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CO2 Laser

Overview: A carbon dioxide laser delivers accurate removal of skin layers and is the gold standard for resurfacing and skin tightening. This is the only device on the market that can deliver results of a face lift when you do not want to undergo surgery. This laser is also the ultimate device to treat acne scars.

Expected results: Removal of fine, intermediate and deep lines, maximum skin tightening, evening out of pigmentation, removal of brown spots (sun spots), correction of acne and other scars

Preparation: Vigorous regimen of daily sunscreens and night time retinoids for several months, no alcohol and aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the procedure, vitamin C 1000 mg daily starting 2 weeks prior to the treatment. Topical anesthetics will be applied in the office one hour prior to the procedure, facial nerve blocks are performed as needed for added pain control.

Post treatment instructions: Rigorous sun avoidance/protection for 3 months, refrain from alcohol consumption for 2 weeks after the treatment, avoid aspirin for 10 days, continue vitamin C 1000 mg daily for 3 months. Skin care in the immediate postoperative period includes the use of a very gentle non-soap cleanser, petrolatum or bio-occlusive dressing until skin renewal sets in (3-6 days), oral medications to prevent herpes reactivation and bacterial super infection. The hours following the treatment, ice should be applied for fifteen minutes every hour. That night, avoid sleeping face down to avoid swelling. Topical retinoids can be resumed when scabbing subsides (1-2 weeks after treatment).

Time to desired results: Up to 2 weeks for skin renewal, up to 6 months for skin tightening (maximum collagen production).

Duration of desired effects: Lines may recur within 10 years. This treatment can be paired with Botox injections in order to extend results. Acne scar removal is permanent. Note: Deep, pitted scars may require surgical intervention (punch grafts) prior to the procedure or fillers afterwards. One treatment is usually sufficient to achieve these results.

Contraindications: History of phenol peel, isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past 12 months, coumadin or other blood thinners, recent tan. This treatment is highly efficient in fair skin types and is usually restricted to the face.

Downtime: 7-14 days for skin renewal, gradually diminishing pinkishness for about 3-4 months

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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

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filling out the patient form on the computer is excellent and much better than the paper forms usually used for doctors; extremely efficient interaction with the staff and doctor; gorgeous waiting room!

#12011-12-14 08:52:39

everything is very thorough and comprehensive

#22011-11-02 11:42:46

Great Dermatologist!

#32018-05-10

The atmosphere was comfortable, people were curtious, friendly, and helpful.

#42018-12-23

dr and med asst. made me very comfortable instead of the traditional white coat syndrome

#52011-06-02 13:39:55

The medical assistant and the doctor listen and the doctor explains the procedure and different options very well and explains what to expect from different options or procedure.

#62018-09-28

Knowledgable and friendly staff.

#72019-04-18

I was particularly impressed with the doctor and her exam...more thorough than I had previously experienced elsewhere.

#82018-07-21

the doctor was very clear about treatment options, answered all questions thoroughly and was easy to relate to...no doctor/patient distancing.

#92018-12-05

I followed the Dr. from Jefferson - Philadelphia. Dr. Ringpfeil is the best dermatologist I have had... and as a psoriasis patient I have had a few of them. For the first time, my skin reacts to treatment. Thank you!

#102018-07-07

What can we do better?

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#12019-01-14

No room for improvement

#22018-06-30

I can't think of anything else that you can do, everything was excellent.

#32018-11-13

No recommendations - very satisfied/pleased with everything about the visit and the office and the Doctor and her assistants. thank you to everybody for makinng me feel so comfortable (i was verrrrrry nerous)!!

#42019-01-01

Always laugh at my jokes.

#52018-08-22

you are the best!

#62011-08-10 10:32:44

When making the initial appointment and then calling to try to get it moved up (our of fear that I had a melanoma), I didn't think that one of the booking person(s) was particularly helpful or reassuring.

#72018-07-24

My first time experience was great and there are no improvements that I can suggest at this time.

#82018-04-27

website access to new patients more visable on site

#92018-07-17

Get some better parking spaces

#102018-08-17
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