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Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are versatile, minimally invasive procedures that are safe and effective for a number of cosmetic purposes. At our practice in Chicago, we perform laser skin resurfacing, hair removal, and other services using technology that's proven to get consistently excellent results.

If you would like to discuss laser treatments at our Chicago office, request a consultation online with Dr. Mustoe. Or you can call us at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Laser treatments are versatile because they can be adjusted to treat a wide range of skin conditions and age-related cosmetic concerns. Dr. Mustoe uses the Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System, a multipurpose laser equipped with different handpieces that target specific conditions, including unwanted hair, wrinkles, and discoloration. Read on to learn more about each of our laser services.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a popular non-surgical treatment for age-related cosmetic concerns of the face. It has been performed for decades and has been proven effective in the treatment of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Skin laxity

There are many different types of lasers used for skin resurfacing, and each has different capabilities and advantages. At our practice in Chicago, we achieve skin rejuvenation with a CO2 laser due to the superior improvements it achieves in the treatment of both fine and deeper wrinkles, age spots, and overall skin texture and tone. We also perform laser skin resurfacing to enhance the results of surgical procedures such as facelift or eyelid surgery.

Prior to laser skin resurfacing, the skin is often prepared over the course of 2 to 3 weeks using Retin-A, glycolic acid, or bleaching agents. This helps optimize results, speed healing, and minimize risk of discoloration. An ablative laser procedure requires local anesthesia with sedation. It is an office procedure and typically takes less than an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated.

During your procedure, the laser is guided over the treatment area and instantly vaporizes the outer layers of damaged skin. CO2 laser treatments are highly effective with predictable results due to their deeper level of penetration. Although there will be no bleeding, you will experience some effects of the laser "wounding" your skin.

Laser Rejuvenation

Our Cynosure Palomar laser system offers high peak power and state-of-the-art cooling resulting in fast treatments with excellent results. We use a fractional laser that works on all skin types, including very light and very dark skin. Different laser options can knock out the deepest wrinkles and improve the most challenging scars. Fractional resurfacing uses hundreds of tiny microbeams to create narrow, deep columns of tissue coagulation into the medium layers of the skin. It can address skin texture, sun damage, scars, and stretch marks. Depending upon the condition being treated your provider may recommend a single treatment or a series of progressive treatments for the best results.

Ease your way to younger looking skin with fractional laser treatments. It's now easier than ever to improve the way your skin looks and feels without surgery or lengthy recovery times. It's the rejuvenation solution that can give you youthful, beautiful skin from head to toe.

Recovery and Results

Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing typically results in some redness, but there is virtually no downtime. An ablative laser results in discomfort that's usually minor like sunburn. Your skin will be swollen and will have some oozing until healing occurs in 5 to 10 days. You will be given detailed instructions on cleaning and keeping the skin constantly moist to prevent crusting with ointment. Keeping the skin constantly covered with ointment speeds the healing and reduces discomfort. After this period, the skin will be pink as it fades over 3 to 4 months. The sunburned appearance will gradually fade and is easily covered with makeup in the interim.

As your new skin emerges, you will see that fine lines have diminished or disappeared, and deep wrinkles are significantly improved. The laser treatment causes the collagen to become thicker and healthier, which results in firmer skin. The texture of your renewed skin will be smoother, and coloration may also be improved. It is critical that you protect yourself from the sun in order to prolong your results and preserve your skin's more youthful appearance.

Laser Hair Removal

You can eliminate the hassle of shaving, tweezing, and waxing to remove unwanted hair with laser hair removal treatments. At our Chicago practice, laser hair removal is one of the most requested procedures. Our state-of-the-art laser uses gentle pulses of light to destroy the hair follicle. The heat of the laser damages the follicle which inhibits hair growth.

Laser energy targets the melanin and damages the hair follicle with intense heat, inhibiting future growth. We perform laser hair removal for men and women on large areas such as the legs and back, as well as smaller areas, such as on the face or around the bikini line.

Because hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments are necessary to get the best results. About 5 to 8 visits on average are needed to achieve permanent hair reduction. Treatments are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments may be necessary.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Using concentrated beams of light, IPL treatments target pigmented lesions on the face, neck, hands, and chest, resulting in clear, refreshed skin. The ideal candidate for IPL is someone with light skin who has sun damage, broken capillaries, and some laxity in the skin. IPL treats facial blood vessels, which fade gradually after being treated. This is a great treatment for rosacea and overall redness of the skin. It generally takes a series of 3-4 treatments to see the best results. These treatments have minimal discomfort and no downtime.

Laser Treatment for Bruising

Our state-of-the-art technology offers IPL treatments to hasten the resolution of post-surgical bruising or bruising after an injectable treatment. Bruising is a concern for cosmetic patients who want to back to their normal routines. With our pulsed light handpiece, significant resolution of bruising can be seen in as little as 3 days. The treatment works by delivering a quick pulse of energy to penetrate just below the skin's surface where there is discoloration dramatically reducing skin bruising.

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