Laser Treatments

It’s an all too common experience: you wake up, look in the mirror and notice imperfections on your face. From wrinkles on your forehead, to lines around your eyes, to sagging skin around your chin and jaw, it’s easy to obsess over the ways aging changes your face. Other issues may have been present for years, like acne scars you’ve had since childhood or rosacea that always gives your cheeks a vibrant red appearance. These issues are never wanted and can lead to embarrassment and a lack of confidence.

Laser treatments at Ridenour Plastic Surgery are a popular option for patients in St. Lous, MO, who no longer want their look to be defined by these concerns. Laser treatments can address a variety of skin imperfections and reveal a healthier complexion. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedures we offer, contact us at (314) 501-7946 or visit our contact page.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments Offered at Ridenour Plastic Surgery

Laser skin resurfacing is an exciting opportunity to treat a number of skin concerns. The treatment involves using microscopic beams of light to heat your skin, removing the superficial layers to uncover a healthier, more beautiful layer beneath. Laser treatments also promote skin tightening because the heat stimulates your natural production of collagen, a vital structural protein that maintains skin firmness.

At Ridenour Plastic Surgery, we offer patients the opportunity to clear their skin of acne, acne scars and rosacea with the help of three very unique lasers. During an initial consultation, we’ll determine which will benefit your specific cosmetic concerns most.

Acne + Acne Scar Treatment

Acne is a frustrating cosmetic concern for many. The unappealing blemishes often arrive around puberty but can persist as an issue well into adulthood. What’s worse is that constant picking at them may lead to scarring, which can remain for a lifetime. Acne and acne scars are an unfortunate cosmetic issue, but with advancements in aesthetic technology, it’s possible to restore skin beautifully smooth, clear skin.

Acne and acne scar laser skin resurfacing treatments offered at Ridenour Plastic Surgery include:

Candela CO2RE Laser: The Candela CO2RE laser system is a fractional laser that utilizes microscopic laser beams. The micro-ablative treatment delivers thousands of microscopic beams to the skin to treat small portions at a time, allowing for accuracy and versatility. During treatment, a small tubular device glides over the skin to deliver the beams, heating the skin and revealing a more appealing layer. The laser features four different settings and an internal scanner that can gauge which setting best suits your needs. Reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars with the Candela CO2RE laser system.

Fraxel: The Fraxel laser system is similar to the CO2RE laser in that it uses microscopic beams to resurface the skin. The treatment differs, however, because it features an integrated cooling system to ensure maximum comfort. Because the treatment uses microscopic laser beams, it can keep surrounding tissues intact, allowing for a quick healing process and the stimulation of healthier skin cells.

Laser Rosacea Treatments

Rosacea is a very common skin condition that affects nearly three million Americans a year. The condition can be upsetting for those who have it, causing blood vessels to appear on the face and creating red blotches. Although there is no known cure for the condition, it’s possible to manage and maintain it with the help of laser technology. At Ridenour Plastic Surgery, we use the VBeam Perfecta system to address diffuse facial redness and visible blood vessels associated with rosacea.

VBeam Perfecta: VBeam Perfecta is a pulsed dye laser (PDL) used to treat dilated blood vessels. When the laser energy is introduced to the blood vessels, it targets hemoglobin, a red-colored protein in blood cells, which it heats to cause the destruction of the vessels. After treatment, red blotches and patches fade, revealing clear skin once again. PDL is a safe and effective treatment that’s been used for many decades. Initially, it was designed to remove red birthmarks on children. Restore a healthy glow and an even complexion with VBeam Perfecta.

Each of these laser systems is safe and reputable. During an initial consultation with one of our providers, they can assess your skin condition and unique needs to determine which laser will be particularly beneficial for you.

Who Makes a Good Laser Treatment Candidate?

Laser treatments are appropriate for both men and women. However, there are some contraindications. Laser treatments typically don’t work well with darker skin tones because they run the risk of affecting the melanin levels, resulting in an uneven complexion. Laser treatments are best used on those with fair to medium skin tones.

While lasers excel in treating issues related to acne, acne scars and rosacea, there are many other concerns these procedures can treat, including:

  • Superficial wrinkles around the mouth and forehead
  • Fine lines near the eyes
  • An uneven skin tone and texture
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage and hyperpigmentation

These treatments should also not be performed if you’re currently experiencing an active acne flare-up because they’re known to exacerbate the condition. And although laser treatments may promote collagen production to tighten the skin, they are not effective on those with significant sagging or deep wrinkles. Advanced sagging results from a change in skin thickness and fat, meaning a more in-depth procedure, such as a facelift, will be needed to correct the issue.

Your Laser Treatment

The treatment process for the three laser systems offered at Ridenour Plastic Surgery is generally the same. Before beginning, your treatment area will be cleansed, and a topical anesthetic will be applied to mitigate any discomfort experienced. Sedation may be used if your procedure is more extensive. You’ll also be given goggles to protect your eyes from the laser.

Once your skin is prepped and the goggles are on, our provider will pass the laser system device over your skin’s surface, delivering short pulses of laser energy. Each pass of the VBeam Perfecta will heat and destroy blood vessels close to the surface of your skin. Each pass of the CO2RE or Fraxel device will heat the epidermis (upper layer of skin), ridding it of dead and damaged skin cells.

Laser treatments can be uncomfortable for some patients, as they cause a sensation that’s akin to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against your skin. This is a normal sensation and most people find it tolerable. Once the treatment is complete, your skin may be bandaged as it may be sensitive, and you’ll be given an ointment to apply regularly to help relieve discomfort.

Depending on your treatment area’s size, a laser procedure can last approximately 30 minutes to two hours.

Your Laser Treatment Results

After your treatment, your skin may sting and will appear red. Other potential side effects include burning, itching and peeling. These are normal side effects and should subside after a couple of days. The surface of your skin can remain red for up to one week but will gradually return to its normal skin tone. Our provider will provide you with aftercare instructions that’ll ensure you heal properly after treatment.

Laser treatments are an effective way to combat acne scars and rosacea, but you’ll need to have multiple treatments to attain optimal results. Usually, it’s recommended that patients have a total of four to six treatments spaced three to five weeks apart.

Results are long-lasting for each of these laser systems. If you’re having your rosacea improved with the help of VBeam Perfecta, your results can last three to five years. For Candela CO2RE and Fraxel, results last as long as eight to 10 years.

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Acne, acne scars and rosacea are aesthetically-displeasing concerns that affect millions of Americans every year. Despite their commonality, they can damage your self-confidence, preventing you from feeling as beautiful as you truly are.

If you’re a resident of St. Louis, MO, and are struggling with acne, acne scars or rosacea, please contact Ridenour Plastic Surgery at (314) 501-7946 or visit our contact page. You can schedule a consultation with one of our providers to determine which laser treatment will improve your image.

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