With advances in laser technology, it is now possible to significantly improve aged, lax or sun-damaged skin, treat deep wrinkles, and improve tone and texture. Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for improving aging skin, in some cases all in one treatment.
The various laser technologies available at Sante Medical for laser and fractional resurfacing include:
How Laser & Fractional Resurfacing Works
Laser resurfacing works by delivering an intense wavelength of light to the skin, which removes targeted layers of aged or sun-damaged skin. In addition, the laser stimulates the underlying dermis, resulting in collagen formation and an improvement in wrinkles. As the treated skin heals following the procedure, new skin forms that is smoother and tighter, further improving skin texture, tone, and laxity, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
There are a number of approaches taken for resurfacing the skin from superficial exfoliation (chemical peels and microdermabrasion) to non-ablative and ablative laser procedures (both full field and fractional). Each has its benefits in terms of clinical results as wells as tradeoffs, such as discomfort and downtime.
How to select the correct treatment plan can often be mystifying and one of the many reasons Sante Medical is so effective in treating cosmetic conditions by way of laser resurfacing is that we have the necessary range of lasers (each with different capabilities) to make sure the best possible outcome for your individual needs, cosmetic condition, and skin type. This approach is analogous to golf--Sante Medical has a full set of clubs to play with, since most other clinics rely on a putter or a driver that may or may not safely and effectively treat the specific cosmetic condition. Having treatment options allows us to set up a treatment plan that will meet your goals that will not only be safe and effective but will minimize downtime.
The skin is composed of the epidermis (surface layer) and the underlying dermis. Within the dermis are two layers, both of which are constructed of collagen. Collagen consists of long fibers that loosen and stretch with age and sun damage.
When evaluating laser resurfacing, there are a number of factors for patients to consider:
Ablative vs Non-Ablative vs. Hybrid Lasers
Ablative lasers are more invasive but produce the best clinical results. They work by vaporizing the skin. This process causes the skin to heal and restructure, resulting in a clearer complexion; and increases collagen production for skin tightening.
It is important to note, however, that ablative lasers present a longer recovery time post-treatment, and the procedure may be uncomfortable for some patients.
Non-ablative lasers are far less invasive than ablative treatments. They work by heating up the targeted tissue, without actually destroying it. This process stimulates your body’s collagen production to fill in unwanted skin imperfections such as fine lines or wrinkles.
Because they do not resurface the skin as invasively as ablative lasers, multiple treatment sessions will likely be necessary to create more noticeable clinical results--and those results rarely match that of ablative procedures. However, patients benefit from almost no downtime and no procedure discomfort.
A new hybrid laser has recently been introduced to the cosmetic market--Halo Pro. Halo Pro delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths using microscopic fractional technology. This gives Halo Pro the unique ability to offer separate treatments for the epidermis, which heals quickly, and dermis which remodel more slowly over time. Halo Pro can give near ablative type results with no downtime and very little discomfort--making it the favorite resurfacing option of Sante Medical’s patients. Sante Medical is the first cosmetic clinic in Calgary to introduce this exciting new technology.
CO2 laser treatments can only be performed on patients having Caucasian, Mediterranean, and Asian type skin. Darker coloured skin types (Indian and Black) risk hyperpigmentation with CO2 laser treatments and are directed to our Erbium laser treatments that can treat all skin types.
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