Laser Resurfacing / Rejuvenation
Cynosure Affirm™ Fractional Laser
As we age, our skin begins to change as a result of several different genetic and lifestyle factors. The natural collagen within the skin begins to diminish and skin may sag and droop. Smoking, alcohol consumption, sun exposure, nutrition and other factors can also lead to the development of wrinkles and fine lines within the skin, while skin conditions such as acne, brown spots and chicken pox may leave unattractive blemishes on the skin.
Laser skin tightening and resurfacing are minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of the skin. These procedures offer patients many advantages over treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion, as they practically eliminate side effects such as discomfort, bleeding and bruising. These procedures also allow for more precise results for each patient's individual skin.
Dr. Liotta uses the dual wave Cynosure Affirm™ Anti-Aging Laser System to treat conditions such as acne scarring, photo-aging blemishes and skin discoloration. This non-invasive laser system delivers excellent results with little to no downtime for the patient. In addition to minimizing these imperfections, this dual wave multiplex laser also stimulates collagen production, making your skin appear more supple and full, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Affirm laser can be used to treat:
- Large skin pores
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Stretch marks
- Brown spots
- Chicken pox scars
- Superficial facial scars
While these procedures are most commonly performed to treat the effects of aging, they can be performed on patients of any age who are looking to restore their skin to a smooth, clear complexion free of blemishes and other imperfections.
During the laser skin resurfacing, laser energy is used to remove layers of damaged skin, leaving the area smoother and more even through short pulsed light energy that is precisely delivered to the area. During the skin tightening procedure, the collagen under the surface of the skin is heated, causing the skin to contract and produce a firmer appearance. The surface of the skin stays cool in both procedures and protected from any damage caused by the laser energy.
The Affirm laser treatment takes about 15-20 minutes to perform in Dr. Liotta's office. Most patients do not find the procedure to be very painful and do not request any type of topical anesthesia. In order to achieve desired results for skin resurfacing and tightening, 4-6 treatment sessions spaced 3-6 weeks apart are recommended for most patients.
The results of laser skin resurfacing with the Affirm laser are usually visible after 3-4 treatment sessions, although patients may experience temporary redness or a tan or dusky appearance of the skin. The results from skin tightening are usually visible immediately after treatment.
Some mild discomfort may also be experienced following treatment. Full results will be visible once these mild side effects have subsided. Most patients are able to achieve a fuller, younger-looking appearance after these treatments, but will not be immune to the effects of aging after treatment, and may need follow up treatments in the future.
Risks and Complications
Although laser skin tightening and resurfacing are considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include scarring, infection, abnormal healing, allergic reactions or skin pigmentation. However, these risks are considered rare and most patients undergo these procedures with no major complications.
If you are interested in learning more about the laser skin tightening and resurfacing services performed by Dr. Liotta, please call us today to schedule a consultation.