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Acne Scars Specialist
Dr. Robert Poe and his experienced cosmetic team provide safe and effective acne scar treatment in Southport, North Carolina. Acne scars can have a dramatic impact on confidence, self-image, and quality of life, but the PicoSure laser treatment from Dr. Poe offers the opportunity for life-changing scar removal to patients in the area.
How does PicoSure work?
PicoSure applies short bursts of light to the skin to break down pigmentation. This makes it an extremely effective treatment for acne scar removal as well as birthmarks, age spots, pigmented stretch marks, and freckles. During the treatment, the pigment is broken down into microscopic particles which are easily absorbed into the surrounding tissue.
Is PicoSure safe for the removal of acne scars?
PicoSure by Cynosure has been evaluated and approved by the FDA for the treatment of acne scars. It is both safe and effective.
Are there any side effects or complications?
Minor redness and swelling can occur following treatment and generally subside within 2-3 days. In rare cases, loss of pigmentation can occur. Careful evaluation of the patient’s skin type and eligibility for PicoSure during the consultation appointment, before treatment begins, can limit this risk.
Is this treatment effective on icepick acne scars?
The PicoSure laser treatment targets over pigmentation to treat the discoloration associated with acne scars. In some cases, PicoSure may help with the indentation of icepick acne scars but it isn’t the most effective treatment available for indented scars. Dr. Poe and his team evaluate the patient’s skin and scarring to determine the safest, most effective treatment and share recommendations and guidance. When PicoSure isn’t recommended, the team helps the patient find the right treatment.
How many treatments are required?
Each patient’s treatment plan is customized to address their unique concerns, but many patients see results in as few as 3 treatments. After the consultation appointment, patients have a better understanding of what their treatment plan might look like.
Is PicoSure painful?
Without topical anesthetic, PicoSure can cause minor discomfort. To alleviate this, a cooling and numbing gel is applied before the procedure. Patients report that the procedure is quick and comfortable.
Dr. Robert Poe and his staff deliver younger looking skin to patients through BOTOX® Cosmetic in Southport, North Carolina. BOTOX® is FDA-approved to treat even the most severe frown lines and crow’s feet, creating a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
How does BOTOX work?
BOTOX Cosmetic works by targeting the underlying cause of deep frown lines; the muscles that work to frown and squint. By temporarily paralyzing these muscles, which don’t contribute to facial expression or display of emotion, BOTOX smooths frown lines and crow’s feet without surgical intervention.
Does BOTOX limit the ability to express emotion?
When performed correctly by a trained and experienced doctor, BOTOX produces natural results and doesn’t inhibit normal facial expression. Patients should consult their doctor in advance about the results they desire and review before and after photos of patients treated in the clinic before moving forward.
Is BOTOX painful?
BOTOX is injected into the muscles just beneath the skin and feels similar to other shallow injections. Most patients describe the feeling as a slight pinch. Patients who are concerned about the sensation may request a topical anesthetic before the procedure.
How long does it take?
Each session takes just 10-15 minutes and only one session is required to produce results. Typically about five injections are administered to treat frown lines and 3 injections on each side are used to treat crow’s feet. Not all patients treat both areas; the treatment areas are defined during the consultation appointment.
How long do the results last?
On average, patients begin to see results just a day or two after treatment and reach their peak result about 10 days after treatment. Results last up to 4 months before additional BOTOX injections are required.
How much does BOTOX cost?
The cost of the treatment depends on the number of vials used. Cost of treatment is covered during the consultation appointment after Dr. Poe has thoroughly examined the patient and determined the most effective treatment plan. If you’re interested in BOTOX, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Poe.
What is SmartLipo?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SmartLipo in 2007 for the minimally invasive removal of unwanted fat. During SmartLipo treatment, fat is liquefied using laser technology and then suctioned out through a small cannula inserted into a very small incision. SmartLipo is a gentle procedure, which means discomfort is minimal and recovery is quick.
What areas of the body can be treated with SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is effective in removing unwanted fat from the arms, buttocks, abdomen, thighs, pubic area, waist, hips, back, love handles, neck, knees, and male breast area.
Will the fat return?
Fat cells are permanently destroyed through the SmartLipo procedure and cannot return. However, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle are key in avoiding the development of new fat in the same problem areas.
Is the SmartLipo procedure painful?
