What Lasers Can Do For You
Article by William Franckle, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
With advanced technologies at our figure tips, surgery is not always the best option for a patient. Laser treatments can accomplish much of what you are looking for with less downtime, no surgery and no needles.
What are you looking to treat?
Freckles/Skin Texture: Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are popular treatments because they can improve the look of your skin without a prolonged healing process. What if we told you that a laser treatment could accomplish everything microdermabrasion can with additional benefits? Fine lines, mild acne scars, freckles, skin tone and texture can all be improved with a series of MicroLaserPeels. With each treatment the laser will partially ablate the skin’s surface, stimulating new skin cells to grow.
The average patient will need 2-3 treatments, 2-3 weeks apart and healing time is generally 2-3 days. (Just remember 2-3!) As your skin heals it will look and feel like you have a sunburn, with some redness and flaking of dead skin cells.
Wrinkles: The number one treatment for wrinkles these days is an injectable; either Botox or a dermal filler. But some of us don’t feel comfortable with the idea of needles around our face, so what other options do we have? The Profile Contour Laser uses a focused laser light to remove thin layers of the skin’s surface, heating up the underneath layers and stimulating new skin cell growth. Dead cells are replaced with new, healthy cells reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Again there is some healing time associated with the treatment, especially when deeper wrinkles are being addressed. 5-7 days of redness and sloughing can occur.
Rosacea/Broken Capillaries: Rosacea is a chronic condition that requires several different approaches for optimal control. Lasers are one effective treatment in removing the redness due to overgrowth of small surface capillaries. During the treatment you will feel a hot sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed into the unwanted vessels, heating them and destroying them. Lasers have been a great supplement to the traditional treatments used, although additional treatments may be necessary. That will be determined by Dr. Franckle during your consultation. The good news is this treatment has virtually no downtime.