Laser Skin Services Salinas and Monterey, CA
Sciton JOULETM Laser
There is a no more advanced cosmetic laser than the Sciton JOULETM laser. This device puts multiple lasers into one platform. The combination of lasers in the Sciton system can provide customizable results for any patient. The customization allows for the provider to balance the depth and extent of the treatment with the length of available recovery time for the patient. The core laser in the Sciton system is the Contour TRLTM. This is the Erbium laser, which replaced the CO2 laser as the industry standard in re-surfacing lasers. Sciton’s BBLTM is simply the best IPL laser available due to its dual flash-lamp technology and superior cooling technology. The latest innovation from the Sciton family is the HaloTM Hybrid Fractional Laser. This is now the flag-ship laser in the Sciton JOULETM platform. The combination of patient comfort during the treatment, results, and healing time make this simply the best treatment option for many patients
Sciton Corporate History
- Skin laser procedures are typically an office procedure.
- We use topical anesthesia, local anesthesia injections (where needed), oral medications to relax you and make you comfortable, and Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to REALLY relax you.
- Which procedure you ultimately choose depends on the results you are looking for balanced with the number of days of downtime (days to healing) you can afford. Healing times can vary.
- You need to stay out of the direct sun for several weeks before and after your procedure, and wear sunscreen daily for at least 6 weeks after the procedure.
- Results are best maintained with some basic skin-care products.
The incredible Sciton laser technologies we have at Revitalessence Medical Spa and Laser CenterTM combine to treat:
- Brown spots
- Broken capillaries
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Rough skin
- Sun damage
How much time can you invest in improving your skin? This is the standard question that every patient is asked at Revitalessence Medical Spa and Laser CenterTM when they are interested in cosmetic lasers. The other question to be considered in the evaluation of any potential laser patient is the skin type of the patient.
The darker the skin, the more care and consideration must be given to what laser is safe to use. Patients are generally assessed during the consultation. Darker skinned patients may not be a candidate for some of the deeper more-aggressive treatments but are still excellent candidates for our BBLTM and HaloTM devices.
LOWEST HEALING-TIME PROCEDURES
Broad Band Light (BBLTM). BBLTM is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. While technically not considered a laser, it has been shown to be extremely effective at the treatment of aging skin, sun-damaged skin, acne scarring, loss of skin firmness, and unwanted hair.
When the light energy is delivered to the skin, it gently heats the upper layers of the skin. When the cells absorb this energy, it stimulates the skin cells to form collagen and regenerate.
Forever Young BBLTM. Even when you are happy with the condition of your skin, BBL has a role to play in keeping you younger. Forever Young BBL is the only device that has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan. With regular Forever Young BBL treatments, your skin will look clearer, smoother, and much younger.
Genetic analysis of the genes in the skin before and after BBL treatment has been done. The BBL treatment has been shown to “turn on” the expression of genes that are active in younger skin. As we age, these genes stop working as actively. BBL has been shown to reverse this. Read the study here:
One study over 10 years followed a group of patients who had nothing but regular BBL treatments several times a year for 10 years. Their photos were shown to people who did not know which was the “younger” photo and which was the “older” photo. In every single case, the people looking at these photos reversed the photos and thought the photo taken after 10 years of BBL treatments was the photo taken of the person when they were 10 years younger.
MEDIUM HEALING-TIME PROCEDURES
HALOTM is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL). It combines two different lasers to treat your skin. Ablative lasers vaporize the tissue and non-ablative lasers just heat tissue up.
- 1470 nm* non-ablative laser
- Erbium 2940 nm* ablative laser
*nm (nano-meter) = 1/billionth of a meter
Both lasers fire simultaneously in the same spot on your skin.The 1470 nm laser treats into the deeper layers of the skin and heats them up. It does not remove this tissue. The 1470 laser can vary from 200-700 microns, but the typical depths used are 300 microns.
The Erbium 2940 nm laser treats very superficially into the epidermis. Typical depth used is 20 microns deep, but it can ge set to go as deep as 100 microns. This tissue is not just heated, it is VAPORIZED (ablated).
The HALOTM effects on the skin are to have a great improvement in the appearance of pigment and texture.
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sun damage/dyschromia
- Skin texture
- Skin resurfacing
- Scar revision (including acne scars)
- Signs of aging
- Pigmented lesions
- Improves appearance of enlarged pores
HALOTM healing is unusual. Your skin will be dry and will feel thick and leathery for up to a week. Moisturizers should be avoided for the first 48-72 hours. Within the first week, the dry skin will peel. Before that your skin will have little brown dots that are called MENDS (Micro Epidermal Necrotic Debris). They appear as a predictable part of healing from a laser resurfacing treatment such as Halo. The Halo laser creates intentional, microscopic columns of injury in the skin. In the days following treatment, these microscopic columns are shed from the skin as MENDs. Typical healing is a week, but the healing is not too uncomfortable and after the initial 48-72 hours, you can wear makeup.
LONGEST HEALING-TIME PROCEDURES
Contour TRLTM (Tunable Resurfacing Laser) is the full-field laser resurfacing system. This is the Erbium 2940 nm ablative laser. This treats the WHOLE surface of the skin, not just spots. Depths can vary widely.
- NanoLaserPeelTM, which goes 4-10 microns deep
- MicroLaserPeelTM which goes up to 50 microns deep
When used as a very shallow treatment, there is not much difference between this treatment and a chemical peel. These depths are more commonly used in combination with other of our lasers like the HaloTM or the BBLTM.
Deep Resurfacing with the Contour TRLTM
The true gold-standard results for facial rejuvenation with the Contour TRLTM is DEEP RESURFACING. This is where the skin is treated over the full surface by peeling several hundred microns deep. It is essentially a controlled 2nd degree burn to the skin. This treatment is not the right treatment for everyone.
- It is not safe to perform on patients with darker skin types because of risk of hyperpigmentation of the skin. It generally can be done on anyone with Fitzpatrick I or II skin types.
- It has an extended healing time compared to other treatments.
- Some patients require this to be done in the Operating Room under General Anesthesia.
- It is now possible to do this in the office under a combination of oral medication, topical anesthetics, nerve block injections, and Pro-Nox (laughing gas).