Now there’s a revolutionary, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that offers a less costly method for tightening skin and generating new collagen.
Our facelift, PIANO Mode Nd:YAG Laser Skin Tightening helps Vancouver, BC residents achieve a younger look without incisions or downtime.
This procedure reduces the signs of aging skin by actually tightening the underlying tissue. It is currently used for non-surgical browlifts and the non-surgical tightening of facial wrinkles on the forehead, around the eye, the mid and lower face and the neck.
Today there are a host of minimally invasive anti-aging techniques available.
How Does This Treatment Work?
At Vancouver Medi Spa the Nd:YAG is used in the deepest penetrating wavelength, and when it is applied using PIANO mode, skin-specific heat diffusion processes allow the deeper layers of thick dermal tissue to quickly heat to the desired temperatures, while sparing the epidermis from overheating.
The skin-tightening treatment was performed using the SP Dynamis laser (1064 nm wavelength) in PIANO mode, with a 4.4 second pulse, 20 mm spot size, and fluence of 110 J/cm2, continuously monitoring the temperature with an infrared thermometer. The laser was applied in a zigzag pattern, first vertically and then horizontally over the cheek, the upper neck and then the lower neck on one side, and then the same treatment on the other side.
An additional enhancement to the procedure would be the integration of an active temperature measurement/control system, which would lead to even more effective treatments compared to simply carrying out a certain number of passes, which is the currently accepted “cookbook recipe” nowadays..
How Many Treatments Are Required ?
While some improvement can be seen after a single treatment, I recommend most patients receive three to five treatments, spaced one month apart, with maintenance treatments performed one to two times per year.
What Are The Traditional Methods?
In the beginning, deep chemical peels were performed. While effective, such treatments were connected with up to ten days downtime and had the potential to cause serious side effects.
Chemical peels were followed by methods which caused punctual trauma to the skin (e.g. mechanical skin “needling” methods), which reduced the downtime period to four days.
However, these methods also had relatively poor results and the treatments had to be repeated often.
Next was the development of the so-called “no downtime” procedures, which were carried out by radiofrequency devices, IPL and infrared laser devices.
Essentially, these methods cause bulk heating of the skin (and also adjacent tissue to varied degrees).
Efficacy varies between these methods. Split-face studies comparing a radiofrequency device with long pulsed Nd:YAG showed better outcomes in the case of the Nd:YAG laser therapy.
What Are The Results?
The method appears promising with regard to being able to fulfill the efficacy, safety and no-downtime requirements of skin rejuvenation procedures.
Is this Treatment Safe?
It was not recommended to perform other treatments after the procedure. Treatments with corticosteroids (at least) up to 14 days after the procedure are not advised in order to prevent the inhibition of new collagen production.
FRAC3® is an effective non-ablative skin rejuvenation procedure with no downtime, minimal chance of minor side effects and with a high patient satisfaction rate.
It can be performed without anesthesia, but typically patients are given a topical cream of 7% lidocaine and 7% prilocaine. Once the cream has been on the skin for 30 minutes, it is wiped off and the treatment begins.
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