Laser Skin Treatment
Laser skin treatment is a revolutionary medical technology that has helped millions of people worldwide improve their appearance and self perception, quickly and effectively eliminating blemishes on the face and body. Using a state-of-the-art laser that targets vascular lesions, pigmented lesions and acne, one or more treatments can help achieve a complexion that is more even, more luminous and younger looking. Because laser systems are so remarkably precise, they are now a preferred method of treatment for many skin conditions.
An intense beam of light precisely targets red and brown areas, effectively eliminating them or minimizing their appearance. The production of collagen may also be stimulated as an added benefit, helping reduce fine lines.
Treatment for acne targets a compound called porphyrin produced by the P.acnes bacteria (the bacteria related to acne). The laser targets porphyrin, leading to the formation of free radicals which ultimately eliminate the P.acnes bacteria.
Studies, featuring follow up assessments at three months, have shown that laser skin treatment expedites the healing of existing acne lesions as well as reduces the frequency and severity of new breakouts. Two treatments per week are recommended, totalling approximately 5 to achieve desirable results. Thereafter, treatments are performed on an as-needed basis.
How does the laser work?
The lasers emit a beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (pigment) in the skin and blood in the vessel. This will either break down the melanin or collapse the blood vessel, getting rid of pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, seborrheic keratoses, freckles, dermatosis papulosis nigra) and vascular lesions ( facial spider veins, cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, broken capillaries, rosacea).
For acne, the laser targets porphyrin to cause the formation of free radicals which ultimately eliminate the P.acnes bacteria.
What is a pigmented lesion?
Melanin is the dark pigment in the skin and is produced by melanocytes (cells). Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin. When dark pigment multiplies it forms freckles, brown age spots and other pigmented lesions.
What is a vascular lesion?
A vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin or result in a red appearance of the skin. Spider veins (telangiectasia) are the most common lesions. Most people feel that these dilated vessels or capillaries detract from their appearance.
What should patients expect?
Treatment may vary, depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated. Eyewear is placed to protect the eyes. The physician wears a polarizing headlamp that helps visualize the target area and the effect of the laser beam. A hand piece is used to direct the laser beam to the specific area. Some patients report a stinging sensation during the treatment. There can be some redness which usually goes away in two to three hours and swelling, if any, may last one to two days. Final treatment results should be evident within 10-14 days for vascular lesions and 10-21 days for pigmented lesions. Results for acne vary. Sunscreen must be worn after the treatment.
What conditions are treated with the laser?
- Vascular lesions
Telangiectasias - commonly known as facial spider veins or broken blood vessels or capillaries.
Cherry angiomas - slightly raised red spots
Rosacea - red facial lesions around the nose and cheek causing a sunburned look
- Pigmented lesions
Lentigenes - flat, brown spot on the skin also called age spots or sun spots
Keratoses - slightly raised brown spots often found on the back and hands but also on the face
Freckles- a brownish spot on the skin common on people with fair skin
Dermatosis papulosis nigra - small, black marks seen primarily on people of Asian or African descent
- Fine wrinkles
Are moles removed?
We do not remove "moles" or "nevi" on the body. These should be followed by your GP or dermatologist and if necessary surgically removed or biopsied.
Is laser skin treatment suitable for severe acne?
Yes. Studies have shown that it can effectively reduce and eliminate severe acne.
Who performs the procedure?
Chief Physician of Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Demetra Vassiliou, performs all laser skin treatments to ensure quality of care.
What does laser skin treatment cost?
Treatment cost depend on the area but typically range between $125.00 to $550.00 and more. Call us at (613) 667-9455 or email us to schedule a consultation.
How many treatments are required?
Some lesions and cases of acne go away after one treatment but for optimal cosmetic results, three to four sessions may be required. This is particularly true for Rosacea and continuing sun damage, which may require maintenance sessions once a year.