Whether we acknowledge it or not, one of our main calling cards when we interface with others is the appearance of our skin. If we intend to make our best impression, our skin must look as good as it can be.
We all start out in life with unblemished skin, but self-induced abuses, environmental challenges and, of course, aging all impart varying degrees of change to our appearance. It discolors, thins, wrinkles and sags. Sometimes it shows scars from trauma or from skin ailments, like acne. At some point we look in a mirror and notice our weathered skin and wonder if there is something that can be done to make it look better… healthier… younger.
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Recent advances in laser technology have provided improved methods for treating aged and damaged skin. Of the many lasers available on the market today, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, and Fremont Plastic Surgery have selected the Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser for office use because of the many advantages it offers. We believe it is the most effective laser capable of revitalizing skin. Due to its flexible programming, it offers considerable range in individualizing treatment protocols for a wide spectrum of skin problems. It is safer than its predecessors due to technical advancements that have been incorporated into this new generation carbon dioxide laser.
The Lumenis laser is capable of improving skin in many ways:
- It cleanses hyperpigmentation
- It diminishes large pores.
- It improves acne scarring and other facial scars.
- It lessens facial wrinkles.
- It thickens skin by inducing collagen production.
- It tightens loose skin.
All of these changes manifest themselves in varying degrees with a singular treatment. However, there should be no doubt that multiple treatments render even greater results by piggy-backing upon previous improvements. The cosmetic results from this technology should not be compared to the expectations achieved from surgery. Since it targets different things, the expectations can’t be the same. It is an adjunct to our cosmetic armamentarium giving us another tool to achieve the best results for our patients.
Two treatment platforms are available with this laser. The Active FX (AFX) treats skin superficially while the Deep FX (DFX) stirs changes more deeply. When both are applied in a singular session, the treatment is called Total FX (TFX). Both platforms recontour the skin surface and increase the amount of its collagen, thereby thickening the skin, a process that takes months to fully develop after a treatment. Hence, a final result cannot be assessed for as much as six months. Whether AFX, DFX, or TFX is chosen, depends upon the presenting conditions and the goals established. For more information on this technology, please find additional information at the company’s website: www.lumenis.com/Solutions/Aesthetic/Products/UltraPulse
Q – What is the downtime for the procedure?
A – This is dependent on the depth of treatment. As a rule of thumb, the more aggressive the treatment, the greater the change that can be achieved, but the longer it will take to heal. If a minimum downtime is requested, healing can take place in just a few days. On the other hand, it might take as long as 10-14 days or longer when more aggressive treatments are rendered for greater results.
Q – How long does it take to see a result?
A – Improvements are noted very early. However, the final result cannot be appreciated for months since it takes time for increased collagen to fully develop.
Q – How long do the results last?
A – Results can be sustained for years.
Q – Can all skin types be treated?
A – Yes. However, less aggressive programs must be used with more darkly pigmented individuals.
If you would like more information on the many laser skin rejuvenation treatments we offer, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Okamoto to talk more about these procedures, please contact us today.