Laser Skin Rejuvenation Orange County
As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements of the decade, laser technology is being utilized throughout the health care community. At Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics we use a variety of laser systems to treat sun-damaged skin, facial fine wrinkles, scars, and pigmentations.
The main differences between the types of lasers have to do with wavelength (color of light). In other words, different laser wavelengths target different skin issues. Therefore, sometimes a variety of lasers are needed to treat a variety of skin concerns. An explanation of the differences between these different laser types could get very lengthy, technical and rather confusing, so we will focus here on what types of cosmetic issues are best treated by the various laser types that we use at Orange County Oral Surgery & Periodontics.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles and Skin Tightening
For treating lines and wrinkles, a combination of skin resurfacing and skin-tightening procedures can be used or both can be accomplished with a more aggressive ablative laser, such as a carbon dioxide laser or Erbium: YAG laser. The fractional CO2 laser is the latest technology to help improve the appearance of wrinkles. Dr. Bolourian uses fractional CO2 laser resurfacing which dramatically shortens recovery time and lessened the occurrence of complications. With fractional CO2 laser resurfacing the laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many small micro beams which are separated so that when they strike the skin surface small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser and left intact. These small areas of untreated skin promote a much more rapid recovery and healing with less risk of complications. The small areas treated by the fractional micro beams, called micro treatment zones promote new collagen production and resultant facial skin rejuvenation.
Here are 4 reasons why the fractional CO2 laser technology makes sense:
Time Tested Technology
Less Side Effects
It Can Be Used On Most Skin Types
The most-commonly used lasers for the treatment of pigmented lesions, such as sun spots, age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentations are the pulsed dye and fractional lasers, along with non-laser, light-based treatments, such as IPL.
Vascular lesions include broken blood vessels on the face, unsightly veins on the legs, spider nevi, and certain birth marks. For these types of skin irregularities, IPL is a common choice, as it is minimally invasive. Also popular for treating these lesions are the pulsed dye, and diode lasers.
The success and safety of laser hair removal is highly dependent on the pigment present in both the skin and the hair of the patient being treated. For darker-skinned patients, the Nd:YAG and diode lasers are often the lasers of choice, and for lighter-skinned patients, IPL has proved effective.
Acne and Acne Scars
For deeper acne scars, the CO2 laser remains the gold standard, although more recent developments such as the fractional CO2 laser have shown considerable success on more superficial acne scarring. For the treatment of active acne, LED technology has proven to be quite effective.