Laser Treatments for Skin Care

Innovative Aesthetics Medical Spa and Laser Center offers you the most advanced technology available in order to correct sun damage, acne, birthmarks and decrease fine lines.

With the use of Broadband Light (BBL), positive results may be seen even after your first session. We are the only medical spa in the area offering MicroLaser Peels which is the new “gold standard” in skin rejuvenation.
Priced at consultation

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call Innovative Aesthetics at (319) 365-SPA1 (7721).

Laser Treatment for Acne
Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?
An Intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulse over the treatment area. Pulsed light can deliver hundreds of thousands of colors of light at one time. Pulsed light machines use “cut off” filters to selectively deliver the desired wavelengths. These wavelengths can be customized to reach the specific hair, blood vessels, or skin component being treated and can be modified with each pulse. This capability allows the experienced pulsed light operator to vary the light delivered in order to match the depth of the target and avoid the areas that are not being treated.

Broadband light is introduced as a way to specifically target and eliminate acne bacteria.

Can pulsed light treatment be customized for each individual patient?
Yes. The pulsed light device can customize settings to select the wavelengths, number of pulses, duration of pulses, delay between pulses, and power delivered to best match the relative depth, size, and absorption characteristics of the intended target and avoid settings that would cause damage to the areas that need to be preserved.
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when the oil produced by sebaceous glands does not reach the surface of the skin but is trapped in tiny pores or follicles. This plug may close off the pore causing the follicle wall to bulge which creates a whitehead. If the pore stays open the top surface of the plug may become darkened causing a blackhead. In both cases, the bacteria thrives in the clogged follicles. When the bacteria and pus leak from the follicle into the surrounding tissue, pimples are formed.
Why is it so hard to control?
Unfortunately, acne is something most of us have experienced at one time or another. As many as three out of four teenagers have experienced it to some extent. It is most prevalent during adolescence because hormonal changes stimulate the sebaceous glands (oil glands) into producing more sebum (oil), increasing the chance of acne. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many continue to be affected much longer. Aggravation of acne in later life may occur with menstrual periods, use of birth control pills, use of oil-based products, and stress.
Why use laser acne treatments instead of conventional acne medication?
Many patients are not comfortable with the potential adverse effects of long term use of medication. Antibiotics in particular may lead to resistant strains of bacteria leaving certain antibiotics useless in preventing and combating disease when they are needed most. This may become increasingly the case when we allow our teenagers to be put on long-term antibiotic therapy for acne.

Some medications like Accutane®, which is used for severe cases of acne, are so potent that the patient’s blood levels must be monitored during treatment. It would be nice if these types of medications could be avoided.

What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.
What results can I expect?
After two to four weekly treatments, most patients experience a reduction in the severity of their acne and a reduction in the number of pustules and papules. Treatments provide long term resolution of hyperactive sebaceous glands.

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Laser for the Treatment of Brown and Sun Spots
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common areas treated for brown spots?
• Face
• Neck
• Back of the hands
• Chest
• Shoulders
How BBL Phototherapy work?
BBL gently heats the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen foundation, leading to increased skin firmness. This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition to brown spots, the photothermal energy will eliminate fine vessels that cause redness.
What does BBL feel like?
You’ll feel some intense warmth (that’s BBL doing its work). Some people report a rubber band snap sensation.
How many treatments are necessary?
If you have a lot of spots, sun damage, or hyperpigmentation you may need 1-3 treatments to begin. Rosacea and visible blood vessels are deeper and may require 3-5 treatments. Keep in mind that these are estimates. A free consultation can be scheduled to determine what is right for you.
What can be expected post treatment?
You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions, you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade.
What is the downtime involved?
BBL is a noninvasive and gentle procedure with almost no downtime. In most cases, you are immediately able to return to work, apply makeup and resume most activities.

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Laser Treatment Pre and Post Treatment Instructions

One week prior exclude: Aspirin (Advil, Aleve, etc.), Gingko Biloba, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and any other essential fatty acids.

• 24 to 48 hours before exclude: Niacin, high-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates (you may eat fruit; just avoid foods with added sugar, fructose, corn syrup, etc.) spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes.

Immediately after your procedure and for 24 hours after you should avoid the following:

• Strenuous exercise
• Sun exposure/heat exposure/tanning beds
• Alcoholic beverages
• Massaging/pressing areas treated
• Extreme cold temperatures

– 8 hours after your procedure you may begin adding gingko Biloba, garlic, flax oil, cod liver oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, or any other essential fatty acids.
– days to a week after your procedure, depending on your sensitivity level, you may add: higher-sodium foods, high sugar foods, refined carbohydrates (you may eat fruit; just avoid foods with added sugar, fructose, corn syrup, etc.) caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, flush-free niacin, aspirin, and spicy foods.
– Filler Treatments – wait a minimum of 2 weeks before laser treatments.
– Laser Treatments – wait a minimum of 3 weeks between treatments or as advised by technician.