Laser Treatment for Skin Care

Over time lasers have become a useful tool to meet growing demands of those that suffer from skin conditions such as acne or Melasma. Others want to diminish the appearance of fine lines, facial wrinkles or remove tattoos. And while there are many topical creams in the marketplace that claim to assist with these conditions, nothing is quite as effective and safe as laser treatment.

The Spectra™ Laser is one such available laser that is manufactured by the Lutronic company that has a proven track record of commitment to providing the best in class solutions in both reliability and performance. Their Spectra™ Laser is the most versatile and offers the best results for superior tattoo removal. Their passion to improve the lives of patients is evident in the focused solutions on patient outcomes.

For this article, the following laser treatment for these particular skin conditions are highlighted.

 

Melasma

melasma

This condition is also called chloasma and it is the brown patches of skin that are caused by exposure to the sun and hormonal changes such as pregnancy. These patches of darkness most often appear on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip but can also be seen on other parts of your body that get lots of sun. While this skin condition can affect both sexes, it is more commonly found in women than men.

Laser Toning will not only improve the texture of your skin but will reduce the visible pigmentation. Safe for most skin types, it is a comfortable procedure with long term results that have little down time for the patient.

 

Acne

acne scarring

Acne vulgaris, more commonly called acne, is the most common of skin diseases seen in people especially during the preteen and teenage years. There are many different forms of acne (read about that here) and may appear on the skin with different severity for differing lengths of time. Scarring is a common concern for those who suffer from this.

Not only will laser treatment improve post-acne redness but it also helps subdue the inflammation. The laser energy is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the dilated microvasculature which plays a significant role in allowing the skin to return back to normal. 

 

Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

At one time, tattoos were thought to be permanent choices but with a growing number of people rethinking that ink, removal of those choices is an option. Decorative tattoos have a history that dates back to ancient times but sometimes a person will reconsider their choice for personal reasons.

Every tattoo is different and the response to removal may vary. The laser targets the ink particles and breaks them into small fragments that your body can then absorb. It is not an overnight solution as the tattoo ink is deposited deep into your skin but using a laser for tattoo removal can significantly lighten or completely remove the ink the most effectively compared to other options available.

 

The Spectra™ laser emits energetic short pulses in nanoseconds of high energy and peak power. The Spectra™ laser from Lutronic is a dual mode Q-switched Nd:yag laser designed for treatment versatility. The advanced technology that has gone into this laser offers the power needed to assist in the treatment of skin care without damage to surrounding tissue. Lutronic is committed to improving the science behind laser treatments for optimization for each individual patient.

Laser Skin Care and Medspa continue to look for ways to help improve our services to you in the treatment of your skin care needs and are currently looking into acquiring a Spectra™ laser. Do not hesitate to contact us to book your appointment to learn more. Our consultations are free and will give you the opportunity to learn more about us while we assess your skin care concerns.

 

**Research and information gathered from 
http://www.international.lutronic.com/spectra
https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/color-problems/melasma
https://laserskincaremedspa.ca

Laser and Skin Care Medspa – Gold Partner Recognition from Jane Iredale Makeup

Jane Iredale Makeup has awarded Dr. Maureen Bakken and Laser and Skin Care Medspa in Red Deer with Gold partner status for sales 2011-2017. Recognizing the clinic’s success, Jane Iredale Makeup said that Laser and Skin Care Medspa’s dedication “to providing a product line which enhances the life of others through its effectiveness, simplicity and beauty is an example to others.”

Laser and Skin Care Medspa is proud to accept the Gold partner recognition for carrying Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup as this is a successful product-line which consistently produces the desired results and has a high-satisfaction rate among clients.

Dr. Bakken believes that makeup application should not just be considered a function for beauty but that it is also important that you consider skin health when covering up your face. Oil-based makeup exacerbates or accelerates certain skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.) which in turn create more symptoms and renders treatments less-effective than they otherwise would be, especially in the longer-term.

Many health care professionals who treat patients with environmental illness and multiple chemical sensitivities appreciate that Jane Iredale Makeup is non-toxic and hypo-allergenic and a far healthier alternative to other available cosmetic products. Like you, Laser and Skin Care Medspa is concerned about making the best possible choices in the pursuit of maintaining a healthy, beautiful appearance.

Laser and Skin Care Medspa in Red Deer is a free-standing acne clinic with a large patient-based acne program. We place particular emphasis on recognizing the importance of water-based makeup products as critical for clearing of acne.

Laser and Skin Care Medspa would like to thank all of our clients and patients for their continued support without which this achievement would not have been possible. 

Microneedling – An Ancient & Modern Concept

Microneedling dates back to over 120 years ago with use in Europe initially. The concept was developed for the treatment called Mesotherapy. This non-surgical cosmetic treatment was designed to inject pharmaceutical products, vitamins and plant extracts into subcutaneous fat. Initially the application was done with a single needle injector.

Microneedling was originally called PCI (Percutaneous Collagen Induction or the short version – Collagen Induction Therapy).

Its recognized as a science based treatment option for acne scars/burns scars/photodamage/fine lines/stretch marks and general skin rejuvenation.

The process is safe on ALL skin types and compliments the positive effects of other procedures like microdermabrasion, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and natural injectable volume fillers. 

 

How it works

Tiny needles at a controlled depth create micro injuries in the skin and stimulate the natural healing cascade, primarily on new collagen and elastin (the building blocks of skin). Growth factors promote regeneration and scarless healing.

Advantages – Microneedling vs Lasers

For one, the procedure is less expensive. Secondly, there is no heat produced. Lacking heat means that complications like hyperpigmentation can be avoided. All skin types can be treated. The number of treatments depends on the skin color (type), the area to be treated and the reason for the treatment. For example, facial aging takes less treatments than acne scars. The number of treatments required can be best assessed at a consultation.

Many different types of devices have been created for retail and commercial purposes. There are various types of needle rollers and motorized pens. Effective sterilization or using a disposable tip are critical. Laser and Skin Care Medspa uses the Health Canada approved motorized pen – InnoPen with a disposable tip.

Topical freezing is applied to the area for comfort and in the case of the microneedling procedure offered at the Laser and Skin Care Medspa, a hydrating mask is applied post treatment.

Contraindications

These are few and specific.

  1. Any active cold sores or genital herpes should wait until anti-viral treatment has been used to suppress the viral activity.
  2. Any local skin infection in the area or fresh, inflammatory acne.
  3. A pre disposition to abnormal scarring.

Post Treatment Expectations

  1. There is generally a mild redness and minimal swelling for 1-2 days and the skin may feel dry.
  2. Small pin pricks can be evident for 1-2 days.
  3. Skin can feel dry and rough and may require a good hydrator.
  4. A true water base foundation or powder such as Jane Iredale or Glo Minerals can be applied immediately for coverage.
  5. Skin cleansers need to be gentle. The esthetician or Doctor will review options.
  6. Sun protection is best for 24-36 hours or avoiding strong sunlight.
  7. Any anti-aging products including retinols should be avoided for 5 days.