Can I combine a glycolic acid peel with Isotretinoin and Retin-A cream?

I would not combine Isotretinoin (Accutane) with Retin-A or glycolic acid peels. Accutane by itself will help diminish acne for 6 months after you stop taking the oral medication. Accutane makes the skin very fragile, dry and sensitive so if you use a low dose Retin-A or glycolic acid while on Accutane you can irritate and even damage your skin. You must be off Isotretinoin (Accutane) for at least 6 months to a year before you even consider having a chemical peel.

-Katie Magnison, Aesthetician/CAC

How many Fotofacials or Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments are required to see results?

Although most patients see a significant improvement in visible sun damage, ages spots and facial redness in a single BBL treatment. At Lazaderm we find our patients achieve the best results and are most satisfied with a series of 3 treatments 2-4 weeks apart. A series of BBL treatments allows us to understand our patients areas of concern, and the opportunity to work to improve those concerns more with each treatment. A patient may get 50% improvement with 1 treatment but 95%-100% improvement with 3 treatments!

Dr. Brittany C. Wangsness, DNP, APRN, NP-C

Will hair removal reduce the thickness of the hair on my chin once they grow back?

At Lazaderm we offer permanent hair reduction, it is important to know that there is no way to permanently remove hair forever but we offer options to reduce hair that most patients are very satisfied with. Laser hair reduction uses a Diode or Nd:Yag laser depending on the tone of your skin to selectively target the dark hair follicles. Heating the dark follicles with laser energy causes damage to the follicle so the hair does not grow back or the hair grows back finer and lighter. Patients achieve the best results with a series of five treatments but may need more to achieve desired results. Routine maintenance is necessary with permanent hair reduction and many patient return one time per year or one time every two years for a single re-treatment. We are able to use laser hair reduction to reduce hair all over the body including the face, chin and neck, arms, back, chest, abdomen and legs as well as the bikini region, Brazilian area and full genitalia. Overall, laser hair reduction has a very high patient satisfaction rate.

Brittany Wangsness, DNP, APRN, NP-C

Is Lipo-Light / iLipo Laser Liposculpture similar to traditional liposuction?

There is no similarity in all. The Lipo-Light / iLipo is actually not even a laser. It uses LED lights and flexible pads that are applied to the problematic area. It requires two sessions per week for a total of four weeks to show improvement. There is no downtime with the procedure and there are no long-term studies on its benefits. In theory, the Lipo-Light / iLipo cause a small poor in the fat cell to open and then the fat is released from inside the cell. There is no permanent fat cell destruction. On the other hand, liposuction permanently removes the fat cells from the body. The results from liposuction should last years. Liposuction is also minimally invasive so there will be some downtime associated with liposuction.

Lornell E. Hansen II, MDOwner / Medical Director