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Q. Can IPL treatment get rid of acne scars?

No. The treatment to reduce or eliminate acne is different than the treatment to help with acne scars. Reducing acne may only reduce future scarring. For treatment of acne scars, please review the section called fractional resurfacing.

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Q. What are spider veins?

Spider veins are tiny blood vessels, that are usually found on the legs. They are about 1-4 mm in size and are pink, red, blue or purple. Spider veins tend to get worse with age, increased weight, prolonged standing and pregnancy. They are more common in women but men get them too.

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Q. I am afraid of needles. Can I get YAG Laser Treatment for spider veins?

Our YAG Laser can be used to treat spider veins that are less than 3-4 mm in size. Although you can have YAG Laser treatment of spider veins up to 3-4 mm in size, we recommend sclerotherapy first for the veins that are between 1 mm and 4 mm in size. YAG Laser treatment of larger spider veins is more uncomfortable and takes longer to resolve compared to treatment with sclerotherapy.

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Q. Are Sculptra® treatments painful?

Sculptra® is mixed with local anesthetic so the injections cause minimal discomfort.

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Q. What skin imperfections can a Photofacial address? What are the limitations of a Photofacial?

Imperfections that are commonly treated with a Photofacial include: freckles, red spots, broken blood vessels, spider veins and variations in color. Many of our Photofacial clients report smaller pore size and reduction of fine wrinkles. A Photofacial is not intended to treat fine wrinkles or pore size, but such occurrences are a fairly common and pleasant added benefit. A Photofacial is not intended to cause temporary or permanent hair reduction, but that frequently happens as well.

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