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Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

Pulsed Dye Laser

Overview:

Pulsed dye lasers have been used for many years for vascular birthmarks, angiomas, and enlarged capillaries (telangiectasias), and present an extremely effective, safe, non-scarring treatment. The newest pulsed dye lasers are equipped to prevent bruising, thereby minimizing downtime for most cosmetic treatments. Some birthmarks, however, are still treated with bruising settings.

Expected results:

Removal of unsightly vascular structures and redness.

Pretreatment:

Sunscreen, sun avoidance. In addition, for the treatment of facial blood vessels in rosacea, avoidance of alcohol for 2 weeks prior and 4 weeks after the procedure is recommended.

Post treatment instructions:

Sun avoidance for 3 months. Vigorous use of sunscreens. Avoidance of alcohol for 4 weeks with treatment of facial blood vessels in rosacea. The night following the treatment avoid sleeping face down to minimize swelling.

Time to desired results:

Flat angiomas typically respond to a single treatment. Thick angiomas require more than 1 treatment. Facial veins including those in rosacea as well as leg veins require 2-4 treatments. Birthmarks (strawberry hemangiomas, Port Wine Stains) require many treatments. Treatments can be rendered 4-6 weeks apart.

Duration of desired effects:

Most angiomas will be corrected permanently. In few instances, the body will form new vessels after 5-10 years. Such conditions include rosacea, genetically determined spider veins and blood vessels in certain connective tissue disorders. Port Wine Stains may stay away for life if treated in infancy. Those treated in adulthood may require periodic maintenance treatments.

Contraindications:

History of bleeding or clotting disorder, diabetes, certain auto-immune conditions.

Downtime:

Redness for 1-2 days, swelling for up to seven days, possible bruising for up to fourteen days (treatment of angiomas, birthmarks, and larger facial blood vessels), bruising for up to three months (leg veins).

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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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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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#12012-09-06 10:30:16

ambiance, music and moood of office was upbeat yet happily calm today!

#22023-10-15

The doctor's exam was thorough and gentle. The music was pleasant and soothing.

#32023-12-21

Receptionist friendly and helpful and cheerful {shawna}. Emily was very friendly and professional and cheerful and puts patient at ease. Dr. was very thorough and explained everthing on patients level and also cheerful. I will definately reccomend to friends!

#42012-12-10 09:51:20

The prfessionalism of the staff and the attentiveness of the physician. Also the timliness of the staff.

#52011-01-26 08:55:26

I like that everything was fully explained to me than before from previous doctors.

#62024-01-20

politeness

#72024-04-30

Dr took time to answer all my questions.

#82023-10-07

Very nice office, everyone was very friendly and helpful

#92010-11-29 15:16:15

everyone was great

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What can we do better?

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I checked off compimentary consultation with aesthetician on the intake forms, but it wasn't mentioned and I forgot to ask during the examination.

#12024-02-21

I was more than pleased with my first visit; a very warm and professional office

#22011-03-09 09:12:38

No comments, everything is great.

#32011-02-21 13:37:17

When making a first appointment ask who ther person would like to see. Doctor vs Aesthetician

#42023-10-03

Just continue to be as thorough and caring as my experience today. Quite like a breath of fresh air!

#52024-03-13

So glad I came. Always liked Dr. Kern and Ann Watson. He'd be so pleased with your entire professional setup

#62024-05-10

Its hard to find anything that you guys didn't do correct. Keep up the good work

#72011-08-03 11:52:57

everything was fine

#82011-02-24 15:01:34

Keep doing what you are doing!

#92024-01-09

Everything was great.

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