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The most common questions Denver patients ask about Cosmetic Laser treatments



One of the most effective anti-aging and reverse aging treatment modalities we have at our practice are the full armament of facial lasers that we use to treat facial aging. We are passionate about maximizing the full spectrum of different facial lasers that are available. Often in practices where there is only one type of laser (such as Profractional laser), different patients are treated with the same modality. At our practice we recognize that there is certainly no “one size fits all” for laser treatments. Some patients benefit from Halo laser, others profractional or broad based light. Some patients do not need laser treatment at all and do well with microneedling and Hydrofacials. The key to good skin care is to individually tailor treatment to each of our patient’s skin needs.

What are the advantages of facial lasers? Aren’t creams enough?

Facial lasers have a stronger, more immediate effect than topical creams or even microneedling or facial treatments. In short, the stronger the treatment is, the greater and longer lasting effect that will be seen. In general, daily skin care (though important) has less of an effect than hydrofacials which are less than chemical peels which is less than microneedling. Lasers are the strongest tool we have to improve skin quality, irregularities and appearance.

What are the lasers that Park Avenue Oculoplastic Surgeons offer?

At our practice the three main lasers we offer:

Profractional laser

Halo laser

Broad Based Light

Microlaser Peel

CO2

What is Broad Based Light and what does it treat?

Broad Based light is a laser treatment that can treat a wide field of skin problems. It delivers visible and infrared light. The laser is used to revitalize skin. It in fact activates genes that promote youth. Additionally the skin tightening handpiece for BBL can tighten and firm skin n the face and neck. The downtime for BBL is approximately 24 hours. The BBL laser comes with different filters that can be used to many different conditions.

  • 420 – Acne

  • 515 – Pigmented Lesions, such as freckles, age spots.

  • 560 – Vascular Lesions, such as cherry angiomas, telangiectasias, and rosacea.

  • 590 – Deeper Lesions / Darker Skin Types

  • 590, 640 & 695 – Hair Removal

  • Skin tightening

What is the difference between a Profractional laser and a Halo Laser?

Profractional is an Erbium Yag laser that resurfaces the surface of the skin by making microscopic holes in the skin which then stimulate collagen growth. It results in a marked newer skin appearance better than any microneedling, peel or cream treatment. Profractional laser is best for skin surface irregularities (as seen after acne damage).

Halo is a combination laser that has not only the ablative laser found in Profractional lasers but also has a coagulative laser that targets skin discoloration. It has a shorter downtime than the profractional laser. The halo is the newest and best laser treatment for the face and neck from sciton. Most of our patients benefit from a halo treatment rather than profractional. Skin discoloration, large pores and surface irregulaties are all well treated by Halo treatments.



What is the downtime for the different lasers that Park Avenue Oculoplastic Surgeons offer?

Each laser has its own specific downtime. In short, the longer downtime, the greater effect the laser has:

BBL 1 day

Halo 3-4 days

Profractional 7 days

How soon do I see results after a facial laser?

The time to see Results after facial laser varyies with each laser. For some treatments such as BBL, the effects are immediate. For others such as profractional or CO2 laser the downtime is longer and results in final healing taking up to month to occur as collagen grows in and the skin recovers. Most patients who have Halo or Profractional see initial results within 1 week.

How often do I need to get a facial laser?

The frequency of facial lasers depends on the patient’s skin type, amount of aging changes that particular patient has, and the skin goals of the patient. Some patients get a laser every month whereas most patients have laser treatments once a year or every six months. Maintaining and keeping your skin looking young can be something that once someone is used to it, it can be difficult to give up.

How do I go about scheduling a Facial Laser? Why do I need a consultation?

The best way to have a facial laser at our practice is to make an appointment with our medical esthetician Paula Boddicker. It is important to her that she evaluates each patient and tailors and individual skin care treatment regimen to each patient. There is no one size fits all program for every patient and different patients have different needs. To maximize the effectiveness of your treatment and initial consultation is done to determine what will be the best treatment for you.


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