At SKIN Medical Spa, we utilize lasers for a variety of treatments, everything from hair removal to age spot removal. We don’t perform ablative laser resurfacing, preferring instead to offer non-ablative laser skin tightening.
Lasers deliver a single wavelength of high-intensity light energy. At SKIN, we set the wavelength of this energy to match what we’re treating. For instance, when we’re looking to remove sun spots or broken capillaries, we match the laser wavelength to the color of the melanin in the target. The same is true for laser hair removal, where the wavelength matches the color of the melanin in the hair shaft.
This page is an overview of our laser treatments. When you click on the link in each of the overview descriptions, you’ll be taken to a full page on each treatment.
How do laser treatments improve the skin?
The primary method that laser energy improves the skin is through the increased production of collagen and elastin that is a byproduct of the photothermolysis described above. When laser energy enters the dermis layer of the skin it triggers a wound response, and this results in the production of new collagen and elastin to send to the perceived “wound,” although there isn’t actually any wound at all. This improves the firmness, texture, and tone over the next weeks and months.
Obviously, the removal of pigmented lesions also improves the skin appearance by evening out skin tone with the removal of these spots.
What areas of the body can be treated with lasers?
These treatments are non-ablative and safe. Because of that they can be done across the body, really anywhere you have sagging loose skin (laser or RF skin tightening), unwanted pigment (photorejuvenation), unwanted hair (everywhere except inside the ears, nose, or the male genitalia), or broken blood vessels.
Types of Laser Treatment
Lasers are used for these treatments by delivering a process known as “selective photothermolysis.” This is the scientific term that simply means the frequency of the laser light is modulated to produce heat in the specific area being addressed. For age spots, the heat will seek to break up the pigment in the darker skin. The laser light is matched to the color of the target and it is then delivered in very short pulses. Different treatments have different targets and results.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from targeted areas. It uses a specific wavelength of light to target individual hair follicles while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. The heat from the laser damages the hair follicles and inhibits future growth. Through this safe treatment, hair can be removed from nearly any area of the body.
Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is a safe, non-surgical, skin rejuvenation procedure that tightens the skin and reverses the signs of aging. The laser energy penetrates the epidermis and enters the dermis, the skin’s second layer, where it converts to heat. When the body senses heat in the dermis it assumes there has been a wound. It responds by remodeling the collagen in the area immediately, and then it initiates the production of new collagen for weeks to follow. This firms and tightens the skin.
E Matrix RF
The eMatrix system achieves sublative rejuvenation using radiofrequency, powerful light energy that permeates the uppermost layer of the skin for optimal effects. This treatment is both ablative and non-ablative, maximizing the extent of rejuvenation without increasing downtime or side effects.
Laser Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea is a chronic and common skin condition characterized by broken blood vessels and other inflammation of the facial skin giving the person a flushed, red face. At SKIN Medical Spa we offer the Vbeam laser to reduce and eliminate the redness and flushing associated with rosacea. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but our laser rosacea treatment can significantly improve the symptoms of the skin condition.
In these treatments, the targets are areas of excess pigmentation, such as sun spots, liver spots, blotchy areas, and the like. Photorejuvenation is also effective for removing broken facial blood vessels. The pigment in the dark spot or the broken capillary absorbs the light energy (which the wavelength was set to match). In dark spots, the light energy raises the temperature and causes the pigment to shatter and then the body removes the particles. With blood vessels, the blood in the vessel absorbs the light energy, which converts to heat. The heat causes the blood in the vessel to clot. This closes off the vessel and the body then scavenges and removes it.
Who is a good candidate for laser treatments?
Virtually anyone with the issues described above can have any of the laser treatments we offer at SKIN Medical Spa. These are all non-invasive procedures that don’t require recovery. Because they are non-ablative, patients don’t need to worry about problems with hyperpigmentation, which can be a side effect of ablative skin resurfacing. If you have unwanted hair, sagging skin, age spots, broken capillaries, rosacea, or UV damage, our assortment of laser treatments can help.
Are laser treatments safe? Are there side effects?
These are non-ablative, safe procedures. They do not puncture the skin, so there isn’t any risk of infection. They do not require any recovery. There are not really any side effects.
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