1320 nm Q Switched Laser / Carbon Laser
Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking can all contribute to facial wrinkling, and prior acne may have made the surface of skin uneven. These problems, as well as certain other skin conditions, may be improved with the use of the 1320nm Q Switched Laser (known as carbon laser)
- ACNE MARKS & SCARS
1320 nm Q Switched Laser / Carbon Laser based treatments for active acne infections utilize a non-ablative (low power) laser. This treatment is capable of causing some thermal damage to cells and stimulating the production of collagen, but does not destroy substantial numbers of cells. Most of the published research suggests that this type of treatment can produce mild to moderate improvements in acne symptoms.
Also, with its pre-programmed pulse width and repetition rate, the 1320 Nd:YAG provides excellent results when used to treat aesthetic imperfections, including periorbital and perioral wrinkles. Its wavelength achieves deep penetration and targets selected water-containing tissue by raising the dermal temperature.WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF Nd:YAG LASER TREATMENT?
- Effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles reduction, photo-aged skin and mild acne scar improvement
- Effective treatment for aesthetic imperfections
Nd:YAG laser can be used in both non-ablative and ablative applications to improve the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars. Non-ablative treatments tend to be minimally invasive and appear to work by stimulating the growth of new skin tissue and increasing collagen production. Ablative Nd:YAG is used for superficial skin resurfacing and can help even out minor irregularities but does not penetrate the skin as deeply as the CO2 Fractional Laser and is generally less effective at improving significant or deep scarring.IS THE 1320 nm Q SWITCHED LASER / CARBON LASER PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
The amount of pain or discomfort experienced will of course vary with the individual, depending on personal pain thresholds, skin type, and how sensitive the area being treated is. Generally, the feeling is described as a discomfort rather than a pain. This discomfort has been commonly described as a stinging sensation, compared to that of hot oil or an elastic band hitting the skin, followed by a sensation of heat.WILL THE 1320 nm Q SWITCHED LASER / CARBON LASER TREATMENT MAKE SKIN MORE SENSITIVE TO THE SUN?
No, it does not. You can have the treatments done any time of the year. You can wear a sunscreen every morning and wear hats to protect your skin and decrease redness, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancers.WHAT SHOULD I DO PRIOR TO 1320 nm Q SWITCHED LASER / CARBON LASER TREATMENT?
During the booking for your first treatment you will be given a consultation with our trained skin care therapist before you undergo treatment. This enables us to tailor a bespoke skin care plan to target your specific skin type and concerns, so that we can do our best to target these areas to achieve your desired results. Our therapist will also explain how it works, what happens during the treatment, and what you can do beforehand to prepare your skin and here are some of the basics.
- For 2-4 weeks before your treatment, avoid self-tanners and excessive sun.
- Discontinue minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin A/Renova several days prior to each treatment.
- Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve one week prior to treatment unless medically indicated to help prevent bruising.
- Protect your improved skin with sunscreen every morning. Hats and sunglasses are also good protection from the sun.
We offer a free and thorough consultation and skin analysis at our salon to answer all your questions or concerns. We will advise you of the best treatment plan to suit your individual needs, taking into consideration your skin type and the severity and range of skin conditions being targeted.