PiXel8RF Microneedling is a treatment that combines the benefits of radiofrequency energy and microneedling. Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a skin treatment which utilizes fine needles that create tiny injuries when they enter the skin. This takes advantage of the skin’s natural ability to repair itself by replacing damaged skin with new collagen.  Radiofrequency energy applied to the surface of the skin increases the skin temperature which also creates new collagen. With RF microneedling, radiofrequency energy is introduced within the skin from the entire length of the needle, while it is in the skin, providing a deeper effect in the skin. The resulting collagen remodeling  leads to improvement of:

  • Skin looseness and sagging on the face, neck and body
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Facial acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Crepey skin
  • Skin texture
The PiXel8-RF microneedling device is FDA-approved and employs fine gold -plated needles that penetrate into the skin and deliver bi-polar radiofrequency energy from the length of the needles within the skin. The heat stimulates and remodels the collagen within the skin, resulting in the improved appearance of a variety of skin problems listed above. A significant benefit of The PiXel8-RF microneedling with little to no recovery time, making it easier to achieve improvement without much change in your routine. Another advantage is that It is suitable for all skin types. The length of the needle used as well as the energy utilized are adjustable and customized to the thickness of the skin being treated providing precision. The unique “Enhanced Delay” function permits precise control and heat application which helps to reduce the chance post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Depending on the severity of the problem being treated, optimal results may require three to six sessions one month apart. Many patients report improvement after their very first session. Maximum improvement is seen in 4-6 months after a treatment series. Call 440-871-9832 to schedule a consultation for PiXel8-RF treatment at our Westlake, Ohio, office. Dr. Renuka Diwan MD, FAAD has been committed to helping her patients feel confident about their bodies for nearly three decades.

Skincare Is Not Only For Women

Sexy topless handsome male model posing against blue sky. Wanting to maintain a youthful appearance is common to women and men. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Renuka Diwan has the experience to provide men with the results they want, while also ensuring they retain a natural, masculine-looking appearance. It is why the center offers several procedures to help guys look and feel their best.

Laser & Radiofrequency Treatments for Men

Laser treatments can effectively remove unwanted tattoos or body hair. Common skin concerns like facial veins, red spots, wrinkles, or skin discoloration from sun damage can also be corrected with laser treatments. Radiofrequency treatments with microneedling are also an option for improve wrinkles, skin laxity, acne scars and discoloration in all skin types, with any degree of pigment.

Some of these problems can be treated with minimal to no recovery time. Improvement is often noticeable after a single treatment and best results are often evident after multiple office treatments.

Injectable Fillers and Botox

Wrinkles and creases make people look older than their years. One solution is Botox, which can lessen or erase wrinkles caused by facial expression in certain areas. Other skin creases and loss of fullness in the face can be approached with injectable fillers. These quick, non-surgical treatments can be fit in during your lunch break and are extremely effective for treating signs of aging such as crow’s feet creases, frown lines, creases across the forehead, nasolabial creases, and more. Not uncommonly, a combination of treatments is ideal for addressing the different features of aging. 

Skin Care for Men

Consistent skin care helps to maintain and enhance the results achieved with treatments that correct skin problems. A skincare regimen is routinely recommended for best results with or without cosmetic treatments to keep the skin as healthy as possible. red spots. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, we offer a variety of products and treatments customized to the individual patient to achieve and maintain a more youthful but natural looking appearance. Whether you want to erase wrinkles or an embarrassing tattoo, we can help.

Whatever your esthetic goals, we offer a wide selection of treatments to help you achieve them. Contact Laser and Skin Surgery Center online or call our Westlake, OH office at 440-871-9832 to schedule a consultation.

What is AQUAGOLD® Treatment?

A close up of glittery gold material on a black background AQUAGOLD® is a microneedling device that uses 24K gold microneedles to rejuvenate your skin. This minimally invasive treatment can be completed in about 20 minutes and has beautiful results.

You may be a good candidate for microneedling with AQUAGOLD® if you want to address:

  • Redness and flushing
  • Dark spots
  • Crepey wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Oily skin

AQUAGOLD® microneedling is performed with a microneedling device that has a glass vial attached directly to hollow microneedles.  The contents of the vial may include Botox, hyaluronic acid, stem cell growth factors, lightening agents or a combination of these, customized to the specific needs of your skin. As microneedling is performed, the contents of the vial are evenly infused in tiny quantities, directly into the area of skin treated, for an overall improvement of pore size, redness, oiliness, crepey lines, etc.  The treatment is minimally invasive. It works by creating tiny needle pricks in the surface of the skin. The needles are about the thickness of a strand of hair, and the channels created in the skin are very fine and small. These tiny needle punctures cause the skin to produce more collagen in the weeks following treatment. As you may know, collagen is the foundation of supple, smooth, and youthful skin! 

