The development of laser technology is one of the most
exciting and innovative scientific achievements to have
come along in the past few decades. Albert Einstein originally
presented the principles of the laser in the 1900's.
Since that time, scientists have developed several types
of lasers, which are used for a variety of purposes.
The Ultrapulse Carbon Dioxide laser (CO2) laser and the
Erbium laser are used to treat wrinkles, scars and sun-damaged
skin in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing.
The word "laser" is an acronym, which stands
for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of
Radiation. A surgical laser is a beam of light capable
of removing unwanted tissue. These lasers vaporize skin
cells by emitting short bursts of radiation that are
absorbed by water present in the cells. Skin imperfections
are rapidly and accurately treated one layer at a time
without bleeding, while the underlying skin tissue is
preserved. As a result of the treatment, the patient
is left with a smoother skin surface.
The laser is used to reduce wrinkles, acne, scars and
other minor skin imperfections, especially around the
mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne scarred
skin, problems that often cause concern in both men and
Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical
peels and microdermabrasion. The major benefits of laser
resurfacing are lower cost, less pain and faster post-op
In most cases, only one treatment is needed. The initial
redness fades in a few weeks to a light pink, which can
be camouflaged with cosmetics. This discoloration usually
disappears in one to three months. The goal of laser
resurfacing is to enhance facial appearance. Expectations
by the patient must be realistic, and results should
be anticipated as improvements rather than total corrections.
Results of the surgery depend on many factors such as
the size, shape, and location of the imperfection, heredity,
and age skin condition.
There is little pain connected with this surgery and
pain medication is usually not indicated following the
procedure. Complications following laser resurfacing
are rare; however, there are certain inherent risks connected
with every surgical procedure which be discussed with
If you are interested in learning more
about laser skin resurfacing, please contact our office
will be happy to answer any questions.
This non-invasive procedure can tighten and renew your skin's collagen deep down, through all 3 skin layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous (fat) layer. Thermage® uses a unique capacitive radio frequency (CRF) that safely heats the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate existing collagen and promote new collagen growth. The result is skin that looks and feels noticeably smoother and tighter with no surgery, no injections and no downtime, and it can last for years, depending on the condition of your skin and the aging process. The procedure is performed in our fully accredited operating suite and can be done either with oral medication to relax you and reduce discomfort or under light anesthesia. With no bruising, swelling or sutures, you are able to return to your regular routine when the procedure is finished. While it is possible to see some improvement immediately, final results will be evident in about 6 months.
Thermage® can be used to improve skin tone and texture on the face--tightens sagging jowls and skin beneath the chin, redefines and contours the jaw line; on the eyes--reduces hooding, softens fine lines and crow's feet, smoothes and tightens skin on the eyelids and eye area; on the arms, tummy and thighs--tightens loose or sagging skin, and because the procedure is colorblind, it can be performed on all skin types and colors.
Our cosmetic consultants are available to discuss Thermage® and its benefits with you. Please call our office to find out more about this exciting procedure.
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