As we get older, we produce less collagen, which is the building block that provides the structure of healthy, beautiful skin. This structure begins to break down without the collagen it needs for a vibrant, smooth appearance. Laser skin resurfacing is designed to return the supple, more youthful appearance by selectively removing dull, outer layers of skin. This creates a fresh surface and dramatically stimulates collagen. Your skin looks younger, brighter and naturally restored.
Laser resurfacing uses lasers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars, to even out skin coloring (pigmentation), to tighten skin, and to remove lesions.
The laser technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at the targeted areas of concern on the skin. The laser carefully and precisely vaporizes the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, layer-by-layer. The underlying layer of skin, called the dermis, is heated, which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. The collagen begins to rebuild the structure of the skin, resulting in new skin that is smoother and firmer.
This particular benefit extends over time, as the rebuilding process works from within to further renew and rejuvenate your skin.
The AcuPulse features state-of-the-art technology with 11 various modes for truly customizable treatments. Treatments can be deeper, with more healing and more downtime, or shallower, with less healing time required. The deeper the treatment, the better the results, generally. However, some patients prefer to have more treatments that are less aggressive to shorten the recovery.
Common treatment areas include the upper and lower eyelids and crows feet, as well as the upper lip and chin. Some patients, especially those with deeper wrinkles and extensive sun damage, elect to treat the entire face. CO2 laser treatment is often combined with surgical procedures such as upper or lower blepharoplasty to make use of the downtime and further improve the results.
First, we will numb the skin with a topical and/or local anesthetic. Next, the skin is cleaned. Protective eye shields are placed. During the treatment, you will feel a warm sensation in the area that is being treated. Some areas may experience the sensation of small rubber bands snapping. The duration depends on the surface area, an average of 30-40 minutes to treat the whole face. Once finished, the skin will feel warm, almost like a sunburn. You will get specific directions for a post-treatment proper skincare regimen.