James: I am getting remarried this summer. I need to have the tattoo of my ex-wife's name removed from my arm. Do you have a laser that can remove the tattoo?
Julia: Dr White, I made a terrible mistake and got a tattoo on a dare last week. Now I don't like it and regret getting it. What can I do?
Dr. White: James and Julia, you are not alone. Tattoos are very popular these days, but sometimes your life situation changes, your tattoo doesn't turn out the way you envisioned it, your taste changes, or the tattoo fades and you want to UNDO YOUR TATTOO. I certainly understand why you want to be rid of your tattoo.
Luckily, at Carolina Laser, we own a laser that vaporizes part of the tattoo ink and breaks the rest of the ink into teeny tiny little particles that the body's immune system can clear. The best available laser is the REVLITE laser. It can remove all colors of ink and in fewer sessions than older model lasers. Carolina Laser is one of the few Cosmetic Surgery practices in the southeast to offer tattoo removal with the REVLITE laser.
It will likely take multiple sessions to remove your tattoo, depending upon the age of your tattoo, the density of the ink application, and the colors used. We can give you an estimate of the number of sessions you will likely need at the time of your first office visit. Learn more about laser tattoo removal.
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Pat R., Pfafftown: My skin looks as gray and dull as the winter landscape! I've heard that using a tanning bed really isn't a good idea, plus I'd like a longer lasting and healthier option. What can you suggest to give my skin a desperately needed and relatively inexpensive pre-spring pick-me-up?
Dr. White: Don't despair, there are many ways to improve the look and health of your skin, though using a tanning bed isn't one of them. Using a tanning bed would actually damage your skin further, leaving you with even less healthy skin.
For healthy ways to freshen your look for Spring, there are a number of both laser and non-laser treatments that are safe, proven, non-surgical, and painless, from chemical peels, to microderm, to laser resurfacing. When you come in for... Read more
Laura B: I’ve decided that this is the year I make sure I get exactly what I want for Christmas, a new and improved me. I’m okay with my weight and size; I’d really just like to firm up what I’ve got. I’ve seen a bunch of new procedures on TV lately, but which ones are really worth the money?
Dr. White: Good for you, you’re doing the research to make an informed decision on the best treatments available for yourself. You’re not alone - firming is probably the biggest sought-after benefit in cosmetic dermatology these days. One of the hottest and most effective treatments available for firming today is SmartLipo TriplexTM LaserBodySculpting.
No matter how strictly some of my patients diet, or exercise, many of them just cannot eliminate... Read more
Jennifer: Dr. Anne, how do I take care of my skin in the winter months? This time of year my skin gets dry and chapped.
Dr. White: Jennifer, the dry air of winter, both indoors and outside, can make it difficult to keep skin from getting dry, chapped, and itchy. Harsh wind, low humidity, and indoor
heating are common factors that sap moisture from the skin. This time of year, it's especially important to protect your skin, keeping it healthy, moisturized, and youthful. The following tips will help.
Cleansing And Bathing
There is a common misconception that skin needs to be "squeaky clean."
People often spend too much time as well as use too irritating soaps while
bathing. Skin is more healthy when all of the natural oils are not stripped by too
aggressive or too frequent... Read more
Melissa: I can't believe the holidays are almost here! We want to do family photos for our Christmas cards this year, and while I hear the camera adds 10 pounds, I don't think that it will help hide my wrinkles and spotty skin. I need help, and quickly!
Dr. White: The holidays are such a wonderful time; full of good company and food, accompanied by the occasional long lost friend or relative showing up ... armed with cameras!
There are a number of ways to freshen your look for the holidays. Eliminating wrinkles can be quickly and easily done with fillers and/or injectables. We offer a number of both, each targeting specific areas of the face, and depth of the fold. Another plus to these procedures, they work very quickly. Fillers like Radiesse take effect immediately, and injectables... Read more