Laser treatments can be a great way to rejuvenate your skin and obtain a fresh new look. There are many laser treatments available that can treat a variety of concerns, including wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, and even acne.
If you’re looking to regenerate collage in the skin, reduce imperfections and look and feel youthful again, the Affirm Laser and the CO2 Fractional Laser can be great options for you. These are often used to treat the skin of the face as well as the neck and chest. For those who are concerned with acne scars and other blemishes, Blue Light Therapy may be a better choice. Even better, your insurance company may even cover the treatment. Read on to learn more about your laser treatment options.
The Affirm Laser is a great way to treat wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, lax skin, redness, pigmentation problems, and age spots on the skin. This treatment is great for preventing and reducing the signs of aging and it even tightens the skin. After treatment, the skin will appear radiant and youthful.
The affirm laser utilizes two different wavelengths of the Xenon Pulsed Light (XPL) and the MultiPlex technology which allows multiple layers of the damaged skin to be targeted by the treatment. The laser technology can heat the collagen deep below the skin, improving collagen production and skin laxity. The treatment is considered less painful than others and allows for a quicker recovery because low level energy is used. Some redness may occur for a short duration, but the skin typically heals without any issues and results can be observed quickly.
Carbon Dioxide Fractional Laser Resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing can correct and rejuvenate sun damaged skin, freckles, liver spots, and lentigines. This treatment is great for those with advanced skin damage and wrinkles. Fine lines, scarring, dull skin tone, irregularities in skin texture, and loose skin can all benefit from this treatment. The collagen can be repaired and restored as the skin heals. CO2 laser resurfacing is not only used on the facial area; the neck and chest can also benefit from this treatment.
This resurfacing technique allows the layers of the skin to be treated in a fractional way which can create rejuvenation. The fractional method that is administered uses short pulses of light energy that work at the same time as a continuous light beam that is emitted. The short light pulses are known as ultrapulsed light. This technique triggers the skin’s natural healing response without damaging the tissue around it. This allows for a quicker healing process.
Your CO2 Laser Treatment
The skin will be treated in a pattern based on the skin and what features and problems are around it. The pattern may be rectangular, linear, a square, or a circle. Each individual will require a different pattern based on the target area. The benefit to this treatment is that the burn of the resurfacing is highly controlled and thermal heat is not utilized. This keeps the possible damage that can occur to a minimum and even allows the delicate eye area to be treated. Most patients do not require a topical anesthetic, but one can be provided if needed.
Your CO2 Laser Resurfacing Results
After the treatment has been performed, the skin will continue to heal and look rejuvenated. The skin will appear red in color for at least twenty four hours; in some cases it can take up to two weeks for the redness to fully fade. A post-treatment skincare regimen will be provided, as well as medications which can help to control any discomfort. Most patients liken the sensation to that of a sunburn.
The results may not be fully observed until after six months of healing. This is highly dependent on the patient’s age and the care of their skin after the treatment has been performed. The post-treatment skincare is very important and any exposure to the sun should be limited for proper healing. It is recommended that a follow-up appointment is made so that the progress and healing can be observed.
Blue Light Therapy
Acne is a common problem that many of us have. Acne problems occur when the oil that is produced in the sebaceous glands becomes plugged in the follicle and bacteria grows. The bacteria creates pimples and can also cause blackheads and whiteheads. Acne can appear at any age but is most common during the teenage years. There are many treatments for acne including topical agents, exfoliants, astringents, and antibiotics. Laser treatments have recently been FDA approved to treat acne with great results. Depending on your health insurance, treatment may even be covered.
The blue light technology is an LED light that can destroy bacteria that is inside of the acne with a wavelength of light. The blue light treatment may need to be repeated at least two times a week on a weekly basis in order to achieve the best results. This treatment can be combined with aminolevulinic acid, Levulan, or Kerastick. The results will most likely be enhanced by using these products with it. The blue light technology can also be used with ALA which will require the treatment to be needed every two or three weeks instead. This can be beneficial for those with a busy lifestyle. The number of treatments needed is dependent on the severity of the acne that is being treated. When the blue light is used without the levulinic acid, the skin will not become red; however, when using it, the skin may be red for a couple of days. This can be a great option for those of any age and can greatly promote clearer skin faster than topical solutions.
Laser Treatments at the Masri Clinic
Determining which laser treatment is right for you can be challenging and confusing. Dr. Masri and his staff can help you with this decision. During consultation, Dr. Masri will examine your skin, listen to your concerns and your goals for treatment, and work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you achieve glowing skin. Contact the Masri Clinic today at 866-487-3223.