Laser Skin Treatments
Dr. David W. Kim and his expert staff are dedicated to delivering the highest in quality care. With a focus on enhancing your natural beauty, we will never recommend treatments not suited for your needs or that will not compliment your individual features. Discover our exciting energy based treatments, designed to quickly transform your look for naturally beautiful results. After learning more about your unique skincare needs and concerns, Dr. Kim and his team will recommend a specific treatment protocol to help you achieve your goals.
Sublime Skin Tightening and Contouring
Sublime skin tightening treatment uses combined bi-polar radiofrequency and light energy to heat the dermal tissue and trigger the body’s natural production of collagen. As the body generates fresh collagen, the skin starts to look smoother in the treatment area. Fine wrinkles become less noticeable, facial contours improve and the complexion looks more even.
Sublime treatment is gentle and does not require any downtime. After your treatment, you can return to work and the rest of your normal activities almost immediately.
Generally, we encourage a series of Sublime treatments for the best results. We will recommend the specific number of treatments based on the condition of your skin and your goals.
SR/SRA (IPL) for Pigmented and Vascular Lesions
SR/SRA Color correction, also known as IPL gently and gradually improves the appearance of pigmented lesions (e.g., freckles, sun spots, age spots) and vascular lesions (e.g., spider vessels, rosacea redness).
During treatment, combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies are delivered to the pigmented or vascular lesion. The energy is absorbed by the melanin in the lesion. After the treatment, pigmented areas darken and flake away within a week or so. You will see a dramatic improvement in your complexing and skin tone.
Treatment is not painful and does not require any downtime. As we deliver the energy to the lesion, we will simultaneously cool the surface of the skin to avoid any discomfort. After treatment, you can immediately return to work or your normal activities.
For the best results, we recommend a series of 3-5 treatment sessions. We will advise the exact number of treatments after examining your area(s) of concern and determining your skin’s condition.
Sublative for Improved Skin Tone and Texture
Sublative treatment is designed to improve the appearance of mild to moderate wrinkles and irregularities in skin texture.
During treatment, radiofrequency energy is directed at the targeted area in a matrix formation. Healthy skin surrounding the matrix dots helps to speed up the skin’s natural healing process. The body produces more collagen and healthy skin cells in the treated area, which gradually improves in tone and texture.
During treatment, you may feel a warm or prickly sensation in the treatment area, as energy is delivered into the deep layers of your skin. We will use numbing cream to minimize discomfort, and treatment will not be painful. You may notice a mild pink or red sunburn-like appearance of the skin after treatment.
We recommend a series of Sublative treatment sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. We will suggest the exact number of treatments based on your skin’s condition.
Learn more about lasers
Learn more about how we can safely restore a youthful, healthy appearance to your skin with laser technology. Book your complimentary, personalized skin consultation today. Please contact our practice by calling (415) 773-0800 today.
Q & A
How effective is IPL and how many sessions and weeks apart should you have them?
IPL is great options for patients who have concerned with rosacea and flushing. The treatment utilizes light waves to penetrate into the layers of skin and improve discolorations such as sun spots and broken capillaries. Skin tone and texture are enhanced in conjunction with evening out skin tone. Our rosacea patients notice less flushing and significant reduction of diffused redness compared to before IPL treatments.
Many patients see benefits after just one treatment; however, for optimal benefit our office recommends at least 3-5 spread 1 month apart. Each patient is carefully analyzed regarding skin type, areas of concern and the settings are adjusted accordingly. IPL results are cumulative and can differ depending on patient and treatment frequency. A consultation is highly recommended to have a practitioner create an individualized treatment plan for you.
Do I need to stop using retin a cream prior to IPL treament?
If you are interested in IPL treatments it would be a great way to even out your complexion to complement the Retin-A results. What we recommend to do is stop using the Retin-A at least 1 week prior to your IPL treatment so that your skin does not become overly sensitive and have a reaction to the treatment. This will allow the practitioner to use adequate settings needed for results. Once you are done with your IPL treatment, wait 1 week before resuming Retin-A use.
What risks are associated with IPL and can they be reversed?
There are risks with IPL just as any other procedure you would have with medical treatments. There are numerous factors that can help reduce risks with careful assessment of patient, conservative initial treatment and proper education of pre/post care instructions.
Some rare but serious risks with IPL are burns associated with the treatment. The degree of burns can very from minimal to severe if they do occur and depends on what setting on which patient. Some patient skin types, and predisposing factors such as current medication (oral/topical) treatment can make them poor candidates. Adequate practitioner training, comfort level, experience and knowledge of IPL and skin variances are another crucial factor. Risks can be minimized and avoided by addressing all of these things during a careful consultation with the patient and practitioner.
Laser treatments are administered by our Injections and Laser Specialist, Lisa Leung, RN, MS, NP.