Keeping your skin resilient and beautiful is an essential part of feeling great about your look. Dr. Shondra Smith and her physician extender team of skin care experts can help you address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns using proven treatments and technologies. We are proud to provide outstanding cosmetic dermatology services for patients in Lake Charles, LA, and surrounding areas. We get as excited about gorgeous skin as our patients.
Laser Services we offer
Laser hair removal is the process through which we help patients say goodbye to unwanted hair for the long haul. Hair growth begins to diminish after the very first session, with the growth cycle significantly decreased by the end of the treatment program.
Spider veins are a frustrating problem for many people. Laser sclerotherapy is a treatment that meets our patients requests for no-needle treatment. This therapy closes down the veins that are causing visible blue and red spots, streaks, or webs on the skin using a precise wavelength of laser energy. Through a series of treatments, our patients can see dramatic improvement.
Sun damage often results in brown spots on the skin. Our laser treatment removes hyperpigmented (dark) lesions with a specific wavelength of light that is attracted to melanin. The melanin pigment absorbs wavelengths from our laser device and gradually breaks apart into small fragments that get absorbed by the body.
The Ellipse IPL treats brown patchy areas of hyperpigmentation using light waves. These treatments can also reduce the appearance of rosacea, broken capillaries, and general redness. IPL works by directing controlled pulses of light into the upper layer of the skin. These light rays are drawn to melanin, which causes brown spots, and hemoglobin, a source of redness. Upon absorption, particles of these pigments break apart and gradually fade.
CO2 laser resurfacing has been used for years to achieve more profound results in tissue rejuvenation. The problem with standard laser resurfacing was the downtime it would incur. The Juvia Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing device has taken ablative resurfacing and made it better. This device touches only a fraction of the skin, which prompts significant healing responses without the intensity and longevity of side effects of standard resurfacing procedures. Because treatment addresses the surface of the skin as well as deeper layers, we see lighter, brighter, smoother skin.
Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion
The VI Peel is a medium grade medical chemical peel designed to enhance your skin’s natural beauty by correcting the effects of sun damage, environmental factors and time. This peel can be used to treat sun damage on the face, decolletage, and hands. Additionally, VI Peel is an effective acne-fighter that is safe for patients as young as age 12. The procedure is quick, taking less than half an hour, and comfortable.
The signs of aging and sun damage often accumulate on the epidermis because this uppermost layer of skin harbors dead and damaged skin cells. Microdermabrasion is a quick, comfortable treatment that removes these cells as well as other debris. In addition to reviving the skin’s natural glow, microdermabrasion is now proven to also promote thickening of the upper layers of the skin, which has anti-aging effects.
Injectables and Fillers
Botox is probably the most well-known wrinkle-reducer around the world. A few injections can beautifully smooth away dynamic wrinkles. These lines and creases often develop around the eyes and forehead areas. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include frown lines, worry lines, and crow’s feet. Botox reduces or erases these lines by causing long-term muscle relaxation. Treatment is quick, convenient, and satisfying, with results gradually building over 5 to 7 days.
Dysport is a Botox-like drug that is also effective at reducing dynamic wrinkles caused by facial movements. Also formulated as a purified form of botulinum toxin, Dysport carries the active ingredient to muscles via smaller particles than Botox. This may make Dysport ideal for larger areas through which the drug may disperse slightly faster.
Restylane dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that exists naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid binds water to complete functions like joint lubrication. It also helps regulate water balance in the skin. We use several Restylane products to achieve the best results for each patient.
Also made with hyaluronic acid, Belotero is mostly used on the cheeks, nose, lips, chin, and around the eyes. This product line offers outstanding results via multiple formulations. Treatment usually takes less than an hour, depending on the goals we are addressing. Results from Belotero are immediate and last several months.
Juvederm Voluma XC is an instant volumizer known for its extraordinary results. Designed specifically for cheek augmentation, Voluma is a viscous dermal filler with structural qualities. Results are instantly gratifying and can last up to 2 years.
Fat Reduction and Tightening
Fat-reduction got much easier with the development of CoolSculpting technology. This method of cryolipolysis works over the course of several weeks to destroy unwanted fat without extra calorie-counting and exercise. Patients often see outstanding changes through a series of 3 to 4 treatments. Fat-loss begins immediately and can become increasingly apparent starting as soon as two weeks after the first session.
As an injectable treatment, Kybella is in a class of its own. This product is used specifically for the correction of submental fullness. A double-chin is a common problem that affects adults of all ages. Through a few convenient treatment sessions, our patients can gradually see their jawline come into better view as fat cells degrade and melt away, flushed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system.
We use the Profound System to tighten skin in problem areas such as the neck/jowls, arms, décolletage, bra strap area, abdomen, male chest, thighs, hips, buttocks, and the knees. This treatment platform combines two powerful techniques, microneedling and radiofrequency, to stimulate immediate tightening of the collagen strands that support the skin. Deeper heating of the dermis also increases collagen production for, you guessed it, profound tissue tightening that continues for several weeks. Skin tightening results last for around two years.
Women of all ages complain of cellulite in areas such as the thighs hips, and buttocks. Cellulite looks like a fat problem, but there is more to it than that. We often see cellulite dimples on women who are at their ideal weight. This happens because dimples are actually caused by fibrous bands that pull on skin that has lost some of its elasticity. We treat cellulite using our Profound system, which helps tighten and thicken the skin through collagen remodeling.
Schedule a Client Consultation
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dermatology treatments because we see every patient’s needs and skin as unique! Give us a call today at (337) 477-0011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith and we’ll help you address your beauty concerns with a positive, friendly attitude. We serve those located in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, and Jennings, LA, Orange, TX, and surrounding areas.