You may feel a little discomfort, but most people are able to tolerate the treatment without a problem. Dr. Diwan can usually complete the  treatment in 20 minutes.

The treated areas of your face will be pink or red (like a mild sunburn)  for a day or two. Skin care products or make up should be avoided for 24 hours after your treatment. You may start to see the initial results in 48 hours. The results will only get better over time as the effects of the infusions become apparent over the next two weeks, and new collagen and elastin form over the next few months.

Get Started on the Path to Refreshed Skin

If you are ready to schedule an AQUAGOLD® appointment in the Cleveland area, please call the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Westlake at 440-871-9832. Dr. Renuka Diwan is a board-certified dermatologist with decades of experience. She is passionate about helping each of her patients achieve vibrant, beautiful skin.

Does Scar Revision Really Work?

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When it is wounded, the skin has an incredible ability to heal itself. The skin produces growth factors that influence skin cells to grow new collagen that mends and repairs the site of the injury. Unfortunately, depending on the depth and severity of injury, the result of this process can be an unsightly scar. Depending on its location, a scar can make a person feel really self-conscious. If you have a scar in an obvious place, you may spend time every day considering how you can conceal it with clothing or cosmetics. Not only can this affect your confidence, but thinking about your scar on a daily basis is frustrating and tiring. Fortunately, there are treatments to help reduce and revise scars.

How well scar treatments work depends on the proper assessment of the scar and selection of the best suited treatment for the particular scar, the severity of the scar, and your end goal and expectations. There are many different types of scars. Scars can be raised, flat or depressed, pink, skin-colored, lighter than your natural skin tone or darkened; large, small, etc. The treatment for each type is different. The first step is to consult Dr. Diwan, who can give you an idea of which treatments should be considered, the nature of the treatments, recovery and care, and what the scar(s) can be expected to look like after a given treatment. In general, scars improve significantly but may or may not completely disappear after treatment, and may require multiple treatments or a combination of treatments over time for best results. It really depends on the circumstances. Because individual results vary, it’s best not to speculate but to consult Dr. Diwan so she can examine the scar. She may recommend:

Dr. Diwan has extensive experience with scar treatment and will help you choose the right approach for the type of scar you have, taking your skin’s unique healing response into account, and prepare you for the treatment process.

Most people who are bothered by scarring report high rates of satisfaction with scar revision. Whether the scar is eliminated or dramatically reduced in appearance, scar treatments are often the key to reducing the effort and time needed to cover a scar, changing how you feel about yourself and improving your quality of life.

If you are interested in learning about scar revision in Westlake, Ohio, please call Dr. Renuka Diwan at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center by dialing 440-871-9832. We look forward to providing clear and honest answers about your scar reduction options!

Microneedling for Crepey Skin and Acne Scars

Aging is inevitable. Showing its visible signs doesn’t have to be. Many people live with unsightly issues such as crepey wrinkles and acne scars without knowing that a simple, minimally invasive treatment with no downtime is within reach. Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Renuka Diwan is proud to offer microneedling to her northeast Ohio patients to help reduce the visible signs of aging.

Dr. Diwan has more than 25 years of experience helping her patients attain more vibrant, youthful-looking skin. Her attention to detail is immaculate, and she is dedicated to giving you elegant, nuanced results. Read on to learn about how Dr. Diwan can use microneedling to deliver the look you desire.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive office procedure that creates barely visible punctures in your skin, to stimulate its natural healing processes. By doing so, microneedling induces your skin to repair issues that have developed over time. Microneedling is beneficial for:

  • Fine crepey lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Hyperpigmentation

Microneedling works equally well and is safe for all complexions.

How Can Microneedling Treat Crepey Wrinkles?

Crepinessimplies skin that looks like crepe paper. It’s finely wrinkled and is most common under the eyes.

Crepey wrinkles can be caused by sun damage and aging. The sun’s ultraviolet rays lead to reduced collagen and elastin, which are responsible for your skin staying firm, supple, and wrinkle-free.

Collagen and elastin production also naturally decline as you age. On average, your body produces about 1 percent less collagen and elastin starting in your mid-20s.

When Dr. Diwan or her trained nurses treat the skin with the microneedling device, its tiny needles will create tiny wounds that trigger a healing response with the production of collagen and elastin. Hence, microneedling is also referred to as “collagen induction therapy.” The new collagen and elastin will then improve the appearance of crepey wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin, making it look smoother.

How Can Microneedling Treat Acne Scars?

Inflammation which results from acne destroys healthy skin tissue and causes acne scars.

Microneedling can treat these scars by the same mechanism that improves crepey wrinkles. Tiny punctures created in your skin with the microneedling device cause your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, helping to reverse collagen loss that caused acne scars.

