CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER


CO2 laser, an advanced technology that is very effective both for rejuvenation and for reducing skin lesions such as scars caused by acne, a wound, etc.

What is the CO2 Laser used for?

As we have mentioned previously, the fractional CO2 laser is a technique widely used in aesthetic medicine to reduce skin aging as well as different skin lesions. With only a short-medium term treatment, seek the elimination of any type of mark on the skin. Wrinkles, skin color changes, laxity, stretch marks, premature aging… are some of the conditions that can be treated through the CO2 Laser.

Using this technique, we vaporize the tissues with great precision, activating fibroblasts and promoting collagen production. In this way, a more efficient healing process is facilitated, achieving the replacement of damaged skin with much healthier, fresher and more radiant skin.

For whom is this treatment indicated?

The CO2 laser is mainly indicated for patients whose skin has been significantly affected by the advancement of time or some other external factor. In general, it is a treatment indicated for all those people who wish to improve the quality of their skin:

Photo-aged skin, with fine wrinkles, spots, enlarged pores, thickened skin and loss of luminosity. It is also feasible to perform the treatment on hands and neckline.

Skin with acne scars, ideal for improving and deeply reducing scars, as well as skin texture.

Eyelids with sagging and fine wrinkles, improves skin laxity without resorting to surgery.

Stretch marks, managing to reduce them significantly after several sessions.
Keloid or hypertrophic scars.

Benefits of CO2 laser on the skin

CO2 is a totally natural product that is increasingly in demand in aesthetic medicine thanks to its multiple benefits:

  • Provides elasticity and firmness to the skin.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Offers complete facial rejuvenation.
  • Reduces dark circles under the eyes.

HOLLYWOOD PEELING


The Hollywood Peel, Carbon-peel or activated carbon peeling, corresponds to the name of a mixed technique in which we use the synergy of an application of Carbon Cream in different dilutions with the Energy emitted by a Laser Light source that «Sweeps» it. ”. This combined effect of the active ingredient + light energy is local and superficial, non-invasive, practically painless and that we can use in different indications.

What benefits can we obtain with this Treatment?

First, it performs a medium-deep exfoliation effect on the epidermal stratum corneum, as well as a deep cleansing; Very suitable for oily and acne-prone skin, since it reduces sebum and oily secretion. It closes and minimizes the pore and therefore achieves a smoothing and corrective effect on superficial imperfections of the dermis, pores, fine wrinkles and marks of all kinds. Global rejuvenation and visible improvement of the skin is achieved.

LASER HAIR REMOVER


Is a  procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light (laser) to remove unwanted hair. During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that  produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.

Although laser hair removal effectively delays hair growth for long periods, it usually doesn’t result in permanent hair removal. Multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed for initial hair removal, and maintenance treatments might be needed as well. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair, but it can be successfully used on all skin types.

Why it’s done

Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, armpits, upper lip, chin and the bikini line. However, it’s possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area, except the eyelid or surrounding area. Skin with tattoos should not be treated either.

Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. The basic principle is that the pigment of the hair, but not the pigment of the skin, should absorb the light. The laser should damage only the hair follicle while avoiding damage to the skin. Therefore, a contrast between hair and skin color — dark hair and light skin — results in the best outcomes.

The risk of damage to skin is greater when there is little contrast between hair and skin color, but advances in laser technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin. Laser hair removal is less effective for hair colors that don’t absorb light well: gray, red, blond and white. However, laser treatment options for light-colored hair continue to be developed.

Risks

Risks of side effects vary with skin type, hair color, treatment plan and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects of laser hair removal include:

  • Skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are possible after laser hair removal. Any signs and symptoms typically disappear within several hours.
  • Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin. These changes might be temporary or permanent. Skin lightening primarily affects those who don’t avoid sun exposure before or after treatment and those who have darker skin.
  • Rarely, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture. Other rare side effects include graying of treated hair or excessive hair growth around treated areas, particularly on darker skin.

Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for eyelids, eyebrows or surrounding areas, due to the possibility of severe eye injury.

How you prepare

If you’re interested in laser hair removal, choose a doctor who’s board certified in a specialty such as dermatology or cosmetic surgery and has experience with laser hair removal on your skin type. If a physician assistant or licensed nurse will do the procedure, make sure a doctor supervises and is available on-site during the treatments. Be cautious about spas, salons or other facilities that allow nonmedical personnel to do laser hair removal.

Before laser hair removal, schedule a consultation with the doctor to determine if this is an appropriate treatment option for you. Your doctor will likely do the following:

Review your medical history, including medication use, history of skin disorders or scarring, and past hair removal procedures

Discuss risks, benefits and expectations, including what laser hair removal can and can’t do for you

Take photos to be used for before-and-after assessments and long-term reviews

At the consultation, discuss a treatment plan and related costs. Laser hair removal is usually an out-of-pocket expense.

