Laser resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation procedure that uses a laser to improve the skin’s appearance or treat minor facial flaws. It can be done with:
- Ablative laser. This is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and tighter. Types of ablative treatments include the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the erbium laser and combination systems.
- Nonablative laser. This is a non-wounding laser that stimulates collagen growth, which over time helps improve skin tone and texture. This approach can be done with various types of lasers as well as intense pulsed light (IPL) devices. Nonablative laser resurfacing is less invasive and requires less recovery time than does ablative laser resurfacing. But it’s less effective.
Both methods can be delivered with a fractional laser, which leaves microscopic columns of untreated tissue throughout the treatment area. Fractional lasers were developed to shorten recovery time and reduce the risk of side effects.
Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines in the face. It can also treat loss of skin tone and improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage. Laser resurfacing can’t eliminate excessive or sagging skin. Understanding the specific techniques, risks and possible results can help you decide if laser resurfacing is right for you.
Why It's Done?
Laser resurfacing can be used to treat:
- Fine wrinkles
- Age spots
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Sun-damaged skin
- Mild to moderate acne scars
Intense Light Therapy (IPL)
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is used to treat sun damage, age spots and rosacea.
It is also known as Broad Band Light (BBL), Photo Rejuvenation or Photo Facial. IPL light penetrates the skin in a range of wave lengths that targets red and brown spots resulting in a beautiful even skin tone. IPL brightens the skin. Depending on the severity of the symptoms results can be seen in 1-3 treatments.
IPL is commonly used on the face, neck, shoulders, back and hands.
How does IPL work to treat rosacea?
At Medisthetics & Laser Clinic IPL can be very effective for the redness and flushing component of rosacea. By treating the blood vessels causing rosacea the vascular response is diminished. Some Patients find great relief if they suffer from Dry eye disease as well. We have seen dramatic results for patients with rosacea even in patients suffering with stinging and burning sensations.
After several treatments their symptoms are frequently gone. While IPL Therapy will not “cure you” of rosacea, it will significantly treat the physical component of the disease process. Typically on average 3-4 IPL/BBL treatments are needed to clear up recurrent rosacea symptoms with another treatment recommended about once a year for maintenance purposes.
These treatments are relatively quick treating the entire face in about 20 minutes. Ask about our Face, neck, chest and hands/forearms treatment packages that are available. A series of at least 3 treatments is usually recommended. This treatment also complements well with other light based therapy treatments such as Resurfx fractional treatment.
IPL Therapy is an excellent way to treat the redness and flushing caused by rosacea. Over a period of 3-4 weeks, vessels are re-absorbed and facial redness diminishes. Patients with rosacea that are expected to do best with laser therapy are those with Telangiectasia.
IPL offers a practically painless and long term solution for rosacea treatment. This Treatment is best done over the winter months when the skin is not exposed to a lot of sun. Patients should wear a SPF of 30 or greater at all times to prevent further damage to there skin by sun damage.
Do you have to suffer with the discoloration and the disfiguring, often embarrassing appearance of rosacea.