Cosmetic & Laser Treatments
We offer the latest technologies and therapies for laser hair removal, treatment of blood vessels, rosacea, angiomas and vascular lesions as well as skin rejuvenation while treating you in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We are committed to providing safe and effective solutions that will address all your cosmetic concerns and needs. Our services are personalized to meet the individual needs of every patient in order to produce the best outcomes – radiant and revitalized skin and appearances. Through an initial consultation, patients are educated about treatment options that will work best with the health of their skin and shape of their face in order to produce a youthful complexion.
At Norris Dermatology and Lasers NW our licensed facility and very experienced staff provides expert cosmetic/laser treatments in Portland.
Many cosmetic procedures, such as laser, chemical peels, tretinoin (Retin-A) and skin bleaching, can effectively improve the appearance of fine wrinkling, discolorations and mild surface irregularities by gently removing the top layer of skin and rejuvenating the underlying layers for a restored appearance.
Our laser treatments are minimally invasive and there is little, if any, downtime after the treatment. In some cases redness lasts for just a couple hours. Some patients may experience mild swelling, discoloration and discomfort in the treated area for a week.
Lasers We Use
The use of lasers in dermatology has advanced rapidly over the past 30 years. Today, lasers have a broad range of dermatologic applications, including: removal or improvement of wrinkles, lines and other effects of aging and photo-aging, treatment of superficial brown pigmented lesions such as age spots, and deep pigmented lesions such as port wine stains and birthmarks, removal or improvement of scars, removal of warts, and removal of unwanted hair to name a few. The lasers we use in our office include:
- Candela V-Beam Perfecta
The gold standard laser to treat vascular lesions, which include facial veins, birthmarks and angiomas. The v-beam is also helpful in treating mild acne scarring.
- Candela G-Max Alexandrite/YAG Laser
This system has a wide range of capabilities which include the treatment of sun damaged skin, age spots, freckles, vascular anomalies, spider veins on the face and legs, telangiectasia on the face and legs, telangiectatic matting. In addition this laser is the gold standard for the treatment of all skin type hair removal. It is very helpful in treating pseudo-folliculitis and beard bumps. It is a dual wavelength laser that combines a 755nm Alexandrite laser with the 1060 nm ND: YAG laser for high performance treatment in terms of speed, efficacy, safety, patient satisfaction and outstanding performance. In addition the G-Max is used in skin rejuvenation and Skin Tightening alone or in combination with the eMatrix.
- Syneron e-Matrix
One of the newest non-invasive Sublative rejuvenation systems. The eMatrix system uses a new bi-polar radiofrequency system that produces heat that is then placed effectively into the deep dermis of the skin where it can stimulate new collagen. It has little effect on the upper layer of the skin. eMatrix has minimal downtime. eMatrix is safe and effective for all skin types. The treatments take 20-25 minutes depending on the area treated. The treatment protocol includes 3 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.
Botox® Filler Treatments
Botox® is one of the most popular nonsurgical and safe treatments to reduce creases and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes that develop from repeated facial movement.
LATISSE® for Eyelashes
LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker, and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved product and has been studied for safety and efficacy and is available only by prescription. It is believed to work by increasing the growth cycle (anagen) phase of your eyelash hair cycle. The anagen is the growth phase of all hair. We believe that it increases the length of the anagen phase and the number of hairs in this growth phase.
As skin ages, collagen and elastin fibers that keep the skin firm weaken. The skin looks loose and lax, becomes thinner, and loses fat, so that it looks less plump and smooth. While all these changes are taking place, gravity is also at work, pulling at the skin and causing it to sag. Additionally wrinkles can be caused by facial expressions such as such as squinting, frowning or smiling. Numerous treatment options are available to treat fine lines and wrinkles including Laser treatments including the Gentle Max Laser, Perfecta Laser, e-Matrix and topical Tretinoin (Retin-A).
Photodynamic Therapy Treatment (PDT) is a procedure that utilizes the application of a photosensitizing drug to skin and intense-pulsed-light therapy selectively to target pre-skin cancers, acne and sun damage. PDT can help clear the skin of actinic keratosis which are premalignant growths in sun-exposed areas, mainly the face, chest, arms, and hands. It is also effective for moderate to severe acne. A series of treatments can put acne into remissions for months as well as reversing some scarring without taking oral medications.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat precancerous lesions, Actinic or Solar Keratosis. PDT is a treatment that uses a special photosensitizing medication called 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA, or Levulan). After the skin is cleansed, the solution is placed on the affected areas of the skin and allowed to soak in, or incubate, for 1-2 hours. During this time the solution is absorbed into the pre-cancerous cells. The treated skin is then exposed to a blue light (BLU-U) that activates the solution deep in the pre-cancerous cells. This part takes about 15 minutes.
Once the ALA medication is activated it destroys the targeted pre-cancerous cells. PDT often leaves the skin red and scaly for a few days after treatment; similar to the reaction you get with sunburn. It is essential that you protect the treated skin from all daylight for atleast 36 hours after the treatment. You should protect your skin from all outdoor light exposure during this time period. Some patients do report discomfort with their blue light treatments.
Most people see successful results from PDT after three treatment sessions spaced two to four weeks apart. This procedure may be combined with other treatments like fluorouracil and curette and desiccation in order to maximize results and leave skin as healthy and beautiful as possible.