Cosmetic Procedures

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Access Healthcare

Direct Primary Care & Family Medicine
located in Apex, NC

Although laser technology isn’t necessarily new, refinements in the technology have opened up a whole new world of cosmetic applications. From skin resurfacing to hair removal, the doctors at Access Healthcare can help patients in Apex, North Carolina, look and feel their best, inside and out. To learn more about laser cosmetic services, contact us.

Cosmetic Procedures Q & A

Feeling energized, youthful and vivid is something we strive and work towards everyday. Unfortunately, we all experience episodes of stress, sleep deprivation, junk-food consumption, and allergies. These can leave their mark on our bodies, whether it is in the form of wrinkles, or loose skin. Of course, genetics, nature and injuries also show on our bodies – are you familiar with age spots, scars, or unwanted hair? At Access Healthcare our cosmetic physician, Apex, provides various types of cosmetic procedures to help patients look and feel their best, inside and out.

Cosmetic treatments in Apex

At our clinic, we utilize state-of-the-art laser technology to provide treatments ranging from skin revitalization to body reshaping. Laser technology is incredibly versatile, and it seems that many of our patients are curious about it. To address your curiosity we have compiled a list of common questions and expert answers about laser technology.

A few words about laser technology

Laser technology is a broad term for a few different types of energies, including light, radiofrequency, and even cooling. For most skin treatments, laser systems focus intense beams of light that pass through your skin to tackle cosmetic problems.

In recent years, the role of light-based technologies in dermatology and its popularity has expanded dramatically across the globe, due to new innovations and clinical applications. A study published by the NCBI in 2016 explains that lasers and intense pulsed light are safe and effective for cosmetic use. And as they are researched and developed, their therapeutic outcomes become enhanced with improved safety profiles.

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How does laser technology work?

Laser light may be absorbed, reflected, transmitted, or scattered when applied to the skin, and only absorption by tissue allows for clinical effect. The level of absorption depends on the molecules found in the skin – water, melanin and hemoglobin. Therefore, for the laser treatments to give optimal results only extensively trained doctors should administer it.  

Two types of lasers can be used to correct cosmetic problems, such as sun damage, lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, BUT they are hugely different. The American Laser Study Club explains the difference:

  • Ablative laser: target water in soft tissue to vaporize (remove) tissue. This laser is used to remove thin layers of skin – wounding lasers. Carbon dioxide lasers and erbium lasers are examples of this.
  • Non-ablative laser: target water in soft tissue WITHOUT vaporizing it. This non-wounding laser stimulates collagen production and skin tightening, reduces pigment and addresses acne and acne scars. Many types of lasers come into this category, including a commonly used intense pulsed light (IPL) device.

Non-ablative laser treatment is commonly used for cosmetic procedures as it works by heating the tissue to different depths, rather than removing it, thus allowing for a shorter downtime. 

Considering the evolution of laser technology and the knowledge we have about it, you can be sure that our laser treatment in Apex is safe, effective and will not leave you with scarring!

Furthermore, the precision that this enhanced laser technology allows means that the doctors are able to target a larger range of cosmetic concerns. This is because of their ability to control the level of the energy released, as well as its depth and breadth.

What can laser technology address?

The healthcare professionals at Access Healthcare use laser technology for:

Skin revitalization

Using laser technology, your doctor sends energy beneath the surface of your skin to spur a collagen response that tightens your skin. At the same time, the energy gets rid of old skin cells, paving the way for new growth and brighter skin. To enjoy tighter skin without painful surgery, try the TempSure Skin Rejuvenation treatment offered at our practice! 

Skin resurfacing

Going a little deeper, your doctor uses laser energy to destroy old skin, allowing new skin that’s more evenly toned and firmer to form in its place. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery states that “Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone.” It goes on to say that if the treatment is carried out by poorly trained individuals it can be dangerous. Therefore, if age spot removal in Apex, or other skin resurfacing procedures interest you, contact our highly trained cosmetic doctor to make an appointment.

Scar reduction

Our laser scar removal in Apex works by administering laser energy to a scarred area, which destroys old scar tissue, encouraging new skin to come in and cover the area. Laser scar reduction cannot get rid of a scar, it works by replacing the existing scar with a significantly less noticeable scar. The American Academy of Dermatology explains that this treatment is becoming more popular among dermatologists as it is proven to: 

  • Prevent a raised scar from forming after surgery
  • Reduce scar pain and itch
  • Increase range of motion, if a scar limits movement
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Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles

To allow effective wrinkle removal in Apex, laser energy is applied to the skin of our patients, which tightens and firms the skin. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by creating a mild healing response, which comes in the form of renewed collagen and elastin.

Removal of unwanted hair

During this procedure, your doctor will beam highly concentrated light energy directly into your hair follicles. As the pigment in the follicle absorbs the light, the hair is permanently destroyed. This technique works on most areas of your body except around your eyes. Laser/IPL hair removal is highly precise as it damages the hair without affecting the surrounding skin.

Other treatments provided by our clinic include:

What are the advantages of laser technology?

If you look at all of the capabilities of laser technology, you will see that it has a myriad of advantages. To start; traditional techniques for many of the services listed above involved painful and risky surgical procedures like facelifts, hair grafts, and plastic surgery for scar removal.

With laser technology, you avoid the risk of infection, and your recovery time is greatly diminished, meaning you can show off your results much sooner.

Laser technology also works with your body’s own resources, creating natural-looking results that last.

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Learn more about your cosmetic doctor in Apex, North Carolina

Access Healthcare is committed to providing high-quality medical services. Motivated by the need for more patient-friendly healthcare services we offer great cosmetic procedures that are effective, affordable, and readily available. With vigilant preventive care and expert medical oversight, the doctors at our practice, partner with patients for long-lasting health. But don’t just listen to us, read what our customers have to say about our services – you can find the testimonials here.

To learn more about the laser cosmetic services at Access Healthcare, get in touch with us:

  • Call us at 919-213-9749
  • Send us an email:
  • Request an appointment using the online scheduler
  • Visit our clinic: 1031 W. Williams Street, Suite 106, Apex, NC 27502

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.



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Access Healthcare
1031 W. Williams Street, Suite 106
Apex, NC 27502
Phone: 919-363-0190


Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed