This procedure is to address much more pronounced signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles and extensive sun damage. While the most aggressive treatment, this procedure is still much gentler than other ablative modalities thanks to the 300-microsecond pulse duration and carefully controlled depth of ablation, which will enable profound rejuvenation in just one treatment as compared with 4-8 fractional treatments. Therefor, downtime occurs only once, instead of after each procedure. While redness may last up to 3 weeks at most, depending on the depth of treatment and your body’s natural healing process, you may still continue your normal activities while avoiding any prolonged sun exposure.
The best candidates for skin rejuvenation are patients with skin types I-III showing initial to extensive signs of aging such as fine lines, minor wrinkles, deep wrinkles and sun damage. Other patients may respond to such treatments, but as a segment, the patients aforementioned typically see the best results. Desired results and expected downtime should be discussed with your practitioner as more aggressive treatments will result in a longer recovery period, but will achieve greater results. As with any laser procedures, while the skin’s texture and appearance will be improved, the body’s natural aging process will still continue so continuous skin care must be adhered to and subsequent treatments may be needed in the next 6-18 months.
What is the difference between Refresh.,Reveal., and Renew.?
Essentially, the major differences between each of the treatments are the aging conditions that are the focus of treatment and the depth of ablation that is required in order to obtain the patient’s desired outcome.
How many treatment sessions are required?
Generally, only one treatment session is needed for any ablative treatment, but subsequent sessions may be needed anywhere from 6 to 18 months following treatment, to upkeep any normal progression of aging. Typically, the more aggressive the treatment the longer you will be able to go before a subsequent treatment.
Is it permanent, or will my signs of aging come back?
While your skin will have a much more youthful tone, texture and appearance, the skin will continue to age so maintenance treatments may be required in the future. To reduce the signs of aging it is important to wear sunscreen, which will slow any increase of wrinkles and sun damage.
Can it be used on dark skin?
Certain treatments may carry a heightened risk for certain skin types. The type of results that you would like to achieve versus the treatment options and risks should be discussed at length with your practitioner in order to decide on the best treatment regiment.
What happens after treatment and when can I expect to see an improvement in my condition?
Improvement may be seen anywhere from immediately after the treatment to a couple weeks after. Each individual result can vary as each person responds to the treatment through his or her particular immune system and collagen restorative response. Depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure and your body’s healing process, the time to fully recover may take anywhere from 1-28 days, but the final results should not be judged until 6 months after aggressive treatments as the collagen production and remodeling takes about 6 months to complete.