Lasers have revolutionized aesthetic medicine and allowed dermatologists to achieve cosmetic and medical results that were previously available only through invasive procedures involving long downtimes and general anesthesia. Today’s laser technology allows treatment of wrinkles, discoloration, acne scarring, stretch marks, keloid scars, sun spots, melasma and blood vessels, just to name a few. Our skilled and experienced medical professionals are able to rejuvenate your skin with minimal discomfort in the office setting. The variety of lasers at the Skin Wellness Center of Alabama is one of the largest in the area and can help you to achieve your skin care goals in a comfortable, yet state-of-the-art environment.
Clear + Brilliant Anti-Aging
Clear + Brilliant is an innovative, gentle laser treatment that can prevent early signs of aging and address those that may have already occurred. The fractional laser technology of Clear + Brilliant has been clinically proven successful in fighting the effects of aging. The laser treats millions of minuscule zones in your skin, stimulating it to replace damaged tissue with younger looking, healthy skin.
The treatment takes an average of 20 minutes, however, please allow an hour for the entire appointment. Recent studies found that four to six treatments achieve visible improvement; however, the number of treatments you require will be determined by your desired outcome. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve and maintain your goals.
Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is specifically designed to be gentle and to have minimal side effects. There may be some subtle inflammation and redness immediately following treatment, but this usually resolves within a few hours, … continue reading
The CoolSculpting procedure eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime. This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle.
Freeze away fat? It comes down to science. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
You can reshape your body! We will develop a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan that addresses your problem areas. Additional sessions may further enhance your results. Your individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.
It’s easy to sit back, relax and say goodbye to … continue reading
The erbium laser skin resurfacing is the treatment of choice for those who would like to achieve dramatic improvement in the appearance of their skin. This procedure successfully removes superficial lines to moderately deep wrinkles with less pain, fewer side-effects, and a more rapid recovery than other treatments. An erbium laser provides a milder and less invasive treatment option than a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. The CO2 laser is able to remove deeper layers of damaged skin than the erbium laser. However, an erbium laser treatment provides those whose skin damage is not as severe — or who would simply prefer a more rapid laser skin resurfacing recovery – with an excellent alternative.
Erbium laser skin resurfacing precisely ablates the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) to reveal the underlying skin that is smoother and younger looking. The procedure also activates collagen to promote further tightening of the skin. An erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure with the use of … continue reading
Fraxel® is a wonderful treatment that can remove years from your appearance. It uses safe, non-invasive fractional laser technology to improve or eliminate skin damage such as wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging. Treatment with Fraxel® can correct severe skin damage, resurface damaged skin, or prevent the signs of aging.
Fraxel® treatment is effective for:
- Wrinkles and fine lines such as brow lines and crow’s feet
- Surface scars such as those from acne
- Healing dangerous UV skin damage
- Minimizing excessive pigmentation such as age spots, also called sun spots
- AK (actinic keratosis), a pre-cancerous skin condition
This treatment can safely treat men and women of any age and any skin color. Fraxel® is backed by extensive research, is FDA cleared, and has demonstrated its effectiveness through more than a decade of successful treatments.
Fraxel® uses microscopic columns of laser energy to treat only a fraction of the tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact. This allows swift healing and triggers the natural … continue readingRead more about Fraxel® Dual in our Learn section >
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light, more commonly known as IPL or photofacial, uses broad-spectrum light as a way of treating many different skin conditions. The technology filters out unwanted light to target minor imperfections in the skin in order to restore a more youthful, even complexion free of signs of sun damage and aging. It is unlike laser treatment since it sends many different wavelengths of light with each pulse.
IPL is used to diminish or remove age spots, facial flushing, redness, rosacea, broken capillaries, freckles and minor sun damage. Unlike laser resurfacing (Fraxel) or chemical peels, there is almost no downtime with IPL. Patients are typically able to resume normal activities relatively quickly without blistering, burns or long recovery periods. Studies show that patients who have regular IPL treatments over years, age more slowly over time and have more youthful appearing skin than they started with originally.
While IPL cannot be used on all patients, it is effective and safe when used on the appropriate skin types and to achieve the desired results. The treatment consists of the application of a cold gel … continue reading
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal makes it possible to experience smoother skin anywhere on the body. Unlike shaving, depilatory creams, waxing, tweezing, and other common methods of hair removal, laser treatments produce lasting results. At Skin Wellness Center of Alabama, our patients are treated with the latest technology, promoting optimal results through a comfortable journey.
How We Do It
We conduct laser hair removal using the Candela GentleLASE® and GentleYAG® devices, which are safe and effective for even sensitive areas such as the bikini line or upper lip.
Areas For Hair Removal
Additional areas on which GentleLASE® and GentleYAG® are used include:
Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal
There are several approaches taken to produce smoother, hair-free skin. Laser hair removal has a number of benefits over traditional, temporary hair removal. These include:
- Comfort. Waxing, plucking, and even shaving can be uncomfortable and must be regularly performed to address new hair growth. Electrolysis, an early method of permanent hair removal, … continue reading
Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoo regret? You’re not alone. With over 40 million people tattooed, nearly 25% now want them removed. What once seemed like a good idea at the time now is a lifetime of regret. With all the lotions and creams and other removal myths out there, it’s important that you understand that laser tattoo removal is a proven method for removing your tattoo for good.
Why Use a Laser?
