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The Laser or the Knife

Plastic surgery or laser and light therapies?

It use to be that the best way to reverse the symptoms of aging was to visit a qualified plastic surgeon. However, advancements in laser medical technology has made going under anesthesia, under the knife, nearly obsolete.

Between lasers, light therapies, and radio frequency therapies you can do anything from correcting scars to tightening sagging skin. Patients can now enjoy dramatic cosmetic results without the dangers of general anesthesia.

Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light, and Radio-frequency treatments

Laser surgery is used to resurface facial skin with wrinkles caused by excess sun exposure, "crow's feet," and acne scarring (from John Hopkins). Ablative lasers remove skin very precisely, layer by layer and help expose the lower layers and encourage new growth (from

Non-ablative laser include Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL), Photodynamic therapy, Radio-frequency.

Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) is great for removing areas of discoloration (age spots, dark spots, and other pigmentation issues)

Radio-frequency can help tighten skin sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles (our no-stitch facelift with Exillis Protégé).

Photodynamic therapy is used to help with skin affected by sun damage.

Laser, light and radio frequency therapies can be tremendously effective in the treatment of scars, acne, fine lines, wrinkles, dark/age spots and sagging skin.

Helpful tips:

Some therapies work better on fairer skin because they can cause hyper-pigmentation in darker skin.

Remember too that these therapies can make your skin more sensitive to sun and you will need to take extra care.

Contact us today for a consultation. As you can see, there are many therapies available and our team can help you identify the best treatments for your skin conditions.

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