Photo Rejuvenation Laser Questions
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Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Broadway has received extensive, specialized training and certification which sets him apart from other cosmetic surgeons.
He has completed residencies and a fellowship in four specialties relating to cosmetic surgery. Dr. Broadway is one of the few plastic surgeons who has achieved four separate Board Certifications: American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat, Head and Neck Surgery)
What will Photo Rejuvenation Treatment do?
Photo Rejuvenation laser technology utilizes the power of pulsed light to deliver excellent results on skin therapy. By selecting the appropriate wavelength or filter, your physician or licensed nurse will be able to treat a broad range of skin conditions caused by skin aging and sun exposure. Your skin will be smoother, more vibrant and it will have a more youthful appearance as a result.
What conditions can be treated with the Photo Rejuvenation Laser?
- Fine wrinkles
- Age spots
- Telangiectasia (small facial veins)
- Redness and flushing
- Solar Lentigines (freckles)
- Café Au Lait maculae
- Brown spots & birthmarks
- Port wine stains
- Hemangiomas (red spots)
- Enlarged pores
- Burn erythema
How does the Photo Rejuvenation laser work?
The light energy delivered by the Photo Rejuvenation laser will gently heat up the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to generate new collagen. This will help restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition the photo thermal energy will target and eliminate many of the fine vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions.
What areas can be treated?
Any area of your body can be treated. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects if sunlight. The most popular treatments are for the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.
How many treatments will I need?
From 2 to 5 treatments, at 2-4 week intervals will produce the desired results. You may benefit from additional treatments depending on the severity of your condition.
How long will it take to recover?
This is a non-invasive and gentle procedure with virtually no down-time. In most cases you will be able to return to work, apply make-up, and resume most of your activities right away.
What should I expect after the treatment?
You may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine wrinkles and pores will be less noticeable, and sun spots or uneven pigmentation will fade. Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the treated area. Your physician or licensed nurse will provide you with complete information about the post treatment care and results.
Will it be uncomfortable?
The procedure is gentle, non-invasive, and safe. There should be minimal or no discomfort, however this varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. There is no need for a topical anesthesia; however, your physician or licensed nurse may choose to use one on more sensitive areas. Your physician or licensed nurse will recommend the best options during your consultation.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. You may briefly feel a rubber band snap or warm sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the type of the procedure performed. Your physician or licensed nurse will discuss all of your options with you.
What aftercare do I need?
It is important to follow your physician’s or licensed nurse’s instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. These will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest healing time. You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
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If you are considering laser rejuvenation, please contact Dr. Broadway today to discuss your concerns during your initial consultation.