The ClearLift is a great treatment that addresses a variety of concerns. Also, it being a part of the Harmony family of treatments, it layers in very nicely with some of the other modalities, allowing for exceptional customization of your treatment. It's best to start with a consultation, I advise looking for a location with a board certified physician that is on site, as the medical director. Depending on an assessment, the ClearLift can be used alone, or paired with a Dye-VL (IPL/Photofacial) and/or the iPixel ER (Erbium fractional resurfacing). There are many options to address your concerns, so it's best to go to a facility that can provide a variety of treatment options. Congratulations on quitting smoking!
Effective Laser Resurfacing Treatments
The Erbium:Yag laser is generally the most commonly
used ablative laser, and has the ability to precisely remove layers of
skin while adding a component that causes significant skin tightening
without the problems of older CO2 lasers that caused prolonged healing
times, months of redness, and loss of pigmentation that was often seen
as mottling of the skin, or visible lines of pigment demarcation.
The Sciton Erbium:Yag laser is used in the operating
room under anesthesia as it treats the deepest layers of skin, and can
achieve extraordinary results in appropriate patients when used alone or
in combination with procedures such as a face lift. This laser can be
used in darker skinned patients and produces outstanding results for
acne scarring, fine or deeper skin wrinkles, enlarged pores, and
irregular skin pigmentation. Healing afterwards is generally uneventful,
consisting of what looks like a deep sunburn that is treated with
topical lubricants for 7 to 10 days, at which time the skin is healed.
Skin pinkness can persist for weeks, and is minimized by topical steroid
A thorough consultation is necessary to decide what
laser skin resurfacing treatment plan is most suited to address your
needs as well as the recovery, and cost associated with the procedure.
There are many lasers on the market that are effective for treating fine lines and wrinkles. Fractionating resurfacing is the most effective with the least amount of down time. It only ablates 50% of the skin tissue leaving 50% untouched. This creates faster healing time with dramatic collagen stimulating results. This is especially effective for treating the fine lines around the mouth caused from smoking or sun damage.
Dr. C. Rodgers