Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

CO2 Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars

Posted by Brian Kerr on Nov 21, 2016 10:04:00 AM

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One of the most effective treatments for patients with acne scars is the CO2 Fractional Laser.  C02 Laser resurfacing uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate areas of damaged skin. Tiny wounds are made and the surrounding healthy skin helps with healing.

When the skin heals, it produces new collagen and the new skin is smoother, tighter and with less irregular pigmentation and scarring.

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Although laser resurfacing can be very dramatic it is important for acne scar patients to realize that severe scarring can require multiple treatments. Many patients are satisfied with a single treatment while others benefit from a series of laser treatments. Recently, our medical assistant Kelly had a CO2 done for her acne scars. Here's what she has to say about her experience:

"I am one of those “lucky” people who suffer from acne scaring since my school days. Anyone that knows me knows how much my scars have affected me and make me feel insecure.  I was a chicken at first about getting the CO2 done but finally decided to go through with it and I wish I would of done this years ago. The first week I was very red and did not want to be seen in public, but it got better every day. By week 2 I was able to start wearing makeup. Now I am at week 3, very happy with my results, and feeling much more confident about the way that I look. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone" - Kelly, Boise

Fractional CO2 resurfacing can erase years and dramatically improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles and pigment, but it is not a lunchtime procedure. Downtime can be anywhere from several days to up to 2-weeks. During the healing process, the new skin is red and very dry at first, then pink then heals back to normal.

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Topics: CO2 fractional laser, Acne Scars

Burn Off The Doubt & Peel Through To Confidence. Getting Rid of Acne Scars with CO2 Laser

Posted by Kellie Mcmillan on Aug 23, 2016 12:07:37 PM

 By: Kellie McMillan

When we are young most of us go through an awkward stage in life. Whether its braces, “too short”, “too tall”, “too skinny”, “too fluffy”, or acne, those times can be hard and also mold us as individuals. It can make us strong later on, but mainly insecure. 6th grade was the first year I got my first red mound of pus, which turned into a face full of them. As I’d like to thank my dad for passing these lovely things down to me, we can’t really change our genetics can we? I thought of myself as “the creature from the unknown”.

I tried everything from antibiotics, skin treatments, specialized washes, to diets, and nothing worked. I missed out on a lot of things, because I was so insecure about myself. I finally got rid of my acne after high school when I discovered Accutane. As much as I am so happy that I got rid of my acne, now I was left with these awful scars that became apart of me.

Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear, and my confidence was almost non-existent. Then I started working at Silk Touch Med Spa. I started learning about so many things in the skin industry. I never was interested in knowing too much about some of these things, because of the certain stigma that was created about cosmetic treatments, but after actually gaining the knowledge about these things we have available to us to make us feel better about ourselves, it changed everything I had ever thought negatively about it. It’s human nature to be bias when it comes to something we know little about. We tend to emphasize the negative to downplay the positive in the things uncharted.

That is when I found out about the CO2 laser resurfacing. I waited a whole year because I was a chicken, but after seeing what our patients experienced and how much it helped them I finally got on board to do it. We were originally going to just treat my cheeks where my scars were the worst, but then decided to just do my whole face since I was already going through the procedure. It not only helped my scars, it helped my overall texture and pore size. My skin feels the smoothest it has ever been.

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I will warn you, the first week is a little intense since you look like a giant scab. I did not want to be seen in public. By the second week I was red but able to put on a little make up to go out into the world. We tell everyone it’s a good 10 days of down time. You purge, you flake, and just have to be patient with it. Every month I saw more and more improvement. I am now 6 months out and happier than ever that I decided to do it.

I would recommend it to anyone who has ever had a similar insecurity. It’s time to be more open minded about things that can make us feel more confident. I’m in my 30’s and our 30’s are considered our prime time right?  It was time for me to inhale confidence and exhale doubt. Why not treat something to help me feel more confident than I ever have before!!!

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Topics: Acne, CO2 fractional laser, Acne Scars

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 24, 2015 2:04:00 PM

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

CO2 Laser skin resurfacing is the gold standard in laser skin treatments for the face, neck and chest. This procedure is one of our heavy-hitters –with absolutely amazing results from a one-time procedure.

Laser Skin Resurfacing improves the appearance of your skin by selectively targeting the superficial layers of the skin that contain wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation.

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Fractional CO2 Laser - Boise, Idaho

Treatment is used to improve the following:

  • Pigmentation problems (especially brown pigment)
  • Age spots, sun spots and sun damage
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles
  • Textural irregularities
  • Lip lines
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Skin laxity (sagging skin) 

C02 Laser Recovery 

Because this is only a one-time treatment with major results, fractional laser resurfacing downtime is a little longer than our other facial procedures.   Right after the procedure your skin will probably appear red and slightly swollen, but this will fade within 2-5 days. For milder treatments, many patients are able to cover up the redness the next day and return to work or daily activities, but typically a return to make-up occurs around day 5.  Additionally, many patients experience some skin peeling within the first week after the treatment. Using a moisturizer will help reduce the appearance of flakey skin. 

Downtime can be adjusted by the physician. We suggest scheduling a complimentary consultation prior to your treatment to discuss your individual treatment route and downtime. 

CO2 Fractional Laser Cost

The cost of fractional laser resurfacing varies depending on what laser is used and the size of the area that is being treated. We would be more than happy to give you a personalized fractional resurfacing treatment plan and cost estimate during a consultation with one of our expert laser physicians.

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Topics: CO2 fractional laser, Age Spots, Acne Scars

FDA Approved Treatment for Acne Scars

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 19, 2015 9:54:00 AM

The FDA has approved Bellafill, an injectable filler, for the treatment of moderate to severe acne scars. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million people, and this is big news for people with severe cases or lingering scars.

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This new treatment is ideal for patients who have not responded to topical therapy, like Retin-A, which takes months and only improves very superficial scars; those who do not want to go through a series of five chemical peels; or those who have only a few scars.

If done properly, most patients will require only one or two treatments. And it’s permanent.

Bellafill incorporates both collagen and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen provides immediate volume and lift. Over time, it’s absorbed by the body, while the microspheres remain as filler. In a study of the filler on patients with acne, 85 percent of 147 subjects rated their appearance as improved at six months, and 90 percent were satisfied at 12 months.

For the past eight years, the FDA-approved version of this injectable was called ArteFill, and it was officially cleared as a permanent filler for nasolabial folds, a.k.a. smile lines. BellaFill is still used for full face-rejuvenation, volume restoration, smile lines, and under eye correction for hollowness and dark circles

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Topics: Artefill, Acne, BellaFill, Acne Scars

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