Laser Therapy

Dr. Hollingsworth has the latest in laser machines brought in monthly from Dallas, Texas. Laser treatments are performed only one day a month. Call our office to schedule your appointment at (903)793-8966.

Hair Reduction
It typically takes 6-8 consecutive treatments to obtain the best result. One or two touch-up treatments may be required per year, but these are offered at a discounted rate if you complete your original series of treatments. Our treatments are priced per area. You may pay as you go, or purchase a package for 20% off the total price. Our price list is as follows:

MEN

CASH PRICE - STARTING AT:

BACK -$500.00
BEARD AND LOWER NECK- $400.00
NECK ONLY - $200.00
CHEST AND STOMACH - $500.00
ARMS, ELBOW TO WRIST - $200.00
ARMS, SHOULDER TO WRIST - $400.00

WOMEN

CASH PRICE - STARTING AT:

LOWER FACE-$200.00
BIKINI AREA, STANDARD-$100.00
BIKINI AREA, FULL-$150.00
UNDERARMS -$100.00
UPPER LIP-$50.00
CHIN-$50.00
NAVEL (W/ BIKINI)-$25.00
LEGS, KNEE TO ANKLE -$400.00
LEGS, BIKINI TO ANKLE-$800.00
ARMS, ELBOW TO WRIST-$200.00
ARMS, SHOULDER TO WRIST-$400.00

Tattoo Removal, Age/Sun Spot Removal, Rosacea Treatments, and Leg Vein Treatments
All of these procedures are priced on an individual basis based on a variety of factors, with a minimum of $150.00. Should you require more than one treatment, packages can be purchased for 20% off the total. Feel free to call our office to schedule a complimentary estimate.

Fractional CO2 Laser
Dr. Hollingsworth is now offering the latest fractional laser technology. This laser can be used to erase fine lines, improve pigmentation problems, and tighten the skin. As this procedure is slightly more aggressive than the other laser treatments we offer, it is mandatory to have a free consultation before your treatment. We can treat the full face, the cheek areas, or the upper lip. Prices begin at $1,200. We invite you to visit the laser company's website, www.dottherapy.com, for more information.

Laser Hair Removal

For many men and women, unwanted hair can be an embarrassing nightmare. Traditional hair reduction techniques such as shaving, plucking and waxing provide only temporary relief and may actually stimulate hair growth. Electrolysis can be effective, but often requires years of painful, continuous treatment. Many people are now seeking laser treatment for the reduction of unwanted hair.

The Cynosure Apogee 6200 Enhanced TKS Laser provides consistent reproducible results as substantiated by quality clinical research and peer review. It differs from other hair reduction lasers on the market in that it utilizes the best known combination of clinical factors to isolate the energy of the treatment to the hair base and not the skin or other unwanted areas. The result is a more effective treatment for patients with a larger tange of skin tone treatable. The Apogee Laser increases both the destructive effect on the hair follicle and the protective effect on the skin.

Treatment Procedures

Pre-Treatment Instructions

It is recommended that patients stay out of the sun for 2 - 3 weeks prior to laser treatment. Treatment should not be performed if you have a suntan or sun burn. Patients should not tweeze, wax, or use a depilatory agent for one month prior to treatment. The area treated should be shaved 12-14 hours prior to treatment. If the area to be treated has a heavy growth of hair, you should shave just before coming to the office. Do not wear makeup, deodorant, perfumes, or powder on the areas to be treated.

During the Treatment

Patients will be asked to use protective eyewear (goggles) to avoid exposure to direct or scattered laser light. The area to be treated may be shaved if it hasn't been shaved within 12-14 hours prior to treatment. A yellow or light colored marker may be used to outline the treatment area. This serves as a guide for the laser handpiece. A clear aloe gel, sometimes frozen or chilled, may be applied to the treatment area to ease the sensation of the pulse from the laser. The laser handpiece and cooling device are then positioned and activated on the area to be treated. Laser pulses are delivered to the treatment area with a 10% overlap between pulses. A laser pulse can be described as a wave of heat with the sensation of a pinprick. A topical anesthetic may be applied if necessary, however, the aloe gel and cooling device should cut down on any discomfort.

