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Below are some recent questions from actual patients. At Celibre we are firm believers in patient education and strive to make sure that patients are well informed about all of their treatment options.
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While both treatments are FDA approved for the treatment of wrinkles and acne scars, they work in a very different manner.
Erbium resurfacing works by removing the surface layer of the skin (the epidermis). As the epidermis regenerates, new cells develop without the memory of the wrinkles or acne scars that were previously present. Because the laser energy penetrates into the dermis, collagen remodeling is seen in the epidermis (upper layer) as well as the dermis (lower layer). Three treatments are typically required and redness/peeling for Erbium resurfacing is typically between 5 and 7 days.
The Fraxel lasers user “fractionated” technology. This means that the laser beam is split into many thousands of microscopic beams. These microscopic beams penetrate the skin and cause the tissue affected to fall out and be regenerated while the tissue surrounding the small beam remains intact. Several Fraxel treatments are normally suggested and swelling and redness are typically present for 5-7 days.
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Tretinoin – Tretinoin is the acid form of Vitamin A. It is one of the most commonly used products for increasing cell turnover (exfoliation). It is used in many bleaching products in combination with other acids/ingredients. Tretinoin may be used in acne and/or rejuvenation programs.
Glycolc Acid – Glycolic acid is the smallest alpha hydroxyl acid. It is the most commonly used ingredient in over the counter products for exfoliation. It works by breaking down the cell wall between dead skin cells, making it easier for these cells to fall off. Because of its diminutive size the glycolic acid molecule is extremely effective at penetrating the skin. Glycolic acid may be used in the products for our acne and/or facial rejuvenation programs.
Salicylic Acid – Salicylic acid is similar to glycolic acid, but a slightly larger molecule. Like glycolic acid, it is used to treat acne and rejuvenation patients because it increases cell turnover by breaking down the cell walls of dead skin cells, causing them to flake off more easily. Salicylic acid may be used in the products for our acne and/or facial rejuvenation programs.
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If you are an acne patient you may already know this, but for those of you that are not, the DUSA Blu-U lamp is one component of the acne laser program. It is not a laser but a very bright lamp that uses high energy blue light to kill acne bacteria. It is a fast and easy treatment to help clear up mild to severe breakouts.
Did you know that injectable treatments offer some of the most immediate results available at Celibre? Using injectable treatments such as Botox, Restylane and/or Juvederm is a sure fire way to achieve near immediate results for facial rejuvenation. If you just can’t wait for the longer term effects of the laser treatments or have big event coming up soon that you want to look great for, consider our injectable line for immediate results. In general, the results for Botox injections are realized within several days. Because Restylane and Juvederm will plump up over time as they absorb water from the body, the full effects are typically seen at approximately two weeks after the injection.
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.