We offer a variety of laser treatments here at the Thompson Center for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Thompson uses one of the latest technologies available to perform many of these procedures: the Sciton Laser. Unlike more common CO2 lasers, the Sciton Laser can treat a wide range of skin types. This new technology also allows for better precision during the procedure, which results in decreased recovery time and minimal pain during treatment.
An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial stimulates collagen production to reverse the signs of aging and results in healthier, younger-looking skin. IPL sends light through the skin that targets the tissue to be corrected and leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed. Therefore, it is more gentle than other laser treatments. The process is gradual and normally requires about five sessions. IPL typically treats rosacea, age and liver spots, enlarged pores, visible blood vessels, unwanted freckles, and sun damage.
Laser resurfacing treats wrinkles, blotches, age spots, as well as facial scars. The thickness and texture of your skin may have an impact on whether or not you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. Local anesthetic is generally used for laser resurfacing on smaller areas. For larger areas, general anesthesia may be recommended. Laser resurfacing creates a uniform injury to the skin, similar to a chemical peel or dermabrasion. Recovery time with laser resurfacing depends on the technique and the extent of the treatment.
Removing dead layers of skin and the thin layers of the epidermis helps to smooth the skin’s surface and blend any irregular pigmentation. The MicroLaser Peel™ can improve skin texture and tone by correcting wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, and excessive sun damage. The procedure is customized to each individual based on his or her needs. The most commonly treated areas include the face, neck, and hands.
This laser therapy treats various skin conditions by resurfacing the skin. However, unlike full field resurfacing, which removes the whole surface area of the skin, ProFractional ablates the skin and covers a smaller portion of the treatment area. This action activates the body’s wound-healing response, which results in new, thicker skin with an improved appearance.
Laser hair removal can remove hair from most areas of the body. A low-energy laser beam passes through the skin and down the shaft of hair follicles that are in the active growth phase. The hair follicles in the deeper layer of the skin become disabled. Because laser hair removal only treats active hair follicles and not all hair follicles are active at the same time, more than one hair removal treatment is usually necessary to achieve the desired results. The treatment takes anywhere from several minutes to several hours to complete depending on the size of the area to be treated. No anesthesia is required because very minimal pain is associated with the treatment. Those considering laser hair removal should note that blonde or gray hair is more difficult for the laser to detect. Patients with darker skin also may not respond well to treatment because skin and hair colors can be difficult for the laser to differentiate.
If you are interested in these laser treatments or other cosmetic procedures in the Colts Neck, New Jersey area, contact Dr. Thompson for a consultation. Please call 732-410-4789 or fill out our contact form today.