Laser and Skin Tightening Richmond
Age and the elements (mostly from sun exposure) can work against having a nice and healthy appearance to your skin. This produces wrinkles and loose skin. While a good skin care regimen is very important to the long term well-being of your skin, sometimes we need to be more aggressive to get a deeper and more noticeable result. Fractional CO2 laser treatment for the skin of your face and neck may be just what you need to look your best! Laser treatments focus on a certain layer of the skin, causing a controlled injury. Your skin then heals, resulting in collagen production and tightening of the skin. This can be performed as a stand alone procedure or in combination with other surgery or non-invasive treatments, like the Profound machine.
Fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser
Dr. Hubert uses a state-of-the-art laser, called the CO2RE (pronounced “core”). This technology is better than the first fractional CO2 lasers that came on the market because it allows him to adjust the depth of the penetration and the amount of energy delivered. Dr. Hubert can treat thinner skin with smaller amounts of energy, and thicker, more wrinkled skin with deeper and more energy. For the patient, this means you get an individual plan which works best for what your skin needs. The CO2RE laser encourages new collagen growth, enhances your skin tone, and reduces the effects of sun damage.
What does fractional mean?
The fractional part means that the laser lays down its beams in a pattern, only affecting part of the skin. The tiny amount of skin between the pattern of beams does not get the direct laser energy. So your skin still gets the effect, but the intact skin cells allow much quicker healing and LESS DOWN TIME. These laser treatments are usually performed with topical anesthesia (numbing cream). Sometimes, though, we need to be more aggressive with the laser treatment for deeper wrinkles and greater sun damage. In this case, Dr. Hubert may give you nerve block injections, especially in the area around the mouth.
What is the recovery like?
The recovery period depends on how aggressive the laser resurfacing treatment is. For light energy (a “laser facial”) most patients are moderately red for 2-4 days and almost normal by 1 week. For the deeper laser treatments, you can expect to be red for about 7-10 days. There are many women who choose fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, for one reason or another, over a face lift surgery. Many of these women see significant results with much less down time and side effects than they would with a face lift. In any event, it is important to keep your skin hydrated for the several days following your laser treatment. Dr. Hubert will send you home with the moisturizer to apply to your skin.
Profound: Non-surgical skin tightening
Dr. Hubert also has another great no-surgical option to tighten facial skin. This involves a machine called the Profound. It places tiny needles part way under your skin. The tips of the needles use radiofrequency energy (RF) to heat the tips and stimulate the deeper layer of the skin. The result is tightened and more youthful skin by producing more collagen, more elastic fibers (called elastin), and more hyaluronic acid (the same stuff used in injectable filler treatments). For women who want to improve their faces without “going under the knife” for a face lift, this may be a great option. Dr. Hubert often combines the Profound treatment with fractional CO2 laser treatment with the CO2RE laser at the same time. The profound usually takes about 1-2 hours and requires only local anesthesia injections, so you can drive yourself home (no general anesthesia or IV sedation here!)
Dr. Hubert will establish an individualized plan, based on your needs and wishes, to help you achieve your best results. Call for your consultation today!