Newsletter July 2007 – Laser Resurfacing

Laser Resurfacing Options

What does the term laser resurfacing mean?

There are many different treatments offered for laser resurfacing – but the outcome should be the same, younger, fresher looking and improved skin. Skin resurfacing with laser technology refers to removing the outermost layers of the epidermis to improve skin discoloration, fine lines, and texture, while at the same time, using heat/thermal energy in the dermis to promote collagen contraction, remodeling, and stimulation of new collagen.

The patients that benefit most from these types of procedures are those concerned with wrinkles, acne scars, and photodamage. Photodamage refers to multiple changes in the skin/tissue related to excessive sun exposure over time.

At Celibre we offer both non-ablative (no downtime/appropriate for all skin types) and ablative (downtime and not appropriate for all skin types) treatment to assist patients achieve their laser resurfacing goals. One current laser used for skin resurfacing is the Erbium Nd: Yag MicroLaserPeel. This laser skin resurfacing procedure is a good option in lieu of the less effective spa treatments such as facials and microdermabrasion. The MicroLaserPeel is also a good option to the CO2 laser which is still considered the “gold standard” but comes with greater risks, full anesthesia and much longer downtime.

Laser Resurfacing Overview

There are many newer names and treatments being offered such as fractionated technology, radio frequency, deep dermal tissue heating, fractionated Erbium, Plasma, and the list goes on. Needless to say, the average consumer can get quite overwhelmed with facilities claiming that they have the best, new treatment. However, we are not easily impressed with a laser just because it is new. In fact, in our research and conversations with consumers, we are quite unimpressed and underwhelmed with fractionated technology. We have relied on technology that has been around long enough to offer good, predictable outcomes and long-term results that have be substantiated by independent studies, research and long term consumer feedback. Although we acknowledge there is value in some of these treatments, the Erbium MicroLaserPeel has met ours and our patients’ expectations.

Los Angeles laser resurfacing before and after PicturesLos Angeles Laser resurfacing before and After Pictures

While doing your research, make certain to find a practitioner that listens to your goals, offers realistic expectations, and offers explanations/photos to substantiate why any one particular modality would be the most appropriate in helping you achieve your goals. There is nothing wrong with a healthy dose of skepticism either. The saying of, “If it’s too good to be true….” is usually justified. Be an educated consumer and seek a practitioner that encourages this.

At Celibre, we focus on patient education. We want our patients to understand and participate in the decisions that make up their care plan. To this end, our knowledgeable medical staff are here to help you weigh the benefits and risks of our Laser treatments and Injections.

Our team would be pleased to offer a complimentary consultation to address your skin care goals. A good starting place is to gather information and view before and after photos of Celibre patients in our photo gallery.

At Celibre, we stay at the forefront of research and best practices so that we may offer the most appropriate and effective injections and laser treatment plans for our valued patients. Please give us a call to learn more about laser treatments and injections.

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