Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist

Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist


Is Laser Hair Removal For Me?

Published April 14th, 2017 by Sahil

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Laser Hair Removal

Shaving, tweezing and waxing can become a mundane task that is both time consuming and painful. Laser hair removal is a popular procedure that has helped many Americans become hair free by use of a laser. The laser destroys the hair by targeting the pigments in the follicles that absorbs the light. Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair from the face, arms, underarms, bikini line, and almost anywhere else that hair grows.

The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

With the popularity and high amount of laser hair removal procedures performed the benefits can be seen and tested. Your dermatologist or doctor can almost tell you the exact results due to similar procedures they may have performed. The following are the main benefits of laser hair removal.


  • Precision – with the advanced technology of today, lasers are able to target specific areas of hair without damaging surrounding skin or hair. For example, laser hair removal can be used on a specific area on your face (eyebrows) without affecting other areas.

  • Speed – Not only is the laser precise, but the last is also fast. Each pulse takes a fraction of a second. The laser can also treat many hairs at the same time, like hair found on the upper lip. This procedure can be done within minutes and other parts of the body such as, legs and back could take hours.

  • Predictability – With the popularity of this procedure, many patients know the results they should receive as well as the amount of procedures they need to get the results they want.

What can I expect with laser hair removal?

Before having the procedure it is important to make sure you are comfortable with the doctor or dermatologist performing your procedure. Make sure they are licensed and make sure they ask all of your questions. Usually no waxing, shaving, or tweezing is allowed six weeks before your procedure due to the laser targeting the hairs’ roots. From previous results, it is said that permanent hair removal can be seen after three to seven sessions (depending on the area). At your first laser hair removal appointment the dermatologist or doctor will go over if the procedure is possible, how many sessions it will take to remove the hair permanently, and how long each session will take. Usually each session is around the same length of time or shorter than the previous one. Before the procedure a technician will trim the hair to a few millimeters and will adjust the laser based on the color of your hair, the thickness of your hair, and the location of where the hair is. Based on the type of laser used for your procedure, protective glasses will be provided. Cold gel may also be applied to the surrounding skin for protection and to ensure the laser light penetrates the skin. Following the doctor’s recommendations and going to see the doctor prepared and ready are the best ways to see healthy results.

How much does laser hair removal cost?

The cost of the procedure depends on several factors that cannot be tied to a specific price without a consultation. The price factors include:


  • Size of the area being treated

  • Time required for treatment

  • Number of treatment required

  • The doctor performing the procedure

  • Where you are having the procedure performed


After your first consultation with your chosen dermatologist or doctor, you will know the cost of the procedure and how long it will take to achieve the results you want.

Laser Hair Removal in Miami

Miami Skin Dr. in Doral, Florida is licensed and prepared to perform laser hair removal. Miami Skin Dr. has performed multiple, successful laser hair removal procedures all over the body. For more information about how we can help remove unwanted hair click here or call our Doral office at 305.615.2440. Dr. Schiffman and the team are standing by.

The Benefits of Medical Cannabis: Healthy Skin

Published March 21st, 2017 by Sahil

The Connection Between Medical Cannabis and Your Skin

With all the recent news about medical cannabis being legal in over 25 U.S. states (including Florida), there’s a large increase in patients seeking out educational information regarding the benefits of medical cannabis. We’ve heard how cannabis can help relieve pain, aid cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, assist with mental disorders, and other various benefits for a wide range of medical conditions. Another benefit of medical cannabis is the positive affect the plant has on the skin. But, the way it’s used to help your skin is not how you might expect.


By smoking medical cannabis – which is actually not a legal form of medical cannabis use in Florida – you can actually damage your skin, potentially causing your skin to age faster. Smoking cannabis (also called marijuana) can exacerbate skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea.

How Can Medical Cannabis Help My Skin?

Instead of smoking the plant, some dermatologists are applying the plant to the skin directly (often called topical cannabis or topical marijuana). Cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that not only help skin conditions but can help skin look younger. A 14-day study finds CBD-based topical improves skin appearance. In the same study, after the first seven days of treatment, 85.71% of the women reported an improvement and after 14 days, 100% of the women said they noticed a difference. The trail also found that 80.95% of the participants specifically noticed an improvement in skin texture.


Different elements of the plant help different parts of our skin, such as: the leaves of the plant can serve as a dressing for sores and wounds, other elements can be used to relieve pain and itchiness caused by skin conditions, seeds found in the plant can be used to treat eczema and can strengthen the skin to be able to resist bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, and crushed leaves can be rubbed on an affected area to control scabs. Medical cannabis has also been proven to reduce dryness, skin sensitivity, and soothing bug bites. Some of the skin conditions medical cannabis can help include:


  • Eczema

  • Dermatitis

  • Seborrhoeic Dermatitis/Cradle Cap

  • Varicose Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Lichen Planus

  • Acne Rosacea

How Can Medical Cannabis Help with Skin Cancer?

We talked about how parts of the marijuana plant (cannabis plant) can help relieve and cure various skin conditions, but what about skin cancer? There has been considerable research proving that cannabis oil can aid with skin cancers. There are three main types of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Of the three skin cancers, malignant melanoma is the most deadly and the other two are slow growing, more treatable conditions. Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body. A common symptom of malignant melanoma is a new mole or an existing mole changing color, size, and or shape. Basal cell carcinoma often looks like open sores, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars and are usually caused by a combination of cumulative and intense, occasional sun exposure. They usually do not grow any larger than the regular size. Squamous cell carcinoma often looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression, or warts. Caused by cumulative ultraviolet (UV) exposure over the course of a lifetime. They can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. In these cases a small amount of cannabis oil can be applied to the affected area with no pain, no surgery, naturally to cure and eliminate the skin cancer.

Medical Cannabis in Florida

For more information about how medical cannabis can help your skin look younger or how it can help a skin condition you may have, click here. Or call us on 305.615.2440. We're ready standing by for your medical cannabis questions in Florida.  

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