Spending time outside on a boat, beach or golf course is fun, but the sun exposure can cause your skin to age prematurely. Fortunately, laser resurfacing can help remove the brown spots and fine lines caused by prolonged sun exposure.
With our wide variety of lasers and energy-based devices, the professionals at Charlotte Plastic Surgery treat more than the effects of the sun – we can also help improve acne scars and reduce wrinkles. Included with each type of treatment is a complimentary skin health consultation where a customized program is designed specifically for your needs and concerns.
For those with a busy lifestyle who want noticeable long-term results and minimal recovery time, the Sciton Halo is a great option. Halo is a hybrid fractional laser that combines deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal for a combined synergistic effect you can’t get with any other treatment. Halo creates beautiful results without the downtime of more aggressive treatments. Immediately after the treatment you may experience some crusting that can last a few days, which can be covered with make-up.
The advantages of Halo treatment:
- Customizable treatment to precisely target skin damage
- Improvement in the appearance of tone, texture, fine lines* and wrinkles
- Reduces pore size and increases reflectivity and glow
- Flexibility in treatment levels and downtime
Sciton™ Contour TRL (Tunable Resurfacing Laser)
Using the Contour TRL Erbium laser, the surgeons at Charlotte Plastic Surgery can safely remove layers of skin to a specific depth determined by the physician. The depth of treatment will depend on the skin condition, your desired outcome, and expectation for downtime. Because Contour TRL can affect tissue with micron precision, the physician can treat your skin with the exact amount of energy needed – no more, no less. This single treatment solution stimulates the growth of new collagen, which improves the skin’s thickness and resilience. The skin surface will also re-grow with fresh, healthy cells, which will give your skin a younger, rejuvenated appearance.
The Contour TRL can treat the following conditions:
- Deep Wrinkles (even in difficult to treat areas like around the mouth and eyes)
- Solar Spots
- Actinic Keratosis
- Poor Skin Tone / Texture
Immediately following the procedure you will experience redness and a sensation resembling a significant sunburn. Swelling will also occur in the treated areas. The physician will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include pain relievers and application of salves to keep the skin moist. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed (at least 6 weeks). It is recommended that you always use some level of solar protection to avoid sun damage and premature aging of your skin. Complete healing will depend largely on the depth of treatment. Healing times for deeper treatments are typically 7-10 days before patients resume normal activities. You should discuss realistic expectations for recovery with the physician. The top layer of your skin will re-grow and can be covered with makeup in about one week to ten days, at which time you will see noticeable improvements in your skin’s texture, tone and wrinkle appearance. These deeper laser treatments also stimulate the growth of new collagen over the next 4 to 6 months. During this time, the skin may show increasing improvements in tightness and resilience.
SCITON™ BROADBAND LIGHT (BBL OR IPL) photorejuvenation
This technology utilizes the power of pulsed light to help restore the skin to its natural state. Years of sun exposure, acne, and overall skin aging will greatly improve with only a few treatments. The light energy delivered by the BBL targets and eliminates many of the fine vessels that cause redness and the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots, melasma or hyperpigmented areas. With BBL, there is little to no down time. Mild to moderate redness immediately after treatment should be expected and will begin to go away within an hour or two after treatment. In most situations, patients can resume their normal skin care regimen within a few days after treatment. For best results, a series of three treatments is usually recommended and can be performed four weeks apart from each other in addition to multimodality therapy with skin care products such as Lytera 2.0 by SkinMedica.
SkinTyte utilizes infrared energy to heat up and cause a thermal wound to the dermis. This process initiates the body’s natural healing process, encouraging new collagen production. This results in a firmer, more youthful skin appearance. A series of three to five treatments is recommended. There is no down time as a result of this treatment. Patients can immediately resume their normal skin care regimen. The full effect of skin firming treatments can be seen over several subsequent months.
Forever Young BBL™
The Forever Young BBL™ treatment is a combination of both the SkinTyte and Photorejuvenation treatments. It is the only treatment that has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with aging. A Stanford University study over the course of 10+ years shows that with regular treatments, patients’ skin looks clear, smooth, and much younger. In many cases, patients’ skin appears younger 10 years after treatment, than before any treatment. This procedure requires minimal downtime, has long-term results and is effective on all body areas.
Micro-needling, also known as collagen-induction therapy (CIT), is used to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. Charlotte Plastic Surgery is excited to offer our patients the opportunity to rejuvenate their skin with minimal down time and expense. This procedure is done in a series of three to five treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. The handheld needling device is used to stamp the skin, creating a micro-injury that encourages the body’s healing ability to produce new healthy skin. Best of all, it can be used on all skin types.
The benefits of micro-needling:
- Tighten, lift and rejuvenate skin
- Reduce acne scars, surgical scars and other scars
- Improve wrinkles and fine lines
- Improve stretch marks
- Can be used on all skin types
Included with each type of treatment is a complimentary skin health consultation where a customized program is designed specifically for your needs and concerns.
Take the first step toward refreshing the look and feel of your skin by talking through your options with our surgeons and nurses.