What is Laser Rejuvenation?
Laser treatments have become a mainstay in skin rejuvenation and treatments for skin concerns. There are different types of lasers that are used for different skin concerns such as wrinkles, melasma, acne, scarring, sundamage, pigment, hair removal and even tattoo removal.
When used for anti-aging purposes, lasers remove the top skin layer with precision. The skin then forms new skin cells to replace the old ones lost. The result is skin with a renewed glow, that feels tighter and looks younger.
What treatment is right for you?
The answer to that depends on your goals, budget and how much time you can take to heal. We have laser treatments with dramatic results and 10 days of healing time to lasers that can “refresh” your look with no downtime.
Laser procedures should always be performed by a Certified Laser Technician or a trained physician.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
A CO2 laser is a type of gas laser, where electricity runs through a gas filled tube to produce light. Light produced by CO2 lasers is invisible falling in the infrared range.
The CO2 laser removes the outer layers of damaged skin to reveal the underlying skin which is healthier, smoother and younger looking. The treatment is used to decrease deep wrinkles, fine lines, pigment and sun damage. The results are the most dramatic and the healing time ranges from 8-14 days. CO2 resurfacing must be performed by a trained physician.
Fraxel is a laser treatment for patients who want a definite change and real results but don’t want extended healing time. Fraxel reverses the signs of aging such as sun damage, wrinkles, melasma and also works very well for acne scarring. Fraxel can be performed on the face, chest and hands. The healing time for a Fraxel treatment is 4-8 days. Fraxel must be performed by a Certified Laser Technician who has been certified to use the Fraxel laser. Our Laser Technicians have advanced Fraxel training and certification.
Pico Focus Array Facial
The PicoSure Laser is a very unique laser that can be used for a variety of treatments such as tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation. The “focus array” refers to the type of hand piece used. This laser has been shown to have similar results to more invasive laser procedures without the downtime. The procedure is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sundamage, age spots and stimulates collagen and elastin production. This is a great treatment for busy professionals or patient’s who do not want to take time to heal. The Pico Facial also needs to be performed by a Certified Laser Technician.
Ulthera Skin Tightening
Ulthera is a safe, non surgical treatment that uses ultrasound to tighten skin in its deeper layers. Ulthera treats the deep foundational layer that is addressed with surgery. It won’t replicate the results of a face lift but is a great alternative. Ulthera uses the body’s own regenerative process to lift the skin in the lower face, brow and neck and is often combined with Microneedling for optimal results.
Radio Frequency Microneedling
Radio Frequency means heat and Microneedling means microscopic holes. Put the two together and you have a device that delivers precise heat energy while creating thousands of coagulation injuries in the skin. The patient receives topical numbing prior to the treatment which increases comfort. The skin’s natural healing process after this treatment replaces the micro injuries with new collagen and elastin. RF Microneedling is used for anti-aging, acne scars, texture and laxity. It can be performed on tanned skin and most skin types. The healing time is 2 hours to 1 day and the results are seen around 1 month. This is a great alternative to Botox or can emphasize the effects of Botox.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment that has been used in medicine for decades. The patient’s blood is drawn as it is in a lab and centrifuged down to separate the platelets. The platelet serum contains growth factors and cytokines that stimulate the skin to heal and rejuvenate.
The PRP serum is applied after Microneedling and “tells the skin” to rejuvenate itself. The skin’s own growth factors are recognized and fuel the collagen building process. It is a natural anti-aging treatment. The skin feels immediately tightened and the results are seen from one day to months after wards.
The Hollywood Laser Peel
This laser treatment is also called the Carbon Peel or Red Carpet Peel. Celebrities often have this treatment done before a big event to be camera ready. A carbon mask is applied to the skin 15 minutes prior to treatment. The laser is attracted to the dark pigment on the skin and “deep cleans” pores, stimulates collagen and leaves the skin with a youthful glow. Excellent to decrease large pore size, acne breakouts and anti-aging. Downtime is 1 hour to 1 day depending on skin type.
Chemical peels are actually not as harsh as they sound. The products applied to your face are made from fruit and milk acids. Did you know Cleopatra bathed in sour milk to soften her skin? Unknown to them at the time, she was using alpha-hydroxy acids.
The following alpha-hydroxy acids commonly used in chemical peels:
- Glycolic acid- derived from sugar cane
- Lactic acid- derived from milk
- Malic acid- derived from apples and pears
- Citric acid- derived from citrus fruit
- Tartaric acid- derived from grapes
Alpha-hydroxy acids work by exfoliating the surface of the skin. The dead skin cells slough off and new skin cells grow. This process also stimulates collagen and elastin growth.
Common side effects of alpha-hydroxy acids are sun sensitivity and irritation/redness, which is why they must be administered by a trained professional. Chemical peels are available in different concentrations which are used to target varying skin concerns and goals. The higher the concentration of alpha hydroxy acids, the more irritation can occur.
Other ingredients used in chemical peels are salicylic acid and retinol. Both ingredients target acne, clean congested pores and free blackheads. If you are acne prone, your aesthetician may choose to use a peel with these ingredients as well as alpha-hydroxy acids. TCA Peels and Jessner Peels are much stronger chemical peels that work deeper in the skin and are associated with downtime. Our highly skilled laser technicians perform superficial peels as well as the TCA and Jessner peels.
The GLOW Peel treats acne, large pores, decreases fine lines, sun damage and brightens the skin. We recommend to having a chemical peel every 6 weeks to reach your desired outcome and then 2-3 times per year to maintain your results.
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Silk Peel Dermalinfusion
This procedure is similar to microdermabrasion and involves the removal of the outer layers of dead skin cells through exfoliation. It differs from microdermabrasion in that is infuses serums specifically formulated to treat skin concerns. The procedure takes 30 minutes and leaves the skin feeling smooth and looking refreshed.