Fractional Laser Treatments (Lexington Only)
Fractional laser technology has become a powerful tool in reversing the effects of aging and sun exposure. With low to no downtime and very well-managed comfort levels, you can choose from a variety of fractional devices to smooth wrinkles and scars, eliminate brown spots and even provide facial lift.
Skin resurfacing to improve sun damage, small scars, acne scars and hypopigmented scars (scars which have lost color and look white) nearly anywhere on the body can be accomplished with fractional laser. **If you have darker skin tones – For overall facial laser with the least risk of hyperpigmentation for those with genetic predispositon to hyperpigmentation, we recommend Fractora. In our experience we find radio frequency energy is the preferred alternative for skin types which can express excess pigmentation activity following laser-type treatments. A consultation to discuss your concerns and a determination of skin type helps us select the right treatment choice.
Treatments with most all fractional laser begins with topical numbing cream. (If you are only having treatment on a small area, numbing cream is usually not required.) Once the cream has taken effect, you will have protective goggles placed over your eyes. The sensation can be compared to what you might feel if you were to flick your fingernails against your skin along with a sensation of heat.
The laser handpiece is held against the skin, the microscopic beams penetrate the skin, the handpiece is lifted and moved to the next section of skin and the process is repeated. The procedure is very quick, surprising most people with the absence of expected discomfort. Treatments are performed by our our Ageless Center MedSpa experts.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments
IPL treatments, or Intense pulsed light treatments, are used to treat unwanted pigmentation on the skin. This unwanted pigmentation can be from sun damage, melasma, scars, broken capillaries, and hyperpigmentation from acne or brown spots. IPL targets these areas of pigment and draws it closer to the surface of the skin with each treatment, where eventually it will flake off, leaving you with clearer more even skin. The pulsed light is also able to address some texture as well, so you may also notice that fine lines and acne scar depressions can be improved as well due to the increased collagen production. Overall, the intense pulsed light emits light waves to the targeted areas to improve the discoloration and redness.
Who is a Candidate?
IPL treatments can be used to treat a wide variety of skin condition that causes pigmentation issues in the skin. Patients experiencing rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and scars such as stretch marks are good candidates for IPL treatments for the purpose of reducing unwanted pigmentation in the skin. The number of treatments needed will vary by the size of the treatment area, as well as the severity of the pigmentation. Candidates will be consulted by an Ageless Center expert regarding a proper treatment plan for their unique skin care needs. For most conditions, patients can expect to undergo anywhere between two and six procedures with four weeks in between.
For best results, patients should avoid unprotected sun exposure during and after treatments. This procedure is able to reverse pigmentation, so it will provide improvement until further aging or further effects of skin conditions show up. In general, the results are long-lasting; but it is important that the patient properly protects their skin as well as stay in contact with our office to schedule maintenance treatments each year, particularly after a season of increased sun exposure.