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Laser skin rejuvenation

By Carla Archer

The term skin rejuvenation encompasses many procedures that dermatologists and plastic surgeons use to improve facial skin. It includes the use of topical creams, injections of neuromodulators (aka Botox, Dysport or Xeomeen), fillers, chemical peels and lasers. Lasers are our treatment of choice in cases of more severely sun-damaged skin. There are many types of lasers, but fractional lasers are considered, at present, the choice technologies for facial rejuvenation treatments. They work by delivering many small, scattered laser beams which produce micro wounds, and these trigger natural, physical reactions in the skin that can clear years of sun damage such as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and can also shrink the appearance of pores and smooth out acne scars, resulting in a more youthful and healthier complexion. The number of sessions at four-month intervals depends largely on the degree of sun damage.

Fractional lasers can be performed in an office setting and are usually very well tolerated with the use of topical anesthetics and oral painkillers, and patients can resume their daily activities in approximately a week. Contrary to the older non–fractional devices, persistent redness is uncommon. As with any procedure, caution must be exercised to choose the correct patient. For example, patients with known scarring disorders (keloids), pigmentation disorders, very dark skin or an uncontrolled systemic disease such as diabetes, will do better with other options.

I will be able to perform fractional CO2 resurfacing with a Pixel laser (Alma Lasers) in my office on Friday, April 19, and plan to bring it three or four times a year. There is limited space, so for further information and to discuss a specific treatment plan for each patient, please make an appointment at my office.

Dr. Carla Archer, Hospital Médica Tec del Bajío (former Hospital de la Fe) Room 7,

152-2233 and 152-2329.

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