There are two main areas of dermatology: Medical dermatology, which involves diagnosing and treating skin conditions and diseases, and aesthetic dermatology, which improves the appearance of your skin, hair, or nails. With today’s advancements in technology, dermatologists can safely and effectively address a wide range of skin flaws through state-of-the-art laser treatments. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Marilyn Kwolek offers a variety of laser treatment services, including comprehensive skin rejuvenation. She serves patients in the Contra Costa community from her practice in Danville, California.
CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing is considered the gold-star standard for treating unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, age spots, uneven skin texture, scars, and other skin surface abnormalities. Using SmartSkin™ CO2 fractional laser technology, Dr. Kwolek can reduce the signs of aging and sun damage, and help your skin to replenish itself.
This minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art laser works by delivering rapid-pulse, precision beams of energy deep into the dermis of your skin to stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying layers. The CO2 fractional laser is a minimally-ablative technique, which means it uniformly treats thin layers of skin -- much like a chemical peel or dermabrasion -- to further stimulate collagen production.
After an initial consultation to discuss your goals and talk about what you can expect during the procedure, Dr. Kwolek develops a customized treatment plan designed to meet your needs.
The procedure begins with a topical anesthetic applied to the treatment area, so you’ll feel as comfortable as possible. As the laser scanner passes over the area, it emits small pulses of energy that help to rejuvenate the outer layers of skin and stimulate the growth of underlying collagen. The entire procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.
After the treatment, you’ll probably see some redness and crusting, and feel like you have a mild sunburn. Although some of the effects of SmartSkin CO2 laser treatment are apparent right away, you’ll see more significant improvements as your skin continues to make new collagen.
Dr. Kwolek uses different cutting-edge lasers to treat a variety of problems, including:
Age spots — Laser skin revitalizing treatments are a safe and effective way to significantly reduce or completely erase the dark spots that come from long-term sun exposure. Dr. Kwolek uses the excel V™ laser by Cutera®, to treat age spots without harming surrounding tissues.
Cellulite — Laser technology can also be used to decrease the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Kwolek uses two lasers to treat cellulite. Smartlipo® and Cellulaze®, both by CynoSure, use minimally-invasive laser energy to target fat cells, all while stimulating collagen to tighten underlying skin structures
Facial contouring — Laser technology also provides a safe way to contour your jawline or neck without surgery. Dr. Kwolek uses PrecisionTx™ laser technology by CynoSure to help tighten loose, saggy skin along the jawline or neck.
Facial Capillaries — The excel V™ laser by Cutera® is used to treat the redness from rosacea, veins around your nose, and leg veins with both the 532 and 1064 wavelengths. Dr. Kwolek can also lessen the blue veins around your eyes that tend to be troublesome to cover with concealer.
SmartLipo™ — This procedure is used to decrease unwanted fat from hips, muffin tops, bra fat, and abdominal fat.
* Individual results may vary.