If you are looking to eradicate blemishes and wrinkles and decrease age spots and sun damage, laser treatment can improve skin conditions and diseases.
Laser Treatment harnesses the power of light and heat to improve texture and a number of skin issues such as acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, sunspots and spider veins. Laser treatment stimulates the skin’s healing responses to enhance appearance. Controlled damage is created to the surface of the skin by light and heat energy pushing the body to heal the tissue and grow new skin through the production of collagen.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been a 248 percent increase in laser resurfacing procedures between 2000 and 2018, which saw 600,000 procedures. When it comes to laser treatments in Vancouver, The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery has got you covered.
There are different categories of lasers that can help your skin.
Considered the most powerful lasers, ablative lasers remove the epidermis, the top layers of your skin, and part of the dermis, the second layer of your skin. By heating the water in your skin, it vaporizes your skin cells making your body react by creating new, younger-looking skin. This tightens up your skin, which softens wrinkles and removes fine lines, and lightens sunspots. Benign skin growths can be eliminated as well.
The most common ablative lasers are CO2, carbon dioxide laser that offers deep peel, and erbium YAG, which resurfaces less deeply but can have fewer side effects than CO2. In fact, erbium is the preferred choice since it can perform most of the same things as CO2 but with fewer side effects.
Erbium can deal with moderately deep lines and wrinkles and is used to cure pigmentation issues, sun damage, moles, and acne scars. Like chemical peels and other resurfacing resources, ablative lasers take away the top layers of your skin and allows your skin cells deep within hair follicles to “resurface” your skin. It works particularly well with fair skin tones.
The result is the development of collagen and new skin that covers the surface for a smoother and more uniform feel. You can expect your skin to be sensitive for a few weeks. Final results can take about six months.
Non-ablative lasers are gentler than their ablative counterparts by sending energy lower into the deeper tissue. Non-ablative does not remove skin layers and uses pulsed light or pulsed-dye with pigment conditions such as acne, spider veins, and rosacea. These laser treatments are milder and less invasive with results that can take longer than ablative lasers. Non-ablative lasers are often used for people with darker skin since it poses less of a risk for hyperpigmentation.
There are also light therapies that are not lasers and do not resurface your skin. Light therapies use several wavelengths of light at the same time and can rejuvenate results that are similar to lasers in a gentler and more targeted way.
An intense pulsed light (IPL) can treat issues such as acne, sun damage, and rosacea while pulsed-dye lasers can be effective in combating broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation, redness, and rosacea. Other light-based treatments include Pearl by Cutera, Photo Facial, Portrait, Radio-frequency, and Ultrasound Imaging.
With time, you can experience changes to the conditions of your skin such as acne, blemishes, dark circles, sagging, or wrinkles. To properly correct these conditions, laser treatments can be the best solution by accurately focusing on small spots. Here are some of the best reasons why laser treatments in Vancouver can dramatically improve the quality of your life:
Dr. Workman is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has an extensive safety record having performed more than 400 procedures last year. He cares about his patients and takes the time to discuss the best options based on your individual needs.
Dr. Workman has created a comfortable environment for your procedure and ensures the best results. Since 1993, Dr. Workman and his skilled and caring staff have been providing some of the best laser treatments in Vancouver with exceptional results. You can expect compassion and confidential care with a customized procedure to fulfill your specific needs. At The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, you receive the highest quality and most comprehensive aesthetic care with unparalleled results. Call us today to get rid of the skin condition and enhance your appearance.
Skin Resurfacing is a laser treatment that takes away the top layers of the skin to target and treat skin abnormalities, correct wrinkles, remove warts and certain skin cancer lesions and benign tumors, and enhance the appearance of your skin. The thousands of micro tunnels made into your skin encourages the production of new collagen through the skin’s natural healing abilities and provide for younger-looking skin.
An erbium laser treatment removes the top layers of your skin to allow your skin cells within the hair follicles to enhance your skin. It can help develop new collagen that results in new skin covering and giving the surface of your skin a smoother and more uniform texture. Collagen helps smooth and tighten your skin.
A laser hair removal procedure can remove unwanted hair and save you time spent on shaving, tweezing and waxing. There is no downtime with this laser treatment and it can easily fit into your busy schedule. Laser hair removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. with lasting results.
Vascular laser treatment is a cosmetic procedure that emits a particular wavelength of light absorbed by the hemoglobin (red pigment) in the blood vessels. The procedure delivers a surge of light into targeted blood vessels in the skin causing the blood to solidify and, over a few weeks, absorbed by the body. A vascular laser treatment can remove vascular blemishes without causing damage to the surrounding skin.
Tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes a high-intensity light beam to break up the pigment colors. Whatever the reason, there are treatments that can get rid of any unwanted tattoos, including laser surgery, surgical removal, and dermabrasion. The removal of a tattoo has become more effective with the advancement in laser technology.
IPL is a non-invasive skin resurfacing procedure that delivers controlled pulses through multiple layers of skin to treat a skin condition as well as stimulates the growth of collagen. The treatment can address skin issues such as acne, brown spots, skin tone discoloration, uneven facial redness, and varicose veins. The concentrated pulses of light can cause a chemical change in the skin cells and break up pigmentation in the skin.
If you are looking to improve on a skin condition such as acne, fine lines, or wrinkles, you are a good candidate for a laser treatment. You should be in good overall physical health and have realistic expectations from the procedure.
It can take several months before you see the final results from your laser treatment depending on which type of laser. The reason is that new cells have to grow into place before your skin improves in quality and appearance. The final result of your laser treatment can last for many years. Remember that you will continue to age, be exposed to the sun, and experience other environmental conditions that can affect the skin.
Yes, many people with darker skin have an Erbium laser procedure, which poses less risk for discoloration. You may also consider microneedling or radio-frequency treatments.
Your recovery from a laser treatment will depend on the type of procedure you decide on. Low-powered lasers have a faster recovery period, usually a few days. More aggressive laser treatments will take longer to recover since your skin will be going through different stages of redness, crusting and peeling for at least a week. Ablative lasers may need up to three weeks to heal properly.
Vancouver laser treatment patients can expect some tenderness in your treated area for a few days. Your skin may be red or pink for several weeks. It is perfectly normal for your skin to be dry and peel off after a few days. There may also be some itchiness for a few days. An ice pack can provide some pain relief.
It might be necessary to modify certain activities that could involved infection such as swimming or strenuous activities at the gym. To help with the swelling, keep your head elevated when sleeping at night. And of course, wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher when out in direct sunlight.
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