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Over time, cells containing the pigment melanin can slowly build up under the surface of the skin, mostly due to prolonged sun exposure. These melanocytes cause freckles and other dark blemishes on the skin, commonly known as age spots or sun spots. Some patients have discolored birthmarks, or experience discoloration to the face and other areas as the result of various hormonal changes.

Many patients are displeased with the level of pigmentation that develops in their skin over time, and there are several treatments available, from depigmentation creams applied to the face to chemical peels that remove damaged skin and encourage the regeneration of new, healthy skin cells. However, none is as effective or precise as laser therapy in reducing the appearance of areas of hyperpigmentation.

How Lasers Can Be Used to Reduce Hyperpigmentation

Light-based therapies have long been an asset to the realm of nonsurgical cosmetic interventions, and lasers have proven to be effective in treating a variety of skin conditions. Favored by Dr. Sheena Kong for precision treatments, the lasers used to address hyperpigmentation specifically target the melanin in the cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed. Laser pulses draw the melanin out to the surface of the skin, causing some patients to notice an initial increase in pigmentation immediately following treatment. It will then dry and peel off, being shed through the skin, leaving clear, fresh, healthy skin in its place.

Laser Resurfacing San Francisco

San Francisco Cosmetic Care Provider

With a background in internal medicine, Dr. Sheena Kong has a detailed understanding of the body, both inside and out, that she uses to inform her cosmetic practice. Unlike practitioners whose sole focus through their entire careers has been aesthetic solutions, Dr. Kong has a depth of medical knowledge that allow her to more fully understand how any procedure will interact with the body. She'll work one-on-one with you to craft a treatment plan that will keep you feeling great, not just next week, but for the years to come. Contact us today and schedule a consultation for one of the best treatments of laser resurfacing San Francisco has to offer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong