Other Services

Laser Facial Rejuvenation:We have several options for Laser Facial Rejuvenation! From the Regenlite, for non-invasive skin tightening for fine lines and wrinkles, to the Isolaz, for non-invasive sun spot treatments, to the ProFractional and MicroLaserPeel, for more aggressive skin resurfacing… we almost certainty have a laser treatment for your needs!
Fine Lines / Wrinkles: The Regenlite works very well for fine lines and wrinkles, without any redness or downtime! It works beautifully around the eyes (and even provides somewhat of an eye lift!) It is the most common treatment we do for skin rejuvenation because it is cost-effective, non-invasive, with no-downtime, and no pain! It works by healing and repairing damaged collagen fibers (from sun exposure, age, etc). The average number of treatments is 3-6 (depending on how deep the wrinkles are, lifestyle – e.g., smoking, sun exposure – genetics, and other variables). It is most effective to do the treatments every 2 wks. The improvement continues for at least 3 months. Most clients need 1-2 treatment per year to “keep up” with the aging process!The Profractional is a bit more aggressive than the Regenlite, and is used for deeper wrinkles and scars. It is often used in combination with the MicroLaserPeel, which is used for more superficial damage, such as sun spots.The Profractional is a “fractional” treatment, going deep into the damaged skin, but only treating a fraction of the skin at a time (if it were to treat 100% of the skin at this depth, it would create a scar!) By treating a fraction of the skin at a time, it can vaporize out columns of deeply damaged tissue, while leaving the remaining tissue intact, allowing the skin to heal very quickly! These columns then create collagen and elastin to correct acne scars, wrinkles and texture irregularities. The MicroLaserPeel, in contrast, treats 100% of the skin, but does so on a more superficial layer, keeping it safe, while being highly effective.Compared with other fractional treatments, the Sciton Profractional laser is a significant improvement. It uses Erbium, rather than CO2 (or nonablative fractional treatments that use heatlike, like the Fraxel laser). This makes it safe for even darker skin types, like Hispanic, Native American, and other “exotic” skin types!

Dr. Jason Pozner, a Plastic Surgeon in Boca Raton, FL had this to say about Sciton’s Profractional laser: “This depth of treatment is significant for effectively treating wrinkles and tightening the skin, and should provide a significant advantage over current fractional technology. I have used ProFractional alone and also combined it with a MicroLaserPeel to provide results comparable to deep resurfacing with significantly less recovery time.”

Sun Spots:

The Isolaz is the most common treatment we use for isolated sun spots. It’s a very effective and gentle (non-invasive with no downtime!) It uses three pulses of light to penetrate and break-up the pigment. Average is 2-3 treatments, which are spaced one month apart.

Hair Reduction:

There are dozens of places in and around Albuquerque for laser hair removal. The truth is, thick, dark hairs are generally easy to treat, and most of these locations can likely provide a good treatment at a reasonable cost!

In fact, if you have light skin and dark thick hairs, other systems may work better than ours! So, instead of offering something that you can get “anywhere”, we’ve decided to focus on the hairs that others generally can’t treat – thin dark hairs (like women’s facial hair) on darker skin types (such as Hispanic and Native American.) Most lasers can’t treat these hairs, and it drives women crazy! So, we use the Medlite C6 YAG laser to effectively and comfortably reduce these hairs (there is NO pain or downtime!) It works immediately, and continues to improve with repeated treatments. It also won’t cause patchy hair loss, as sometimes experienced with other laser system! Now, it doesn’t permanently remove all of the hair, but it does provide an extremely safe, comfortable way to reduce the growth and minimize the appearance of that stubborn hair!

 

Laser Vein Treatments Albuquerque
Although they aren’t dangerous, many are bothered by the appearance of “spider veins”, particularly when they’re on an exposed body part such as the face and legs. Both men and women in Albuquerque, NM come to our laser center for treatment to eliminate these bothersome veins.Spider Veins vs Varicose Veins

Varicose veins look like twisted, bulging ropes beneath the skin. They are most often treated with invasive laser treatments, foam sclerotherapy (injection of a solution into the veins to destroy them) or they can be removed surgically.

