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Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Ablative Laser Resurfacing

The Aerolase ERA ablative laser treatment is a cosmetic procedure used for skin rejuvenation and addressing various skin concerns.  It helps to improve the skin's appearance or treat minor facial flaws.

The ablative laser 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. We use the Aerolase ERA erbium laser.  This treatment requires about 4-7 days of healing time.  But the results are amazing.

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 cannot eliminate excessive or sagging skin. 

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Procedure:

The Aerolase ERA ablative laser treatment uses a high-energy laser to precisely target and remove the outer layers of damaged skin. This helps to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin texture.

Indications:

The treatment is commonly used for skin resurfacing, wrinkle reduction, scar revision, and improving overall skin tone and texture.

Contraindications:

Patients with active skin infections, open wounds, sunburned skin, or a history of keloid scarring may not be suitable candidates for this procedure. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid this treatment.

Side Effects:

Possible side effects may include redness, swelling, temporary pigmentation changes, itching, and mild discomfort. In rare cases, there may be a risk of infection or scarring.

What to Expect During Treatment:

The treatment area is typically numbed with a topical anesthetic cream to minimize discomfort. The laser is then applied to the skin, delivering controlled energy pulses to the targeted areas. Protective eyewear is worn by both the patient and the practitioner.

Pain Control:

The procedure is generally well-tolerated, and pain control measures such as numbing cream are often sufficient. However, individual pain tolerance may vary, and some patients may opt for additional pain management options, which can be discussed with the treating provider.

Duration of Procedure:

The duration of each treatment session can vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the specific concerns being addressed. It typically ranges from 15 to 60 minutes.

Recovery Time:

The recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the depth of treatment. Generally, there is some downtime involved, with initial redness and swelling that may last for a few days to a couple of weeks. The skin may also appear dry and flaky during the healing process.

Typical Number of Sessions:

The number of treatment sessions required depends on the specific concerns being addressed and the desired outcome. 

Expected Treatment Results:

Following the treatment series, patients can expect improvements in skin tone, texture, and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and scars. The results are gradual and continue to improve over time as collagen production is stimulated.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

It's important to follow post-treatment instructions provided by your physician, which may include avoiding direct sun exposure, using gentle skincare products, and keeping the treated area moisturized. Sunscreen application is particularly crucial to protect the newly treated skin.

Typical Cost:

The cost of Aerolase ERA ablative laser treatment can vary depending on factors such as the treatment area, location, and the number of sessions required.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a chemical peel?
    A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by a licensed professional to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. It involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outer layers to exfoliate, revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath.
  • How does a chemical peel work?
    The chemical solution used in a peel causes controlled damage to the skin's outer layers. This stimulates the skin to shed dead cells and prompts the body to produce new collagen and elastin, leading to a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
  • What skin concerns can be addressed with chemical peels?
    Chemical peels can help improve various skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, uneven skin tone, pigmentation issues, and mild to moderate acne.
  • Are there different types of chemical peels?
    Yes, chemical peels come in various types and strengths, including superficial, medium, and deep peels. The type of peel used depends on the specific skin concerns being addressed and the desired level of exfoliation.
  • How long does a chemical peel procedure take?
    The duration of a chemical peel procedure can vary depending on the type and depth of the peel being performed. Typically, superficial peels take about 30 minutes, while medium to deep peels may take up to an hour or more.
  • Is a chemical peel painful?
    Most patients experience a mild burning or stinging sensation during the procedure, which subsides relatively quickly. Deeper peels may cause more discomfort, but pain management techniques can be used to minimize any discomfort.
  • How long is the recovery period after a chemical peel?
    The recovery time can vary depending on the depth of the peel. Superficial peels may have little to no downtime, with some redness and peeling that usually resolves within a few days. Medium to deep peels may require a week or more of recovery time, during which the skin may be red, swollen, and peeling.
  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with chemical peels?
    Like any cosmetic procedure, chemical peels carry some risks, such as redness, swelling, irritation, and increased sensitivity to the sun. In rare cases, there might be complications like scarring or infection, especially with deeper peels.
  • How many sessions of chemical peels are needed to see results?
    The number of sessions required depends on the individual's skin condition and the type of peel used. Some people may achieve desired results with a single peel, while others might need a series of peels spaced several weeks apart for optimal results.
  • Can anyone get a chemical peel?
    While chemical peels are generally safe for most skin types, not everyone is a suitable candidate. People with certain skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, or recent sunburns, may need to avoid chemical peels. It's essential to consult with a qualified professional to determine if a chemical peel is right for you.

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