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It's no surprise that dermatologic surgeons and patients alike have enthusiastically embraced lasers to improve skin's imperfections. Laser treatments can produce incredible results for a wide range of skin conditions. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery cautions, however, that results are highly technique-sensitive making it extremely important to select a skin surgeon with extensive laser expertise. Yardy Tse, MD is well respected in the laser community as a researcher and clinician, with over 14 years of laser experience plus a two year laser fellowship at the prestigious NYU medical program. SkinCare Physicians & Surgeons has one of the largest arrays of lasers in North County. With 11 of the most advanced lasers on site, Dr. Tse has the liberty of pairing numerous treatment options for her patients.

Alexandrite Laser - for age spots, freckles and moles
Fraxel re:pair® - for wrinkles, sagging skin, large pores, sunspots, brown spots, scars and uneven pigmentation
Fraxel re:store - for aging and sun damaged skin, acne scars, wrinkles and skin discoloration
Gentle YAG® Laser - for a wide variety of cosmetic skin problems such as leg and facial spider veins
Intense Pulsed Light Laser - for pigmentation problems, sun damage and rosacea
Sciton Profile Laser - for aging and sun damaged skin
Smoothbeam® Laser - for acne and oily skin
Vbeam® Laser - for broken blood vessels, birthmarks and scars
Vbeam® Perfecta Laser - for rosacea, facial veins, bruising and scars
Q Switched YAG Laser - for tattoo removal

Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can vaporize and remove wrinkles, scars, and blemishes, seal blood vessels or go deeper into skin tissue.

The laser has the unique ability to produce one specific color (wavelength) of light, which can be varied in its intensity and pulse duration. There are many lasers, each producing a specific wavelength of light for a specific purpose. There are two categories of lasers used for skin resurfacing: ablative and non-ablative.

  • Ablative lasers - work primarily by removing the top layer of the skin. The subsequent layer under the epidermis is heated by the lasers to cause them to regenerate collagen, the substance that makes up skin. This causes a wound that heals with smoother and more evenly toned skin.
  • Non-ablative lasers - have become enormously popular as they require little to no healing time. They work by by-passing the surface of the skin and treating the layers underneath. This allows the skin to respond as if it were repairing a wound and regenerates the skin. While non-ablative treatments require little downtime and recovery, they typically require multiple sessions and may take several months for optimal results.

Depending on the specific condition being treated and type of laser used, most patients may receive topical anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minor both during the procedure and throughout the recovery phase. A full face ablative procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and is usually between one and two hours, although this may vary depending upon the sites treated. The skin is typically red or pink - the treated sites must be protected from sunlight after the procedure. Once healing is completed, sun block should be applied. A pink surface color may remain for several days to several weeks. Make-up can be worn about 7 days later.

Non-ablative resurfacing treatments may take only a few minutes and are performed using a typical anesthetic cream. Mild redness may persist for a few hours and make-up may be applied immediately. Four to six treatments are usually necessary because the results from non-ablative techniques are generally less than those seen with the more invasive laser procedures.

Contact us for a cosmetic consultation to find out which treatments will work best for you. 760 633-1000

Yardy Tse, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Practicing in San Diego for over 23 years, Dr Tse is recognized by physicians and patients alike for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Tse is also highly regarded for her proficiency in laser surgery and cosmetic medicine.

"Not all lasers are created equal," says Dr. Tse. "With 11 different lasers on site - one of the largest arrays of lasers in North County - we have specific lasers for each condition. In fact, 'those in the know' say our practice has only the best of all lasers. Of course, we wouldn’t have anything less for our patients."

Yardy Tse, MD