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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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PATIENT RATINGS

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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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the personalized acne regiment.

#12022-08-07

Cute babes that worked in the office.

#22022-03-16

Everything -- quiet, understated

#32022-05-15

I was very impressed by the patience and information the staff provided--I did not feel rushed at all and was able to ask many questions.

#42021-09-18

I was impressed that the doctor really listened to me and that she thoroughly answered my questions. Instead of telling me not to worry about things, she explained the nature of the condition and why it wasn't a concern. She also thoroughly explained my treatment options so I could make an informed decision.

#52021-10-24

VERY NICE EXPERIENCE

#62022-06-14

as a man and coming in to see a doctor is usually awkward especially a female doctor to look over your entire body. The staff made me feel very comfortable and relaxed. Thanks so much.

#72022-06-04

Latte!

#82011-06-02 09:33:27

thoroughness and timeliness of the doctor

#92022-04-12

The doctor is exceptionalyy easy to talk to. Excellent people skills!

#102021-12-23

What can we do better?

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watercooler in waiting room.

#12022-01-24

Can't think of anything right now.

#22010-10-21 15:50:32

My only complaint is that I work and live (1 mile from) Center City, PA and I wish the office (Dr. Ringpfield) had weekend or later hours. Dr. Heckman was great but she cannot assist me with my cosmetic issues. Overall - like the office and professionalism.

#32011-08-10 18:44:27

I am very satisfied with my experience at Ringpfeil Dermatology. I travel to get here and it is worth the drive!

#42010-10-21 14:58:02

All fine

#52022-03-06

we are okay

#62021-09-21

The only downside is parking!

#72011-11-17 12:08:50

I was feeling a bit thirsty the whole stay in the office, maybe making some water available during waiting time would make the stay more comfortable.

#82022-02-18

Top rate service. A great total experience.

#92022-08-10

it's a little thing, but when you enter an office and ask the receptionist attending to you how are you, she say fine, but does not inquire how you are, and is not engaging, I just think its rude.

#102022-04-02

Customer Rating : 4.6

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