Acne Scar Remodeling, Albuquerque
Acne scars are the remains of inflamed blemishes / pimples. These blemishes occur when the follicle, or pore, becomes engorged with a “mixture” of excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. This mixture stresses the inside of the pore and can cause a break in the follicle wall. If the rupture occurs near the skin’s surface, the lesion usually heals quickly. However, deeper lesions are more serious as the “mixture” can spill out into the dermis. When this happens, it destroys the healthy tissue and can leave a scar.
To repair the damage, the skin needs to form new collagen. Collagen is a building block for youthful skin. Our bodies naturally produce it but as we age, we start to lose it. Around 30, our collagen production begins to decline. After age 30, our collagen level drops 1%-2% every year and by age 40, we have lost 10%-20% of our collagen.
Laser treatments are ideal for producing collagen because they force the body to shift into High Octane Collagen Production Mode. The PicoSkin laser is optimal when it comes to treating acne scars because the energy is delivered through pressure waves – not thermal energy. These pressure waves signal the body to create more collagen and repair the tissue in the dermis. People need 3-6 treatments scheduled every 2-4 weeks. The remodeling & healing happens gradually as the body initiates the healing process. Patients can expect to see improvements up to 6 months after their last treatment.
Before & After Photos
How It Works
The Pico Laser is the future when it comes to helping the body repair skin that has been damaged due to acne. This unique technology delivers energy into the skin using pressure waves, not thermal energy. With each pulse, we are delivering pressure into the dermis. What is wonderful about this technology is that it does not disrupt the top layer (epidermis) of your skin so there is essentially no down time due to bleeding or peeling. This pressure from the laser signals to the body to create collagen. Our bodies create collagen on a regular basis but will ramp up when it thinks it has been injured. It is the collagen production that helps to remodel the skin and improve texture. We recommend starting with a package of 3 and following a consistent skin regimen.
How To Prepare
Prior to you Acne Repair Facial, it is important that you discontinue topical prescription medications (like Retina-A, Differing, Trilumen) 7 days before your treatment. It is important that you stop all tanning (spray or sun) and keep the area being treated out of the sun at all times. If you are taking any oral medications, please advise the nurse.
What To Expect
Prior to every appointment, we will ask you to list all your medications—even if you have been taking them for years. This is very important. We want you to tell us everything when it comes to vitamins, supplements, hormones, etc…because some can make you sensitive to light. On the day of your appointment, we will ask you to remove your make up and the nurse will clean the area. You will be asked to wear protective eyewear and the nurse will start the treatment by cooling the skin and working across the area and making several passes. Some areas of the body are more sensitive so it is important that you inform the nurse if you need to take a rest.
After the treatment, we will clean the skin, apply Neocutis Hyalis, and Elta MD Sunscreen. We recommend that patients give their skin a rest and refrain from exercising for 24 hours. The area that was treated will be red and slightly puffy. This reaction is normal and will go down in 2-3 hours. Within 24-36 hours, your skin should be back to normal.
It is important that you keep the area being treated out of the sun. We recommend that you wear a sunscreen like Elta MD everyday – your sunscreen much block UVA and UVB rays. If you have any questions, please call the spa. You can request another copy of post care instructions at anytime.
Membership & Pricing
Save 15% by joining our membership or buying a package of 3 treatments. The package of three is ideal because you can schedule your treatments immediately which means you will see results faster.
Like the package, the membership option offers patients a 15% discount and three treatments. The difference is how quickly the treatments are scheduled. Members must accrue 2 months in payments prior to receiving a treatment. The results are the same, they just take longer to achieve.
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|3 Txts, 15%off||$700|
|3 Txts, 15% off, 6 monthly payments||$150|
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|3 Txts, 15% off, 6 monthly payments||$150|
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|3 Txts, 15% off, 6 monthly payments||$180|