Local anesthetic is used to ensure patients don’t experience pain or discomfort during their SmartLipo procedure. However, as the local anesthetic wears off after the procedure, patients generally feel sore, much like they do after working out. Over-the-counter pain relievers can alleviate soreness after the treatment.
How many treatments are required?
Only one! The entire process can be completed in a single simple procedure with results visible immediately.
When are patients able to return to work?
Many patients return to work just a day or two after their SmartLipo procedure, but some need a little longer. Each patient should listen to their body and take the time they need to recover. Other important details to note regarding recovery include:
Patients should abstain from strenuous physical activity for several weeks
Some swelling is normal and resolves within a few weeks
Ice or heat should never be applied to the treatment area
Results improve over the weeks following treatment due to the laser’s collagen stimulation properties
Call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Poe. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
What causes wrinkles and fine lines to form?
As skin ages, it begins to lose its elasticity, which causes wrinkles and fine lines to form. This happens as the body produces less collagen than before. Other factors, such as sun exposure or being a smoker, can also contribute to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is responsible for giving skin a plumper and firmer appearance.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable forms of treatment that help skin look smoother by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These fillers also have other uses, such as making lips appear fuller and improving the appearance of recessed scars. They’re also used for improving shallow contours in the face that can make individuals look older. Dermal fillers offer a nonsurgical form of treatment for those who want to minimize the signs of aging, such as thin lips, wrinkles, and fine lines. These treatments can also be customized for each patient to provide optimal results.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers contain a substance, such as hyaluronic acid, that helps skin maintain a healthy degree of hydration and appear firmer. These fillers help minimize fine lines and wrinkles by filling them out or plumping up the skin in targeted areas. There are different kinds of dermal fillers available for different uses. Dr. Poe evaluates each patient to determine which kind of filler or fillers should be used.
Are dermal fillers safe and effective?
Dermal fillers are generally considered safe for many individuals. Those who have allergies to one or more ingredients used in fillers should let Dr. Poe know about them. Dr. Poe can take extra precautions to ensure safety or recommend another type of treatment instead. There are some temporary side effects associated with dermal fillers, including slight discomfort, swelling, redness, and bruising. Complications associated with dermal fillers include bumps, cysts, and other irregularities, although these aren’t common. Patients should keep in mind that dermal fillers don’t offer permanent results, although they effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a certain amount of time. Those who want more information on dermal fillers should contact Robert Poe, MD.
Dr. Robert Poe and his team offer Pellevé Skin Tightening Treatment to patients living in Southport, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. Pellevé rejuvenates tightness and firmness in the face skin by stimulating collagen production, dramatically improving the appearance of laugh lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and more.
What does Pellevé treatment feel like?
Most patients describe the treatment as similar to a warm facial massage. Because it’s completely pain-free, no anesthetic is used. During the procedure, Dr. Poe and his team ask the patient to describe the depth of sensation so they can ensure the best results. The treatment lasts up to an hour and patients are able to go home immediately following the procedure.
When can patients return to work?
There is no downtime after Pellevé and makeup can even be applied immediately following the appointment. Most patients return to work and normal activity the same day. While there is no need to avoid the sun, patients should take special care to wear sunscreen.
Which areas can be treated by Pellevé?
Pellevé is approved and effective on the face and neck to include:
Nasolabial folds extending from the nose to the corner of the mouth, also called smile lines or laugh lines
Fine lines around the lips, pucker lines
Frown lines between the eyebrows
Wrinkles on the forehead
Fine wrinkles beside the eyes
Wrinkles on the neck
Excess skin on the eyelids
Jowls (wrinkles along the jawline)
When are results noticeable?
Results are noticeable in the days and weeks following treatment and continue to improve for 6 months as a result of increased collagen production.
How many treatments are required?
The treatment plan is customized for each patient’s unique circumstances. While many patients need just one treatment, patients with deeper lines may benefit from 3-5 treatments with approximately 1 month between treatments.
Is Pellevé safe?
Pellevé is approved to treat fine lines and wrinkles by the FDA, which means it has been proven safe and effective. The most common side effective of Pellevé is mild redness and swelling the first few days after the procedure.
If you’re interested in wrinkle removal, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Poe.
