Is ClearLift laser effective or should I try another laser?

I am a 30 and want some laser facial resurfacing done. I'm looking to improve fine lines-around eyes, chin, strange texture on the bottom of cheeks, and wrinkles-forehead, sides of brows. My skin is quite pale, even toned, not too loose yet. It was suggested I do 3 CL from one. I'm doing this as a reward for quitting smoking and I don't want to get something that's ineffective. I'm prepared for downtime from more aggressive treatments if that's what I should look into.

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Alma Harmony ClearLift

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!

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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 crèmes.         

          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.

Laser Resurfacing

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

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