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Laser Treatment of Periorbital Veins | Dr. Thomas Nakatsui


December 12th, 2018 | Conditions, General Info

At our centre, we can treat a variety of skin conditions using the latest in laser technology. In this video, Dr. Nakatsui is treating veins located around the eye with the Cutera XEO 1064nm laser. It is really neat to watch because during treatment, instant results can be seen. For more information, please contact our clinic at (780)482-1414.

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Removing The Regretted Tattoo


August 31st, 2017 | Conditions, General Info, Treatments

We’ve heard it all before: a woman falls deeply in love with her boyfriend, Kevin, and decides to have his name tattooed across her arm only to become heartbroken the following week.  She is now stuck with this unwanted tattoo across her arm.

Years ago, she only had a few options: live with the regret and have his name forever inked on her skin, or try to cover it up with a second tattoo on top of her current tattoo.  Various creams have been suggested; however, many of them were either ineffective or, worse yet, caused scarring due to the strong nature of the creams.

The newest and most advanced technique for removing unwanted tattoos is with laser therapy.  At the Groot DermaSurgery Centre, we use the Q-switch Alexandrite laser.  Various lasers are used for various conditions such as excessive hair, mole removal, or unwanted blood vessels.  Each one of these conditions will require a different wavelength light.

Specific to tattoos, the laser penetrates the skin at a specific wavelength with the goal of breaking pigmented particles.  Your body’s immune system then removes these pigmented particles over time.  After a few treatments, the tattoo can potentially be completely erased from a person’s skin.

As with any procedure, especially those that involve lasers, it is always important to be aware of the risks and precautions surrounding the treatment.  Regarding laser therapies for tattoo removal, one potential risk is hypopigmentation, or the loss of colour, of the skin.   Or conversely, a person may get hyperpigmentation, or the increase in pigmentation in the skin.  The laser used in tattoos cannot distinguish between naturally dark pigmented skin and a tattoo, therefore, when the tattoo is being removed, surrounding skin can potentially be affected as well.

At the Groot DermaSurgery when consulting an individual about tattoo removal, we highly suggest that the individual not have any tan in their skin before and after treatment for these exact reasons. As always, speak to a certified medical professional when dealing with any treatment. If you have any questions or you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Groot DermaSurgery Centre and book a complimentary consultation for your specific needs or please visit this link.

*At the Groot DermaSurgery Centre we love Kevins and even employ a Kevin at our facility!  We only used your name as an example* 

Suffering from scars?


February 16th, 2016 | Uncategorized

Scarring can be caused from trauma, acne, or something more personal. Scarring can impact our daily lives, such as how we feel, what we wear, and how we act.

Dr. Thomas Nakatsui and the Groot Dermasurgery Centre has treated various forms of scarring for over 15 years using the most advanced forms of lasers surgery and various surgical techniques.

Scar revision requires an observant eye and a creative multi-dimensional approach to be successful. Component analysis of the scar is the first step. A scar may be linear, raised, thick, depressed, uneven, vascular, hyperpigmented (brown discoloration) or hypopigmented (devoid of color). By treating each of the components, the overall improvement is greatest.

In most cases the ideal time to begin treatment is 6 – 12 weeks after the wound has occurred. This allows the laser surgeon to direct the body’s natural healing process to an improved cosmetic result. In certain cases, re-excision of an old scar is performed prior to laser treatments in order to re-establish the 6 to 12 week window of opportunity for laser scar revision.

If you would like more information about scars, procedure itself or medical lasers for sale, please visit our webpage at www.grootdermasurgery.com or do not hesitate to contact our office at (780)482-1414 where any of our friendly staff members will be glad to help.