Facial Rejuvenation Specialist
Dr. Robert Poe and his team offer Facial Rejuvenation procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments using Pellevé and PicoSure lasers, for patients living in Southport, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. Laser treatments rejuvenate elasticity and firmness in the face skin by stimulating collagen production, dramatically improving the appearance of laugh lines, sun damage, crow’s feet, and more.
What causes signs of aging in the face?
Facial skin tends to begin sagging and developing fine lines, especially around the mouth and eyes, on the forehead, and between the brows. This happens as skin starts to lose its elasticity, which is part of the aging process. Certain factors can also cause fine lines to form, such as exposure to the sun’s UV rays and being a smoker. Increasing the skin’s elasticity and ensuring that it stays hydrated helps reduce the signs of aging and results in younger-looking skin.
What is facial rejuvenation?
Facial rejuvenation refers to treatments that help skin look healthier and more youthful. This might only require one type of treatment or a combination of treatments to achieve. Some of the treatments that Dr. Poe offers as part of facial rejuvenation include BOTOX® , dermal fillers, Pellevé, and PicoSure®. BOTOX treatments are injections that reduce muscle activity in targeted areas, which minimizes fine lines around the eyes and between the brows. Dermal fillers are injections that make skin plumper, which reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Pellevé and PicoSure are laser treatments that stimulate elastin and collagen production, resulting in skin that looks younger and healthier.
Is facial rejuvenation safe?
Facial rejuvenation treatments are generally considered safe for most individuals. Those with allergies to any of the ingredients in these treatments should let Dr. Poe know about them. Patients should also tell Dr. Poe about underlying health conditions they have or any medications they take. Those who have facial rejuvenation done shouldn’t experience any serious discomfort or side effects. Some patients feel slight discomfort during treatment sessions, which varies based on the type of treatment they’re having done.
Is facial rejuvenation effective?
Facial rejuvenation treatments offer effective ways to minimize the signs of aging. Patients should keep in mind that it might take more than one treatment session to begin seeing noticeable results. This depends on the type of treatment patients are having done and how much treatment they need to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The length of time results last also varies based on the type of treatment used. For example, BOTOX typically lasts for 3-6 months.
Tattoo Removal Specialist
Dr. Robert Poe, MD offers professional, customized tattoo removal services for patients in the Southport, North Carolina, area. When a tattoo doesn’t turn out as expected or no longer represents the patient, Dr. Poe and his staff take pride in erasing the past with the PicoSure® laser to reveal beautiful, smooth skin and a clean slate.
When is tattoo removal necessary?
PicoSure laser technology can be used to remove a whole tattoo, partial tattoos, or even fine details within a tattoo. Patients seek tattoo removal for a variety of reasons: the artistry is poor, the tattoo depicts something or someone no longer in their lives, they want a new tattoo in the same place, or they simply don’t like the image or the location anymore. In some cases, a tattoo interferes with quality of life by bringing back traumatic memories or inhibiting their ability to gain employment.
How does PicoSure work?
PicoSure applies short bursts of light to the skin to break down pigmentation. This makes it an extremely effective treatment for tattoo removal as well as birthmarks, age spots, pigmented stretch marks, and freckles. Once the laser is applied, the pigment is broken down into microscopic particles which are easily absorbed into the surrounding tissue. Because PicoSure breaks pigmentation up into smaller particles than previous treatments, it’s more effective than any traditional laser treatments.
Which tattoos is PicoSure effective in removing?
PicoSure effectively removes tattoos of all sizes and colors, even black and dark blue ink and those that have failed other treatments. It’s also effective in removing over pigmentation related to aging, sun damage, or scarring.
How many treatments are required?
In order to determine the number of treatments required, Dr. Poe has to evaluate each tattoo individually to assess size, darkness, location, depth of placement, and other factors that may influence the efficacy of treatment and number of treatments required. Dr. Poe’s office works to create a treatment plan that’s both convenient and within budget, while still delivering the desired end result.
How long will the entire removal process take?
Treatments are generally timed about 6 weeks apart, so the duration of the entire process will depend on the number of treatments required. Dr. Poe can help patients understand what to expect during their consultation appointment.
Can PicoSure remove tattoos that have been treated unsuccessfully before?
Yes. Because PicoSure is able to break pigmentation down further than traditional laser treatments, it’s highly effective in removing tattoos that didn’t respond to previous efforts at removal, including those that were exposed to 10 or more laser treatments.