Several different procedures are available to achieve optimal results, called ablative and non-ablative. Non-Ablative is the gentle process of passing heat into the inner layers of the skin. Ablative is the procedure that gently removes layers of the outer skin. Each of these methods of laser treatments are used to reduce wrinkles, scars, and evidence of sun-damage. These laser treatments can also soften acne scarring and clear pigmented and elevated skin lesions.
Wrinkle reduction occurs by tightening the skin through a process called Collagen Remodeling. Collagen is the "backbone" or the structural support of our skin. As we age, our collagen bands relax, causing our skin to sag and develop lines and wrinkles. The use of the latest technology, the Fotona Nd:Yag laser can perform Frac 3 treatments. Unlike other technologies, it is a 3-dimensional and non-ablative procedure of selectively and gently passing heat into the collagen layer of the skin. It improves skin texture, color and tightness, while reversing sun damage. This very safe and non-invasive procedure is called the "lunch hour face lift."
How will my skin look after treatment?
In most people, there is no sign that a treatment has been done. A computerized scanner will safely and evenly provide a pattern of pulses over the entire face. The neck may also be scanned. This treatment can be completed in as little as 45 minutes and is safe on all skin types.
How many treatments will I need?
Just like you cannot lift weights one time to tone muscles, you must begin with a series of treatments. A minimum of 3 treatments, 6 to 8 weeks apart, are recommended. Follow-up treatments will be needed to maintain continued collagen growth.
How long will it take to see results?
Because we are stimulating your own collagen to grow, results will not be seen overnight. This is a gradual change which will be seen over weeks to two months. Your age and general health will affect your individual results. This new growth can result in up to a 40 percent tightening of skin.
Superior clinical results have been shown with the use of the Fotona Erbium Yag laser. Multiple types of treatments are available, including the latest technology and state of the art Pixel or Fractional treatments. Different uses include: Skin resurfacing with wrinkle reduction and skin tightening and removal of skin lesions-nevi (moles), keratosis, and warts. This reduces scarring from previous acne or skin trauma and reduces stretch marks.
There are 3 types of Ablative Skin Peels available:
- Micro Peel
This peel gently refreshes the skin's surface.
- Light Peel
This peel gently refreshes the skin's surface and helps remove sun damaged skin. Also, heat is applied to the deeper layer of skin helping with the reduction of wrinkles.
- Papillary Dermis Peel
This peel is the most aggressive peel to resurface the skin, thus reducing scarring, sun damage (pigment changes) and greatly reducing wrinkles. With this treatment you may experience 5-10 days of downtime, but will also see an improvment of up to 10 years in your skin's appearance.
How does it work?
The Erbium Yag laser has an affinity to water so the laser energy is absorbed by water in the outer (epithelial) layer of the skin. This unique property vaporizes the sun-damaged skin. Facial wrinkles are dramatically reduced and acne scarring is softened.