Laser Procedures in Beverly Hills
CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE YOUR APPEARANCE
The word “laser” is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” A laser can be used to create high-energy beams of visible, infrared, or ultraviolet light that can selectively transfer its energy into tissue to treat the skin. Skin rejuvenation treatments utilizing lasers have become some of the most prevalent anti-aging treatments in the aesthetics industry. Laser rejuvenation procedures improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and discoloration of the skin with fast recovery time, minor discomfort and minimal bleeding. Lasers are able to efficiently remove the aged, wrinkled, and sun-damaged layers of skin, uncovering a healthier and more youthful complexion. Laser skin treatments in Beverly Hills can benefit men and women of any age and are typically used for the areas around the eyes and mouth, although they can also be used for larger areas of the face.
Numerous skin conditions can be addressed with a laser treatment; however, the key to achieving a successful outcome is to find a qualified physician who understands laser technology and has the ability to perform the procedure safely and effectively. At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, located in Beverly Hills, CA, Dr. Joubin Gabbay M.D. offers a wide variety of laser treatments and will customize your treatment in order to address your unique skin characteristics, tone, texture, and aesthetic goals.
Why Choose Laser Skin Treatments?
Laser skin rejuvenation treatments can treat wrinkles and other skin imperfections using either ablative or non-ablative techniques, and via the methods of either resurfacing or cutting. After conducting a thorough evaluation of your skin’s condition and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Gabbay will determine which laser treatment options will bring about your optimal results.
Laser skin rejuvenation technology is one of the most effective, minimally invasive, technological advancements that has come about over the last 25 years. Utilizing laser technology to stimulate collagen production and enhance the appearance of the skin has revolutionized the aesthetic industry, and we are proud to be able to offer this cutting-edge treatment to our patients. If you are interested in learning more about laser rejuvenation treatments, please contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery today, and let us schedule your complimentary, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent, minimally invasive option for patients suffering from a number of skin-related problems, including:
- Fine wrinkles
- Decreased facial volume and firmness
- Skin laxity (looseness, sagging)
- Broken capillaries
- Thin and transparent (crêpey) skin
- Dry, itchy skin
- Deep-set wrinkles
- Acne and acne scars
- Injury-related scars
- Liver spots or age spots (solar lentigines)
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Yellowish or grayish skin tones
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
- Skin growths
- Visible veins and broken capillaries
- Uneven pigmentation
- Birthmarks and vascular lesions
- Moles and warts
- Unwanted facial or body hair
- Vitiligo or psoriasis
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION TODAY
If you are interested in learning more about laser skin rejuvenation treatments, please call Gabbay Plastic Surgery and let us schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Gabbay. During your meeting, Dr. Gabbay will discuss your overall expectations and aesthetic goals, in order to determine whether laser skin treatment is a suitable option for you.
You should come to your consultation prepared to discuss your medical history (including any past surgeries), present medical conditions, allergies, and medications. It is imperative that you are honest and provide complete information, as numerous medical conditions can potentially increase the risks and complications associated with cosmetic procedures. If Dr. Gabbay feels that you are a good candidate for laser skin treatment, he will explain the different techniques, costs and potential side effects before scheduling your procedure. When choosing Dr. Gabbay, you can be assured that you are in the hands of a surgeon who has undergone extensive training and is highly esteemed by his colleagues and patients alike.
OPTIONS FOR LASER TREATMENTS
There are a number of options for laser skin treatments, including:
- Ablative Lasers: ablate literally means “to remove,” and ablative lasers utilize carbon dioxide to remove the top layers of skin, effectively correcting surface skin problems such as blemishes, scars, wrinkles, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. Ablative lasers can be divided into two categories: fully ablative (traditional CO2 and Erbium lasers) or partially ablative (fractional CO2 and fractional erbium lasers). After treatment with an ablative laser, patients may experience redness and/or blistering.
- Non-Ablative Lasers: non-ablative lasers do not remove layers of skin as ablative lasers do. Instead, non-ablative lasers utilize thermescent fibroblast stimulators to heat the skin and treat skin laxity and wrinkles from the inside out. The laser beam of a non-ablative laser penetrates deep within the epidermis, and encourages the regeneration of skin cells, thereby rejuvenating the appearance of the skin. Non-ablative laser treatments require little downtime, although they do require multiple treatments, while ablative lasers usually only require one.
- Q-switched ND (YAG) Laser: this YAG laser can remove uneven skin pigmentations and darker pigments (such as professional tattoos); however, it may take several sessions to achieve the desired results.
- Long-pulsed ND: YAG laser (Versa Pulse®): this laser system is appropriate to treat vascular lesions and other cosmetic issues, such as facial flushing, redness, broken capillaries, telangiectasia (purple or blue veins on the face), and strawberry hemangiomas (red, purple, or blue blood vessels resembling a blister).
- Photofacial (Intense Pulsed Light): photofacials, also known as intense pulsed light (IPL), restore skin health and alleviate sun damage and age-related skin through the use of a broad spectrum of light that targets pigmented and vascular lesions. Photofacials are typically very well tolerated, and patients may resume their normal routine immediately following treatment.
- Vascular Lasers: vascular lasers are primarily used to treat visible veins (such as spider veins); however, they can also be used to treat red vessels and broken capillaries on the face.
- Hair Removal Lasers: hair removal lasers can stop unwanted hair growth anywhere on the face or body through the use of rapid heat pulsation that passes through the skin and stops the follicles underneath from producing hair. The treatment works best when the laser catches the follicles during an active growth phase, so you may need several office visits to ensure that all of your follicles have been treated.
About Our Laser Procedures
Before undergoing laser skin rejuvenation, Dr. Gabbay may recommend an antibiotic to prevent infection, and antiviral and antifungal medications to prevent complications from any potential dormant viruses that may be awakened by the procedure. Prior to the treatment, your skin will be numbed and you may be given a sedative and/or IV sedation to relax (deeper skin issues may require general anesthesia). Your face will be cleaned, and you will be required to wear protective glasses or goggles during your treatment.
For non-ablative laser resurfacing, Dr. Gabbay will apply a cryogen spray (a water-based gel or cool air) to the treatment area before using the laser. For ablative laser resurfacing, Dr. Gabbay will aim an intense beam of light energy (laser) at various areas on your skin that need correcting, and as he passes the laser over your skin you may feel a slight stinging sensation, similar to a gentle rubber band snap. The laser beam will destroy the outer layer of your skin (epidermis) while at the same time the laser warming and treating the underlying skin (dermis).
Ablative resurfacing treatments are sometimes preceded by a six-week course of tretinoin (a prescription cream designed to treat fine wrinkling, roughness, and pigment changes). Nonablative laser resurfacing typically takes between 30 minutes to one hour to complete, while ablative laser treatments take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the technique used and the size of the treatment area.
Recovering from Your Treatment
After your laser skin treatment is completed, Dr. Gabbay will cover your face with a thin layer of ointment and/or synthetic sheeting to aid in healing. During recovery, you should keep your skin moist with protective creams until the new skin is formed. When necessary, pain medication and ice packs can help to reduce swelling and pain following laser skin treatments. Recovery from laser skin treatments varies, depending upon the type of laser used and the size and scope of the treated area.
Superficial laser treatments usually do not require any downtime, and patients experience only mild redness for a few days after treatment; however, when the deeper layers of skin are treated, the recovery period may last up to a couple of weeks, and patients may experience more intense redness and skin peeling. Although rare, potential complications of laser skin treatments include burns, scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, reactivating herpes sores, bacterial infection, and milia (small white bumps on the skin).