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Skin Resurfacing for Age/Sun Spots & Skin Blemishes

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Before (Left) and After (Right) Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing for sun spots.

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Before (A) and After (B) Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment to treat acne scars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before & After multiple IPL Treatments for sun/age spot

 

 

Age and sun spot skin treatment is one of the most sought after treatments in anti-aging cosmetic procedures. Age spots, sometimes called liver spots, are areas of darker skin that often look like large dark freckles. They are normally caused by long term sun damage, but occasionally can be caused by bruising that leaves behind pigment from the blood. Most age spots appear on aging hands, but they can appear on any part of the body that is exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, arms, and back.There are several non-invasive methods for getting rid of age spots.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is designed to reduce facial wrinkles, scars and blemishes.  Advanced laser technologies have given our doctors a new level of control in laser resurfacing. This  allows for extreme precision while treating our patients, especially in delicate areas.

Laser skin resurfacing can improve minor facial flaws, such as:

  • Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
  • Scars from acne or chickenpox
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift
  • Aged or sun-damaged skin
  • Liver spots
  • Improve your complexion if you have yellowish or grayish skin tones
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

It’s all about using beams of light. Your licensed and certified provider uses the laser to send short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. This removes unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner one layer at a time.

The laser beam used in laser resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. It simultaneously heats the underlying skin, called the dermis. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer.

Laser skin resurfacing’s targeted approach means there are fewer problems with hypopigmentation, or a lightening of skin for procedures such as laser acne scar reduction.

Ablative Lasers vs. Non-Ablative Lasers

In general, laser resurfacing treatments fall under one of two categories: ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers.  Both ablative and non-ablative resurfacing can give you dramatic improvements, but they do differ significantly in the final results they produce.

 

Option 1:  Fractional CO2 Laser Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Ablative laser treatments are more invasive, but produce the best clinical results. They work by vaporizing the outer layers of the skin. This process causes the skin to heal and restructure, and increases collagen production.  Ablative lasers are great for treating visible signs of aging and the results generally last for 1 to 5 years. They can also be used to treat acne scarring, pigmentation irregularities and unwanted lesions.  It is important to note however, that ablative lasers present a longer recovery and a higher degree of risk than non-ablative lasers. Most patients require 1 to 2 weeks of recovery time.

The SmartSkin CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser is an advanced technology enabling preservation of the skin’s health while dramatically changing undesirable traits, including improving acne scars, age and sun spots, and other skin imperfections.

The SmartSkin CO2 laser can remove single layers of the skin from the face, neck, chest and hands, allowing the doctor  to assess results during treatment. The laser penetrates deeply, yet retains the integrity of healthy tissues using high-energy laser pulses or beams.  Vaporization of the epidermis occurs immediately, allowing healthy underlying tissues to surface as the top new layer of skin.

SmartSkin CO2 ablative laser treatments are safe and effective for most parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, and hands. The WHN doctors customize this laser skin resurfacing treatment for each patient’s individual skin concerns and goals.

The CO2 Fractional Laser Ablative Skin Rejuvenation Procedure

imagesThe SmartSkin laser treats a fraction of the skin surface with tiny, pinpoint columns of laser energy. This technology does not impact adjacent areas, resulting in a faster recovery period and shorter recovery time.

While most people experience only slight discomfort during these treatments, a topical anesthetic is available if you have any concerns. The length of treatment depends on the conditions and areas being addressed. Treatments most commonly take less than an hour and are done in the Westside Head & Neck office.

During your consultation, your doctor will help you decide how many treatments you will need to achieve the improvements you want. If you are concerned about downtime, you will probably want to have a few, gentler treatments. If you want the greatest improvements as soon as possible, you might choose a single, stronger treatment that will require longer downtime.

By consulting with us about the best professional skin care products for you, your improvements can last for years.

Option 2: Icon Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

Non-ablative laser treatments are far less invasive than ablative treatments. They work by heating up the targeted tissue, without actually destroying it. This process stimulates your body’s collagen production to fill in unwanted skin imperfections such as fine lines or wrinkles.  Because they do not resurface the skin as invasively as ablative lasers, multiple treatment sessions will be necessary to achieve modest clinical results. However, patients benefit from almost no downtime and the risk of undesirable side effects is greatly reduced. You should consult your laser provider to understand potential risks associated with non-ablative procedures.

The Icon Laser Non-Ablative Skin Rejuvenation Procedure

The Icon Laser Scar Treatment uses a fractional erbium laser. It’s non-ablative, meaning it doesn’t cut the skin. This laser generates columns of heat that go under the deep dermis to cause inflammation. As a result of the inflammation, the remaining tissue produces collagen and elastin which work to heal the skin. These fibers also tighten the area. For acne scar tissue, healthier and tighter skin means that the scars become much less noticeable.

Option 3:  Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) “Photo Facials”

This is a painless, non-invasive therapy, which destroys the dark spots without damaging the surrounding tissue, and involving no significant swelling or recovery time. The IPL device sends light through the skin. This light is absorbed by the darker tissue and destroys the darker pigment cells. These dead cells rise to the surface and slough off, leaving behind the lighter tissue.

IPL treatment for age spots is a gradual process. Traditional laser treatment would remove the age spots more quickly by destroying a large amount of tissue in one session, which is very painful and causes severe swelling.   Our IPL treatments are gentle and painless and therefore require several sessions. Typically age spots can be removed in three to five sessions, but each patient is unique and it is impossible to predict exactly how many sessions will be required to remove all of the dark tissue.  Each session takes about 30 minutes.

 

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