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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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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 doctor was perfect- kind, open and informative

#12019-08-10

I didn't feel rushed and felt like I was really listened to and taken seriously. I didn't feel like someone was just throwing ointments at me to get me out the door. I really appreciate the care I received here. Thank you.

#22020-02-17

I liked the fact that they took me in right away and everyone was very pleasant.

#32011-11-02 12:13:13

Friendly treatment from all personal

#42020-05-04

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.

#52020-05-27

the professionalism and everyone made me feel comfortable.

#62020-01-25

The friendliness. professionalism and knowledge of all staff members.

#72020-06-07

Didn't feel rushed like most doctor's offices

#82011-04-12 08:58:12

every one was extremely friendly and helpful, loved the doctor

#92020-01-07

everyone was very friendly and didn't make me feel self conscious.

#102011-06-01 18:06:14

What can we do better?

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

#12019-07-06

It would be helpful to have some later evening hours, but the early morning hours work for me too!

#22019-12-09

keep on doing excellent customer service skills

#32019-10-28

we are okay

#42020-03-17

I couldn't find any parking.

#52019-10-12

It was good

#62020-01-14

Well basically there is no need because your doing a very good job.

#72010-10-04 16:54:13

Ask patient if they have any pain before asking them to waiting three weeks for appointment

#82020-02-02

Keeping me from dying of skin cancer would be good (I will behave and do the checks and annual exam to help out!!!)

#92010-11-29 11:47:11

do not change a thing

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