LASER SKIN REJUVENATION OPTIONS WITH SPECTRA AND FRAXEL
Laser skin rejuvenation options with Lutronic’s Spectra laser and Fraxel lasers target aging skin, eradicate fine lines and wrinkles, treat sun damage, improve overall skin tone and more. Results from laser skin rejuvenation also improve complexion, reduce most signs of aging and minimize imperfections.Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology says it’s no surprise that these laser skin treatments are two of the most popular for those considering cosmetic enhancements due to their safety and efficacy.
In “Wrinkle Treatment and Laser Skin Rejuvenation Part 1,” we discussed the survey results from the 2014 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures. Released in July by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), it reveals consumers want treatments that minimize wrinkles and improve skin tone. The two most popular procedures include ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments for wrinkles and skin tightening (45 percent of respondents); and laser and light treatments for redness, tone and scars (41 percent of respondents).
Technological advances have improved the results of laser skin treatment and light treatment for redness, skin tone and scars.“Dermatologic surgeons are — and have been — at the forefront in developing laser, light and energy-based treatments,” says ASDS President-Elect George J. Hruza, MD. “Devices and protocols have improved significantly in the past few years, making these minimally or non-invasive procedures we perform safer and more effective than ever.”
While Thermage is an ideal monopolar radiofrequency procedure for a skin- tightening and wrinkle treatment, Dr. U says it does not address more moderate to severe skin issues. Laser skin treatment options with Spectra and Fraxel offer more ways for skin rejuvenation and laser resurfacing.
LASER SKIN TREATMENT FOR WRINKLES, UNEVEN COMPLEXION
Spectra is a dual-pulsed, Q-switched Nd: YAG laser that offers four wavelength modes — 532, 585, 650 and 1064 nm— for laser skin treatment to address an array of skin issues. These multiple laser modes and power settings maximize treatment options, and allow treatment of large areas (up to 8 mm spot size). There is little to no downtime for any of the Spectra settings, except for laser tattoo removal.
Depending on the specific nanometer wavelength used, the laser skin treatment enables laser toning and non-ablative photo-acoustic laser skin rejuvenation techniques. Dr. U uses Spectra as an effective laser skin rejuvenation treatment for pigment issues, vascular changes, non-ablative laser resurfacing and even tattoo removal. It also improves active acne, large pores, dull skin tone, skin texture, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented lesions, melasma, rosacea and photodamage.
The “Spectra mode” is ideal for non-ablative pore reduction and skin texture improvement, while the 532 nm setting is effectively treats sun spots and flat seborrheic keratosis (SK). Its 1064 nm wavelength also addresses the issue of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, and uneven skin tone for the Fitzpatrick Scale skin types I to V.
FDA APPROVALS FOR SPECTRA SKIN REJUVENATION AND LASER RESURFACING
Spectra’s 1064 nm wavelength is FDA approved for laser resurfacing of acne scars and wrinkles; and treatment of dermal pigmented lesions, including but not limited to Nevus of Ota, lentigines, nevi (moles and various types of birthmarks) and melasma. The same wavelength is also approved for the reduction of red pigmentation in hypertrophic and keloid scars where vascularity is an integral part of the scar (excludes the 650nm wavelength); reduction of benign cutaneous lesions, including but not limited to striae (stretch marks) and scars (excludes the 650nm wavelength); removal or lightening of hair with or without adjuvant preparation; and tattoo removal (dark ink: blue and black).
The 532 nm wavelength (nominal delivered energy of 585 nm and 650 nm wavelengths with the dye laser handpiece) is FDA approved for laser skin resurfacing of acne scars and wrinkles; reduction of red pigmentation in hypertrophic and keloid scars where vascularity is an integral part of the scar (excludes the 650nm wavelength); and benign cutaneous lesions, including but not limited to striae and scars (excludes the 650nm wavelength). The same wavelength is also approved for vascular lesions, including but not limited to port wine birthmarks, telangiectasias (dialated blood vessels), cherry angioma, and spider nevi and spider angioma (spider veins); epidermal pigmented lesions, including but not limited to cafe-au-lait birthmarks, solar lentiginos (sun spots), senile lentiginos (age spots), Becker’s nevi, freckles, nevus spilus, and seborrheic keratosis; and tattoo removal (light ink: red, sky blue, green).
In “Wrinkle Treatment and Rejuvenation, Part 3,” we’ll discuss laser skin treatment options more in-depth. It’s important to always consult with a board certified laser skin rejuvenation specialist such as Dr. U to determine the best course of laser skin treatment. Dr. U has helped thousands of Los Angeles residents achieve radiant, beautiful skin at FineTouch Dermatology.