Specific instructions to prepare for laser hair removal. These might include:

Staying out of the sun. Follow your doctor’s advice for avoiding sun exposure before and after treatment. Whenever you go out, apply a broad-spectrum, SPF30 sunscreen.

Lightening your skin. Avoid any sunless skin creams that darken your skin. Your doctor might also prescribe a skin bleaching cream if you have a recent tan or darker skin.

Avoiding other hair removal methods. Plucking, waxing and electrolysis can disturb the hair follicle and should be avoided at least four weeks before treatment.

Avoiding blood-thinning medications. Ask your doctor about what medications, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, to avoid before the procedure.

Shaving treatment area. Trimming and shaving is recommended the day before laser treatment. It removes hair above the skin that can result in surface skin damage from burnt hairs, but it leaves the hair shaft intact below the surface.

What you can expect

Laser hair removal usually requires two to six treatments. The interval between treatments will vary depending on the location. On areas where hair grows quickly, such as the upper lip, the treatment might be repeated in four to eight weeks. On areas of slow hair growth, such as the back, the treatment might be every 12 to 16 weeks.

For each treatment you’ll wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. An assistant might shave the site again if necessary. The doctor might apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment.

During the procedure

The technical will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin. Depending on the type of laser, a cooling device on the tip of the instrument or a cool gel might be used to protect your skin and lessen the risk of side effects.

When the technical activates the laser, the laser beam will pass through your skin to the hair follicles. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the hair follicles, which inhibits hair growth. You might feel discomfort, such as a warm pinprick, and you’ll likely feel a sensation of cold from the cooling device or gel.

Treating a small area, such as the upper lip, might take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back, might take more than an hour.

After the procedure

You might notice redness and swelling for the first few hours after laser hair removal.

To reduce any discomfort, apply ice to the treated area. If you have a skin reaction immediately after laser hair removal, the doctor might apply a steroid cream to the affected area.

After laser hair removal and between scheduled treatments, avoid sunlight and don’t use a tanning bed for six weeks or as directed by your doctor. Use a broad-spectrum SPF30 sunscreen daily.

Results

Hairs do not fall out immediately, but you will shed them over a period of days to weeks. This may look like continued hair growth. The repeated treatments are usually necessary because hair growth and loss naturally occur in a cycle, and laser treatment works best with hair follicles in the new-growth stage.

Results vary significantly and are difficult to predict. Most people experience hair removal that lasts several months, and it might last for years. But laser hair removal doesn’t guarantee permanent hair removal. When hair regrows, it’s usually finer and lighter in color.

You might need maintenance laser treatments for long-term hair reduction.

IPL. Intense Pulsed Light


It represents one of the latest and most efficient technologies in hair removal treatment. Also called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) this system has a laser emission device which is selectively directed at the hair follicle without injuring neighboring structures and destroying it. The results will be visible after the first session and the hair density will decrease until it disappears in subsequent sessions.

The technology used in our center has equipment that, through gradual heating, removes hair in a more permanent way in the treated area with the lowest rate of adverse effects.

It is also a non-aggressive alternative to effectively eliminate the traces of stress, aging, the sun, improving the quality of skin on the face, neck, hands, neckline, and others.

By emitting a broad band of light, the formation of collagen is stimulated, acting as a depigmenting agent on small skin spots, on annoying veins, improving the texture of the skin, fine wrinkles, giving luminosity to the treated skin.

It will be treated in several sessions as needed and the results will be seen from the first visit. Then the improvement will be progressive and according to the number of treatments.

The final result is remarkable and the versatility of this laser system allows multiple types of treatments to be performed at the same time.

Objectives

The intense pulsed light emits a broad band of light that allows treating several targets at the same time, pigmented spots, veins or rough skin texture and thus globally improve the quality of the skin by stimulating the formation of collagen. The energy of the light acts in the deepest layers to gradually improve the tone and texture of the skin, eliminate blemishes, redness, enlarged pores, acne, fine wrinkles and give luminosity.

The IPL is a non-aggressive treatment that allows several sessions to be carried out.

Photofacial (IPL-Intense Pulsed Light) with laser is used for:

  • Lighten and remove «sun spots», «age spots», and brown spots on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.
  • Lightens and reduces redness in rosacea, dilated blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
  • Help control the so-called «flushing» or sudden redness that appears in rosacea.
  • It also helps improve skin texture through collagen stimulation.
  • Reduces pore size by temporarily reducing oiliness.

IPL, when done correctly, consists of a series of 3 to 6 treatments, usually one session every three to six weeks. The benefits of treatment are achieved with very little discomfort and minimal risk.

IPL, when done correctly, consists of a series of 3 to 6 treatments, usually one session every three to six weeks. The benefits of treatment are achieved with very little discomfort and minimal risk.

How does IPL improve the appearance of blood vessels, rosacea, and age spots/freckles?

The laser / IPL device emits a series of light waves whose target (that is, where they are directed) are hemoglobin (the red blood cells in the blood vessels) or melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and dark spots of the age). The light beam passes through the skin and is absorbed by hemoglobin or melanin, resulting in damage to the vessel wall or fragmentation of the pigment (melanin). These small vessels and the melanin pigment are reabsorbed by the body, making them less visible.

