Laser Trends

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS

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West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon

While laser technology continually changes, the three most significant trends are:
1) Less invasive treatments that shorten healing time and make it more convenient/less painful for patients to have treatments.
2) The combination of modalities to provide optimal treatment.
3) Light laser treatments to target specific condition with little or no downtime.
 

There have been significant advances in the treatment of acne scarring and wrinkles. Consistently effective treatments for stretch marks, melasma, and rosacia have yet to be developed.
 

Laser resurfacing procedures utilizing erbium or profractional lasers are increasingly being used instead of surgery to improve the skin around eyes. These procedures either in isolation or in combination with filler help improvement skin laxity and crepiness. Thus, the texture and tone of the skin is improved significantly over a short period of time. These procedures will also lead to collagen production which makes the skin appear tighter. The recovery period for these procedures can be as short as a few days depending on the laser utilized.
 

Profractional (Fractional ablative skin resurfacing) is a single treatment procedure offering three modalities: short pulse for more ablation, long pulse for adjustable thermal damage, and a dual pulse for a combination of both.
Fractional ablative skin resurfacing allows control of depth and the level of heating around the microbeam columns. With a single treatment, a board certified plastic surgeon can perform a two-day downtime procedure or a deeper treatment.
 

The procedure is efficient at removing damaged skin. Unique micro-fractional technology preserves portions of healthy tissue surrounding the treatment zone, fostering tissue regrowth and lower patient downtime, with significantly less pain than traditional ablative laser procedures.
 

A board certified plastic surgeon can also provide excellent care for broken capillaries of the face. has innovative technology based machines that deal with all nose related problems. Patients with broken capillaries on the face (telangiectasia) are best treated with either laser or ipl. One treatment provides significant results, and may be sufficient. However, you may have to treat again if any broken capillaries return.
 

During a consultation, a board certified plastic surgeon will understand your needs and lifestyle, and tailor laser solutions that will best meet your objectives.