Lasers at The Skin Clinic
If aging, acne, or too much time in the sun has left your face with blotches, scars, wrinkles, or lines then laser skin resurfacing may help your skin look younger and healthier. Laser skin resurfacing removes skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface. The procedure can be done alone or with other cosmetic surgeries on the face.
Laser resurfacing is done by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll not have to stay overnight. The doctor may treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead individually or treat your entire face. For small areas, the doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic and may also sedate you. You may require general anesthesia if your whole face is being treated. Treating just parts of the face takes about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours.
Depending on the problem that was treated, healing typically takes 10 to 21 days. Once the skin heals, you can wear oil-free makeup to minimize redness, which usually fades in two to three months. It is also important to keep your new skin well moisturized. If you use Retin A or glycolic acid products, you should be able to start using them again after about six weeks or when the doctor says you can.
Laser Hair Reduction
If you’re not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair reduction may be an option worth considering. Laser hair reduction is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. That destroys the hair.
Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, leg, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other areas. Lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour. Most patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to seven sessions.
Skin Rejuvenation & Resurfacing
Sun, skin disorders, aging and even heredity can all contribute to skin irregularities on the face and elsewhere on the body. Conditions that can be treated with skin rejuvenation and resurfacing include:
– Static wrinkles: These wrinkles are visible at all times and do not change in appearance with facial movements
– Dynamic wrinkles: These are expression lines that may appear as folds when the skin is not moving, and deepen with facial movements or expressions
– Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure
– Scars: As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored, or have raised borders
– Vascular conditions: Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood-filled blisters or even a constant flush of facial redness
– Loss of skin tone: Weakening of the supportive skin structures (collagen and elastin fibers) that result in a loss of skin firmness or the development of cellulite
We are currently at the forefront of another wave of fractional resurfacing technology. The latest devices can deliver energy in either a superficial or a deep fashion for the treatment of mild wrinkling, acne scarring, and skin discoloration. Deeper delivery of laser energy leads to greater skin tightening, smoothing of deeper wrinkles and greater improvement in the appearance of acne scars than had been possible even after multIPLe treatments with earlier devices. These new fractional resurfacing techniques, although relatively aggressive, may be safely performed on the face, neck, chest and even the hands. Typically only 1-2 treatment sessions are required to achieve optimal results for most conditions. Treatment with these newer devices is generally associated with a longer recovery period- typically 5-7 days. During this time, you really won’t want to go out so plan accordingly. The Pearl and Pearl Fractional lasers are examples of this new category of devices known as fractional ablative lasers.
Results from Pearl and Pearl Fractional resurfacing have been excellent for the improvement of brown discoloration, mild to moderate wrinkles, laxity of the eyelids, reduction of “smokers lines” on the upper lip, treatment of acne and surgical scars, in addition to tightening of the skin along the jawline. When performed by a skilled clinician, the risks associated with Pearl and Pearl Fractional skin resurfacing are low.
Varicose Vein Reduction
A laser is a highly focused beam of light. A doctor can use a laser to treat varicose veins. Laser heat damages a vein, which makes scar tissue form. This scar tissue closes the vein. A closed vein loses its source of blood and dies. After a year or two, the vein is likely to disappear. Simple laser vein treatment is done on the outside of your skin. It can treat spider veins and tiny varicose veins just under the skin’s surface. Usually, more than one laser session is needed. They are scheduled every 6 to 12 weeks, as prescribed by your doctor.
Endovenous laser treatment can treat larger varicose veins in the legs. A laser fiber is passed through a thin tube (catheter) into the vein. While doing this, the doctor watches the vein on a duplex ultrasound screen. Laser is less painful than vein ligation and stripping, and it has a shorter recovery time. Only local anesthesia or a light sedative is needed for laser treatment. (For ligation and stripping, general anesthesia is used to put you to sleep.)