Types of Laser Treatments

There are many different types of lasers that work at various layers of the skin but the two types of lasers most commonly used in laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium. Each laser vaporizes superficial, damaged skin cells and both types of lasers reduce the risk for the patient because they limit the amount of heat absorbed by the skin. Ablative lasers vaporize the skin away, resulting in substantial downtime and some of these include the CO2 and Er:YAG. Fractionated lasers, such as the Fraxel, target the small areas of skin where damage has occurred; leaving the surrounding skin untouched and better able to participate in the healing process. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is not a laser per se because it uses broad-spectrum pulses of light that are absorbed into the skin where they eliminate excessive and enlarged blood vessels and brown marks. IPL decreases pore size and minimize fine wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. A variety of options are available for the improvement of skin through Photo Rejuvenation, which is the use of an energy-based device to improve the skin. Each category of lasers may be best suited for different skin issues and during your consultation, Dr. Moelleken will help you select the right laser and/or radiofrequency device for your particular skin type and problem. In Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, in addition to his world-renowned plastic surgery practices Dr. Moelleken offers laser treatments at his well-established and fully accredited California Neo Surgery Center facilities. Dr. Moelleken uses Alma Lasers, which are FDA approved to correct skin color, texture, tone, scars, and loose skin.

The Alma Harmony® Laser Platform by Alma Lasers is used by Dr. Moelleken in his California Neo Surgery Centers because it is the most advanced laser technology in the world designed to comprehensively address any of your key skin care needs. The combination of using multiple lasers and light therapies is known as “Laser 360”. The “Laser 360” boasts “3 Modalities / 60 Days = Complete Skin Rejuvenation.” This means that in 60 days, which includes five treatments using a variety of laser and light based technologies, you will achieve a significant improvement in your appearance. This enhancement includes a reduction in wrinkles and a smoother texture resulting in a more youthful face. While the combination of treatments works remarkably, you may also decide that a stand-alone laser therapy treatment is sufficient. Dr. Moelleken has learned that the best laser skin results are achieved when an individualized laser treatment program is implemented because there is no “one treatment fits all” solution.

This contemporary approach to cosmetic plastic surgery involves rejuvenating damaged skin and restoring facial volume with little or no downtime. Our Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara Neo Surgery Centers offer you the latest innovations in skin rejuvenation treatments and no other laser treatment can compare to the effectiveness of a comprehensive customized laser skin program. Laser rejuvenation at Neo Surgery Center is a non-surgical treatment that works simultaneously to repair collagen in the dermis, (deepest layer of your skin,) while gently erasing the signs of aging or damage to the epidermis (top layer of your skin).

Facial laser rejuvenation with lasers is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in Dr. Moelleken’s Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara facilities. Whether you have a medical condition or you are interested in rejuvenating your skin, the Neo Surgery Centers of California can assist you in making the right decision on which laser skin treatment is safe and a perfect match for you. Performed by Dr. Moelleken, laser rejuvenation using the advanced Alma Lasers approach can quickly treat your entire face with minor discomfort, no surgery, and no risk.

Laser Facts

With the development of medical laser technology approximately 25 years ago, the plastic surgery community began to explore ways of incorporating this new tool into ways of helping achieve better results in skin rejuvenation. The overall goal was to generate a way to reduce skin wrinkling by carefully removing the external wrinkled skin layer and allowing the body to naturally heal itself by producing a new skin layer. This goal was accomplished because a laser targets the natural water located in your skin and heats it to a level that causes a controlled destruction of the external skin layer. Today, the technology has become refined to the point of being able to carefully control the depth of the skin that is treated and the amount of energy that is delivered by the laser to the skin layer.

LASER stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can gently vaporize and/or ablate skin tissue and the laser has the unique ability to produce one specific color (wavelength) of light, which can be varied in its intensity and pulse duration. The newest laser systems have become remarkably precise and selective, allowing treatment results and safety levels not previously available. Unlike laser resurfacing technologies that heat and remove the top skin tissue, non-ablative or non-wounding lasers actually work beneath the surface skin layer. This approach appears to stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying skin to improve skin tone and remove fine lines and mild to moderate skin damage.

In summary, laser resurfacing is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of your skin or treat minor facial flaws.

Laser resurfacing can be performed with two types of lasers:

  • A wounding (ablative) laser, which removes thin layers of skin
  • A non-wounding (nonablative) laser, which stimulates collagen growth and tightens underlying skin
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The Laser Procedure

Skin resurfacing with Alma Lasers at the Neo Surgery Center of Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, California works by targeting the surface layer of your skin and vaporizing water without affecting deeper layers. A new surface layer will then grow back and this layer will be soft, wrinkle-free, and significantly younger looking. The heat generated during the laser skin resurfacing process also shortens the collagen fibers in your skin restoring much of your skin’s of elasticity. Laser skin rejuvenation is a popular procedure performed at Neo Surgery Center because it is a safe and very effective outpatient procedure. There is little downtime with this procedure and the results are dramatic. Patients usually resume their normal activities the same day of the procedure and often a laser skin resurfacing procedure is performed in conjunction with another cosmetic or plastic surgery operation for optimal results.

It is important to remember that skin treated with laser resurfacing may react in different ways. Most commonly, you may feel like you have moderate sunburn and a daily sunscreen application is necessary after healing to protect the newly laser-resurfaced skin. A “broad-spectrum” sunscreen, which screens both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays, is recommended and a sunscreen specifically formulated for use on your face should be chosen, with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. As with any procedure, the primary consideration for laser skin resurfacing is your general health. If you decide to proceed with laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Moelleken will instruct you to avoid taking any medications or supplements that can affect clotting, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E, for two weeks prior to your surgery. If you smoke, you should stop two weeks before and after your procedure because smoking or any nicotine products can prolong healing.

Each year thousands of laser resurfacing procedures are performed successfully and complications are rare. Laser resurfacing is not a substitute for a facelift, nor can the procedure eliminate excessive skin or jowls. By tightening loose skin however, laser resurfacing can improve certain folds and creases and this offers an alternative to traditional resurfacing methods.

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