Laser skin rejuvenation covers a wide range of different treatments, but typically they all have one thing in common, they are designed to help improve the overall look and feel of the skin. In most cases, laser skin rejuvenation procedures are for the face, but some treatments can also be used on the body. Common reasons why a person may wish to undergo laser skin rejuvenation treatment is to correct certain issues, such as:
– Acne scars from previous acne breakouts
– To tackle minor skin blemishes
– To treat sun damage
– Improve skin discoloration and skin tone
– Reduce the signs of aging and skin laxity
Some laser treatments are used to target specific conditions, whereas other laser treatments can target a range of different skin issues and are great multi-purpose tools for making the skin appear younger and healthier. NYC based board certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green offers a variety of treatment solutions for your skin, such as the following:
Fraxel® Dual laser
Fraxel can be used to treat several different skin conditions such as pigmentation, age spots and sun damage. On average, four or five treatment sessions may be required, but it varies by case, and you should discuss all options with Dr. Green first. The way the Fraxel® Dual laser works is that it uses Fractional Resurfacing Technology, which by design only targets certain parts of the skin. This means that the healthy skin is not targeted, only the damaged skin. Overall, Fraxel can improve the texture of the skin, as well as remove scars and lines.
The Fraxel® Dual laser consists of two lasers in one device. The advantage of this is that one or both of the lasers can be used depending on the patients requirements. The 1927 wavelength Thulium laser is great at treating skin pigmentation, sun damage and age spot issues, while the 1550 wavelength Erbium laser can help improve skin texture, wrinkles, lines, and reduce acne scarring.
This is a very effective laser treatment used for acne and skin redness. It is often used for both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne and a series of usually four to six treatments are recommended, spaced every two to four weeks. Generally, this treatment will significantly reduce the appearance of lesions on the skin and in addition, it can help improve problems with acne scarring and redness of the skin. Rosacea is a common issue that appears as red facial flushing, general redness and inflammatory eruptions on the face and the Vbeam® Laser does a good job of targeting this facial redness.
V-Beam Before and After Photo
The TriVantage laser is a great laser for treating different kinds of spots and pigmented lesions along with freckles. These spots and lesions can be caused by sun damage and typically you might find them on the face, or other parts of the body such as neck, shoulders, legs, arms and hands, mainly areas that may have had lots of sun exposure. The Candela TriVantage® laser targets the spots and leaves the surrounding skin untouched. The treatment is fast and generally painless. Depending on how dark the spots on the skin are, in many cases only one or two treatments may be required to clear up the skin and restore a more youthful glow.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
This laser treatment is perfect for treating age spots, and also various sun damage issues. In addition to that, ‘spider’ veins can be treated with this procedure. Other uses of IPL are to help even out skin tone, or reduce redness of the skin, caused by Rosacea. The IPL laser is quite a gentle laser treatment which requires no downtime after the session.
The way the laser works is that short bursts of laser energy target just below the skin surface, helping to promote the body’s own collagen production, which in turn helps improve the look of the skin. It is a good option for most patients, with only mild discomfort, and sessions that take under 30 minutes. Dr. Green usually recommends a series of three to six sessions, one per month, but again, this depends on each case. Initially, brown spots may look darker and be accompanied by redness, but this will resolve over time too.
Thermage® Skin Tightening
For individuals who are experiencing looseness in the facial skin or sagging, then one popular treatment that requires no injections or surgery is the Thermage® Skin Tightening laser. Whilst sagging and loose skin is a natural sign of aging, this can be treated effectively with the Thermage® laser. This treatment helps boost the body’s natural collagen production which in turn helps the skin appear younger.
Another advantage of the Thermage® laser is that it can be used on any area of the body, including hands, knees, arms, legs, buttocks, face and abs. Read more about the benefits of Thermage.
Clear + Brilliant®
This laser is made by the same company (Solta) as the Fraxel Dual Laser – and as such as been dubbed the ‘mini’ Fraxel. The reason for this is that it is a laser treatment that delivers more gentle results than its bigger sibling. The Clear + Brilliant is a non-ablative fractional laser technology. This also means that a patient has a shorter downtime when compared to treatments via other laser resurfacing techniques. Because this laser is more gentle, it is more suitable to treating minor cosmetic blemishes. Post treatment the laser helps promote collagen production within the skin and it will leave you with healthy, glowing skin.
Where this particular laser treatment shines is for the treatment of sagging skin on the face and neck. The treatment uses infrared technology to deeply heat dermal collagen and afterwards this treatment helps promote collagen regrowth in the skin which in effect, makes the skin tighter and appear younger.
Generally, up to six treatments will be required, spaced four weeks apart for maximum effect. Another advantage of this treatment is that it is quick to administer and painless to the patient so no pain relief or medication is necessary.
eMatrix™ Sublative Rejuvenation
The eMatrix™ uses bipolar radiofrequency energy to heat below the skin surface while keeping the top layer of skin intact. After the treatment, new collagen is produced by the body, helping rejuvenate the appearance of the skin. Typically, three sessions will be required, spaced four weeks apart to gain the full effects from the laser treatment.
However, straight after the first treatment patients will be able to see an improvement and these improvements will continue for up to a year after the treatment has concluded. A key benefit of this laser treatment is that it has been designed to be used safely on all skin types.
eMatrix Before & After photo
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
If you’re ready to bring out the best in your skin, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about how Dr. Green can customize a skin rejuvenation routine that’s right for you.