Have you ever noticed that darker color clothes and apparel attract the sun’s rays? Using the proper beam of light and q-switch technology, we are able to disrupt the ink underneath the epidermal layer.
How Does Laser Removal Work?
Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a matter of milliseconds, passing harmlessly through the epidermis and targeting the tattoo ink directly. The laser works as chisel to disrupt and break down the ink, allowing your body to absorb the smaller fragments and break it down naturally. It’s such a safe and effective tool that we offer a range of other laser dermatology services.
How Many Sessions Does It Take?
Every tattoo responds differently. Most amateur … continue readingRead more about Laser Tattoo Removal in our Learn section>
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a particular kind of light. The photosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), is applied to the skin and allowed to incubate for duration of 1-3 hours. Once the skin has properly absorbed the agent, the patient is exposed to a therapeutic light source of a particular wavelength with a blue hue. For this reason, the treatment is also called Blue Light therapy.
When the area to be treated is exposed to the light, precancerous and cancerous cells are destroyed. PDT is used for many different dermatologic conditions including actinic keratoses (precancers), skin cancers, photodamage, acne, hidradenitis suppurativa and Bowen’s disease. The light kills any precancerous or cancerous cell that has absorbed the 5-ALA. It also increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen in an effort to treat sun damage. Downtime associated with the procedure is minimal and referred to as the “PDT effect.” It includes redness, peeling and scaliness and typically takes less than one week. Patients who have severe reactions often have excellent results.
Ready to lose that tattoo?
Do it better and faster with PicoSure.® PicoSure is the world’s first picosecond laser and the only advanced tattoo removal laser with PressureWave™ technology, which works with your body to remove unwanted ink. Selective “shattering” with PressureWave™ PicoSure delivers laser energy that specifically targets tattoo ink, resulting in the successful shattering of just the ink particles without harming the surrounding tissue. PressureWave is the secret behind tattoo treatments with PicoSure.
PicoSure works effectively on:
• Multicolored tattoos, including blues and greens
• Hard-to-remove black ink
• Stubborn, previously treated tattoos
Best of all, PicoSure tattoo removal often requires fewer treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal.
How does a PicoSure treatment work?
During treatment with PicoSure, ultra-short (trillionths of a second) pulses target ink particles with PressureWave technology—a pressure so powerful, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. These microscopic particles are more rapidly absorbed and eliminated naturally by the body.
Unlike traditional tattoo lasers, which rely on heat to destroy tattoo ink, PicoSure delivers a photomechanical impact called PressureWave that effectively shatters ink … continue reading
Living with acne is difficult for anyone. Living with scars long after acne has healed can lead to low self-confidence. If you have scarring that is causing dissatisfaction with your overall appearance, we can help you. Skin Wellness Center of Alabama is a specialty medical group where your skin concerns are compassionately handled. We have assembled various treatments to help our patients experience their best skin.
Scarring is a challenge, but one that we are able to handle using the Fraxel® DUAL laser system. This skin treatment is effective at resurfacing skin for a brighter, smoother, more vibrant appearance. Fractional resurfacing is advantageous, capable of improving skin on the face, neck, and body, including the hands, legs, upper back, arms, and chest. In addition to treating scars from acne, surgery, or trauma, the Fraxel® DUAL leads to improved skin texture, tighter skin through a buildup of collagen, and more even skin tone.
The entire concept of fractional laser resurfacing is based on the treatment of small areas of skin with narrow beams of energy. The skin around the treated areas is left … continue reading
Going through life, the skin is affected by a great number of forces. Externally, the skin may become damaged from exposure to the sun and environmental elements like wind, heat, and pollution. Internally the body goes through biochemical fluctuations, which have an impact on how our skin looks.
Loose, sagging skin on the face, neck, and body, may leave you feeling dissatisfied with your appearance. Though there are hundreds of topical solutions available, promised by the cosmetics industry to firm and tighten the skin, the path to real and lasting results is to promote skin tightening from the inside out. Skin Wellness Center of Alabama is equipped with innovative technologies that have been proven successful in the rejuvenation and regeneration of healthy skin. One such treatment we use for skin tightening and other aesthetic results is Exilis.
Exilis, cleared by the FDA for skin tightening, fat reducing treatments, is designed around Radio Frequency (RF) energy. This thermal energy reaches … continue reading
Stretch Mark Reduction
Our Fraxel® Dual system gives patients an advantage when correcting skin conditions such as stretch marks and scarring. This device combines the 1550nm laser of the Fraxel® re:store with 1927nm laser. This combination of wavelengths leads to a number of benefits, including:
- Fewer treatment sessions to accomplish optimal results.
- Faster treatment sessions without affecting results.
- Greater comfort through the integration of the Zimmer Cooling Device, which delivers cold air to the skin throughout treatment.
The addition of the 1927nm wavelength in the Fraxel® DUAL has cut the need for topical anesthesia for many, although we are committed to total patient comfort, and will use numbing medication whenever needed. The DUAL is safe for all skin types, and effective at the elimination of not only stretch marks, but also sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and melasma. Only partially ablative, the Fraxel® DUAL offers a quick recovery period.
The science behind stretch marks
Our skin is susceptible to a number of factors, with stretch marks a risk at any age. These marks appear when growth has occurred more quickly than skin can handle. Stretch marks are commonly associated with pregnancy, … continue readingRead more about Stretch Mark Reduction in our Learn section>