As of August, 2016, Dr. Shipes has the only EVO FORTE system in Texas installed in a doctor’s office. This handpiece is excellent in Dr. Shipes’ practice for lightening and reducing redness such as from rosacea, dilated or broken blood vessels on the face/neck/chest, and any other skin pigment issues. It improves skin texture over weeks after treatment by stimulating collagen. It improves pores and enhances the smoothness of the skin. Three or five treatments may be indicated based on the aesthetic results achieved. The laser handpiece emits a range of lightwaves that are tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible. Most people need 3-5 months to see full benefit, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different each time you are treated. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time. For veins, generally, the skin looks slightly redder after the treatment for two to five days. Makeup can be used starting right after the treatment. For freckles and age spots, the spots generally look darker for 3-7 days. It takes an average of 3-5 treatments to clear pigment darkened areas and age spots. After the treatment, your skin will feel smoother and have a more even tone. A gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing, age spots, and fine lines will be more visible after each treatment.