We are on our final week of our skin segment and we are often asked about how laser treatments can improve one’s skin. Now, we want to explain the differences of all of the different laser technologies and realistically what to expect.
The word “Lasers” are not as abrasive and scary as some may think . They can dramatically change skin imperfections within a series of treatments. Miracles don’t happen overnight. It takes time, and consistency to achieve results whether you are being treated for acne scars, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, or even hair removal.
Lasers can get complicated; below is a breakdown of the most common lasers used in the cosmetic arena today.
Fractional C02 laser light passes through the patented Pixel® micro optics lens array to penetrate the skin with tiny thermal channels. This creates an ablative and thermal effect in only these channels — a micro-injury — without disturbing the surrounding tissue. The tissue surrounding the micro-injury sites (about 15-20 percent of the treatment area) starts the process of healing. As collagen remodels, skin tightens and scars improve. The intact, undamaged skin around the treatment site is what promotes quicker healing for a faster recovery.
A Pixel laser creates a micro injury without disturbing the surrounding tissue. Those micro-injured areas start the process of healing and the untreated area acts as a reservoir for rapid restoration. As collagen remodels, skin tightens and texture improves.
IPL AFT is the next generation of intense pulsed light. It takes formerly unused short-wavelength light and converts it into part of the usable spectrum through a special filtering system. It increases emission and penetration for safer and more effective treatments.
For hair removal, a large rectangular window emitting broad-spectrum light is applied to the surface of the skin. The energy travels harmlessly through the epidermis and dermis until it strikes the hair follicle, which contains a dense, melanin-rich hair shaft and bulb. The dark-colored melanin absorbs the light and rises slowly in temperature, destroying the hair-producing cells surrounding the follicle. Because the heat is not sustained, however, no damage occurs outside the follicle area.
Our Skin Tightening laser delivers uniform energy distribution and effectively targets lipids and connective tissue. It exerts its biological effect on the skin through two major mechanisms, heat-induced collagen shrinkage and micro-thermal injury as well as dermal regeneration, repair (healing) and remodeling. The ST hand piece produces dramatic, yet comfortable deep dermal heating without damage to the epidermis. Near infrared” light is closest in wavelength to visible light and “far infrared” is closer to the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. …
Skinetics is proud to provide these advancements in laser technology. All medical services are performed by Dr. Cary Nelson.
Dr. Nelson has studied under the comprehensive tutelage of R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D. and Patrick Bitter Jr., M.D. two pioneers in the fotofacial technique. Dr. Nelson is also certified in Botox® Cosmetic, multiple dermal fillers (Juvéderm®) and in facial volumizers (Radiesse®). Furthermore, he specializes in IPL and various laser techniques for skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, permanent hair reduction and leg vein therapy.
Dr. Nelson is dedicated to providing safe and effective aesthetic procedures utilizing leading edge technology and has begun studying the various anti-aging medicine applications.
*During the month of September, come in and “Erase the Signs of Summer”. All laser treatments (not valid on laser hair removal, unless series is purchased) are $100.00 off. Just mention our blog when booking (one laser treatment per patient). Valid until 9/30/10.