Zap to it! Aesthetic lasers for skin rejuventation

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Part III: Lasers – You’ve come a long way, Baby!

Lasers are the perhaps the most effective technology in our medical spa. They can make a real difference in the way your skin looks and feels – and are a great tool to turn back the clock! Most patients can see a real, visible difference after just 3-5 treatments. Laser therapies can help to delay some surgeries, and can complement plastic surgery, which lifts aging skin, but typically does not address poor texture or coloration. My favorite laser therapies include:

SkinTyte: SkinTyte is wonderful to lift the jowls and smooth the skin area. My patients look forward to the treatments and find them relaxing. There’s zero pain or downtime. For best results, I recommend patients come in for a series of treatments.

Thermage: Thermage is another great standby – particularly in lifting the jowls. I also like it to tone and tighten the eye area. It’s a quick, one-time fix. Although there can be some discomfort associated with the treatment, there’s no downtime, and results can last up to 2 years.

ProFractional: ProFractional works by creating little tunnels in the dermis, which helps to generate collagen. There is a downtime of 3-4 days; however, because the top layer of skin is not removed completely, the downtime is minimal in comparison to procedures which yield similar results. ProFractional is fantastic at minimizing fine lines and smoothing deeper creases.  Profractional can also improve acne pitting and scarring.  I usually recommend 3 treatments of ProFractional, although some patients are quite happy and see definite results after just one treatment.

As with all of these therapies, when my patients express their happiness at their results, I celebrate, too. It is so wonderful to see their transformation – not only in their skin, but in their self-confidence as well. So many of my female patients have gone from not being able to leave the house without their ‘mask’ of makeup that hides their skin, to now feeling comfortable stepping out without any makeup at all. To me, that’s success!

Tune in next week for Part IV: Beyond Facial Aging