Cosmetic Dermatology

The Oregon Medical Group Dermatology office of Dr. Todd Knapp offers a variety of laser skin treatments performed by our trained RNs.

Angiomas

Cherry angiomas are those skin growths that can occur at any part of the body. This condition of skin simetimes cause bumps on the skin quite a few times in a group. Cherry angioma are benign angiokeratomas that appear as tiny pin-point red papules, especially on the trunk, and increase with age. No treatment is required. Cherry angiomas are benign, fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body but usually develop on the trunk.

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Angioma Treatment Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Birthmarks

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Birthmark Removal Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Blood Vessels

There are tiny red blood vessels running along parts of the face just under the surface of the skin. If they dilate, they can become noticeable. Also known as spider veins or broken capillaries, the medical term for them is telangiectasias. They frequently appear around the nose, chin and cheeks. These facial capillaries may look like a series of lines, tree branches or a spider- or web-like shape, with a red or blue color. While most cases of facial capillaries are of no medical concern, many patients dislike the appearance of them when they develop in visible areas.

Laser treatment, commonly in the form of pulsed dye and pulsed green lasers, are effective in reducing the appearance of telangiectasias and restoring skin to a smoother look and feel. Laser treatments are highly effective and minimally invasive, offering aesthetically-pleasing results without painful or lengthy downtimes.

Freckles

Freckle Treatment Eugene OR | Springfield OR
Freckle Treatment Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Laser Hair Removal

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Laser Hair Removal Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Cosmetic Dermatology Laser Treatment FAQs

How do laser treatments work?
The laser uses a beam of high-intensity light to penetrate into the skin where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. This therapeutic heat can be used to target unwanted blood vessels, hair follicles, areas of pigment and fine lines and wrinkles.
What can I expect during treatment?
Your laser treatment will take place in the office of Dr. Todd Knapp. You will first be scheduled for a free, no commitment laser consultation. During this consultation we will discuss your desired results, your skin type, what the treatment will involve and what your recovery period will be like. If you decide to proceed with laser treatment we may be able to treat you the same day. At the time of the treatment/procedure, you will be asked to wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light and anyone accompanying you must also wear the protective eyewear during the treatment. The laser will be guided to the treatment areas with a small handheld probe. Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray which helps to soothe the skin. A treatment can take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition being treated. Your full treatment may be done on the same day or it may require follow up at a later date depending on what you are having treated and your skin's reaction.
Does it hurt?
Patients generally experience some slight discomfort with the laser pulse. This sensation is often described as feeling like a rubber band snapping on the skin and is minimized by the laser's unique cooling system.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. For hair removal, most people require at least 4-6 treatments, as the process is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Other conditions may clear in as few as one treatment. The laser skin care nurse can further discuss a treatment plan for you at your free consultation appointment.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Patients scheduled for all procedures should avoid sun exposure for AT LEAST 2 weeks before and throughout the course of the treatment. A sun block (SPF 30 or above) should be used.

Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid electrolysis, hair waxing, chemical hair removers or plucking for four to six weeks prior to treatment. Also, any hair should be shaved, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils on its surface before laser treatment.

What can I expect after treatment?
Patients should avoid sun exposure before and after treatment, and should apply sun block when going outdoors. Post-treatment care varies depending on what type of treatment was performed. While results will vary from patient to patient, your skin may appear red. This can be covered with minimal make-up if necessary. Typically, treatments are a lunchtime procedure. Nonetheless, minimal bruising and/or swelling (edema) may occur in some patients. You will be informed about what to expect from your pretreatment consultation and how long it will take for your skin to return to normal. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to discuss this with Dr. Knapp?s team.
Are these treatments covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Some carriers will, however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas or port wine stains. Always consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.

Melasma

Melasma (also known as chloasma) is a skin condition in which brown patches occur primarily on the cheekbones, forehead and upper lip. It also may develop on the nose chin, lower cheeks and sides of the neck. The dark patches usually have distinct edges. Melasma is seen most frequently in young women taking birth control pills and also occurs commonly during pregnancy. It may develop in association with menopause, hormonal imbalance and ovarian disorders.

Photo Aging (Sun Damage)

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Melasma Treatment Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Rosacea

Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a chronic (long-term) skin disease that causes redness and swelling, primarily on the face. Other areas that can be affected are the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Sometimes, rosacea affects the eyes.

Those afflicted with rosacea may first notice a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition can occur over a long period of time and often progresses to a persistent redness, pimples and visible blood vessels in the center of the face that can eventually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose.

Since rosacea causes facial swelling and redness, it is easily confused with other skin conditions, such as acne and sunburn. For this reason, rosacea is known as the 'great pretender', and often incorrectly referred to as 'adult acne'.

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Rosacea Treatment Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Scarring

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Scar Reduction Eugene OR | Springfield OR

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks or striae (singular stria), as they are called in dermatology, are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, and over time can diminish but not disappear completely.

Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy or muscle building) that overcomes the dermis's elasticity. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, muscle building etc. Although stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy and obesity, they can also develop during rapid muscle growth.

Venous Lakes

A venous lake (which are also known as "Phlebectases") is an asymptomatic generally solitary, soft, compressible, dark blue to violaceous, 0.2- to 1-cm papule commonly found on sun-exposed surfaces of the vermilion border of the lip, face and ears. Lesions generally occur among the elderly.

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Venous Lake Treatment Eugene OR | Springfield OR