Staying youthful as you age doesn’t have to be a dream, nor does it mean that you have to go under the knife.
If you are starting to notice some looseness in your cheeks, around your jowls and under your chin and you’re not loving it, consider adding laser treatments to your anti-aging arsenal – one that can also aid acne, rosacea, rid thread veins and refine pores.
Alongside injectables, lasers are among the most popular non-surgical treatments for improving the skin’s health and appearance.
Lasers have been used for aesthetic purposes for over 40 years.
There are two basic groups of lasers used for cosmetic skin treatments: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers physically vaporize the top layer of skin to peel, while non-ablative lasers work within the skin targeting specific cells without peeling or otherwise damaging the top layers. At Health Horizons we use non-ablative lasers.
Below are the 4 laser types of non-ablative lasers we use. Each have different abilities but work in a similar way. The light inside the machine has different filters to separate wavelengths. This filtered wavelength is concentrated into a precise beam of light which can be used to address specific concerns within skin. Each laser is attracted to and absorbed by different cells within the skin.
All laser treatments are generally considered comfortable: expect anything from a pricking feeling to a sensation like the flick of an elastic band, and warm massage like feeling with our Forma treatment. However, know that our laser treatments are generally fast and efficient.
Lasers are a safe and effective means of stimulating collagen and evening out skin tone, and can be used to help everything from sun damage, to acne scars and wrinkles— and often with little to no downtime.
Morpheus 8 gets its name because of its ability to morph the skin’s building blocks to contour one’s face and body using fractional technology for subdermal adipose remodeling. These are the layers that change as we age causing the sagging of our skin.
Morpeus 8 is a microneedeling device that utilizes radiofrequency energy and a matrix of micro pins to renew deeper layers of the skin and is scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles. Pt downtime is minimal. Pt should expect to see micro lesions a few days after treatment and slight redness for up to 1 week depending on treatment parameters. You cannot wear any makeup or use skin care products for up to 4 days following treatment.
The treatment penetrates deep into the skin and fat tissue to remodel and contour the face, and will improve skin complexion and texture for a more radiant and youthful appearance.
Lumecca uses powerful intense pulsed light (IPL) to target and treat pigmented and vascular lesions.In just 1-3 sessions Lumecca improves the appearance of:
- Age spots (red/brown pigmentations)
- Vascular lesions such as facial telangiectasias (spider veins) and poikiloderma
- Rosacea (redness)
- Sun damage
During treatment there will be a bright flash of light that may feel like the snap of a rubber band. Redness and warming of the skin are typical after treatment and usually subsides within an hour. Over the next 24-48 hours you may see a darkening of pigmented spots, but within 7-10 days afterwards the pigmented lesions flake off, leading to a more even skin tone. After treating vascular lesions you may see the vein blanch and disappear or a color change in the vessel which dissipates after a week.
An improved appearance of skin tone can be noted after the first session. Additional sessions provide even better results. Your particular treatment regimen depends on the severity of skin damage, skin type ( we cannot treat darker skin tones with IPL), type of treatment (vascular vs sun damage).
The skin will continue to look younger and more brilliant over time with most visible results after 1-2 weeks. Having multiple sessions will improve the final result.
The most provocative elements that the Forma laser has to offer is its longevity: With consistent treatments (typically six sessions total, administered once per week and maintenance treatments done every 4 months thereafter), younger clients can see results for up to six years, and those with more mature skin might get an entire decade of firmer, younger-looking skin.
Forma uses radio frequency energy to stimulate the formation of new collagen (which can take up to 90 days to be stimulated following treatment) and improve skin elasticity. It tightens the skin on the face, neck, or body using good old fashioned heat, and it’s one of the most effective methods for tightening loose, crepy skin by providing optimal skin contraction in the deep layers of your skin.
Commonly treated areas on the face include: crows feet, upper eyelids, lower eyelids, nasolabial folds, jowls, smile lines and neck. On the body, popular treatments consists of the arms (bat wings), abdomen and other areas that need tightening.
Forma is essentially painless procedure with no downtime. Slight redness in the treatment area is common post-procedure, which subsides within a few hours.
It is recommended that weekly sessions are performed over a six-week period. Individuals with mild laxity may be treated in few sessions with more weeks between each treatment.