Scars are a normal part of healing that takes patience and sometimes ends with a scar that damages your self-confidence.
Scar tissue is your body’s natural attempt to repair what’s been damaged. It’s a normal part of healing that takes patience and sometimes ends with a scar that damages your self-confidence.
Scarring can affect you both physically and psychologically. A scar, particularly if it's on your face, can be very distressing. The situation can be made worse if you feel you're being stared at. If you avoid meeting people because of your appearance, it's easy to become socially isolated.
Our Icon 1540 Fractional Laser acne scar treatment uses ultra-short pulses of laser light to reach deeply into the skin’s sub-layers, treating the support structure. Then the body’s natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin—the crucial building blocks of normal-looking skin. It’s a fast and simple procedure that’s easy to tolerate and requires little-to-no downtime.
Icon™1540 utilizes fractional laser technology to deliver specialized pulses of energy into your skin and targets your unwanted pigment, wrinkles, stretch marks or scars without causing harm to the surrounding skin. Once the energy is absorbed into the skin your body’s natural healing process will begin creating new, healthy skin in the area that was treated. Over the next few weeks you will see continued improvement in both the coloration and smoothness of your skin.
New Light Laser & Aesthetics is excited to bring the PicoSure Laser to Medicine Hat!
In just a few fast, easy treatment sessions with our PicoSure laser, scars are much less visible, leaving behind clearer, more attractive skin. Unlike lasers in the past that relied on intense heat energy which caused pain and led to significant skin redness and downtime, this gentler treatment provides impressive results without the associated discomfort and downtime of traditional lasers. With PicoSure, there is no need to sacrifice safety, comfort or convenience for effectiveness. Finally it is one of the few lasers that is effective for ALL SKIN TYPES!
Picosure is a new generation of lasers and is considered a breakthrough in laser technology! It delivers ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second to gently target and eliminate pigment without harming the surrounding skin.
PicoSure is designed to activate the body’s natural immune response while minimizing injury and discomfort. Because it uses gentle pressure instead of dangerous, damaging heat there’s no need for a long, painful recovery. In fact, most patients only experience a few hours of mild redness.
Visit us for a consultation to discover the PicoSure difference!
NOTE: Individual Results May Vary
A great accompaniment to the laser treatments that we offer, is the V-Stat Scar Gel from Vivier
V-STAT Advanced Scar Gel is the only topical gel that is proven as an effective prophylaxis against hypertrophic scar formation.
V-STAT Advanced Scar Gel minimizes the appearance of new scars and repairs dry skin with 0.8% Polyamine-DAB, a polyamine that plays an important role in the healing and aging process of the skin. The role of this polyamine is backed by 30 years of research and 6 patents filed on this molecule.
Post-treatment with our PicoSure and Icon 1540, we recommend the use of Cytoderma Scar Gel treatment
CytoDerma™ is semi-occlusive which improves hydration to the injured skin area. Moist wound environments are known to be conducive to faster epithelialization and fewer scar-related symptoms of pain and pruritus.
CytoDerma™ forms a thin layer over the injured skin area. It is gas-permeable and semi-occlusive, allowing excess heat to escape. It is also bacteriostatic and inert and therefore will not react with newly forming fibrous tissues. This leads to a reduction in the inflammatory response.
1540 Non-ablative laser post-treatment instructions
Application of cool gel packs and appropriate topical creams immediately following treatment can help alleviate post treatment itchiness and stinging that may occur.
Edema, and sometimes blanching, is expected immediately post-treatment and generally resolves within 24- 48 hours. It may last up to 3 - 5 days in some clients.
Those being treated may experience significant redness, broken capillaries and bronzing in the treatment area for approximately 1 -3 days after treatment. This may persist in mild form for several weeks particularly in areas other than the face.
Following a more aggressive treatment, it may be helpful to use some occlusive ointment on the skin after treatment and during the healing process to help desquamation or crusting.
To help remove debris and bronzing of the skin that can appear 1 - 4 days after treatment, soak treated areas for 5 - 15 minutes with gauze or washcloth wet with water, then gently remove debris. Do not pick at or scrub the treated areas.
Gently cleansing and use of non-irritating cosmetics are permitted after treatment. It is suggested that retinoids be discontinued 1 - 2 weeks prior to the initial treatment and throughout the course of treatment. The use of retinoids during the treatment course may result in undesirable side effects and prolonged healing.
Those prone to acne outbreaks should avoid heavy makeup and moisturizers for 24 hours post treatment.
As healing occurs, clients should avoid injury and sun exposure for at least 2 weeks following treatments. It is highly recommended that clients use sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher containing UVA/UVB protection between treatments, along with a sun blocker such as zinc oxide whenever they are outside.
Once the treatment area has healed, some itching or dryness may occur. This will gradually clear. The use of non-irritation moisturizers may provide some relief.
After treating striae (stretch marks) it is recommended to avoid tight fitting clothes around the treated area for 3 months after the last laser treatment.
Please advise the treatment provider if there are any issues or concerns following your treatment.
Pre-treatment/Post treatment Instructions - PicoSure
Precautions to take before your light-based treatment:
- No sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of Post treatment complications.
- Use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun and it is recommended to make this a part of your skin care routine.
- Remove all makeup, creams or oils prior to treatment.
- Be sure to inform your care provider if you have ever had cosmetic tattoos or cosmetic pigmentation or permanent makeup applied near the area of treatment.
Instructions following your laser treatment:
- Cleanse the treated area at least daily with water and mild soap, and then pat the area dry.
- Do not rub or scratch the treated area.
- If crusting/scabbing occurs, do not shave or pick the area. Apply Aquaphor ointment (tattoo) or other moisturizer (face) to the area 2 - 3 times per day. Keep the area moist, and let the crusting/scabbing resolve on its own.
- If you are prone to breakouts or have oily skin, consider waiting 24 hours before applying any topical products.
- Discomfort may be relieved by cold gel packs and/or an over the counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
- Avoid contact sports or any other activity that could cause injury to the treated area.
- Avoid swimming, soaking or using the hot tub/whirlpool until the skin heals.
- Contact your physician if there is any indication of infection (redness/tenderness or pus).