Not All Lasers Are The Same.
You may have heard of a number of light based treatments ranging from IPL, Nd;YAG , Erbium or maybe even CO2 lasers. Depending on the type of treatment, each of these devices delivers energy to the skin at varying depths and densities. Most lasers offered in cosmetic clinics aren’t ablative however the Erbium and CO2 laser are ablative and this is where the superior results lie.
So what Makes the Acupulse Superior? The Erbium and CO2 lasers are really the only option when it comes to skin resurfacing yet comparing the two might be like comparing a BMW and a Ferrari.
The Acupulse CO2 laser is one of the most powerful on the market and the system of choice for most dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Carbon dioxide lasers have been used for many years to resurface skin to improve skin texture and tone, to treat scars including acne, surgical, burn, cosmetic and trauma scars, reduce wrinkles, remove sun damage and pigmentation, and to tighten skin on the face, neck and décolletage.
The Acupulse CO2 is a very powerful system that can reach its peak power and depth of penetration faster, therefore less collateral damage occurs to the surrounding tissue. Due to the power that the Acupulse delivers, there is no need to go over the treated area more than once, however with the Erbium laser most technicians will perform several passes to achieve the desired clinical endpoint. In simple terms, the Acupulse is superior when it comes to skin resurfacing due to an exceptional ablation/coagulation rate resulting in less bleeding and downtime for the patient.
The answer is yes, however it is all about the timing. We recommend that you have injectables at least 2 weeks after your laser treatment, this way your will be able to see the initial improvements in your skin due to the laser, diminishing the amount or location of injections needed. If you have already had injectables prior to your laser treatment, please discuss this in your free consultation and allow at least 2 weeks before scheduling your laser treatment.
Treatment of the full face takes about 30 minutes. Typically patients arrive an hour early for application of a topical numbing cream prior to the procedure. The total time in the office is about 1.5 – 2 hrs. Generally less treatment time is required for scars, however numbing time is still required.
Most people tolerate the procedure very well after a one hour application of topical numbing cream. It can feel a little warm and prickly during the procedure. After the procedure for the next 2-3 hours it may feel like a sunburn.
Most people do not have any complications. In people with darker skin types, temporary bronzing or brown spots can occur. There can be a rare risk of skin infection if you are prone to herpes or bacterial infection if you don’t follow the simple post care instructions.
Within the first 5 hours, it is important to keep the skin cool. For the first 24 hours, apply an occlusive lotion 3 times per day. You are able to wash your face after the first 72 hours with a gentle soap-free cleanser. Use a gentle fragrance-free moisturiser, reapplying several times a day. Do not use cleansing wipes, or rub the treated area with a towel, pat dry. Once the skin is healed and shed completely (day 5 onwards), daily sunscreen is essential. Use a sunscreen that you have tolerated well in the past, remember you now have new skin which can be more sensitive to chemicals commonly found in sunscreens or skincare products with perfumes or active ingredients.
Revision And Scar Clinics will provide you with a post care pack, which includes a frozen gel face mask, cool water spray bottle, occlusive lotion, soap-free cleanser and a fragrance-free moisturiser.