DID YOU KNOW TATTOOs DON’T HAVE to be PERMANENT?

We hear the story over and over again: “I was following a trend and got this tattoo to surprise my significant other, but I’m no longer with that person.” Or, “I just got my dream job, but my tattoos can’t be visible in the workplace. Help!

Fortunately, with today’s advanced laser technology (our YAG laser is the most current in tattoo-removal tools), we are able to obliterate the ink in most tattoos, but not damage the skin.

The laser emits light wavelengths that vaporize, or fragment, the ink particles. Then, the body is able to absorb these elements naturally, and the color usually fades over the next couple of weeks.

The best news is: laser tattoo removal is one of the safest, quickest, and most likely processes to leave your skin intact. Over the years, other removal options often resulted in serious scarring and had a potential for infection. With the laser, treatments may cause some redness and tenderness; plus, itching may be a relatively minor issue, but you should be able to have a treatment during your lunch break and return to work with no downtime.

Because tattoos are various sizes, and the types of inks used may vary, the number of treatments cannot be estimated until our Aesthetician, Melissa, looks at your specific artwork. Please understand the location of the tattoo, in addition to its age, determines the number of treatments necessary to completely remove the tattoo. Depending on how many treatments are required, removal appointments are usually scheduled four to eight weeks apart.

To schedule a tattoo-removal consult, contact Melissa at (850) 784-7722, Ext 117 at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics.

Best Laser Procedures for the First of the Year

Winter can be one of the best times of year to complete cosmetic laser treatments. Most laser procedures require you to stay out of the sun as you recover, which means the cooler months are an ideal time to explore these options.

Dr. Daniel Daube and his Medical Aesthetician offer a variety of laser possibilities in the Medical Spa, but here are a few of our most popular treatments:

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Unwanted body hair is something that plagues many people … both males and females. Laser hair removal has become a popular solution to get rid of this hair anywhere on your body. The technology targets follicles in the area where you want hair removed, making it hard, to almost impossible, for the hair to grow back.

Even though we have beautiful weather on the Gulf Coast virtually year-round, after having this procedure, you are required to avoid sunlight on the treated area. Our Aesthetician will go over your post-procedure directions at the end of your appointment.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL

More and more companies are restricting the appearance of tattoos at their places of business. Plus, perhaps the topic of your tattoo is no longer relevant to your lifestyle. Regardless of the reason why you want to remove your tattoo, our medical professionals at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics are here to help. Removing a tattoo with laser energy works by administering a specific wavelength of intense light into your skin, which begins to remove the ink. The light is only absorbed by the tattoo pigments, and your skin remains unharmed. The light energy breaks apart the pigments, which are then absorbed by your body and eliminated. After each treatment, we encourage you to take extra precautions to protect the treated skin from sunlight, since the area will be much more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun. Removing a tattoo may also require several laser treatments, depending on the type of ink and depth used in the process.

CO2 LASER

The CO2 laser can be used to help treat deep wrinkles and reverse scarring and/or sun damage. This technique uses pulsed beams of light to remove skin tissue in columns, which is known as a fractionated method, which leaves the skin intact to aid in healing. Common side effects may include swelling in the treated area, along with some redness and irritation similar to sunburn. After the procedure, you can return to normal activities within two days. Our staff will give you post-treatment instructions in order for you to receive optimal results from the CO2.

Laser skin treatments can yield fast and dramatic results. Dr. Daniel Daube continues to build on his laser capabilities by purchasing the most technologically advanced lasers in the area. If you are interested in exploring laser skincare options, contact us today to schedule an appointment where we can evaluate which treatments are right for you!

The Best Facial Procedures for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to treat yourself, so why not give yourself a gift that will make you feel and look better in time for the holidays. Here are some of the best facial procedures that we recommend for the holidays:

Botox®

One of the most popular and time-efficient facial beauty treatments is Botox®. Botox® works by freezing your facial muscles to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles in your face can be caused by an array of factors such as stress, poor health, and sun damage. The recovery time for Botox® is incredibly quick and there is no downtime, making it a great treatment to complete before the holidays arrive.

Kybella®

Another minimally invasive procedure that you may consider before the holidays is Kybella®. Kybella® is used to treat a condition known as submental fullness, which many people refer to a double chin. Having excess fat in the upper neck area is not always due to lifestyle or fitness level. It is most commonly caused by genetics. Kybella® uses digestive tract enzymes that target and break down this fat. Kybella® has little downtime and requires no incisions. The results of Kybella® can take several weeks to appear, so schedule your appointment today!

Skin Resurfacing

Do you have age spots or sun damage that you’d like to eliminate in time for the holidays? Skin resurfacing can help remove damaged layers of skin to reveal young, fresh, flawless cells. This procedure can help with brown spots, wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, and more. Skin resurfacing uses laser technology to remove the outer layers of skin. The recovery time for this procedure is fairly quick and doesn’t require extensive downtime. Skin resurfacing will give your skin a fresh, new start in the new year.

If you are interested in learning more about these facial procedures, or any of the other services we provide, contact us today!

The Best Laser Procedures to Complete During Fall

Fall can be one of the best times of the year to complete cosmetic laser treatments. Most laser treatments require you to stay out of the sun as you recover, making the cooler months an ideal time to explore laser treatment options. Here are some of the best laser procedures to consider during the fall:

Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted body hair is something that plagues many people. Laser hair removal has become a popular solution to get rid of this hair. This technology damages your follicles in the area where you want hair removed, making it hard/impossible for the hair to grow back. After this procedure, you are required to avoid sunlight on the treated area.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Regardless of the reason for wanting to remove a tattoo, the team of medical professionals at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics is here to help. Removing a tattoo with laser energy works by administering a specific wavelength of intense light into your skin. The light is only absorbed by the tattoo pigments, and your skin remains unharmed. The light energy breaks apart the pigments, which are then absorbed by your body and eliminated. After each treatment, we encourage you to take extra precautions to protect the treated skin from sunlight, since the area will be much more sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun.

CO2 Laser

CO2 laser treatment can be used to help treat deep wrinkles and reverse things like scarring and sun damage. The CO2 laser uses pulsed beams of light to remove skin tissue in columns, which is known as a fractionated method that leaves the skin, around each column, intact to aid in healing. Common side effects include swelling in the treated area along with redness and irritation similar to that of sunburn. After the procedure, you can return to normal activities within two days. Our staff will advise you to stay out of the sun and make sure to wear sunscreen, daily, for several weeks during the healing process.

Laser skin treatments can yield fast and dramatic results. Many of these treatments require patients to avoid sunlight, which makes them excellent procedures to consider during the cooler, fall months. If you are interested in exploring laser skin care options, contact us today and together we can evaluate which treatment is right for you!