Valley gets cutting-edge way to treat skin blemishes

May 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new way to treat sun-spots, age-spots and even wrinkles promises to zap away your skin problems.

A state-of-the-art laser is now available in the valley after it was recently approved for use in the U.S.

Phone calls, filing and family - that's how Olga Murillo fills her day.

As a medical biller at a Northeast Fresno Sleep Treatment Center and the mom of a 5 year old, the 27-year-old has little time to spend on herself. But she's noticing changes in her skin.

"I'm starting to see just little really tiny dots that are pigments in my skin that are now appearing. I'm not sure if it's my age or the sun," Murillo said.

Then Olga heard about a new FDA-approved laser treatment in the valley at Dr. Uma Rao's office at Modern Aesthetics.

It's called the QXMAX and unlike other laser treatments, it targets only the hyper-pigmentation in the skin, such as sunspots and age spots but doesn't damage surrounding cells.

Other lasers can damage normal skin cells, especially on darker-toned or tan skin.

But Dr. Rao says the QXMAX pinpoints only the areas you want to treat, making it safe for all skin types.

"It will actually target pigment, it does not target cells and it goes down all the way to the dermal layer so it's not going to matter what someone's pigment is," Rao said.

Olga is getting her first treatment, in a series of 5-6 sessions. But she doesn't want any recovery time.

"That was one of my big questions: could I put on make up the next day? Is my skin gonna dry up? Am I gonna have more blotches for a few days?" Murillo said.

"There's no down time. You're not going to get the raw look on your face," Rao said.

Dr. Rao first showed the power of the laser on a magazine as it took the ink away, much like it would a sunspot or an age spot on the face, but leaves the surrounding page untouched.

Dr. Rao then starts Olga's treatment. No anesthetic is necessary.

Before and after pictures from Lumenis show patient results after a series of treatments.

Dr. Rao says each session costs between $250-350.

Guys, the QXMAX laser isn't just for women. Dr. Rao says since it builds back collagen and gets rid of deep lines. It boosts the skin volume for a more youthful appearance and no one would know you had a treatment done.

"If you can spare half an hour, you'll be in and out," Rao said.

After her treatment, Olga was back to work without any pain or redness on her face. And she looking forward to her results.

"Just something natural looking. Something where I wouldn't have to wear much makeup," Murillo said.

Saving even more time for this busy mom who wants to put her best face forward.

The laser has been widely used in Europe and Asia but was recently approved for use in the U.S.

Lumenis says Dr. Rao has the only QXMAX laser in the Valley and only the third one on the West Coast.

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Modern Aesthetics
Dr. Uma Rao
7035 N. Chestnut Ave, Suite 105 in Fresno
Phone: (559) 323-0600


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