Nano Laser Peel & Co2 – Ablative Laser Therapies
Using laser skin resurfacing techniques, L&P Aesthetics treats patients in the Bay Area who have aging, sun-damaged and / or blemished skin. Our two erbium lasers, Nano Laser Peel ™and CO2 laser, are both laser skin resurfacing techniques that remove the outer layer of skin to address topical skin issues.
While the lasers treat different conditions, both work by sending brief pulses of high-energy light into the skin and vaporizing damaged skin cells. The laser energy also stimulates underlying layers of skin which encourage the body’s own natural collagen production. As the lasered skin heals, smoother, tighter and more healthy skin is encouraged to form in its place.
Laser skin resurfacing treatments can leave patients with more natural-looking skin by improving such imperfections* as:
- Sun damage
- Crow’s feet
- Brown spots
- Chicken pox scars
- Superficial facial scars
*Individual results may vary.
How Are Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedures Performed?
Laser skin resurfacing procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic to help mitigate any potential pain. Usually our nursing staff administers the Nano Laser Peel ™ while Drs. Lieberman and Parikh treat more severe cases with our Carbon Dioxide Laser (Co2).
During both laser skin resurfacing treatments, your provider will pass the laser over the targeted area several times until the skin’s imperfections are less visible and only a smooth layer of skin remains. Depending on the size and condition of the area being treated, your Nano Laser Peel ™ or CO2 laser treatment will last between 30 minutes to two hours. Some patients will need multiple treatments to achieve their desired results but others will meet their aesthetic goal after only one treatment.
Who Is a Good Candidate for the Nano Laser Peel™?
Anyone looking to improve skin texture, treat shallow wrinkles around the eyes, mouth or forehead or enhance non-responsive skin after a facelift, could consider the Nano Laser Peel ™. While it does not produce as dramatic results as our Co2 laser*, there are many advantages a Nano Laser Peel ™:
- Less downtime, often called “the weekend peel”
- Less painful than a Co2 treatment
- Younger patients, who need only a gentle resurfacing, will usually see results with the Nano Laser Peel ™*
- Can treat small patches of skin while Co2 must be done on the entire face or other large area
- Can treat thin, delicate areas like around the eyes and upper lips.
What You Need To Know About Our Co2 Laser
Who is a Good Candidate for Co2?
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing is the gold-standard in laser skin resurfacing and can produce dramatic results that take up to 20 years off the way a patient looks.* Anyone with a lighter skin tone, looking to improve deep wrinkles or stubborn blemishes across the entire face should consider the Co2 laser. However, this treatment is not appropriate for people with darker skin tones because there is a 15% chance of permanent skin lightening. Our Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser and Forever Young BBL are more appropriate for darker-toned people.
For lighter-tones people, the Co2 laser can produce dramatic results by treating*:
- Deep lines & wrinkles
- Sunspots and age spots
- Skin texture irregularities
- Acne and scars
- Photodamaged skin
- Enlarged pores
How Do Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments Compare to Chemical Peels and Micro-needling?
Due to their strength, laser procedures usually more dramatic results than both chemical peels and micro-neelding. However, with laser skin resurfacing, there is usually more downtime than with the other two treatments.
Are Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments Painful?
Pain tolerance varies from person to person, and the level of discomfort will vary by the location and depth of the treatment. On a scale from 0-10, (0 being no pain, and 10 being unbearable pain), our patients usually report a 3-5 level of discomfort. For the Nano Laser Peel ™, a topical anesthesia will be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment, and for the Co2, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh will offer patients a local nerve block though an oral analgesic.
What Is The Recovery After Laser Resurfacing Treatments?
For approximately 3-5 days after the Nano Laser Peel ™, and anywhere from 10 days to four weeks after a Co2 treatment, your skin will probably look like it has been severely sunburned. During this time, your skin may feel raw and have some oozing drainage. Some patients report a tingling, burning or itching sensation that comes and goes throughout the day.
Once your skin has begun to heal, the outer layers will peel off and new, healthy skin will grow in its place. Your skin might remain pink or red for up to two months after the treatment, but most patients are able to cover-up the discoloration with makeup.
Our staff will instruct you on how to care for your skin during the healing process, and you may use ice or pain medication to alleviate any discomfort, but it is critical to stay out of the sun as too much sun could cause permanent, irregular discoloration.
Are There Any Risks Associated with Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments?
There are minor risks associated with laser skin resurfacing treatments, but negative side-effects are very rare, especially in our office where our practitioners are highly trained. Possible side-effects can include scarring, infection, abnormal healing and allergic reactions, all of which our staff will discuss with you prior to your appointment.
Also, we generally recommend that people with darker skin tones do not get a Co2 laser skin resurfacing treatment because the strength of the laser might cause permanent skin lightening. Better treatments for people with darker tones are the Forever Young BBL™ and Halo Hybrid Laser.
Pre-Procedure Prep for An Ablative Laser Treatment
Before any laser treatment, you will have a consultation with either Dr. Lieberman or Parikh or with our highly-trained nursing staff, and before any treatment, our staff will provide you with personalized and detailed instructions on how to prepare. Here are the general guidelines:
4-6 weeks prior:
- Begin using a retinol, vitamin A cream, alpha-hydroxy acid or a hydroquinone cream.
2 weeks prior:
- Stop using the retinol, vitamin A cream, alpha-hydroxy acid or a hydroquinone cream.
- Stop using aspirin (if medically possible). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine.
- To avoid bruising, stop taking vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, evening primrose, garlic, feverfew, and ginseng to avoid bruising. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine.
2 days prior:
- Do not use medications that cause photosensitivity such as doxycycline or minocycline.
- Stop taking ibuprofen and drinking alcohol.
- Hydrate as much as possible. The laser is attracted to the water in your cells so your results will be better if you are well hydrated.
- If you are prone to cold sores, begin an antiviral and continue for 3-5 days after treatment.
Post-Procedure for Lasers Skin Resurfacing Treatments
After your laser treatment, we recommend the following:
- Get lots of rest with your head and shoulders elevated to help minimize the swelling that may occur around the eyes and cheeks.
- Apply Aquaphor to the area immediately after treatment but then keep the area dry so the peeling with begin sooner.
- Avoid activities that can cause flushing for two weeks after treatment.
- Avoid aggressive facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels, for 4 weeks post treatment and avoid topical products that may cause irritation for 6 weeks following your treatment.
- Be aware that acne lesions or milia (white-colored tiny keratin plugs) can occur up to a month after treatment.
- Contact our office if you develop acne or milia or if blistering, crusting, or scabbing develops. We will most likely recommend a thin layer of antibiotic ointment (such as bacitracin) for you to use twice a day until the skin heals. Do not pick or attempt to remove scabs that form following your treatment, as this may cause infection or scarring.