produce the light kept burning out. Over the last few years, a new technology called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) has been developed to produce incredibly bright light from a bulb without the bulb burning out. The equipment we have is the most powerful IPL hair reduction equipment in the world. Not only is our equipment extremely powerful, but it also has a patented contact cooling system to make your treatment comfortable and safe. The skin does not "know" if the light is coming from a bulb or a laser. The goal is to deliver enough light to damage the hair follicle while keeping the skin cool enough to prevent pain and skin damage. Before you begin any kind of treatment, ask the person who will be treating you why they use the equipment they plan to use on you. If the answer does not make sense to you, keep shopping!

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Q. How long do I wait between IPL treatments for acne?

Treatments can be scheduled anywhere from two per week to one treatment every two weeks.

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Q. How long does each Fractional IR Skin Tightening treatment take?

The treatment time is directly related to the size of the area being treated. An area about the size of the front of the neck or the area around the belly button can be treated in about 30-45 minutes. Faces take a little longer to treat because of the bony structures that have to be avoided, such as the chin, nose and cheek bones.

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Q. Can I buy Latisse online?

No. Latisse is an FDA approved medication that has been proven to make your eyelashes grow thicker and fuller. Latisse takes a few months to work because the hairs that are already there need time to be replaced. This is not mascara! Latisse will cause you to grow your own thicker and fuller eyelashes. Because it is a medication, you will need a doctor's prescription.

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Q. Do I need to do anything differently before I get injected with Restylane?

Restylane® requires no pretesting, but you should take a few precautions before being treated. Avoid using St. John's Wort, high doses of Vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen prior to treatment with Restylane, because these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Also, if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, discuss this with your physician. He or she may consider prescribing a medication to minimize recurrence.

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