Laser/Light can be beneficial to aging skin in many ways. We offer several different types of laser/light treatments:
- Photorejuvenation – treats colors (red & brown) and blends the complexion
- Fractional Laser Resurfacing – smooths wrinkles and scarring, increases collagen and elastin
- Skin Tightening – improves skin laxity
- Hair Reduction – permanently reduces hair grown
Photorejuvenation is a series of Intense Pulsed Light Treatments that improve the appearance of Rosacea, flushing, sun damaged skin, age spots, skin texture, and photo aging. The treatment also improves mild acne scars, reduces large pores, corrects dark circles around eyes, and reduces fine lines. This exciting treatment involves little or no “down time”. You can resume normal activities immediately.
How does the treatment work?
An intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat impairs the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. The lesion will darken before it flakes off or is absorbed by the body. Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.
What are the benefits of Photorejuvenation?
Treatment improves sun spots, age spots, dull complexions, uneven pigmentation, large pores, sun damaged skin, and early signs of aging. Treatment improves red flushing skin, Rosacea and broken capillaries. Enjoy smoother skin with a more even tone. Minimal discomfort during treatment – resume regular activities immediately.
What is a treatment like?
Treatment may vary from 15 to 45 minutes. First the area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation of discomfort is minimal. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sunblock is applied. A topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort, for sensitive skin a cool compress is applied following treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing (LSR), like chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion is commonly used to restore the youthful appearance to wrinkled, sun-damaged skin. While yielding excellent results, LSR often involves discomfort and significant downtime. That means as extended period indoors with no sun exposure – an impossibility for many active patients.
Compared to other methods, Pixel skin resurfacing saves patients time and discomfort. In short, Pixel skin shading offers the best of both worlds, superior results, yet minimal pain and minimal downtime.
Dramatic Results in Little Time
We all age, yet none of us want our skin to show the signs of aging. For centuries, people have sought ways to safely and effectively restore smooth, glowing skin. Now it’s possible.
Pixel skin resurfacing improves skin texture and tone, smooths wrinkles, and diminishes brown spots. In short, this procedure erases those factors that add years to our appearance, restoring youthful vitality.
Best of all, Pixel skin resurfacing does all this with minimal pain and minimal downtime. Providing the effective dramatic results of ablative resurfacing treatments – without its prolonged healing period – this procedure combines the best of both worlds. Pixel skin resurfacing restores skin to its fresh, healthy state, generally allowing patients to resume their normal routine almost immediately.
The procedure treats small zones of the skin, leaving surrounding tissue untouched and intact. These large unaffected areas act as a reservoir for more effective and rapid tissue healing and collagen production. The bottom line: new, healthier, smoother tissue in place of skin imperfections.
What to Expect
Your physician will determine the ideal treatment plan for your needs. Generally, the treatment involves two to four sessions at four week intervals. Right after treatment you may feel a slight tingling sensation. You may experience slight swelling for a day or two. As new skin replaces dead tissue, your skin will look better immediately, and will steadily improve over the next few months.
Does it hurt?
Far more comfortable than conventional laser skin resurfacing Pixel skin resurfacing is experienced by most patients as a comfortable sensation.
Who can be treated and on what parts of the body?
Pixel skin resurfacing can be used on patients of most skin types anywhere on the body. Since this procedure spares healthy tissue, it can be performed on delicate skin areas, such as face, neck, chest and hands.
We all age, yet none of us wish to see the signs of aging, major plastic surgery was the only effective treatment for skin laxity, which adds years to our overall facial appearance. Yet while we want to maintain a firm, fresh look, today’s active lifestyles leave little time for post-operative recuperation periods, not to mention the side effects or prohibitive costs of surgery. Besides, who wants to waits until sagging is so serious that it demands a major surgical procedure?
Today, there is a simple, quick and non-invasive alternative: pulsed light. Safely and with minimal pain, this technology tightens loose skin on the face, neck,arms, and abdomen, where sagging skin unattractively points out the passage of time.
How does pulsed light technology work?
Without damaging the skin’s surface, pulsed light safely and effectively heats the inner layer – dermis – of the skin, inducing the formation of collagen, essential for a firm, young look.
What to Expect
Patients must consult with a physician to determine their course of treatment. Results depend on factors that include age, the target area’s location and the severity of skin laxity. Patients generally note improvement soon after treatment, while others witness results gradually.
Before treatment, a cold gel is usually applied to the area to be treated. Then, the physician delivers precise pulses of light to the target area. Patients report little or no pain with pulsed light treatment, and can return to their normal activities immediately.
Is it safe?
Pulse light assures safe, effective treatment. Light pulses precisely heat precisely heat their intended targets, causing little or no skin damage or discomfort. This optimal use of energy both increases safety and eliminates the need for cooling methods. Clinical trials conducted by leading authorities on pulsed light document its safety and effectiveness.
Does it hurt?
While pain tolerance is an individual matter, most people tolerate pulsed light treatment well, and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients require no anesthesia, through topical anesthesia, though topical anesthetic and post-treatment cold compresses are an option for sensitive areas.
The Pulsed Light Advantage
Conventional skin tightening methods include topical skin lotions and creams, dermabrasion, chemical peels and resurfacing lasers.
As superficial emulsions cannot fully restore collagen in the skin’s inner layer, they may have limited value if not used in combination with other treatments. Ablative resurfacing, while more effective, may cause swelling and redness. In any cave, the prolonged recovery time that often accompanies more dramatic resurfacing may not suit those patients who seek effective skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime and risk.
In contrast, pulsed light penetrates and heals your skin’s inner layer without harming its surface. The light tightens, as well as tones and textures your skin. The result: improved overall skin appearance without injury.
Unwanted hair can be just a nuisance or it can be a source of embarrassment. Waxing, shaving, plucking are all temporary solutions. As long as the follicle that grows the hair remains intact, the hair will grow back. Now, technology provides the answer by selectively destroying the follicle with intense pulsed light. This allows the surrounding tissue to remain unharmed.
Computerized pulsed light can be customized to remove brown, red, or black hair any where on the body. Hair grows in different phases and not all hairs will be in the same phase at any one time. The treatment will only remove hair in the growth phase, so 3-4 treatments are usually necessary to reduce hair by 85-99%.
Intense pulsed light differs from electrolysis by its ability to inactivate multiple hair follicles with a single flash of light, much less painfully, and much faster. Most patients require no topical anesthetic, though fast acting anesthetics are available at the time of treatment.
Hair removal lasers have been in use since 1997 and the Food and Drug Administration approved it for “permanent reduction in hair growth.” They permanently disable hair follicles, however you have to remember that laser hair removal doesn’t work in the same way on everyone and doesn’t remove 100% of the hair in an area.
Some will also need touch-up treatments about once a year, especially on large areas, after the initial set of 6-8 treatments for any new growth your body may develop with age on certain areas.
Pulse width is an important consideration. It has been observed in some published studies that longer pulse widths are safer in darker skin. Wavelength is a critical factor. Longer wavelengths are safer in darker skin. However, shorter wavelengths are more effective in removing hair.
Spot size, or the width of the laser beam, affects treatment. Theoretically, the width of the ideal beam is about four times as wide as the target is deep. Hair removal lasers have a round spot about the size of your finger (8-18 mm). Larger spot sizes help make treatments faster and more effective.