Laser Treatments

Tampa & Valrico Laser Treatment Dermatologist

Though we are all unavoidably aging, modern aesthetic medicine gives us many options to forestall the process. Not only can we continue to keep our minds and bodies active and well-nourished, we can seek out compassionate and talented dermatologists like Dr. Dyan Harvey-Dent of Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center. Dr. Harvey-Dent is at the forefront of health and wellness in the sphere of dermatology. One of the many methods of treatments she offers is laser treatments, a relatively new method of improving the appearance of the skin effectively and quickly. Her patients come from Valrico (where her office is located), Brandon, Riverview and many surrounding Tampa Bay areas of Florida. Every patient is treated personally by Dr. Harvey-Dent herself.

If you are dismayed to see the results of sun damage and generalized aging when you look at yourself in the mirror, Unique Dermatology is the place to come. We have many years of experience in treating a diverse network of all skin types. Our satisfied patients will happily attest to the fact that Dr. Harvey-Dent has not only improved their skin and general appearance but has given them a renewed sense of vitality. Having your skin have a more even tone and look smoother and younger, can provide you with the confidence and energy to live a richer and more fulfilling life.

Dr. Harvey-Dent of Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center

Because she is a well-credentialed and talented dermatologist, Dr. Harvey-Dent is dedicated to keeping your skin not only beautiful but healthy. You can be assured that any cosmetic procedure she performs will be well-tested, FDA-approved, and medically safe.

During this modern age when skin treatments are advertised frequently and scam artists are prevalent, it is comforting to know that you can have complete faith in the medical professional you consult to administer the greatest care to your skin — your most ubiquitous, and perhaps most delicate, organ. You also want to know that the person to whom you’re trusting your appearance has a strong sense of artistry and perfection, in which case you could not find a better professional than Dr. Harvey-Dent.

How Laser Treatments Work

There are several types of laser skin treatments used for various purposes, but all are delivered by administering short, concentrated pulsating beams of light energy. In discussing your skin condition with you, Dr. Harvey- Dent will recommend the type of laser treatment most appropriate to meet your particular needs. Laser treatment types offered at Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center include:

  • Laser resurfacing which works effectively to remove irregularities such as wrinkles, blemishes and scarring. The process is precisely controlled to remove only as many thin layers of tissue as necessary., keeping the integrity of the skin intact and causing no damage to healthy, unblemished skin. There are two kinds of treatments: ablative and non-ablative. While both work well, ablative is a stronger process, addressing more serious issues and requiring more downtime.
  • Fraxel Dual is a well-known type of fractionated resurfacing laser treatment which does a great job of improving fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne and other scarring, with less downtime than encountered with other laser resurfacing treatments. This type of laser works by making tiny microchannels into the deepest layer of skin, promoting a regeneration of collagen. The new collagen will help to fill in the scarring and fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin surface smooth and renewed. In many cases, just receiving only ONE treatment, patients will see a noticeable improvement in their skin.
  • Nd-Yag Laser: If your skin problem is broken capillaries on your face, a Nd-Yag laser may be your best option. Requiring no down time and no pain management, this laser will gently heat up the targeted vessels in the skin and destroy these blood vessels, leaving the adjacent skin untouched. The result will be a smooth, even-toned appearance.

Laser Treatments for Hair Removal

If the various common methods of hair removal — shaving, waxing or tweezing — have not provided you with the results you want, Dr. Harvey-Dent’s laser hair removal may be exactly what you’re looking for. The treatment works by beaming concentrated light into the hair follicles. The pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles absorbs the light, destroying the unwanted hair. Laser hair removal can be used on just about any part of the body, so just imagine having your face, back, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line or even ears completely smooth.

There are several advantages to laser hair removal, including:

  • Precision: lasers selectively target dark, coarse hairs, leaving other skin undamaged
  • Speed: laser pulses take only a fraction of a second, treating many hairs simultaneously
  • Efficiency: laser treatments result in permanent hair loss after just a few sessions
  • Non-invasive, gentle treatment

Because each pulse of the laser can treat several hairs at the same time, laser treatment for hair removal can treat the upper lip in less than a minute. If you are having larger areas targeted, such as the back or legs, your treatment may take up to an hour, which is still a time-effective method of producing long-term results.

Laser Treatment for Pigmented Brown Spots

In treating pigmented brown spots, Nd-Yag combined with intense pulse light therapy (IPL) are most effective, helping to produce an even skin tone by reducing or eliminating skin discoloration. By vaporizing the top layers of the skin (those that have been discolored by exposure to sunlight), lasers remove them, revealing the healthier, younger-looking skin below the surface. This action also stimulates collagen production which results in more radiant, even-toned skin. Such therapy typically requires only one to three sessions. This process also provides the benefit of destroying melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) without damaging the surface of the skin.

After laser treatment to remove age spots, the dark areas of skin fade gradually over several weeks or months. It is especially important to apply strong sun protection after laser or intense pulsed light therapy.

Laser Treatment for Facial and Leg Veins

A great many people are troubled by the appearance of spider veins (telangiectasia), the slender red, blue, or purple veins that spread in a spider web pattern near the surface of the skin. These small veins can appear on the face, especially on the sides of the nose, but more often show up on the thighs, calves, ankles, or backs of the knees. They can be the result of heredity and aging, and leg veins are known to be more common in patients who stand a great deal, like nurses and teachers.

Laser treatment for spider veins can be a wonderful alternative to sclerotherapy — the treatment in which spider veins become irritated by injections of a solution that causes them to scar and shut down. Laser treatment of spider veins has many advantages over sclerotherapy, since it is:

  • Less invasive
  • Less painful
  • Cost-effective

Also, when Dr. Harvey-Dent administers laser treatment to get rid of unsightly spider veins, the healing process is not nearly as visible. She simply focuses a laser beam onto the targeted vein and the resulting heat destroys the vein, while leaving adjacent tissue untouched. After about four to six weeks, the undesirable vein is reabsorbed by the body. At times, areas may need one to three sessions for optimal results.

Sun-Damaged Skin

As most of the public is now aware, getting sunburns or even tans when you’re young can cause premature wrinkling and skin damage later in life. Even worse, it can greatly increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Photoaging of the skin, caused by excessive sun exposure rather than normal aging, can result in coarse, leathery skin, deep wrinkling, dry skin, and skin discoloration. For many patients, laser skin resurfacing is the answer to these aesthetic problems.

At Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center, Dr. Harvey-Dent skillfully administers laser light therapy to correct sun-damaged skin. Laser therapy is beneficial in that it reduces the need for medication, speeds the recovery rates of affected tissue, and regenerates skin cells.

Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center Is the Place to Come for Laser Treatments

If you are troubled by unwanted hair, dark spots on your skin, spider veins, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, or scarring, then a type of laser treatment may be just the option you’re looking for. Why not schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey-Dent today? She is a compassionate, as well as highly competent, dermatologist, with whom you will feel comfortable and trusting from day one. The sooner you contact Unique Dermatology & Wellness Center by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website, the sooner you will start feeling younger, healthier, and more attractive.