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Laser Skin Care Specialist

Harlan L. South, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center

Harlan L. South, MD

Internal Medicine & Age Management Physician located in San Francisco, CA

Skin covered in spots or scars might not stick out to others, but seeing it in the mirror might cause you to long for clearer or smoother skin. Harlan L. South, MD, provides laser skin care treatments to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and firmness at Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center in San Francisco. You can also utilize laser skin care for vaginal revitalization and to accentuate your lips. If you’re interested in laser skin resurfacing or intense pulsed light (IPL) skin treatments, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Laser Skin Care Q & A

How does laser skin care work?

Lasers have seemingly limitless abilities in medicine and aesthetics due to their power and precision. For example, they can improve your skin’s tone, texture, and overall quality in many ways. At Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center, Dr. South offers several types of light-based skin care treatments:

Laser skin resurfacing

During a laser skin resurfacing procedure, a single-wavelength laser carefully and precisely removes the surface layer of your skin that accumulates the damage from aging and weathering. 

Laser skin tightening

The energy from the laser device heats the tissues deep within your skin to help it grow new collagen and elastin fibers. The result is tighter skin with fewer wrinkles.

Laser lip plumping

With lasers, you can boost collagen growth in your lips. This makes them appear more supple, shiny and defined.

Vaginal revitalization

Vaginal revitalization is a treatment for women who have recently given birth or have unwanted menopause-related symptoms like vaginal dryness. It may help improve the strength of your pelvic floor and vaginal tightening and lubrication.

Intense pulsed light (IPL)

IPL isn’t quite the same as a laser. Instead, IPL devices emit bright flashes, like camera flashes, of many wavelengths of light at once. IPL light is scattered instead of focused and reaches the second layer of your skin after passing through the surface.

What improvements can lasers make to my skin?

Beyond a general improvement to your skin’s texture, laser and IPL skin care reduce many common blemishes and imperfections. With laser skin care, you can treat:

  • Fine lines and some wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Scars
  • Large pores
  • Loose skin
  • Thin lips
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness


IPL is effective in reducing:

  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea


IPL works best for pigmented skin spots because the light breaks apart and disperses the pigment. Then, your body absorbs it. 

Do laser skin care treatments hurt?

Patients tolerate laser skin care treatments at different levels of comfort: If you have sensitive skin, you might find them uncomfortable. Dr. South may offer you a topical numbing gel before the procedure.

Can anyone get laser skin care treatments?

Laser skin care treatments with lasers or IPL are notoriously safe for many people, but some skin features could leave you vulnerable to damage from the lights. You shouldn’t get laser skin care treatments if you:

  • Have an active case of acne
  • Recently spent a lot of time in the sun tanning or burning
  • Form scars easily, particularly keloids
  • Have very dark skin


If you’re unsure of whether or not laser skin care is right for you, Dr. South assesses your skin and asks questions about your medical history to decide if you can proceed with IPL or laser skin resurfacing.

To book your consultation and learn more about laser skin care and IPL, call Premier Wellness & Aesthetics Center or use the online scheduling tool today.

*Individual results may vary.