Post Treatment Instructions

After you have received your laser treatment the area treated will resemble a moderate sunburn. Loose, natural fiber clothing is recommended. It is recommended that a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should be applied whenever exposed to the sun. Try not to rub, scratch, or pick the area treated. Swimming, sports and/or strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 2-3 days following the laser treatment. Ointment may be applied to the treated area to prevent drying and crusting and to also promote a soothing effect. Antibiotic ointment should be used if there is any blistering or break in the skin. Patients should contact the office if there is any indication of infection (redness, tenderness or pus).

How Does It Work?

Hair experiences three phases of growth: anagen, catagen and telogen. It is during the anagen phase that hair reacts to laser light. The goal in hair reduction is for the laser light to penetrate to the depth of the hair follicle during the anagen phase to achieve long-term results. This is why, depending upon the area treated, you will need to be treated anywhere from 2 - 7 times.

Light energy is absorbed by the pigment melanin; it is then transformed into heat energy disabling the hair follicle. Those individuals with course, dark hair, and light color skin respond best to the laser. In those people with darker skin color (more melanin) the skin tends to compete with the hair for light energy resulting in the potential for damaged skin, not the hair follicle. This is another reason why tanning should be avoided prior to treatment. Skin types can be classified in one of six categories. These categories show how each different skin type reacts to sunlight. A person's skin type is evaluated to determine safe, effective levels of laser energy to use during the laser hair reduction process.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just as long. Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. The use of dermabrasion, salabrasion and Argon or C02 lasers have left behind scars in place of the tattoo.

The advent of Q-Switched lasers has permitted the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring. The Medlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is the newest system in this class of lasers. The Medlite can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks, and is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, black and red inks.

The laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. The colors of ink in the tattoo absorb the light from the laser causing the ink in the tattoo to destruct. The laser light is delivered in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. Rapidly pulsed light along with a specific combination of laser wavelength result in minimal damage to the skin.

The number of treatments needed to remove a tattoo can vary from 5 - 20 treatments depending on the size and color of the tattoo. The duration of each treatment is typically 2 - 5 minutes per treatment with a healing time of 10 - 21 days after each treatment. Local anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.

Common Questions

Is the process painful?

The Medlite laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band or specks of hot bacon grease on the skin. The large majority of all patients do not require anesthesia.

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?

On the average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-4 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used an the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely, even more than ten treatments maybe be needed.

Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?

No, dark (Blue/Black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on the any given tattoo.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?

Occasionally there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by your physician. A shower can be taken the next day although the treated area should not be scrubbed.

How It Works

The laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. The colors of ink in the tattoo absorb the light from the laser causing the ink in the tattoo to destruct. The laser light is delivered in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. Rapidly pulsed light along with a specific combination of laser wavelength result in minimal damage to the skin.

The number of treatments needed to remove a tattoo can vary from 5 - 20 treatments depending on the size and color of the tattoo. The duration of each treatment is typically 2 - 5 minutes per treatment with a healing time of 10 - 21 days after each treatment. Local anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.

Laser Facial and Leg Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins on the face and legs bother millions of people. Spider veins (or telangiectasias) are red, bluish or purple veins that can result from sun exposure, use of oral contraception, hormone therapy; the aging process, or heredity.

Advanced laser technology offers an effective treatment for facial and Spider veins. And we now offer treatment with this technology in our office.

Common Questions

How does a laser help?

With a beam of light, the laser can deliver a prescribed dose of energy to the spider veins. The laser "selectively" coagulates the problem veins while sparing surrounding areas. After treatment, the vessel slowly and naturally disappears.

How many treatments are required?

Results are seen within three to four weeks. Typically, one to two treatments are recommended

Is this treatment difficult?

No. This non-invasive treatment process takes between 10 minutes to about 20 minutes, depending on your situation. After treatment, there is no down time - which means you can resume all of your normal activities immediately afterward.

Can we be sure that this will work on my veins?

This is something that must be determined with each client individually, but the majority of patients will benefit from this treatment.

Is the treatment painful?

There is some minor discomfort associated with this laser treatment. Most patients describe the sensation as a series of rubber band snaps to the skin. We can reduce or eliminate this by cooling the treated area with an air-cooling device.

