Skin Resurfacing

Right arm resurfacing

Our fractional resurfacing turns back the clock by stimulating collagen, removing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size and improving texture. In addition, resurfacing is the treatment of choice for Melasma.

Single Treatment starting at $800

Three Treatments starting at $2,000

Fractional Skin Resurfacing (Handpiece-1440,1540):

What is Fractional Skin Resurfacing?

Fractional is an innovative new laser system that can rejuvenate, resurface and repair aging and sun-damaged skin. It also improves the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, and minimizes the appearance of pores. Unlike its predecessors, which would damage an entire treatment area causing prolonged downtime and recovery, Fractional treats microthermal zones within the area, hence only causing “fractional” thermal damage. Because only 20 to 30 percent of the tissue is targeted during each treatment, the skin surrounding these microthermal zones is not injured, allowing healing to take place quickly and without creating a visible wound. Repeated treatments create additional microthermal zones, until the entire skin surface is treated.

How does Fractional work?

Rather than treating the entire skin surface at one time, Fractional creates a pattern of evenly spaced microscopic laser zones (or microthermal zones) to target flawed skin and leave surrounding healthy skin untouched. It is designed to resurface a fraction of skin at a time without breaking the skin’s protective outer barrier. Healthy new skin cells quickly fill the damaged areas in-between treated spots, so healing is much faster than when the entire top layer of skin is removed (as in traditional high-powered resurfacing peels).

What areas can be treated by Fractional?

Fractional can be used anywhere on the body where skin would benefit from rejuvenation from discoloration Rosacea, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles, thin or crepey skin, age spots and sun spots. It’s most often used on the face, around the eyes and mouth, on the neck, chest, back and hands.

How long does the treatment take?

Each treatment may take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the area to be treated. Because topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment, an hour is added to treatment time to allow for maximum comfort.

How many treatments will the patient need?

Each Fractional session treats approximately 20 to 30 percent of the skin’s surface. Because results are immediate and progressive, the patient will notice some improvement after the first treatment but five treatments, spaced three to four weeks apart, are required for optimal results.

Does Fractional hurt?

Treatment is well-tolerated after a topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort. Contact cooling may also be used to increase comfort.

What can the patient expect during treatment?

A topical anesthetic is applied an hour prior to treatment. Once the skin is numbed, a nurse will use handpieces of varying sizes to systematically treat across the areas of concern. Areas will be treated in small sections, with each section being passed over three times or more before moving to the next. Treatment sensation is most often described as warm with a slight stinging or snapping (like that of a rubber band).

What can the patient expect post-treatment?

There will be some noticeable redness and swelling in the treated area, as well as a mild burning or itching sensation. These will improve gradually after the treatment, and much of the redness and swelling will be improved by the next day. However, some of this will continue to persist for several days, a sign that the skin tissue is repairing itself. The skin may then take on a “bronzed” appearance that lasts three to ten days after treatment as the excess, unwanted pigment is slowly pushed out of the skin. This is followed by a flaking process of exfoliation as new healthy skin replaces treated tissue.

When can patients resume normal activities?

Although the appearance of being sunburned may last for a few days, some patients may return to their typical activities immediately while some choose to wait a day or two until redness and swelling have subsided.

How should patients prepare for treatment?

Because skin will be more sensitive to burning, avoid sun exposure during the series of treatments and apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunblock daily. Discontinue use of Retin-A or skincare products with retinoids one week prior to treatment so as not to cause excessive irritation.

Stretch Mark Therapy (Handpiece-440):

What is Stretch Mark Reduction Therapy?

Stretch mark therapy is a treatment program that uses fractional-resurfacing technology to resurface and repair stretch marks, leaving the affected skin smoother and more consistent with the healthy skin that surrounds it. It has been shown to break up the disordered collagen and speed its replacement with healthier, ordered collagen. Fractional resurfacing produces microthermal zones within the area, causing “fractional” thermal damage much like pixels in a digital camera. Because only 20 to 30 percent of the tissue is targeted during each treatment, the skin surrounding these microthermal zones is not injured, allowing healing to take place quickly and without creating a visible wound. Repeated treatments create additional microthermal zones, until the entire affected area is treated. If the stretch marks are hyperpigmented, photofacials treatments may be added so that the intense pulsed light can treat discoloration issues.

What types of stretch marks can be treated?

All types of stretch marks can be treated, including those that are hyper and hypo-pigmented, flat, and textured (crepey or wrinkly). However, the success of the outcome is highly dependent upon the type, size, thickness and age of the stretch marks. Newer stretch marks respond best to treatment, while older stretch marks that are larger and/or depressed require more treatments and may not completely resolve.

Will treatment completely remove stretch marks?

Nothing will completely remove stretch marks, but treatment can significantly reduce the damaged tissue, helping it blend with the surrounding healthy skin and dramatically improving its appearance. Newer stretch marks respond best to treatment, while those that are older, larger and/or depressed may not experience the same level of resolution. A significant factor influencing any person’s results is their own ability to regrow collagen in response to the treatment. As such, individual results will vary.

How long does the treatment take?

Each treatment may take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the stretch marks. Because topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment, an hour is added to treatment time to allow for maximum comfort.

How many treatments will the patient need?

While the patient may notice some improvement after the first treatment, results are gradual and progressive. At least five treatments, spaced three to four weeks apart, are required for optimal results. Older and deeper stretch marks may require additional treatments.

Does the treatment hurt?

Treatment is well-tolerated after a topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort. Contact cooling may also be used to increase your comfort.

What can patients expect during treatment?

A topical anesthetic is applied an hour prior to the treatment. Once the skin is numbed, a nurse will systematically treat the stretch marks. The affected area will be passed over multiple times during each treatment session. Treatment sensation is most often described as warm with a slight stinging or snap (like that of a rubber band).

What can patients expect post-treatment?

There will be some noticeable redness and swelling in the treated area, as well as a mild burning or itching sensation. These will improve gradually after the treatment, and much of the redness and swelling will be improved by the next day. However, some of this will continue to persist for a few days, a sign that the skin tissue is repairing itself. The treated area may then take on a “bronzed” appearance that lasts three to ten days after treatment as the excess, unwanted pigment is slowly pushed out of the skin. This is followed by a flaking process of exfoliation as new healthy skin replaces treated tissue.

When can patients resume normal activities?

Patients may return to their typical activities immediately, being careful to avoid sun exposure, swimming pools and hot tubs.

How should patients prepare for treatment?

Because skin will be more sensitive to burning, patients should avoid sun exposure during the series of treatments and apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunblock daily. Discontinue the use of Retin-A or skincare products with retinoids or acids in the treatment area one week prior to treatment so as not to cause excessive irritation.