Schedule Your Cleveland Microneedling Consultation Today

Dr. Diwan’sskill, attention to detail, and compassion have helped her create a loyal patient base over her 25-plus years practicing cosmetic dermatology. She is confident that you’ll feel the same way when you see the results she can deliver.

Dr. Diwan serves Westlake, Strongsville, and nearby areas of Cleveland. Call (440) 871-9832 today to schedule a consultation.

BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

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If you want to reduce the visible signs of aging, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm® can deliver fast, efficient results in different ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles through repeated, daily contractions. Juvederm is a dermal filler that restores volume and replenishes naturally occurring, skin-healing compounds.

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Renuka Diwan has nearly 30 years of experience helping her Cleveland patients attain radiant, youthful-looking skin. She can help diminish the visible signs of aging that you’re unhappy with. Read on to learn about the differences between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm, as well as how Dr. Diwan can use them to help you. Continue reading BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

Debunking BOTOX® Cosmetic Myths

Woman With Forehead Wrinkles Who Needs BOTOX Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. FDA-approved for use in more than 96 countries, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed on more than 1.5 million people annually. Despite its popularity, or perhaps because of it, there are many myths surrounding its use.  At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, many of our clients have seen successful results with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, which is why we’d like to help dispel these misconceptions so you can better determine if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
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Intense Pulsed Light Treatment

What is IPL?

IPL can be used to treat any area of the body. IPL (or Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are a great way to refresh your skin and maintain a youthful and healthy complexion. IPL treatments use high-intensity pulsed light therapy to safely and effectively target specific skin issues from common signs of aging to acne, veins and even unwanted hair.
Dr. Diwan offers IPL treatments at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Cleveland, OH.

Are IPL Treatments Right for Me?

IPL can be used to treat a number of skin concerns. Dr. Diwan may recommend an IPL for the treatment of:

  • Lines and wrinkles: IPL treatments are extremely effective at minimizing the appearance of signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Acne: IPL can be used to both kill acne-causing bacteria and fade acne scars.
  • Vascular lesions: IPL can be used to treat visible veins, such as spider veins or broken capillaries, and redness of the skin.
  • Pigmentation flaws: IPL can help correct pigmentation irregularities such as freckles, sunspots (also called liver spots) sun damage and melasma.
  • Unwanted hair: IPL can also be used for hair reduction of darker hair colors.
  • Sun Damage: IPL treatment of sun damaged skin of the face. 

IPL treatments are safe for lighter skin types and can be fit easily into your normal schedule.

IPL Reviews from Real Patients

“I had brown spots on my face from years of sun damage. I came to Dr. Diwan after researching my problem and found her to be highly recommended. She did an outstanding job using IPL, intense pulse light to remove the spots. It took a few visits to achieve the results I wanted but that is not uncommon. I am very happy with the results. I would highly recommend Dr. Diwan.”

“I had IPL and vascular laser. I’m very happy with the results. The staff is friendly and helpful.”

“Absolute pleasure coming to this office; had facial vein treatment and had great results; definitely 5 star office.”

“This is my 3rd visit to Dr. Diwan and I am exceedingly impressed every time I leave her office. Not only is she professional and kind, she’s great at what she does and has given me my confidence back. I have very fair skin and with broken capillaries on my face, neck, arms and chest. Thanks to the vascular laser treatment, I saw immediate results after my first visit. Highly recommend Dr. Diwan and her team.”

Is There Any Pain or Downtime Associated with IPL Treatments?

Discomfort from IPL treatments is reduced with a numbing cream during treatment of pigmentation and hair removal, and by pre-cooling the skin when treating “broken capillaries” and redness. Once your IPL treatment is complete, you will be able to return to your normal schedule with little to no downtime. You may experience some swelling and redness, but this should fade soon as your skin continues to heal.

Schedule a IPL Treatment with Dr. Diwan in Cleveland, OH

To schedule your personal IPL consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Cleveland, please fill out our online contact form or give our office a call at 440.871.9832.

Skin Care Products

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Antioxidant Skin Care Products

Laser Skin & Surgery provides top of the line antioxidant skin care products, to help you achieve your goals. Not only are our skin care products extremely effective, they are also affordable. Our research has indicated that antioxidants are among anti-aging products that help reduce the negative effects of sun exposure, other environmental exposure, and various factors that contribute to aging skin. Free radicals eventually cause skin damage from sun exposure. Thus, removing free radicals with antioxidants helps to prevent the harmful effects of sun-exposure. Applying antioxidant creams or serums twice daily to the face help combat free radicals that are formed in the skin as a result of a variety of external and internal insults to the skin. Antioxidants help to improve the health of all different types of skin. Vitamin C and other antioxidant-containing moisturizers are available at our office.

