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Gould-Jacobson Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Menlo Park, CA

With advancements in medical laser systems, noninvasive treatment can perfect your skin and improve your confidence. Menlo Park, California’s expert skin care specialists Elizabeth Gould, MD and Sarah Jacobson, MD offer revolutionary laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments at Gould-Jacobson Dermatology. Between laser skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal, and so much more, you can finally have the smooth, glowing skin you’ve always wanted. Call or book your laser skin care consultation online today.

Laser Q & A

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

Laser skin resurfacing with the state-of-the-art Cynosure® Palomar Icon™ non-ablative fractional laser system works by helping your skin heal from the deepest layers. The Icon delivers powerful waves of energy that penetrate through the surface level of your skin and trigger a cascade of healing events.

Because your body thinks an injury is occurring, cells immediately jump into action and start regenerating. Over the following weeks, old damaged cells get pushed out and newer, fresher cells come to the surface. This can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation

If you have severe red or brown discoloration, or issues with an uneven skin tone related to small or broken vessels, you may also benefit from Cynosure Icon intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. IPL sessions help break down discolored cells, often caused by melanin buildup from sun damage, which helps take years off your face.

What should I expect from laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is the most innovative way to drastically reduce or even stop hair growth with just a few short treatments. During your session, the laser energy passes through your skin and penetrates the targeted hair follicles. This intense heat damages hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth.

Laser hair removal is so effective, most men and women experience hair reduction of nearly 80% after just three sessions.

Because the experts at Gould-Jacobson Dermatology use the most state-of-the-art Cynosure laser hair removal system, you may even be a candidate for treatments if you have darker skin or lighter hair, factors that might normally disqualify you from laser hair removal.

Do I need more than one laser treatment?

It depends. Dr. Gould and Dr. Jacobson spend time getting to learn about you and your skin care goals. They design a package that’s tailored to your needs, as well as your budget. Plus, because laser and IPL treatments are noninvasive and require minimal recovery time, you can often schedule your treatments during your lunch break.

If you have a skin resurfacing treatment with either the fractional laser or IPL, you should notice lasting results after just one 30-minute appointment. You could need up to three sessions for discoloration or deep wrinkles though. After that, you can schedule touch-up visits as needed.

Or if you have laser hair removal, you typically need at least three sessions before you notice a dramatic improvement. Most men and women require about 6-8 sessions, spaced about 4-6 weeks apart, to see optimal results.

If you’re ready to get started on your custom laser skin treatment, book an evaluation at Gould-Jacobson Dermatology online or over the phone today.