Eliminate wrinkles, discoloration, and scars; revitalize skin tone often in one treatment, with very little downtime.
PROCEDURE PERFORMED BY:
ED BECKER, M.D.
JAY ZIMMERMAN, M.D.
Laser skin resurfacing replenishes damaged skin with fresh new skin. It can correct:
- Fine lines and wrinkles of the face, particularly around the upper lip, cheeks and forehead
- Loose eyelid skin
- Crow’s feet around the eyes
- Pucker marks and frown lines
- Brown spots and splotchy, uneven skin tone
- Scars, especially acne scars
Our CO2 fractional laser system, the UltraPulse®, presents a major advancement in laser technology. It provides a pattern of thousands of tiny, instantaneous laser pulses to the epidermis. Each pulse heats a selection of tissue, eliminating pigment discolorations at the surface creating a zone of heating deep in the tissue to vaporize aging collagen and heating system even deeper layers, promoting new collagen growth to rebuild and rejuvenate the skin.
Each of these tiny pulses provides the surrounding tissue intact to form bridges of healthy skin. This method sometimes called “bridge therapy” achieves outstanding results in a single, lasting treatment with very little downtime. Additionally, we can specifically control the configuration of the pulses, as well as their depth, positioning and intensity whch allows us to supply light, moderate or deep laser resurfacing treatments for a variety of circumstances.
The accuracy of laser resurfacing permits us to tailor treatment to your specific needs; whether a certain treatment is appropriate for you will depend upon the needs of your skin and lifestyle. Some patients choose deeper resurfacing for its maximum result, while others require only light resurfacing or desire a faster recovery.
The options available are:
ActiveFX is a fractional laser treatment executed in a single treatment with marginal patient downtime. ActiveFX provides instant collagen contraction, visibly improves skin texture and tone, reduces uneven pigmentation and sun damage, and promotes new collagen formation. It’s particularly useful when skin shows moderate signs of aging and exposure to the elements, and is effective in treating fine lines and moderate wrinkles, loose eyelid skin and crow’s feet, pucker marks and frown lines, brown spots, splotchy skin tone, and acne scars.
This method operates a lot more rapidly than conventional laser resurfacing, yet it provides ideal results in many situations. Results can be seen after a single session, and improvement can proceed for up to 6 months as collagen development proceeds over time.
There is little to no pain associated with the procedure most patients say they feel warmness similar to sunburn; the treated skin will start to flake off within 2 days, and most remaining pinkness will be gone in about a week. ActiveFX patients are normall} able to conduct business in 24 hours and return to the public eye in 4– 6 days.
The DeepFX procedure utilizes fractional CO2 laser microbeams to target the deeper dermal layers of the skin with even more precision. This activates a cascade of healing responses that results in tissue regeneration and new collagen development. Each laser pulse eliminates a narrow column of tissue and the deep heating triggers immediate collagen contraction and long-term collagen remodelling. DeepFX is specifically effective in dealing with moderate to deep wrinkles, deeper acne scars (including those caused by cystic acne); it can enhance skin texture and tighten the skin in more significant instances of laxity, and in some circumstances involving loose skin around the neck and jowls.
Local anesthesia may be used during the treatment. Immediately following procedure, the skin will experience warmth and will be comparable in look to a deep sunburn. As the skin heals, it will begin to flake off and the enhancement in the skin’s appearance will begin to appear. Downtime is usually 3-5 days, although healing can take longer for some people.
TotalFX a combined treatment that targets attributes closer to the skin surface while penetrating more deeply to target more severe problem areas with extreme precision.
Laser resurfacing vs. IPL
Skin resurfacing with the UltraPulse® CO2 laser may be the most successful treatment for those with skin marked by fine lines, shallow and deep wrinkles, and inconsistent coloring. Although, this type of resurfacing actually removes the very thin, outermost layer of the skin, not unlike surgery. Patients need careful follow-up care for healing, and most should allow some time for initial swelling and redness to dissipate. For patients who have the option of taking this time, effort and expense, the result can be satisfying and quite dramatic.
An additional approach for some patients, frustrated with more superficial signs of aging including early changes in skin tone and texture is Intense Pulsed Light. This treatment does not remove any outer layers of skin, and as a result there is no recovery time. Patients purely seeking a “refreshed” complexion (a reversal of rosacea symptoms or minor pigment problems, a brightening of the skin and a smoother texture with smaller pores) might want to consider IPL though, patients with serious wrinkles or skin folds may require UltraPulse® laser skin resurfacing to achieve desired results. We would be happy to discuss which treatment is right for you.
For more information, please call our office at (925) 945-7005.
UltraPulse® is a registered trademark of Lumenis Ltd.