EltaMD® Skincare

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun and maintaining a healthy, youthful complexion, EltaMD is a great option. With their innovative wound healing, sunscreen and skincare products, EltaMD makes it easier for men and women to help restore the look of their skin and protect it over the years to maintain healthy skin for life. Dr. Diwan offers the following EltaMD products at The Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Ohio: UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41, UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46, AM Therapy, Barrier Renewal Complex, Renew Eye Gel.

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Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

Get ready to look your best all year long with three amazing new products from Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. NEW Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream will cover blemishes, bruises and post-treatment redness, and even out skin tone with a fast and easy application. TANTASIA Self Tanner and Bronzer will help you keep your summer glow and look great throughout the year. POWDER ME SPF 30 is a broad spectrum protective dry sunscreen that can replenish sun-protection over makeup or on any part of your body. It doesn't run, isn't greasy, and travels well. Any of these products make great holiday gifts! Begin your shopping right here at our office. Call us and we'll help you with your selection.


Nectifirm® by Revision is a specialized product that contains antioxidants and is formulated specifically for the neck. In addition to C and E, Nectifirm® also contains peptides, plant extracts and ceramide 2. These powerful ingredients address the sensitive skin of the neck reducing fine lines and crêpey skin, helping the skin to look more firm and lifted. All skin types will benefit from Nectifirm®.

Refissa® | Retin A

Retin A (generic tretinoin) has a well-established record of efficacy. Its effectiveness in treating acne, enlarged pores, oiliness of the skin, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles has been proven over the years in scientific studies. Refissa® is a special formulation of 0.05% tretinoin that is less drying and better tolerated than Retin A. Both 0.05% Tretinoin and Refissa® are prescription products and are available in our office to supplement your skin treatments and improve the health of your skin.

Revision® Skincare

Physicians and patients trust Revision Skincare for their selection of high-performing skincare products. Each skincare product uses the purest, most-effective ingredients in order to provide men and women with the beautiful, healthy skin they expect from professional skincare. Their products are all based in science and never tested on animals. Dr. Diwan currently offers the following products by Revision Skincare: Nectifirm(1.7 oz & 8 oz), Vitamin C Lotion 30%, Revox 7.

ZO® Skin Health

Developed by Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health is known for providing comprehensive skincare products and solutions that are designed to make daily care easy and effective for men and women. Regardless of your age, ethnicity, or specific concerns, ZO Skin Health has a product to help you maintain healthy skin and a radiant, youthful appearance for years to come. Dr. Diwan offers the following ZO Skin Health products: Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System, Foamacleanse, Balatone Calming Toner, Revitatrol.



Dermaplaning is a safe and effective exfoliation treatment for facial skin rejuvenation. This procedure is suitable for all skin types and can help to address dry and/or rough skin, acne scars, large or clogged pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. Dermaplaning is recommended for those who are looking for a non-invasive and affordable skin rejuvenation treatment that is quick, painless, and has little to no downtime.

Dr. Diwan is happy to offer personalized dermaplaning treatments to patients at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in Westlake.

How is dermaplaning performed?

Dermaplaning, sometimes referred to as blading, utilizes a surgical scalpel to gently shave the surface of the face. The sterile blade is gently brushed over the skin in light, even motions. This technique eliminates the upper-most layer of dead skin cells, as well as any peach fuzz (vellus hairs) that can trap oil and dirt.

Treatment sessions typically last about 30 minutes and multiple sessions may be recommended to maximize results. Pain and discomfort are very minimal so no anesthesia is needed. However, a topical anesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment to ensure a comfortable experience.

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What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning comfortably exfoliates the surface of the face to reveal fresher and healthier-looking skin. The blade removes dry, dead skin cells which helps to improve the appearance of common concerns such as acne scars, fine wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

In addition, topical facial products (such as the skincare products you use daily) will be better absorbed and increasingly effective. Many patients notice that makeup also goes on more evenly. More powerful results can be achieved when combining dermaplaning with another facial therapy, such as a chemical peel or laser treatment.

How long is recovery after dermaplaning?

There is usually no downtime or recovery period after a dermaplaning treatment. Since this procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, most of Dr. Diwan’s patients feel comfortable returning to work or daily activities shortly after their procedure. Some redness and inflammation may occur and the skin may be more sensitive to sunlight and skin care products for a few days following treatment. Dermaplaning often poses no serious side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment, Dr. Diwan and her highly trained staff will be more than happy to assist and provide any needed information.

When will I notice the results of dermaplaning?

You will experience noticeable results shortly after your dermaplaning session. Your skin will look and feel more smooth and you should notice a refreshed complexion. Once any redness and swelling subsides, your face will have a healthier and more youthful appearance. Optimal results can be achieved over time with multiple treatments.

Ask Dr. Diwan about what skin treatment might be right for you at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in Westlake.