Laser for Redness & Rosacea

Laser Treatments

Lasers and light sources have revolutionized cosmetic and medical dermatology. At Swann Dermatology, we are laser experts. Dr. Swann is fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology by preeminent cosmetic dermatologist E. Victor Ross at Scripps Clinic. Dr. Swann did investigational research including clinical studies on many of the devices used clinically today including fractionated carbon dioxide, erbium 2940, intense pulsed light, vacuum-assisted diode and more. Swann Dermatology is not another medical spa. We offer 417-area’s only dedicated cosmetic dermatology clinic with cutting-edge treatments that are scientifically proven. Our staff is led and trained by Dr. Swann himself. We do not support gimmicks and we are not driven for sales, we are driven by achieving excellent results for our patients. We offer a variety of proven technologies for medical, surgical and cosmetic results.

KTP Laser Treatments

The single most effective laser wavelength (532nm) for treatment of facial red spots and blood vessels in a single treatment is available in Springfield only at Swann Dermatology. Sun damage or other inflammatory conditions, such as rosacea can lead to proliferation of shallow blood vessels. Dr. Swann owns Southwest Missouri’s only high-powered Gemini KTP laser which efficiently treats blood vessels with low downtime. The bright green laser light is absorbed selectively by hemoglobin in shallow blood vessels which are gently headed. This is followed by denaturing of shallow blood vessels. Some blood vessels disappear on contact with the laser.

What is the Gemini Treatment?

The Gemini KTP Laser is the most powerful green-light laser available and has been designed to target collections of melanin, which lead to brown pigment in the skin, and excess blood vessel proliferation in the skin. The Gemini laser is a true laser, meaning it has a single wavelength (532 nanometers) instead of the more common IPL (intense pulsed light) which is filtered light. IPL is effective for some patients with light skin and dark spots, but tends to take 3-5 treatments for the sort of lasting results that can be achieved with a single KTP treatment. Alghough IPL is commonly used by nurses in Springfield, Dr. Swann operates the only Gemini KTP laser in Southwest Missouri. Our KTP laser’s narrow wavelength allows us to target facial capillaries much better than IPL with less risks and fewer treatments.

The goal in treating the skin with the Gemini KTP Laser is significant improvement of broken blood vessels leading to more even skin tone and improvements in skin texture. Additional improvements can be seen in brown spots using this laser. This can be performed with minimal downtime (2-3 days of mild swelling) and is relatively painless.

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Dr. Swann has done extensive training with the Gemini KTP laser and is fellowship trained in laser and cosmetic procedures. Our pricing is based on Dr. Swann’s time and expertise required to treat your skin condition. He will perform the laser treatment himself. Trust your skin to a dermatologist.

Single focused area $300, full face $800, neck $400, chest $500.

To learn more about the treatment of age spots or photoaging and to find out if a treatment is right for you, please contact us today at [springfield_phone] to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swann.

Laser Resurfacing CO2 Laser

Dr. Swann now offers Springfield’s first fractionated carbon dioxide laser. Although other procedures remove aging spots and help with skin texture, DOT Therapy with the SmartXide DOT CO2 laser offers the ultimate in skin rejuvenation. DOT Therapy is ideal for the treatment of sun damage, brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity/texture and acne scars. Not only does the DOT offer amazing results, but it does so safely and quickly with little downtime. The secret is out and the benefits of DOT Therapy speak for themselves:

  • Rapid healing with minimal downtime (4-6 days)
  • Quick procedure with low risk
  • Treatment tailored by Dr. Swann
  • Minimally invasive
  • Freshened, renewed skin
  • Treatment of multiple issues at once
  • CO2 treatment without being put to sleep

What will Fractionated CO2 Laser Therapy do for me?

If you have spent years in the sun, especially without adequate sun protection, then you know what it can do to your skin. Wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun spots, skin laxity all creep up with age, but are more pronounced in areas of sun damage. Although preventive measures like sunscreens and hats are the best way to age gracefully, it is often impractical. Fractionated CO2 lasers significantly reduce the damage caused by years of sun in just one treatment. Also, if you have scars from acne or other skin injuries, then you may also be a candidate for this procedure. Now, using DOT Therapy, an innovative, new laser technology, an hour treatment by Dr. Swann may restore your skin’s youthful appearance. While the aging process cannot be stopped, with proper care you can maintain your rejuvenated skin’s appearance for many years!

DOT Therapy

DOT Therapy is a pioneer in the world of CO² laser resurfacing treatments. Before DOT, many patients endured long, often painful laser resurfacing procedures with lengthy recoveries in order to achieve skin rejuvenation. Historically, many procedures involved vaporizing an entire layer and surface of skin, resulting in significant downtime, discomfort and prolonged redness. In addition, old CO² lasers could not treat non-facial areas like the neck and décolletage easily because skin in these areas did not heal as well as the face. So how is DOT Therapy different or better? The DOT utilizes a ‘dot’ pattern to create thousands of microscopic perforations in the skin while leaving the areas around each ‘dot’ intact. This fractional laser allows for the skin to heal more quickly from the edge of these tiny ‘dots’. The overall procedure is safer, faster and more efficient. Doctors also have more control to customize treatment specifically to the patient and even modify treatment during the procedure for various skin challenges or problem areas.

Traditional CO2 Lasers

  • Lengthy recovery time (weeks)
  • Delayed healing due to ‘blasting’ away layer of skin
  • No flexibility to customize treatment
  • Patient discomfort and pain
  • Possible bleeding
  • Nominal flexibility
  • Safely treat the face only
  • Risk of adverse reactions and side effects

DOT Theraphy SmartXide Laser

  • Minimal recovery time (3-5 days)
  • Rapid healing due to DOT pattern
  • Adjustable settings to achieve customized treatment
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Possible bleeding
  • No bleeding
  • Target various types of damage
  • Treat beyond the face (eyelids, neck, hands)
  • No adverse reactions

If you think you might be a candidate for a resurfacing laser procedure, Dr. Swann is the only dermatologist in southwest Missouri fellowship-trained in procedural dermatology with laser & cosmetic experience. Call our office at 417-888-0858 to schedule a consultation.

Laser for Redness & Rosacea Treatment Team:

Michael H. Swann, MD MS

Jasmine Henderson, RN

Janny Dyer

Cydney Herndon