What is the AcuPulse CO2 Laser?
AcuPulse™ is a complete ablative resurfacing laser, featuring state of the art technology for all aesthetic resurfacing needs
Ablative lasers refers to the type of laser that is removing the top layer of skin to remove imperfections and reveal new, healthy skin.
Why would I want to remove the top layer of skin?
There are a variety of reasons, some of the most popular would be:
- Acne scars of the face or body
- Static wrinkles like the crows feet or 11’s that can not be softened with botox
- Stretch Marks
- Excessive sun damage
Science.. How does it work?
During ablative laser resurfacing, an intense beam of light energy (laser) is directed at your skin. The laser beam destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis). At the same time, the laser heats the underlying skin (dermis). The laser damages collagen beneath your skin and stimulates the growth of new collagen, tightening underlying skin and improving skin tone and appearance. No skin is removed. As the wound heals, new skin forms that’s smoother and tighter.
Will this hurt?
The treatment is uncomfortable, but your provider will protect your eyes and numb your skin with a topical anesthetic one hour before treatment.
What will I feel after?
After ablative laser resurfacing, the treated skin will be raw, swollen and itchy. Your provider will apply a thick ointment to the treated skin. To relieve pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply ice packs. During the healing process, only gentle cleansers can be used on the skin and maintaining an occlusion barrier coating of bland petroleum-based ointment or an equivalent occlusive ointment or dressing, to prevent direct contact between the treated tissue and the air during the healing process is necessary.
What can I expect after the treatment?
After ablative laser resurfacing, your skin might stay red or pink for up to several months. However, once the treatment area begins to heal, you’ll notice an immediate difference in your skin quality and appearance. The effects can last for years. After laser resurfacing, avoid unprotected sun exposure for one year to prevent irregular pigmentation. Keep in mind that your results might not be permanent, since as you age you’ll continue to acquire lines by squinting and smiling. New sun damage also can reverse your results.
How many treatments will I need?
In order to determine the number of treatments necessary, a thorough examination of the desired treatable area is required. On average, patients can expect 2-3 treatments every 4-6 months.