Lasers have been used for skin resurfacing effectively for many years however evolution in laser technology has increased the options for the use of lasers, and made the procedures safer with less downtime and faster healing. The depth of penetration and range of results are primarily a function of the settings, which are customized based on skin types, downtime, and goals. Lasers are typically used on the face, but can also improve the neck and chest areas, where lower settings are used due to the slower healing capability. Lasers are extremely effective at collagen stimulation and are used to treat pigmentation, tone, texture, fine and deep lines, acne scarring. Lasers can also tighten skin to some extent.
Non-Ablative Lasers (see Palomar Clear below) will leave the skin brighter and improve tone, texture and pigmentation. One treatment can visibly improve the skin, however, a series of 3 to 5 treatments will get results that can significantly improve the skin’s appearance. There is no real downtime since there is no visible crusting or peeling however the skin is usually pink for one to two days after the procedure. The discomfort associated with the treatment is mild and is managed well with numbing cream prior to the procedure.
Ablative Lasers (see Active/Deep Fx below) effectively treat hyperpigmentation, fine and coarse wrinkles, acne scarring and damaged skin texture. The most commonly used type of ablative laser is the CO2 laser. Fractionation of the ablative lasers is a technological break through in recent years which has decreased the downtime significantly by allowing rapid healing, while preserving most of the effectiveness. Fractionated lasers penetrate deep into the skin and result in visible tightening and peeling with a recovery time that ranges from three days to a full week. Depending on the depth of the treatment and the skin type, preparation may be prescribed, for several weeks prior to the procedure.
Beyond Fraxel, this state-of-the-art non-ablative laser resurfacing technology improves tone and texture, pore size, and stimulates collagen. Also treats surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks and melasma. A series of 3-5 monthly is recommended for best results.
ACTIVE FX/DEEP FX
The Gold Standard “Fractional C02” laser for high-impact customized resurfacing. Considered the most efficacious laser peel, it smoothens out lines and wrinkles, removes brown spots and irregularities, and tightens skin. The best collagen stimulator, it can be used around the eyes or on the whole face and chest.
The Deep FX component is the most effective treatment available for acne scars and deep wrinkles, especially around the mouth. The Deep FX treatment does not result in peeling but rather redness for up to a week depending on the settings. The two treatments together, The Total FX, is the maximal effect laser experience with a one week downtime.