By Dr. Kelly Collins
Explore these different skincare options
It is a new year and lots of people are taking this
opportunity to make resolutions and find ways to improve their overall
well-being. It is also a good time to take inventory of what’s going on with
your skin and think about a treatment plan to help reach your skincare goals.
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you might realize that your
skin isn’t looking its best and you might notice a few more lines, wrinkles or
brown spots that you swear weren’t there just a few months ago.
While there are tons of skincare options on the market,
one of the best ways to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin is with a laser
treatment. Lasers are one of the only treatments that celebs will openly admit
to indulging in. All you need to do is spend a little time on Instagram and you
will see celebrities such as the Kardashians and the housewives of wherever
undergoing a slew of treatments live and online and right at your fingertips.
From the “no downtime fast and simple” to “big gun,
sandblast ablative” there’s a treatment for everyone and everything. Here’s
just some of what is available:
Skin Scrub Laser Facial
This is a multi-step treatment that incorporates dermaplaning
(using a surgical blade to gently remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz hairs)
along with a 1064 Yag laser and IPL/PhotoFacial.
Think of this treatment as a dirt-vaporizing,
debris-zapping, pollutant-removing, toxin-eliminating cleaning that goes deep
within the pores to reveal healthier, more radiant skin.
This is one of the “lunch time procedures that has
absolutely no downtime” and can be repeated as often as every three weeks. Some
of the benefits of this treatment include:
• Vaporizing dirt and bacteria
• Improves dull complexion
• Reduces pore size
• Brightens skin
• Deep cleans and detoxifies
• Decreases oil production
• Leaves skin soft and radiant
• Minimizes fine lines and improves
Price: $200 per treatment
Clearlift combines the laser energy of the non-ablative Yag
with the Pixel Q Switch 1064nm. This technology works by gently resurfacing the
skin with virtually no pain and no downtime.
It helps reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and
improves overall skin tone. It is safe to use on all areas of the face, neck,
chest and hands. ClearLift slowly remodels the skin in four to six treatments
that are spaced every three to four weeks.
ClearLift technology targets the deeper subcutaneous tissue
to stimulate growth of new collagen without affecting the epidermis (which
equates to no downtime). That means all of the work is happening underneath,
deep within the skin, without any side effects. What that means is no pain and
This technology is highly favored by patients that are
interested in improving their skin quality without discomfort or risks caused
by surgery and needles. ClearLift is a fast treatment and can be completed in
as little as 30 minutes.
Price: $250-$350 per treatment
This is one of the “big gun treatments” that actually
resurfaces the skin. Erbium is the treatment of choice for those who would like
to achieve a dramatic improvement in as little as one treatment.
Erbium lasers, like carbon dioxide lasers, are powerful
ablative lasers designed to remove the outer layers of skin using a burst of
energy. Erbium laser resurfacing has advantages over other methods of
resurfacing including less downtime, and more precision with the ability to
target tiny areas. People who have had erbium laser treatments recover twice as
fast as those who have had CO2 laser treatments.
The erbium laser is designed to treat a variety of skin
conditions by eliminating damaged cells on the surface of the skin (resurfacing),
thus allowing new skin to form in its place. Therefore, problems like
pigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, fine and moderate wrinkles and brown
spots can all be diminished with this treatment.
Specific treatment areas can be targeted and the intensity
of the procedure can be modified from a light, medium or deep treatment
depending on patient goals, skin condition and amount of downtime a patient can
endure. Downtime varies based on treatment area and intensity and is between
1-7 days on average.
Price: $399-$999 per treatment
ThermiSmooth is often lumped in with laser treatments, but
it’s actually a radio- frequency, skin-tightening device, not a laser. It’s
commonly used to treat around the eyes, jowls, forehead and cheeks.
ThermiSmooth is a no-downtime, pain-free way to target areas
on the face and neck in order to smooth, tighten and lift. ThermiSmooth uses
controlled, non-invasive radiofrequency energy and heat to promote collagen
growth in order to lift and tighten targeted areas.
Sometimes referred to as “Spanx” for the under-eye area,
this is a great treatment choice if you
want to target under-eye bags or sagging eyelids.
Price: $150-$350 per treatment
Spent too much time in the sun? IPL might be the treatment
choice for you.
IPL, also known as intense pulsed light therapy, or
PhotoFacial, is a non-invasive treatment that uses intense pulses of bright light to penetrate deep into your
problematic areas targeting sun spots, brown spots, freckles, rosacea, broken
capillaries and superficial blood vessels in order to brighten, lighten and
reveal a more even, youthful skin tone.
You can use IPL to minimize or remove:
• Age spots
• Sun damage
• Broken blood vessels on your face
• Minimize rosacea
Price: $125-$500 per treatment
Like many medical treatments, it’s often better to tackle an
issue with more than one modality. Lasers are frequently used in combination
with each other and with other therapies.
Confused about which treatment would be right for you? It is
always best to schedule a comprehensive consultation with a medical provider in
order to find out more information on these and other laser treatments.
– Dr. Kelly Collins, NMD, is the owner and medical director
of Premier Wellness Center in Anthem. For more information, or to book a
consultation or treatments, visit premierwellnessaz.com.
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