What is Facial Rejuvenation?
Facial rejuvenation is often referred to as a non surgical face lift. Using the pulsed dye laser over the entire surface of the face not only evens out the colour and texture of the skin but also alters the underlying matrix of the skin. This causes the skin to become tighter and removes fine wrinkles around the eyes and other locations. Its effect is less extreme than a surgical facelift and less startling to others. People often sense a freshening of their appearance, and their friends and coworkers note that people look ‘better’ or less’tired’ without realizing that they have had ‘work done.’ Treatments typically are performed every 6-8 weeks. Depending on the condition of the skin Facial Rejuvenation may take 3-6 treatments. This treatment requires no time to be taken off work or family obligations and is far less expensive than surgical face lifts.
Is the treatment with the pulsed dye laser safe?
Yes. In fact, pulsed dye laser treatment is so safe that it has been used successfully for the treatment of port wine stains in infants and young children. The outer layer of the skin, (the epidermis) is protected during the treatment by a cooling method which sprays a cooling mist onto the skin before each laser pulse thus increasing the patient’s comfort.
Depth of Penetration
Greater Depth Of Penetration
595 nm – greater penetration into tissue and targeted vessels
What are the side effects?
- With any laser therapy there is a possibility of adverse effects. These may include purpura (a small purple laser bruise), redness and swelling in the treated area. These are transient and do not last more than a few days.
- The treated area may hyperpigment, or appear darker after the re discoloration/bruising heals. Normal skin colour usually returns within 6 months after laser treatment.
- The treated area may show a slight depression after laser treatment. This depression usually resolves within a few months.
- Permanent side effects such a scarring are rare, but this is a risk with any laser. The laser in use at Laser Health Works is a pulsed dye laser called the VBeam by Candela. It has had no reported incidence of scarring. If post treatment skin care instructions are not followed, this can increase the chance of scarring.
What will the treatment consist of?
The laser treatment will include the following:
- Wearing of safety eye wear to protect your eyes from the laser light.
- A small hand piece will be applied to the treatment area by the physician to deliver the laser energy.
- A spray of cooling mist will be felt prior to each laser pulse.
Is the treatment painful?
Dynamic Cooling Device
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort associated with the laser pulse. This feeling has been described by patients as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort is minimized by the cooling device on the pulsed dye laser which sprays a fine mist of cryogen on the skin to cool it before each laser pulse. In addition, for some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.
DYNAMIC COOLING DEVICE
- Patient comfort
- Ease of use
What precautions should be taken before and after pulsed dye laser treatment?
It is recommended to avoid sun exposure before and throughout the course of treatment. A sun block (SPF 30 or above) should be used. Darker pigment as a result of sun exposure may produce side effects or make the treatment less effective. Do not drink alcohol or take aspirin for three days prior to, and two weeks after your laser treatment. The post treatment care needed depends on what lesion was treated. Be sure to discuss this with our physician before treatment.