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Hello From USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center

Hello From USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center

Click the video link below and learn about what the USF HEalth Cosmetic and Laser Center had to offer.

Click Video Link USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center Services

Neil Alan Fenske, MD, Professor and Chair, Medical Director Nicole Hogue, ARNP-C, Cosmetic Practitioner Erika Dare, ARNP-C, Dermatology and Cosmetic Practitioner

(Center) Neil Alan Fenske, MD, Professor and Chair, Medical Director
(Left) Nicole Hogue, ARNP-C, Cosmetic Practitioner
(Right) Erika Dare, ARNP-C, Dermatology and Cosmetic Practitioner

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Cosmetics and Lasers for Skin of Color

Cosmetics and lasers for skin of color

Open up a cosmetic online forum or an aesthetic magazine and you are bound to read horror stories which recount laser treatments gone wrong on those with skin of color.  Unfortunately, when laser is placed in the hands of poorly trained individuals or an inappropriate device is used, adverse reactions can occur in darker skin types.  The truth is that people who have an olive complexion or even darker skin color can still have a good majority of the laser treatments available to lighter skinned individuals; however, the provider must use the appropriate device for their skin type.  At USF Health Cosmetic & Laser Center, we use 1064 wavelength lasers to treat our patients with darker complexions.  Using this type of device and customized, conservative energy settings, we can treat target lesions such as hair or texture with a much lower risk of causing severe burns or hypo/hyperpigmentation.  With a 1064 wavelength device, we enable our laser to focus on the target and less on the pigment in darker skin. While no procedure is 100% without risk, a conservative approach with the right tools and consistent follow up is the most effective way to prevent complications.

Another common misunderstanding we hear in patients with skin of color is that they have been told there are very few cosmetic treatments appropriate for their skin type. While some treatments may remain off limits, there is still a plethora of cosmetic goodies and procedures that can be used on darker complexions.  In addition to cosmetic procedures, we offer customized skin care plans and products safe for use on skin of color.  At USF Health Cosmetic & Laser Center we can help darker skin types with issues such as:

  • Botox
  • Dermal fillers
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Skin Care
  • Melasma
  • Active acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Oily skin
  • Texture
  • Nail fungus
  • Skin tightening
  • Tattoo removal
  • Hair removal

If you have a darker skin complexion and cosmetic concerns, stop by or call to set up a consultation.  It is important to meet with one of our providers to further assess your skin’s needs and develop a comprehensive plan tailored to your specific skin type.

by:Erika Dare, ARNP-C, cosmetic/dermatology practitioner at USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center


eMatrix Skin Treatment


Click link below for video about TNS and eMatrix Sublative

TNS and Sublative Video

For decades cosmetic practitioners have relied on laser and light based devices to turn back the hands of time and battle against fine lines, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation and textural issues. The idea of skin rejuvenation with heat and energy based devices has evolved significantly in the last ten years. Facial resurfacing, specifically fractional resurfacing procedures, have gained popularity in the last ten years. Fractional ablative procedures involve a week or two of downtime and come with potential complications yet achieve a great cosmetic benefit. However, these procedures are not recommended for all skin-types due to possible complications. Non-ablative fractional procedures typically involve heating the tissue with hopes of stimulating collagen over time. These procedures have minimal downtime yet do not yield the same impressive results as the fractional ablative procedures. For years there has been a large gap in terms of results from an aggressive ablative fractionated procedure and a less aggressive non-ablative procedure. The answer now lies within “sublative technology”. This non –laser technology allows us to achieve the aggressive results we desire but with less downtime than the traditional fractional ablative laser procedures.
We are very excited to be introducing the eMatrix into our practice!!eMatrix_3
Things you should know about eMatrix skin treatment:
• Bi-Polar Radiofrequency treatment that delivers energy deep into the dermis in order to elicit a wound healing response leading to a smoother, brighter appearance of the skin
• eMatrix skin treatment stimulates both collagen and elastin, which helps to tighten the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance
• Great for improvement of mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring, mild skin laxity, red/brown spots and textural irregularities
• Can treat within the orbital rim therefore great for fine lines around the eyes such as CROWS FEET
• eMatrix skin treatment is safe and effective for ALL SKINTYPES
• Short procedure with minimal downtime as it is a closed wound
• 3 treatments recommended at monthly intervals

By: Nicole Nations, ARNP-C, Cosmetic Practitioner, USF Health Cosmetic and Laser Center on Davis Islands. University of South Florida

Nicole Nations, ARNP-C

Nicole Nations, ARNP-C