Summertime is here, and that means a lot of time outdoors and in the sun – unfortunately, this comes with a negative effect on our skin. Excessive shaving, waxing, and exposure to UV rays can cause age spots, discoloration, and other signs of sun damage. Luckily, there are several options to combat rough and uneven skin during the summer; these four laser skin treatments are painless, have zero downtime, and are completely noninvasive. Not to mention the appointment frequency is manageable – once a month, at most.
We generally offer microdermabrasion as the first of a two-part treatment series; we like to follow it with Laser Genesis therapy to get a more complete result.
Microdermabrasion utilizes a small wand to clear off dead surface skin cells. It’s a painless, 30-minute procedure that gently “sands” your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer and paving the way for new skin to generate. This type of skin rejuvenation is ideal for slight blemishes – it targets light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, age spots, and stretch marks. It’s a low-key, quick procedure that is a good starting point for laser treatments if you’ve never had one before. Recommended treatment plan: once every month for 6 months; then once every 6 months.
This is typically the immediate followup treatment to microdermabrasion. Essentially, laser genesis works using small laser pulses all over the face; the wand never touches your face, and is at least one inch away at all times. It permeates skin at the DNA level to stimulate cells through heat for a refreshed look, and has also been scientifically proven to produce collagen.
This is a great way to effectively treat fine-line wrinkles, diffuse excessive red skin, and help manage large pores, uneven skin texture, and scars. You can expect to see subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as bruising or excessive skin irritation. All of our Laser Genesis treatments are performed with Cutera machines. Recommended treatment plan: once every month for 6 months; then once every 6 months.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL involves a series of gentle treatments designed to rejuvenate aging and sun damaged skin utilizing small pulses of light. We use only the highest quality machines (Cutera brand) at our office, and many of our clients start to see results after just one or two treatments. IPL effectively improves and treats red skin, telangiectasia (tiny veins), fine lines, uneven tone, and brown spots. Light brown spots, which are notoriously difficult to resolve, respond very well to this particular treatment.
Pelleve is excellent for removing wrinkles and tightening sagging skin; it’s essentially a painless, ten-minute face lift! It works especially well around the eyes and near the chin and neck – all the typical problem areas. It’s also good for helping to reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels and varicose veins. Pelleve uses radio frequency to target one area of the skin and heat the tissue underneath until it reaches a certain temperature. Recommended treatment plan: once a month for 3 months; then once every 3 months.
We do all of these treatments at our office in La Jolla. If you’re interested in a rejuvenating laser skin treatment, give our office a call at (858) 731-7601 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.