Dr. Joseph Kepko
Reigning 2015 "Best of Bucks" Aesthetic Physician and Clinical Skin Care, Dr Joseph Kepko is board certified in Family Medicine and has completed fellowships in Aesthetic Medicine, Aesthetic Laser Technology and Anti-Aging Medicine. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Holy Family University, he obtained a second degree at the Lower Bucks Hospital School of Medical Technology.
Graduating with a MT (ASCP), he is registered with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Kepko obtained his doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is member of the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. He is Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kepko is a Residency trainer in Family Practice and Aesthetic Medicine at Aria Health Systems. Dr Kepko is the Medical Director of Bella Body Aesthetics.
Dr. Kepko is a lifetime resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Linda have three children.
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Laser Hair Reduction
Treatment areas include bikini line, face, chest, abdomen, back, legs, underarms.
How does laser hair reduction work?
Laser hair removal is the use of laser energy to produce long-term hair reduction. This is accomplished by producing heat in the hair, which is transferred to the hair follicle, which in-turn produces inflammation, and this inflammation sends a signal to the hair follicle to go into the resting (telogen) phase.
How Many Treatments Does it Take?
Normally, a series of six to twelve treatments are administered at four to six week intervals depending upon the location of the hair. Following the initial series of treatments, subsequent treatments are administered, usually at longer and longer intervals. Some number of maintenance of treatments may be needed to keep all the hair away in a given area. After a single treatment, the hair in a given area is usually reduced in amount and thickness for a very long period of time. However, it may not be completely gone. To keep an area completely devoid of hair, maintenance treatments are always required. These maintenance treatments may eventually be required at only yearly intervals or even longer. This depends on the area being treated as well as the individual. As with any other traits in an individual, the frequency of maintenance treatments varies considerably from person to person. There is less discomfort as each session is completed.
Because the laser energy is absorbed in the hair follicle producing heat, there is some sensation when performing laser hair removal. Certain areas of the body hurt more than others during laser hair removal. In addition, patients with very thick, dark hair may experience more discomfort than those with thin hair. This is because the thicker, darker hair will absorb more of the laser light during any given treatment. Generally, the hair becomes thinner and less dense after each subsequent treatment. Therefore, the most discomfort is usually experienced during the first treatment. However, at our facility we use a simultaneous chiller that makes the skin cold and dramatically reduces the sensation of pain.
Brown Spot & Redness Reduction
Freckles, "age spots", "liver spots", and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks, generally referred to as pigmented lesions.
What Makes Brown Spots
Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Dark or light complexioned, we all have varying amounts of melanin. Pigmented lesions are dark in color simply because melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun's damaging rays. Lightening these brown discolorations and eliminating them provides dramatic rejuvenation and even skin tone.
How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the pigmented
At least 80% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment. If a lesion covers a large area, we may want to treat the area in several stages, to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
Can the excess pigmentation come back?
Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some birthmarks may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated with similar results.
Is the process painful?
The sensation described by many is that it is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. However, we also use a cold air chiller on the area simultaneously to reduce the sensation. After the treatment, the area will be slightly raised and the darker lesion may turn purple until your body reabsorbs the color. Think of the coloration as a bruise that your body will get rid of within about 7-10 days.
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