Laser Skin Rejuvenation Thousand Oaks
The skin care providers at The Center for Dermatology Care use the latest advancements in laser resurfacing technology with the Sciton® Erbium: YAG laser. This new technology introduces fewer risks to the patient and reduces the downtime following the procedure. With advances in laser skin resurfacing, our Southern California dermatology professionals can rejuvenate the skin, as well as treat a variety of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Blotchy pigmentation
- Acne scarring
If you would like to learn more about Thousand Oaks laser skin resurfacing, click here to request a consultation with one of our dermatology professionals. Or you can call The Center for Dermatology Care at (805) 497-1694 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
The Erbium YAG laser’s energy is preferentially absorbed by water. Since the major constituent of skin cells is water, the energy causes the cells to evaporate, removing a very thin layer of skin with each pass. The depth of penetration of the procedure can be customized more easily than a medium depth chemical peel so areas with deeper or more superficial wrinkles can be more tailored to the required depth.
The skin usually heals within 7-10 days after the procedure, and over the next several weeks pinkness fades and collagen production progresses. This increased collagen production helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles and improve the texture and thickness of the treated skin. Following the procedure, it is very important to use sunscreen and sun protective measures to speed healing without complication and to avoid the ultraviolet damage that caused the aged skin changes in the first place.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment performed with a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA). Levulan is a natural product that is activated by a specific wavelength of light. Levulan may be placed on the skin of the face, neck, chest or hands and then is activated by our Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser. These treatments improve actinic keratoses or precancerous spots caused by sun exposure. ALA/PDT is quicker than the typical treatment options for actinic keratoses such as topical liquid nitrogen or creams such as Aldara (imiquimod) and Fluoroplex (5-Fluorouracil). It offers an effective treatment option with minimal side effects and downtime. Levulan also offers cosmetic benefits. Sun spots, uneven pigmentation, and early wrinkles may be improved with its use.
To achieve maximum effectiveness, a series of 2 to 3 treatments, spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart is most effective. Follow-up treatments can be done in the future to treat new actinic keratoses and to maintain the rejuvenated appearance of the skin.