Laser Skin Resurfacing with Erbium YAG
Erbium YAG ablative laser skin resurfacing is one of our most powerful nonsurgical tools for age reversal. We offer laser resurfacing for facial aging, as it can be safely utilized to reverse the signs of aging without causing scarring. Laser resurfacing treatments work by vaporizing the superficial skin and wrinkles that we gain over the course of our lives. Laser facial treatments can remove 10-15 years of aging in a single procedure. However, the recovery from this treatment takes time. Patients can expect to have redness and swelling in the treated skin areas for at least five to seven days, and occasionally longer. The amount of “downtime” needed is proportionate to the degree of skin rejuvenation required. Our goal at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is to provide our patients with the best and safest approach to facial rejuvenation. We strongly believe that the Sciton Erbium Joule Platform offers the most predictable, most effective, and safest approach to laser resurfacing. The erbium platform, unlike many of its competitors, allows us to exactly tune the depth of laser penetration. With this tool, we can safely remove wrinkles and tighten skin without creating unsightly scars.
Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery strongly believes in using the best available technology, and laser therapy is no exception. Most patients who present to our office already know that laser resurfacing works. However, they are also aware of the possibility of prolonged downtime following treatment. Our laser services are designed to maximize results while minimizing downtime following laser resurfacing. Ablative, or full field, laser resurfacing offers the most dramatic results, but it also has the longest period of recovery. Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery strongly believes in using the best available technology, and laser therapy is no exception.
Sciton erbium YAG Laser
To minimize recovery time, we invested in the Sciton Joule platform. Our Sciton erbium-YAG laser platform, which is different from most other lasers, which use a CO2 platform. Lasers exert their beneficial effects by targeting molecules in the skin that we call “chromophores”. Each separate type of laser targets a different “chromophore”. Most lasers are CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers, and these lasers target hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a specific type of protein found in red blood cells, allowing for oxygen to be delivered to body organs, and carbon dioxide (CO2) to be taken away. Our laser at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery targets H20 or plain water. Water is distributed throughout the epidermis and dermis, while hemoglobin (blood) is predominantly in the deeper planes. This has a number of clinical implications that apply to recovery:
- The deeper the laser has to go, the more heat the skin has to absorb. The more heat that you absorb, the greater the skin injury, and thus, greater healing time.
- Targeting a substance that is distributed evenly throughout the skin offers either the same or better result as targeting a substance only found in the deep layers.
The Sciton platform at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery is the ONLY laser on the market that can separate out ablative therapy from coagulative therapy, and provide it at different times at different levels. Translated, Dr. Durkin can specifically decide whether or not he wants to vaporize the tissue, or coagulate tissue. This allows Dr. Durkin to specifically target and treat separate issues while minimizing collateral tissue damage. Our platform also allows us to precisely target the depth of treatment to within 25 microns, allowing for accurate therapy without excess tissue trauma. This process again markedly reduces recovery time without compromising your final result.