Laser Corrective Treatments
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Photorejuvenation is the use of light energy to help improve and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance. The goal is to reduce the signs of aging skin:
- Reduce vascular lesions and Rosacea
- Reduce pigmented lesions or brown spots
- Improve skin texture
- Reduce prominent or large pores
For many people, looking great is a simple matter of a skin rejuvenation treatment for pigment and vessel clearance to reveal clearer, more attractive skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses lasers to create a new, smooth skin appearance. The laser “ablates”, or destroys, the outer layers of skin which have been damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems or spots. The destruction of the older layers of skin prompts the body to generate a new layer of skin cells which are unaffected by the previous skin condition. Some lasers may be inappropriate for darker skin complexions.
Reasons for Considering Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Reduce or remove facial wrinkles, creases, and lines.
- Improve sun-damaged skin.
- Correct pigmentation problems and spots.
- Effectively treat scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos.
- Tighten skin that has lost elasticity due to aging.
Fractional Skin Resurfacing
Over the years, technology has evolved to help patients look and feel better about their damaged skin by improving the skin texture, wrinkles, acne scars, and imperfections.
Cumberland Aesthetic Laser Center utilizes the advance Starlux 500 system from Palomar; offering a less invasive alternative replacing traditional, very painful CO2 lasers fraught with potential postoperative sequelae. This includes prolong recovery, redness, scarring, and possible lines of demarcation of treated and untreated skin. With advances in fractionated laser technology, one will get all of the benefits of a CO laser, but with minimal down time. Fractionated laser treatment can be ablative and non-ablative.
“Fractional” laser technology delivers light in patterns of small micro beams, basically “pixels” of laser energy similar to the pixels of the computer screen you are using. The very narrow beams heat the dermis in tiny columns, stimulating collagen remodeling as well as affecting the epidermis. Because only part of the skin is treated, the outer layer is not vaporized or only partially vaporized and the skin is not left raw which greatly reduces down time as compared to traditional CO2 lasers.
The benefits of fractional laser treatments become more evident over weeks to months after treatment. Typically, for the ablative skin resurfacing one treatment is only required, but a series of at least four to six treatment sessions is necessary for non-ablative skin resurfacing. Whether your schedule permits an hour, a day, or a week of redness after treatment, there is most likely a fractional laser that will improve your skin. Our skin care specialists and Dr. Lee will design a regimen specifically for your skin condition, skin type, and what your schedule permits.
First, the face is cleansed of oils in order to prepare for the laser procedure, and an antibiotic ointment is applied. The laser is then used to ablate various layers of skin in a controlled manner until the appropriate depth of skin is reached. This procedure is commonly performed with a local anesthetic, with or without sedation.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Aquafor or Vaseline is applied to the affected area immediately following surgery in order to aid with the healing process, to minimize swelling, and to control the risk of infection. The skin will be red and may ooze. Some discomfort should also be expected.
Any pain associated with the surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions. Recovery time varies with the extent of the resurfacing and the number of procedures completed.