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and closer to the surface. They look like tiny tree branches or spider webs rather than “ropes” beneath the skin. Spider veins are generally not treated with surgery, but they can be eliminated ether with sclerotherapy or with laser vein treatments.

The Sciton Spider Vein laser

At Clearwaves Medical Laser Group, we treat spider veins with the Sciton ClearScan, 1064nm YAG Laser. Compared to other spider vein lasers, the ClearScan’s longer wavelength reaches the deepest veins while providing the safest laser vein treatment available. The Sciton laser can be used on all skin colors, including darker skin types.

Who are the best candidates for laser vein removal?

Those individuals with dark veins and light skin color respond most optimally. Individuals with darker skin color the skin tends to compete with the veins for light energy, resulting in the potential for damage to the skin. That’s why tanning should be avoided before and after laser treatments. Because the adjustable sapphire cooling plate of the Sciton Leg Vein Laser protects the skin and because the long wavelength light that is used by this laser tends to penetrate more deeply and scatter less, the 1064nm wavelength used by the Sciton Laser is currently the best available for treating patients with fine veins and darker skin colors.

What parts of the body can be treated?

Spider veins virtually anywhere on the body can be treated with the Sciton Laser.

Is laser vein removal “permanent”?

Long-term studies indicate that most of the veins treated with laser are permanently destroyed. However, a certain percentage of the veins are injured but not completely destroyed and, therefore, some of these can reopen. Therefore, it may take more than one treatment to completely remove veins from a particular area, and even then, there may be resistant veins that persist. For vein removal, a 70-90% improvement is a realistic goal.

What preparation is needed before laser vein treatment?

  • Avoid tanning either before or after your treatment.
  • Shave the hair at the anticipated treatment site
  • Avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen and similar blood-thinning medications before treatment as well as vitamin E. If you take prescribed anticoagulants, such as Coumadin, speak with Dr. Chavez prior to treatment.

Is laser vein treatment painful?

Most patients describe a Sciton laser vein treatment as mildly uncomfortable but not painful. The treatment sensation is compared to the “snap” of a rubber band. The Sciton cooling plate, which provides cooling before, during and after the laser pulse, provides a much more comfortable treatment than other lasers.

What will I look like after the treatment?

Within a few minutes after treatment, the treated area will usually become somewhat red and puffy. This reaction usually subsides within a few hours, although some mild redness may persist for up to 2 days. Since the skin is not otherwise injured, no bandages are necessary.

How many treatments are needed?

Many veins treated with the laser are permanently destroyed after one treatment. However, a certain percentage of the veins are injured but not completely destroyed and, therefore, some of these can reopen. Therefore, it may take more than one treatment to completely remove veins from a particular area, and even then, there may be resistant veins that persist. For vein removal, a 70-90% improvement is a realistic goal. Generally, treatments are performed at monthly intervals.

How much do the treatments cost?

The treatment cost depends on the size and number of the veins being treated, and ranges from $190/treatment (for 1-2 small veins) to $1490/treatment (for both full legs).

What are the potential risks of laser vein treatment?

Initial redness and/or swelling is common and usually lasts only a few hours or days. It’s possible that a blister can develop, and rarely an infection or scar could result. Any injury to the skin can cause a flare of herpes simplex in people who carry the virus in the treated area. This can generally be prevented with appropriate medication. Those with darker skin types have more risk of color change, either darkening or lightening of the skin, but the Sciton Laser is among the least likely of all lasers to produce these complications, since its long wavelength and sapphire chilling plate protect the skin surface. We have used this laser for many years, and we have never seen skin pigmentation changes in our office.

Are there any patients that cannot be treated?

With the Sciton Laser, people of all skin types can be treated. The darker the skin type, the more treatments and the slower the treatment, so it is preferable not to have a tan when being treated.

Clearwaves Medical Laser Group | 1120 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112 | 505-888-3733