SAINT LOUIS LASER SERVICES
Laser treatments offer patients the opportunity to achieve a rejuvenated, youthful appearance of the skin. While some patients simply desire a refreshed look, others seek to improve fine lines or wrinkles, or improve or eliminate the appearance of acne scars. Results range from subtle to dramatic, depending upon intensity, type and duration of treatment.
West County Plastic Surgeons uses a variety of laser technologies in order to achieve a patient’s desired results. We also offer laser hair removal customized to your skin type and other lasers that can be used to diminish acne scarring. Laser treatments may also be used for reducing the appearance of small veins, such as spider veins, on the face or other areas of the body.
Fractionated Laser Resurfacing
What is fractionated laser resurfacing? We are the first St. Louis cosmetic surgery office to offer the Lumenis® UltraPulse Fractionated Carbon Dioxide Laser System to our patients. This laser reduces wrinkling and acne scars and enhances skin tightening without the weeks of downtime previously associated with carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. By affecting only a small percentage of the skin, the laser does just enough to induce remodeling of the skin while maintaining healthy skin cells that accelerate the healing process. Comparable fractionated lasers offer inferior results even after multiple treatments and comparable downtime. We offer the following treatment options:
- ActiveFx™: Dramatically improves uneven pigments in one or two treatments
- DeepFx™: Induces skin tightening in a single treatment
- TotalFx™: A combination of ActiveFx™ and DeepFx™ that improves fine lines, uneven pigment, and promotes tightening in a single treatment with only a few days of social downtime
SCAAR FX™: Best available treatment for deep, thick lesions
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Anesthesia: Fractionated laser resurfacing is usually performed in the office. Some treatments can be performed without anesthesia, while others may require anesthetic creams, a cooling fan, or local anesthesia to optimize your comfort.
Length of procedure: 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the treatment.
Estimated recovery time: 5 to 8 days. In 20% of patients, the skin can remain slightly pink for a few more weeks, but this can be masked with makeup. Click here to download our before and after patient instructions for fractionated laser resurfacing.
Side effects: The skin will feel warm and will be red before it peels about 4-5 days later. Please click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgery on laser skin resurfacing.
Before & After
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Phototherapy Following Breast Cancer Reconstruction
What is phototherapy following breast cancer reconstruction? Breast cancer therapy and reconstruction can lead to scarring and skin changes. Lasers and/or intense pulsed light can be used to at least improve some of these changes. For example:
- Dark blood vessels in scars and in fields treated with radiation. Radiation can cause telangiectasias or abnormal-appearing vascular lesions on the skin. These areas can often be improved by treating with a 1064 nm Nd:YAG long-pulsed laser. Several treatments are often required to optimize the result.
- Red and vascular scars. As an example, chemotherapy port scars are often placed in the upper outer chest – an area that is susceptible to forming wide and red scars. These can be treated with intense pulsed light using a 595 nm filter that targets red pigmentation. Several treatments are often required to optimize the result.
Length of procedure: 15 to 30 minutes. May require several treatments for optimal effect.
Estimated recovery time: 1 to 3 days
What is CryoCorrect? From SkinCeuticals, CryoCorrect uses CO2 to freeze lesions and skin tags on the face and body, resulting in smoother, clearer skin. While liquid nitrogen has long been used for this purpose, CryoCorrect accomplishes the same effect, but at a milder temperature. This improves the chances of tissue around and below the treatment area remaining intact. The CO2 used in this treatment is precisely delivered for minimal disruption to the surrounding skin.
Length of procedure: Less than 10 seconds per spot or tag to be treated.
Estimated recovery time: 2 to 3 weeks. Expect a scab to form on the treated lesion in about 3 to 5 days, and for it to fall off in the weeks after that. Some patients find that their overall healing process takes up to 12 weeks.
Side effects: Skin in the treated area will turn dark after being frozen. After the scab forms and is sloughed off, the pigmentation should return to normal.