Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reasons to Love Fraxel® Laser Treatment

Fraxel® laser treatment benefits patients who are dealing with a range of skin conditions, including acne scarring, sun damage, and the effects of aging. There are many reasons to love Fraxel® laser treatment, but the biggest benefit it offers is the same potency as ablative skin treatments -- without the harshness. In fact, you will be surprised at how gentle it is on your skin.

Typical laser treatment works by vaporizing whole layers of skin cells at high temperature -- this often results in negative side effects, and there is usually a long healing time afterward. Results require multiple treatments and are hard to predict. On the other hand, Fraxel® laser combines a high level of effectiveness with a much safer and more predictable result.

Fraxel® laser treatment has a much shorter recovery time and a low risk of side effects. Dermatologists love it because of its predictable results, so they can make promises to their patients and keep them; it takes the guesswork out of skin treatment.

The innovative technology used in Fraxel® laser treatment provides a higher degree of precision in targeting problem areas -- this reduces or eliminates the risk of side effects to healthy skin, which makes it an effective treatment for delicate areas, such as the face, neck and hands. Also, since the Fraxel® laser only penetrates the outer layer of skin, healing is much faster and patients experience minimal downtime.

In most cases, only topical anesthetic is required during treatment, and in the long run, fewer treatment sessions will be needed compared to traditional laser therapy. Of course, results and healing time vary from patient to patient, but the overwhelming feedback about Fraxel® laser treatment is incredibly positive.

Side effects are usually limited to a mild sunburn sensation in the treated area, and skin will have a pinkish color for about a week. If there is any swelling, it will be minimal and should go away in a couple of days. Most patients are able to go right back to regular activities afterward, without interruption.

Perhaps the best reason to love Fraxel® treatment is about the results; you get healthier and more youthful looking skin in just 3 to 5 sessions. Treatment is effective for people suffering from acne scars, age spots, crow’s feet, facial lines, stretch marks and enlarged pores. If you’re interested in Fraxel® laser therapy, check with a qualified dermatologist at Coastal Skin Surgery for more information.

Monday, May 4, 2015

How Does Intense Pulsed Light Help Acne?

Intense Pulsed light is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne; it can improve the appearance of facial scarring while clearing inflammation and breakouts. The treatment works by using short, intense pulses of light to target affected areas of the skin where bacteria are located.

Targeted Treatment for Breakouts and Scarring

Acne scars typically appear as small dents or raised scars on the surface of the skin. They often change the skin’s pigmentation in the affected areas, creating dark spots or redness. Intense Pulsed Light can target these affected pigment cells in order to even out the discoloration, dramatically reducing the appearance of scars and giving patients a uniform skin color.

Intense Pulsed Light has the added benefit of being a non-abrasive solution, and because there is little discomfort during the procedure, there is no need for anesthesia. Patients rarely experience side effects, and even when they do, typically side effects are limited to a short-term redness that fades within a few hours of treatment.

For people who wish to improve the texture of their skin along with smoothing out pigmentation, Intense Pulsed Light can be combined with stronger and more intense treatments, such as chemical peels, in order to achieve even more dramatic results.

If you suffer from acne breakouts, Intense Pulsed Light can drastically reduce the appearance of acne breakouts and improve the condition of your skin. If acne scars are bothering you, Intense Puled Light can improve their appearance and restore your confidence. A typical session can last up to about thirty minutes, and each pulse of light can treat a large area of skin. For most patients, desired results can be achieved in 4 to 6 sessions.

It is possible to look better and feel better about your appearance. If you are interested in this procedure or seeking help for acne, contact the office of Coastal Skin Surgery. We will find the right treatment for whatever skin condition is on your wish-list for cosmetic dermatology treatment.