Laser Skin Resurfacing - Sciton® Joule (Ablative, Non-ablative, and Profractional) – Midland, MI

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing at Yonick Plastic Surgery in Midland, MI is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to exfoliate damaged surface skin one layer at a time. Laser skin resurfacing is effective for correcting facial lines and wrinkles and for improving surface irregularities such as skin blemishes, acne scars, pigmentation, and more. Our plastic surgery center is proud to offer the state-of-the-art Sciton Joule laser platform system, which allows us to customize various laser treatments depending on each patients' specific needs. Also called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is a great facial treatment for patients desiring a softer, clearer, younger complexion. During your consultation, we will assess your skin and create a customized treatment plan so that the desired results can be attained.

OUr Laser Selections

Patients who inquire about laser skin resurfacing often do not know what they need, thus it helps to understand the various types of resurfacing treatments we offer at Yonick Plastic Surgery. Our in-house laser system, the Sciton, is engineered to treat a number of skin issues and can be adjusted for each patient depending on the treatment being performed. Laser skin resurfacing treatments can be delivered to create a light peel for milder cases of skin damage, to a more aggressive full-face peel for patients who have deeper wrinkles and advanced damage. The differences are outlined below:

  • Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
    Non-ablative laser treatments do not remove any skin — the light on the laser is adjusted to create micro-damage to the skin to prompt the body's natural healing response. Similar to a mild chemical peel, a non-ablative procedure is ideal for minimizing very mild surface level irregularities, such as poor texture and tone, and are ideal for patients who desire a lighter resurfacing. Patients who undergo non-ablative laser treatments often do several treatments spaced apart to attain the right results.
  • Ablative Laser Treatments
    Ablative lasers are the most aggressive form of resurfacing treatments and address thin layers of skin one at a time, essentially removing the top layer of skin. The ablative laser peel is similar to a deep chemical peel, but with added precision. Unlike a chemical peel, an ablative laser treatment corrects skin damage while avoiding other areas of the skin that are healthy. Ablative laser treatments are best for skin tightening and for correcting more advanced wrinkles, deeper lines, advanced sun damage, and certain scars. At Yonick Plastic Surgery, Dr. Yonick himself performs ablative skin treatments using the Contour, which is a part of the Sciton Joule laser system. During a Contour ablative laser treatment, a local block is used on the face instead of using general anesthesia. Even though this is the most aggressive of all laser peels, patients will not feel discomfort during the treatment because of this facial block. The recovery period is longer, but the results are quite dramatic.
  • Pro-Fractional Laser Treatments (Fractional)
    At Yonick Plastic Surgery, the revolutionary Halo Laser from the Sciton Joule platform, offers the best of both worlds. Known as a profractional laser treatment, the Halo uses a dual approach to blend both ablative and non-ablative processes to create micro-damage in the lower layers of the skin. The skin's automatic healing creates tighter, firmer, and healthier skin. While not as intense as a full ablative treatment, yet not as mild or light as the non-ablative approach, a pro-fractional laser treatment is ideal for most patients and is often the preferred method by our aesthetician. It can be performed to treat mild to deeper wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation problems.

The Sciton Joule is one of the aesthetic industry's most advanced laser platform systems. With controlled outputs from hand-held devices such as the Contour and Halo, our plastic surgery center can treat almost any patient, regardless of age, skin type, level of skin damage, and overall aesthetic goals.

Ideal Candidates

There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is right for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have sun damage, acne scars, age spots, lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation concerns, a laser skin resurfacing treatment can address these cosmetic flaws. In addition, laser skin resurfacing works well for patients who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. However, Yonick Plastic Surgery does offer other treatments to help solve these concerns. Also, it is important to be aware that there is downtime associated with these laser peels. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.

Procedure Technique

If you are undergoing a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing treatment, you may be asked to use a retinoid cream for a few weeks before your laser procedure. This helps prepare the skin for better results. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. For the full face or more intense laser treatments, such as the Sciton Contour, a local block is used to help control pain and discomfort. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, precisely targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You will feel warmth followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also stimulating natural collagen production.

What to Expect

For lighter peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will seem red and there will be some irritation and swelling. This should subside within a couple of days and the peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are receiving a more intense laser treatment, your recovery period will last longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling side effects will be more intense. Medication can be prescribed to minimize these side effects. The recovery time associated with a deeper laser peel can last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients should reduce their sun exposure after their treatment and apply sun protection frequently. For all peel intensities, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is vital to avoid interfering with the healing process to evade scarring and to protect the treated area from UV exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

A laser skin resurfacing peel provides excellent results for patients who want a younger-looking complexion. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and would like to learn more about them, as well as additional nonsurgical treatments Yonick Plastic Surgery offers, we invite you to call our office in Midland, MI today to schedule your consultation.

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