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Spade Skin Care Laser Treatments FAQs

Our Laser Technology

The LightPod family of lasers represents a technology breakthrough in the field of laser medicine. The result is a new generation of aesthetic lasers, built on the proven safety and versatility of gold-standard wavelengths 1064nm and 2940nm. Traditional “big-box” Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers, which had been introduced during the 1990’s, quickly became the gold-standard dermatology laser modalities. These lasers have not changed since that time; they still possess all the clinical and design inefficiencies of that era. Aerolase developed its revolutionary FDA approved LightPod lasers to incorporate the best features of traditional big box lasers, while adding new innovative enhancements that result in a combination of Efficacy, Safety and Broader Range of Therapeutic Uses. Aerolase has designed its LightPod lasers to deliver the highest power with uniquely optimized laser pulse parameters based on clinical research.

What are lasers/IPL/LHE/LED systems and how do they work

A Laser is a high-energy beam of light that can transfer its energy into specific areas of the skin’s tissue to treat skin problems. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength or color at a time, and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target.

  • Non – Ablative Lasers – They have been a more recent introduction in types of aesthetic equipment for skin improvement. These lasers have lower energy levels than ablative lasers (which resurface or remove the outer layer of skin completely) and try to cause damage within the dermal layer of the skin without removal of the outer epidermal layers. That is to say that the laser treats the layers of skin under the surface without damaging the surface too much. This lessens the recovery period after the treatment and reduces the number of complications that can occur. It is thought that the laser’s heat in the dermal layers causes collagen to be produced which helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, the results from this type of procedure are less obvious than those which can be achieved with ablative laser skin resurfacing during which the surface of the skin is removed.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – Intense Pulsed Light systems, although technically not lasers, use flashes of light that work in a similar way to non – ablative lasers by causing heat damage to dermal tissues without disruption or removal of the outer epidermal layers of the skin.
  • Light, Heat Energy (LHE) – This is another treatment which you may hear mentioned. This also works by carefully controlled bursts of low-level light and heat that can be used for photo rejuvenation.
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED) – Emits red light that has been shown to stimulate production of collagen in the skin.

What is photo-rejuvenation used for

The laser treatments are most commonly used for:

  • Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body
  • Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest
  • Helping to control flushing
  • It also has a lesser effect of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and improves pore size minimally by temporarily reducing oiliness

How many treatments Needed

When done properly, almost always consists of a series of 2-5 treatments, usually one every three to six weeks, however with our technology you would only need 1 – 3 sessions.

How does the laser treatment improve the appearance of blood vessels, and age spots

The laser/IPL device emits a range of lightwaves that are then tuned and targeted at hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by either hemoglobin or melanin resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmenting of melanin pigment. These tiny vessels and the melanin pigment are then absorbed by the body, rendering them less visible.

How long does it take for this laser treatments to work

Most people need 3-5 months, which consists of a full series of 3-5 treatments about 1 month apart. You can see some improvement with each treatment, but it’s common for your response to be slightly different to each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more likely you are to need a full five treatments. Some cases of severe redness or brown spots require more than 5 treatments. Expect to see gradual clearing over time.

Does it hurt and how long will they take

There may be mild discomfort during the treatment, but most patients tolerate removal of dilated blood vessels or age spots/freckles and fine lines very easily. The first treatment is usually the “zingiest.” As your skin begins to clear, the treatments usually become even more comfortable. The amount time is taking is based on the size of the area.

How long will it take to recover from a Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment

Most patients will be able to return to work immediately following the procedure.

What are the risks and potential complications from Skin Rejuvenation treatment

Depending on the type of equipment used, some mild stinging or burning may be noticed during the procedure, and the area treated may feel hot for 15 minutes or so after treatment. Most patients will experience skin redness which will fade over the next hour or so and can be covered with light make up.

What should you do after a Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment

It is very important that you follow carefully the advice of your practitioner following any type of light treatment to help make the treatment as successful as possible and to reduce the risk of complications afterwards

Who can perform Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) systems for skin improvement are performed by trained medical staff.

What is Rosacea and how this technology would treat it

Rosacea is a very common condition of diffuse redness in the facial skin, but the affected area sometimes also contains small broken capillaries and larger facial vessels. The laser treatment is a unique 1064nm laser that can clear Rosacea and vessels in 1 to 2 quick, gentle treatments without skin contact or cooling. The treatment has the versatility to treat the larger area of diffuse redness first in a quick, easy treatment, and with a simple change of the lens, to target the broken capillaries and larger vessels with higher fluencies.

How is Ingrown Hairs treated

PFB (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, i.e. ingrown hairs, razor bumps or beard bumps) is an irritating condition that is sometimes caused by shaving. It often appears in patients of darker skin types, including tanned skin and skin types IV through VI. The 1064nm laser is unmatched in terms of efficacy, safety and gentleness of treatment for this application. The laser selectively targets melanin in the underlying hair and follicle, as well as hyperpigmentation surrounding the lesion. The energy passes through the skin quickly and does not overheat the epidermal melanin. This results in new levels of skin safety by avoiding pigmentary risk. Also, because skin cooling is not necessary during treatment and the handpiece of the laser does not contact the skin during treatment, the treatment is highly hygienic, fast and comfortable.

What is Angiomas and how is it treated

Angiomas are unsightly red vascular lesions that can occur in most body areas of both women and men. Angiomas are red vascular lesions that are a cosmetic concern for many people. Before the advent of light-based therapy, they were often surgically removed, which tended to result in bleeding and scarring. The laser treatment is a new cosmetic laser modality for removing angiomas; it provides a gentle yet effective treatment because of its combination of high power and gentle pulse duration. The laser energy is delivered at a high fluence in order to superheat and destroy the vasculature that feeds the lesion, thereby destroying it.

Pigmented Lesions and how is it treated

The laser technology can safely and effectively use the 1064nm laser modality to remove pigmented conditions including sun & age spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. A new generation of 1064 laser technology provides much more effective and rapid heating of hyperpigmentation, delivering treatment efficacy equivalent to laser modalities used previously such as Alexandrite or Diode. This is made possible by 650-microsecond pulse technology, which provides over 15,000 watts per pulse in unique pulse duration of 650-microseconds.

How laser can treat scars

This laser technology provides treatment for two different methods of treating scars. For the treatment of incisions post-suturing, this promotes evenness of skin healing and the heat from the laser energy stimulates the formation of new collagen, further improving the surface texture and uniformity. For the treatment of existing scars, the Era can be used to reduce the raised scar tissue and improve texture.

Remove Wrinkles

This non-invasive 650-microsecond pulsed 1064nm laser delivers powerful but painless laser pulses deep into the dermis, resulting in wrinkle reduction as well as improvements in tone, texture and an overall healthy glow for the skin.

Use of tretinoin before your laser treatment

It’s best to stop taking any product containing tretinoin (such as RetinA) or any cosmeceutical containing retinol approximately a week prior to laser treatment so that the skin is not too sensitive or fragile. The laser treatment is more likely to irritate and inflame sensitive skin.

Bruising

Injectables such as botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments today and, sometimes, with these treatments come adverse effects. Due to differences in your skin, some people may react differently to certain procedures and even patients treated by the most skilled physicians may encounter post-injectable bruising. Instead of needing to wait up to a week for the bruising to subside, 650-microsecond technology can clear post-injectable bruising within a day or two after just a single treatment.