How does It Work

Facial and leg veins are actually just enlarged or overgrown blood vessels and are typically caused by too much exposure to the sun, the natural process of aging, hormone therapy, or as a result of using oral contraceptives.

When facial and leg veins are treated with a laser the light from the laser is absorbed into the blood cells, causing the blood to heat and coagulate leaving the blood vessel walls unsupported, causing them to collapse. Then during the healing process these vessels dissolve within the body.

After the treatment you may experience a slight redness in the treated area, which will disappear in a few days. There are minimal if any side effects and your physician will provide you with instructions for skin care after treatment. After the vessels are gone, the area returns to the natural color of the skin.

A thorough consultation with your physician is necessary to determine the nature of the condition to be treated. Your physician will recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. If you would like a physician referral, fill out our Request Information Form and submit your request for a physician referral.

The treatment methods and parameters discussed in this web site are intended for a reference only and do not serve as a direct recommendation of treatment method or dosimetry.

Rosacea Treatment

Laser Birthmark, Lesion and Sunspot Removal

Just about everyone has a few obvious brown spots on their skin. Freckles, "age spots", "liver spots", and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks, generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Although most brown spots are easily ignored, many are quite conspicuous and can detract from your skin's natural beauty.

Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Dark or light complexioned, we all have varying amounts of melanin. Pigmented lesions are dark in color simply because melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun's damaging rays. Pigmented lesions can be successfully lightened or removed with modern laser technology. A laser removes pigmented lesions with the energy of light. A laser is designed to produce one or more specific light wavelengths which are absorbed by the pigment.

Common Questions

What types of brown spots or pigmented lesions will the Medlite remove?

The Medlite is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, "liver spots", freckles and many brown birthmarks. Your physician will identify your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate associated with it. Important: The laser cannot be used for the removal of lesions that are cancerous or suspected of being cancerous. If there is any doubt, your physician will discuss the appropriate treatment methods with you.

Why doesn't the Medlite remove my normal skin pigmentation also?

The laser light of the Medlite was designed for its properties that selectively target dark concentrations of melanin. If after the abnormal concentrations of melanin was removed, and treatment continued on normal skin, some whitening could occur. However, your body's natural regenerative system would replace the normal melanin after a period of time, returning the skin to its natural state.

Is the process painful?

The Medlite laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a slight sunburn Typically, within a day or so, any discomfort disappears. The area may remain reddened for two to four weeks. After the redness clears, the skin is returned to its natural smooth coloring and texture; however, Dr. Hollingsworth is trained in the tumescent technique of local anesthesia for painless treatments.

How much does it cost?

Cost will be determined by Dr. Hollingsworth at the time of our initial consult. Dr. Hollingsworth charges $100.00 for all laser consults. The cost of your consult will be deducted from the cost of your first treatment. In general, we charge $100.00/square inch/treatment.

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the pigmented lesion?

At least 80% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment. If a lesion covers a large area, your physician may want to treat the area in several stages, to avoid unnecessary discomfort.

Can the excess pigmentation come back?

Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some birthmarks may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated with similar results.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?

An antibacterial ointment will be initially applied to the area. A shower can be taken the next day, but avoid scrubbing the treated area. Since most common pigmented lesions are caused by exposure to ultraviolet sun rays, it is imperative that you always wear sunscreen. Failure to wear a protective sunscreen will allow further sun damage to occur and result in new pigmented lesions. Your physician will recommend the appropriate level of sunscreen protection for your specific skin type.

How Does It Work?

Pigmented lesions are either lightened or removed when the laser light passes through the skin but is absorbed by abnormal concentrations of melanin. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the melanin to destruct to a point where the melanin concentration is reduced, leaving the treated skin looking uniform in color and texture. The Medlite Series of Q-Switched YAG laser is one of the most advanced lasers available today for the removal of pigmented lesions. The Medlite Series provides the appropriate wavelength of light for absorption by abnormal melanin concentrations.

The Medlite Series also delivers the light in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum melanin destruction. The use of this specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light results in minimal damage to normal skin while providing maximum abnormal melanin removal.