The procedure, which takes around 25 minutes, can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, discoloration and other effects of aging and sun damage in a single-treatment. “In the past, when we used a more comprehensive beam, we were creating a lot of ancillary tissue damage and heating.
And now, with this special pattern what we are doing is creating just the right amount of thermal injury, so that there’s enough transmitted heat from the laser to the untreated areas, so that we are really getting a comprehensive treatment but, we are at the same time allowing healing to proceed at an incredibly fast rate. We are getting a full facial skin treatment by only treating very tiny zones interspersed with very tiny untreated zones,” says Dr. Wells.
Lia says her skin looks and feels completely rejuvenated. “I’m very, very happy. Excited to go back to my high school and um have people say wow! She looks good! She looks young!” says Lia. The cost of treatment runs around $3,000.00. Dr. Wells says that the procedure is done no more than once every two years. Minimal downtime is about 3-4 days.
The second day after the procedure, the first post-operative day, the patient has a little bit of redness and swelling, which may get a bit more intense on the following day. There’s often a dry brown layer of skin which represents the sun damaged skin that’s preparing itself to shed. On the fourth day, the patient comes into the office for a final step to remove all the dead cells and skin. The residual redness usually disappears over the next day or so.