Want to take years off your face but don’t have the time for downtime following a full skin resurfacing?
A MicroLaserPeel offers impressive results at a fraction of the recovery time. Read below to find out more about this revolutionary skin treatment.
What is a MicroLaserPeel?
Patients interested in superficial skin resurfacing can benefit from MicroLaserPeel. MicroLaserPeel treatments are completed using a Sciton laser that gently ablates and treats the outermost layer of the skin in order to administer an epidermal peel. It is stronger than a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion, but does not require the same recovery time and healing process as a full skin resurfacing.
This makes it a wonderful procedure for patients who live busy lives but want radiant, healthy skin in an effective and affordable manner.
A MicroLaserPeel is effective at treating a number of facial blemishes and concerns, including fine lines, scars, discoloration, and more. It works by using an advanced Erbium Yag laser to meticulously address one layer of skin at a time to produce uniform results. The laser precisely evaporates damaged skin cells that may make the face appear tired or older with minimal to no discomfort. Plus, the treatment can work at different levels, giving patients the option for a mild or more dramatic skin resurfacing. After recovery, patients will enjoy the benefits fresh, new skin free from years of damage.
We suggest patients consider the benefits of a MicroLaserPeel if they want a treatment that is stronger and more effective than most skin treatments, but does not require them to take a week or longer off of work. Many patients find they are able to return to work within three to four days after their MicroLaserPeel, and any redness can be addressed with the application of foundation. This is why the MicroLaserPeel is also sometimes referred to as “the weekend peel.”
MicroLaserPeel Treatment Areas
The MicroLaserPeel can address several skin conditions including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scarring from surgery or acne
- Pigmentation problems
- Keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions)
The treatment is typically performed on the face and neck. However, it has also been proven effective in treating the chest and hands. Please inform your doctor during the consultation if you are interested in using the treatment for alternative areas.
Men and women who want skin resurfacing results more advanced than a microdermabrasion, but without the downtime associated with full skin resurfacing can benefit greatly from a MicroLaserPeel. It is a good option for patients who want to reverse the appearance of blemishes, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, and keratoses. However, it will not be effective at treating deep facial creases, such as nasolabial folds. It is also not designed to assist patients who have excess skin or a loss of volume in the face and these patients may find that they may benefit more from a facelift or dermal fillers.
In order to determine whether or not a patient would be a good candidate for a MicroLaserPeel, please request a consultation at either of our Massachusetts locations today.
During the initial consultation, one of our MicroLaserPeel experts will meet with the patient to discuss whether or not the procedure would be right for them. The doctor will ask the patient about their areas of concern and what they hope to achieve from a MicroLaserPeel. They will also inquire about routine medications and medical history in order to ensure that the patient is a good candidate for a MicroLaserPeel, or if a suitable alternative will serve better.
If the patient is a good candidate, the doctor will work directly with them to develop a comprehensive plan for the treatment.
For optimum results, MicroLaserPeel treatments are typically divided into three or four different treatments spaced a month and a half apart. However, depending on the current condition of the patient’s skin, some patients will require fewer treatments. The first treatment date will then be scheduled. Since patients typically require three to four days of recovery after a MicroLaserPeel, treatments are often scheduled at the end of the work week so they have all weekend to recover without the need to take time off from work.
In some cases, the doctor may recommend alternative or additional treatments depending on the patient’s skin and what they hope to achieve. We encourage patients to ask any questions that they think of at the time of the consultation, so that they are as comfortable as possible heading into their treatment. Contact us today at one of our Massachusetts locations to request your MicroLaserPeel consultation.
MicroLaserPeel Treatment Process
In order to prepare for the treatment, patients are asked to stop using retinoids or acid treatments at least three days prior. Depending on the patient’s specific case, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the skin about thirty minutes prior to the procedure and the skin will be cleaned. The eyes will be protected during the treatment.
Then, the doctor will adjust the level and manipulate the laser to target and destroy aging skin cells and irregularities. The laser will evaporate the skin at the layer predetermined by the doctor. There have only been reports of mild to no discomfort associated with the process. Many people compare it to a slight tingling that they find very tolerable. The skin will also begin to feel warm to the touch. This will take ten minutes to half an hour, depending on the extent of the patient’s treatment.
The treatment will have effectively removed damaged skin layers to reveal fresh, healthy skin in its place. The process will take a few days to complete on it’s own. But, as it heals, new cells will grow in place of the damaged cells giving the patient a bright, healthy glow.
After treatment, patients are given special ointments to protect the skin. Aquaphor or Vaseline can be used for several days as the skin is healing. Moisturizer is also recommended after the healing process has begun. Patients may leave the office feeling as though they have a mild sunburn, and may notice skin flaking and slight itching over the next 24 hours. There may also be some swelling, which will go away on it’s own over the course of 24 to 48 hours. To minimize swelling, patients are encouraged to keep their head elevated. The healing process may also include redness, but by the third day, patients may be able to easily disguise this with makeup if desired.
Healing after the MicroLaserPeel takes approximately three to four days. Many patients have the treatment done on Thursday and return to work on Monday. Immediate results are shown, and patients experience minimal discomfort. However, results will also continue to improve for a few weeks after your treatment. Patients are encouraged to have several treatments done for the best results, scheduling approximately three total visits over the span of several months. After treatments, patients can expect amazing improvements in the vibrancy, texture, and health of their skin compared to having traditional microdermabrasion completed.
There are many skin treatments that can combined to reveal radiant results, but the most popular enhancement technique is combining MicroLaserPeel with a Profractional Laser treatment. This treatment combination combats deep skin irregularities that may not be eradicated with a MicroLaserPeel alone. It is particularly effective at treating medium deep scars, sun spots, and other deep layer damage not addressed by a MicroLaserPeel.
Another benefit of a Profractional is that it helps stimulate collagen production in the skin for long lasting anti-aging benefits. Collagen is a vital component of the skin that adds volume to the cheeks and chin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and creases. Since marks on the skin are essentially collagen injuries, the procedure will be very good at removing these nicks and scars.
Feel free to ask your doctor about what complementary procedures would be most beneficial at the time of the consultation, or give the office a call and one of our knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you.
While the results of a MicroLaserPeel are immediate and long lasting, it is important that patients take lasting care of their skin in order to ensure the best possible outcome. We recommend that patients avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen on their face at all times. Furthermore, patients will be counseled on their skin care regimen. A proper and consistent routine is necessary for long lasting effects and should include moisturizer.
Average cost: $400-$800
The cost of your MicroLaserPeel treatment will depend on your specific case and if you opt to receive additional treatments or procedures. Please feel free to schedule a private consultation to receive a quote.