How long does it take for IPL / laser photo rejuvenation treatments to work?

Most people need 3-6 months, which is a full series of 3-6 treatments about 1 month apart. You may see some improvement with each treatment, but it is common for the response to increase after each treatment. The more sun damage or redness you have, the more sessions you may need. The clearance is gradual as time passes.

Does IPL photo facial treatment hurt? How long is the session?

There may be some slight discomfort during treatment, but most patients tolerate the removal of dilated blood vessels or age spots/freckles and fine lines very easily. The first treatment is usually the least comfortable. As your skin begins to lighten, the treatments become even more tolerable. The treatment generally lasts 15-30 hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.

How is the IPL photofacial treatment?

When you arrive at the Spa, you enter the room where the IPL will be performed. Our assistant will be in charge of the preparation for the treatment, that is, she will put glasses or special eye pads on your eyes to protect them. Performs a hygiene of the area to be treated and will place a fresh gel on the skin. Then he will apply the treatment. It is applied to the skin, the handpiece of the device that has a smooth glass surface, and pulses of light begin, like a flash. You may feel a little prick, like the snap of a rubber band.

At the end of the treatment, the assistant cleanses the gel, a decongestant cold gel is applied and then a moisturizing cream with sunscreen. If there is any mild swelling, you may be given a cold compress to apply for five to ten minutes. You can reapply foundation or concealer immediately after the IPL is complete.

What is the evolution that my skin will have after an IPL for redness, rosacea and red spots?

In the case of vein treatment, the skin usually appears slightly redder after treatment for two to five days. Make-up may be worn after treatment, as long as it is applied and removed very gently. Rarely, there are bruises, which may take 1-2 weeks to disappear.

In the case of freckles and age spots, the spots usually appear darker for 3-7 days. There may be scabs, which can last up to ten days. The lesions will then begin to clear up and usually resolve within a month.

How much do photo rejuvenation treatments cost?

Consult our treatment advisors for reports. Suspect low cost, they are usually low cost for a reason. Many IPLs sold to salons and spas have less power than IPLs used in medical centers or offices. The treatment may appear to cost less, but they are not equivalent in the laser used or the experience of the staff using the laser.

What results can I expect from IPL treatments?

After your first treatment, you can expect to see some redness, darkening of the brown spots, and slight swelling. These symptoms will resolve in several hours to a week. Makeup can be applied immediately, if desired. After treatment, the skin feels smoother and has a more even tone. After each treatment there is a gradual decrease in general redness, blemishes and expression lines, which will be less visible.

How long will the results of a photofacial treatment last?

It depends on the intensity of sun exposure your skin receives after IPL treatment. If you’re out in the sun too long and don’t wear sunscreen, the underlying problems, whether it’s redness or brown spots, will come back. But if you take good care of your skin and keep it protected from the sun, your skin will continue to do just fine with annual maintenance treatments.

If you want to maintain collagen production, a treatment every 6-12 months is currently recommended. Other conditions are more variable. If you have very red facial skin, you may also need maintenance once or twice a year.

Why does increased collagen production occur with IPL treatment?

The light bypasses the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and gently heats cells in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). These cells, called fibroblasts, begin to produce more collagen, which improves texture and fine wrinkles.

Can IPL photofacial treatment make me more sensitive to the sun?

No, it’s not like that. You can carry out the treatments at any time of the year, but the summer is more difficult if you take the color easily with the sun. The beneficial effects of the treatments will not last long if you are getting too much sun exposure. You can use sunscreen every day and wear hats to protect your skin and reduce redness, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

 

What should I do before my Photofacial Intense Pulsed Light treatment?

2 to 4 weeks before treatment, avoid self-tanners and excessive sun. If you receive minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or creams with retinoic acid or tretinoin, you must stop them ten days before each treatment. You may be asked to avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen one week before treatment, unless indicated by your doctor to help prevent platelet aggregation and the clinical cardiologist advises against stopping them. Protect your treated skin with sunscreen every day. The use of hats and sunglasses are also excellent protection against the sun.

Who should not receive these treatments?

Avoid laser treatments in pregnancy because they have not been tested.

Are there side effects?

The main side effects are mild, temporary swelling, redness, an accentuation of brown spots, scabbing, and the presence of an occasional bruise or bruise or a small superficial blister (like a sunburn blister).

All effects are mild and temporary

TATTOO REMOVAL


 

We use the most advanced lasers to eliminate your tattoo with fast and with minimal side effects. During your treatment, a laser technician will direct ultra-short pulses of light energy from our Astanza Trinity laser onto your unwanted ink. Each pulse of light energy is absorbed by the ink particles, causing them to shatter into tiny fragments that are small enough for your immune system to flush out. After a series of treatments that are spread out over a period of time, you will begin to see your tattoo gradually fade until no traces of ink are left on your skin.