Laser Spa In Rochester, NY

There are many factors that contribute to poor complexion and wrinkles, making patients self-conscious. These are environmental and the overall aging process of our cells.  Lucky for people who want to look better, there are several treatments out there that don’t require surgery and downtime and that is lasers.  Since there are several available it is important to know what will work best for a person’s concern and what a person can expect from each treatment.  This article will detail everything you need to know about lasers, laser spa in Rochester, NY.

What do laser treatments treat?

There are many benefits to use a variety of laser treatments on your skin. They can help with discoloration, acne inflammation, a patients overall complexion, scars and decreased wrinkles.

What are the different types of laser treatments?

Nowadays patients have the choice to use a different type of lasers depending on the problem areas or places on their body they want to treat. Lasers have the ability to resurface skin and/or remove hair and tattoos.

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. The downside to laser hair removal is, its not permanent.  Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and future maintenance treatments might be needed as well. Patients are encouraged to check with their doctor if this is an effective treatment, since people who have light and dark hair can benefit the most (Mayo Clinic).

Tattoo removal lasers produce pulses of light energy. Each pulse of energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink. As the tattoo ink particles absorb the energy, they heat up and then shatter into tiny fragments. Then, over the weeks following treatment, the body’s immune system flushes the tattoo ink particles away from the location, lightening the appearance of the tattoo (New Look Laser College).

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IPL delivers multiple wavelengths of light energy in order to resurface skin, removing and reducing wrinkles, dark patches, hair, acne scars and spider viens. IPL is considered safe for most people but is not suitable for everyone. For example, pregnant patients, patients who have recently used the acne medication, Accutane and have severe scarring should not get IPL for any ailment.

Are devices use specially insulated needles that deliver high-intensity radiofrequency energy into the targeted tissue, breaking through the skin through these needles to help to stimulate new collagen fibers to grow, leading to a significant improvement to skin quality and texture (Cleveland Clinic).

What is skin rejuvenation?

Is an overall term to describe reducing wrinkles, discoloration and scars on the skin.  There are several treatments that are considered “skin rejuvenation”.

Erbium Laser Treatment

Erbium is a skin resurfacing procedure for the face, neck, chest, and hands to eliminate surface pigmentation and minimize mild to
moderate fine lines and wrinkles. The Erbium treatment requires minimal downtime but
helps patients achieve dramatic results.

Ablative Laser Treatments

(Fractional, CO2 Lasers) – (mentioned above) this is an overall term for several layers that use light to remove the outer layers of skin to smooth lines and wrinkles.

Mechanical Ablation

(Dermabrasion, Dermaplaning) – surgical scraping methods to soften skin surface irregularities. THese procedures should be performed by a medical professional.

Long Pulse Yag Laser Treatment

The Long-Pulsed Yag laser reduces vascular lesions, commonly known as spider veins, by using energy to heat, damage, and collapse targeted blood vessels. Technicians can also utilize the Long-Pulsed Yag to remove different types of vascular lesions, including cherry angioma.

Non-Ablative Treatments

(Microdermabrasion, Microneedling, Light Acid Peels) – minimally invasive sanding methods to treat light scarring and discolorations.

Spider Vein Treatment

(Sclerotherapy) – injections to collapse unsightly surface veins (Plastic Surgery).

Alternative Treatments

Mechanical ablation alternatives

We recommend RF Microneedling and Erbium as an alternative to mechanical ablation (dermaplaning dermabrasion).

Botox alternatives

Botox Alternatives: Skin tightening with RF Microneedling or Erbium or IPL.

Filler alternatives

Facial rejuvenation treatment to stimulate your body from within with less side effects. It’s a more natural solution and less invasive than fillers.

CO2 laser and Fractional laser alternatives

RF Microneedling or Erbium are better alternatives with less downtime.

What is laser treatment?

LASER stands for “Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone, by using lasers. Lasers effectively use light and heat energy to cause controlled damage to the surface of the skin, so your body reacts to heal the tissue by creating new skin that isn’t damaged (Stanford Healthcare).

