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  • Q. Are there any side effects to treating veins with sclerotherapy?

    A. No procedure is perfect, but sclerotherapy vein treatment has a very low incidence of side effects. Examples of these are bruising at the injection site, tenderness, temporary hypopigmentation, sloughing, allergic reactions, itching, mild to moderate pain, blood accumulation of the treated vessel or small areas of blush vessels. However, these side effects are rare, and most patients heal without incident. Another option to treating superficial veins is Intense Pulsed Light.

  • Q. What does it mean to be "board certified?"

    A. Board certification is one of the many yardsticks in determining a surgeon's qualifications. Dr. Schmid is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. All Fellows of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and/or have their initial board certification by one of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) such as the American Boards of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery. This provides some assurance of formal training in the fundamentals of cosmetic surgery. All of these specialty boards require at least four years of residency training in plastic and/or cosmetic surgical procedures and provide a solid base for the doctor's skills.

  • Q. How do I find out more about the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery?

    A. Visit the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's website by going to

  • Q. What does it mean to be a "Fellow" of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery?

    A. Fellow members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery must be board certified by an ABMS-approved surgical specialty or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, be actively involved in cosmetic surgery by performing at least 100 cases per year, and provide a letter of recommendation from a current AACS Fellow member or hospital Chief of Staff. All applicants are reviewed by the AACS Board of Trustees.

  • Q. How many laser hair removal treatments do I need for the best results?

    A. Laser hair removal is used to eliminate hair on all areas of the body and face. For optimal results, 3-5 treatments per region spaced approximately 6 weeks apart (or when you see the onset of new hair growth).

  • Q. How much is laser hair removal?

    A. Laser hair removal costs $65 per region. You can save 10% if you purchase a package of 3 or more regions.

  • Q. What is microdermabrasion?

    A. Microdermabrasion is performed with a jet of fine crystals which are propelled across the skin in order to slough the outermost layer of skin to reduce the look of very fine lines and reduce the appearance of acne scars, discoloration and other imperfections. A series of microdermabrasion treaments are recommended to to optimize results.

  • Q. How much is a microdermabrasion treatment?

    A. Microdermabrasion treatments vary from office to office. At Dr. Peter Schmid's office, we charge $125 for a 60 minute treatment. A prepaid package of 4 treatments is $410. However, we often offer discounts on skin care services, so join our mailing list so you can be the first to find out when specials are held.

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