Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

New laser technologies can help you turn back the clock, without going under the knife.

Dermatologist Dr. Dr. John L Peterson answers some commonly asked questions about laser skin rejuvenation.

How long does the procedure take?

Most procedures are completed in less than 45 minutes.

Is the procedure painful?

Topical anesthetic makes the procedure virtually painless. Afterwards, you may experience a mild heat sensation similar to a sunburn, itchiness and dryness in the treated area.

How many treatments will I need?

You and the Doctor or Nurse Practitioner can decide how many treatments will be needed to meet your aesthetic expectations. Outstanding results can be achieved in as little as one session but will require a longer healing period than if a milder multiple treatment program is elected.

If you have a very busy schedule and do not want to be absent from work, you can choose to have several lighter treatments. Each will have virtually no downtime.

If you have some time to spare for recovery you can choose to have more aggressive treatments and fewer of them.

What is the recovery period?

Since the treatment is micro-ablative, recovery time is significantly shorter than fully ablative technology. Within the first few days of treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling with minimal pain. Each micro channel of ablation will quickly heal and you will be able to apply makeup on the treated surface and return to your normal lifestyle in as little as 1-2 days.

How does the Affirm CO2 work?

The Affirm CO2 laser uses proprietary technology called Micro Ablative technology. It does not target the entire treatment area under the laser tip, but instead leaves tiny areas untreated, interspersed with tiny treated areas. This drastically reduces healing time while still giving a deep treatment if that is desired. It can penetrate more deeply than standard laser rejuvenation, resulting in more effective collagen stimulation and skin tightening.

How do Affirm CO2 treatments compare to Thermage?

Since Thermage is an older technology the treatment isn’t as effective or as flexible as Affirm CO2 treatments. During a Thermage treatment, radiofrequency energy is directed just below the surface of the skin into the collagen. Since the radiofrequency energy is delivered indiscriminately there is a higher risk negative outcomes.

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