The Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center integrates skin-care management with advancements in ablative and non-ablative laser treatments that target skin rejuvenation.
Some patients with these conditions are seen in our center:
- Pigmented lesions
- Leg veins/telangiectasias
- Port wine birthmarks
- Skin health restoration
- Acne scars
Ablative techniques tend to go deeper within the skin, removing the outer layers and allowing for dermal regeneration for more organized collagen and less wrinkling. Ablative techniques take a more aggressive approach to skin rejuvenation and typically require a more extensive recovery period.
Non-ablative techniques preserve the epidermis, or outer layer of the skin, and focus on the deeper dermal structures, stimulating them to organize. The newer non-ablative techniques are designed to provide more youthful skin without the prolonged healing seen with some of the ablative techniques.
Some of the conditions treated with lasers at UT Southwestern include:
- Hair removal - We utilize the most advanced hair reduction lasers available today. Laser hair reduction has improved dramatically over the past few years and new technology allows physicians to safely and effectively treat all hair-bearing skin types, from the very fair to the deeply pigmented.
- Port wine birthmarks and hemangiomas - Laser technology has advanced to treat both of these vascular deformities. Port wine lesions are present at birth and usually occur on the face or neck. If untreated, port wine birthmarks can deepen in color and increase in size and depth with age. They can become raised and are susceptible to abrasion, ulceration, chronic infections and circulatory problems. Hemangiomas are vascular malformations that appear as raised red birthmarks. The majority occur in infants and young children.
- Skin health restoration - We offer several options, including:
- Active FX – This new fractional laser treatment offers improvements in skin texture, tone and firmness in just one treatment. It can help restore skin to a more youthful appearance without the downtime or prolonged recovery typical with other types of treatments. Recuperation time is about three to seven days.
- ThermAge treatments - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved method for tightening skin using a noninvasive form of radiofrequency device called ThermaCool TC, which stimulates the production of new collagen and tightens the underlying tissue. The procedure is a safe and effective treatment for wrinkles, skin laxity and acne scarring.
- Microlaser peel/Erbium peel - An ablative treatment that uses laser light to promote the growth of newer skin cells while removing the superficial damaged layers. Damage inflicted by the sun, aging and biological factors tend to soften and patients begin to see a healthier, more youthful-looking glow to the skin.
- Photorejuvenation (intense pulsed light) - A non-ablative skin health and restoration approach used to erase the damage inflicted to skin by the sun, aging and biological factors. The patented non-laser technology supplies a broad spectrum of light that reaches deep down within the skin, targeting pigment and vascular imperfections due to expanded blood vessels or rosacea on the face as well as the neck, chest and hands; treatments are also used to improve skin texture and reduce pore size.
- Levulan photodynamic therapy (PDT) – This unique system uses light to treat actinic keratoses, or rough patches of skin caused by excessive sun exposure that can develop into squamous cell carcinomas. It is also helpful for difficult redness, rosacea and pigmentation. A topical solution is first applied to the skin, and then the area is exposed to a light that activates the drug.
- Tattoo removal - Laser technology has become an important factor in the removal of skin tattoos. Before the new technology of lasers, the use of dermabrasion, salabrasion and Argon or CO2 lasers for tattoo removal left behind scars in place of the tattoo.
- Vein removal - Helps eliminate the appearance of spider veins (stretched blood vessels). We also offer an aggressive approach to the treatment of lower leg veins and telangiectasias (small dilated superficial blood vessels). This includes endovascular laser therapy (EVLT), which allows for the treatment of varicose veins using minimal incisions and laser ablation of the veins. Additionally, UT Southwestern physicians use a combination of laser therapy and sclerotherapy to treat any residual veins and/or telangiectasias.
Please visit the Health Library to learn more about laser treatments.