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Facial treatment gives patients the look of younger skin

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Dr. Hicks says the BroadBand Light laser helps reduce the look of wrinkles and spots. Dr. Hicks says the BroadBand Light laser helps reduce the look of wrinkles and spots.

From facial creams to plastic surgery, many are looking for ways to keep their skin looking younger and healthier.  A new skin treatment is helping patients at Ave Medical Laser Spa in Sioux City achieve that goal of a more youthful look.

With each flash of light, this patient's skin is getting a little drink from the fountain of youth.

"It's similar to a laser and it can go into the skin and it can make changes at the molecularly in the skin and in the appearance of skin," says Dr. Paula Hicks with Ave Medical Laser Spa in Sioux City.

Dr. Hicks says the BroadBand Light treatment works by producing energy deep under the skin's surface.  The skin absorbs the energy and heat, and the heat triggers collagen production.

"When we all age, we get some changes in our skin," says Dr. Hicks.  "We get little fine lines.  it gets a little bit lax.  It gets kind of dull.  This laser actually reverses everything that we are really worried about in skin.  It makes the skin more luminous and it actually helps the collagen to build and that's how it reverses aging."

Dr. Hicks says the treatment helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and it can fade red and brown spots, dilated capillaries, and sun spots.  While the laser is mostly used on the face, it can be used on the neck, chest, and hands, too.  

She says the more you do for your skin now, the less you'll have to do later.

"We do preventative maintenance for everything like our lawn, our car, our house and our face is no different," says Hicks.

Dr. Hicks says the treatment is virtually painless and there's no down time.  Patients can go back to work the same day without the peeling, redness, and swelling of traditional facial lasers.

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