What are the basic categories of resurfacing lasers that we offer?

Ablative

This is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and tighter. Types of ablative treatments include the erbium laser and combination systems (Mayo Clinic).

Erbium

Can be ablative or non-ablative. They promote collagen remodeling, making them popular options for treating fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and age spots (American Board Cosmetic Surgery).

Nonablative

Where the laser passes through the skin without removing layers.  Some brands of these lasers are, pulsed-dye, ND: Yag, and Alexandrite lasers (American Board Cosmetic Surgery).

Light Therapies

Laser/light therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses light energy to repair and regenerate damaged skin. Some of the benefits of this laser is, Improved DNA production to promote healing, Improved circulation and Increased endorphin production, resulting in less need for pain medication (ASDS).

It’s important to note that, non-ablative lasers often require no downtime at all, while ablative lasers can require a 2- to 3-week healing process, depending on depth, before the new skin has healed completely and final results are evident (American Board Cosmetic Surgery).

How much does skin resurfacing treatment cost?

The average cost of laser skin resurfacing is $2,509 for ablative and $1,445 for non-ablative, according to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include other related expenses (Plastic Surgery).

What should people do after a laser treatment?

Medical professionals would suggest that each patient who has received a laser spa treatment in Rochester, NY, should avoid tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure. Perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area should be avoided before and after treatment. Due to the increased risk of bleeding, patients are also encouraged to avoid Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements.

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Anatomy of the Skin

The skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, all three of which vary significantly in their anatomy and function. Each of these has specific functions for the body (NCBI).

Skin tones and lasers

Not all lasers will work for every skin tone. Briefly, lasers beam intense light at the follicle, causing permanent damage so hair no longer grows. But because they target the pigment in the hair—it’s the contrast between dark hair and lighter skin that helps the laser focus on its bullseye—the ideal candidate has traditionally been someone with fair skin and dark hair. Dermatologists utilize the Fitzpatrick scale, a system of classifying human skin color, to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. According to this system, there are five basic categories, with 1 being the lightest and 6 having the most melanin. Traditionally, people with darker skin have a higher propensity to get burning, scars or hyper/hypopigmentation.  Medical professionals are currently researching more lasers that will eliminate these potentially painful side effects and there are some effective lasers hitting the market today (Glamour).

Research

The two laser systems appear to be effective, safe, and well-tolerated in the treatment of dilated pores. The fractional CO2 laser was associated with a significantly higher and more prolonged clinical response (Wiley Online Library, 2021)

Fractional RF with either pins or microneedles has become an important modality for improving wrinkles and rhytids, as well as acne and traumatic scars. The advantage of these devices over traditional laser-based energy devices is that RF energy is color-blind; therefore, it is safe for all skin types and skin colors. This field will continue to grow and further clinical studies are needed to determine optimum settings for the devices and to fully elucidate the differences between the devices (Dermatology Learning Network, 2017)

Patients acknowledged substantial scar improvement on our institutional scar comparison scale. Burn scar improves with fractional ablative laser therapy in a range of scar ages and skin types, as early as the first session. Improvements continue as additional sessions are performed. This work suggests baseline evaluation components for patients undergoing laser and a timeline for expected clinical improvements which may inform conversations between patients and providers when considering laser for the symptomatic hypertrophic scar (Oxford Academic, 2021).

Melasma is a complex skin condition to treat because its cause can come from different sources including contraception, sun exposure, genetics, hormonal changes, or unknown causes. Laser and light therapy treatments for melasma have been shown to work best for those who have faced relapse and recurrence with topical treatments such as HQ. However, even the most effective treatments for melasma have shown to result in recurrence. Further research needs to be conducted to establish the effect of laser therapies and HQ for melasma (Knight-Capron Library, 2021).

Although the use of laser and light devices to treat acne is promising, further work with randomized controlled study designs and larger sample sizes will provide improved guidance on the application of these modalities (Springer, 2021)

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