At a certain point in your skincare journey, the question of whether to get a laser treatment inevitably comes up. When considering a laser treatment, you may be presented with the following options: a stronger ablative treatment for harder to address concerns or a non-ablative treatment with less downtime. The difference is that ablative treatments remove the top layer of skin while nonablative lasers heat the underlying tissues without touching the surface.
Fortunately, a new CO2 laser treatment called EDGE CO2 Laser is making the choice a little easier. The EDGE CO2 laser represents a step forward in skin rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment.
EDGE offers optimal delivery of thermal energy to the epidermis and upper dermis with a pattern of laser light causing minute perforations in the epidermis while leaving the surrounding skin intact. The result is quicker healing and less patient discomfort as the patient’s own collagen works synergistically with the procedure to rebuild collagen which effectively tightens loose skin and large pores, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
What is EDGE?
Aging, sun exposure, and life style are some of the main factors in causing skin aging. The most commonly visible results are fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and changes in the skin texture. The EDGE treatment effectively addresses these issues by reaching deep in the dermis as well as treating the most superficial layers of the skin. The benefits are often visible after 1-3 treatments, your physician will advise accordingly.
EDGE ability to precisely target and optimize energy delivery according to each patient’s individual needs is the most significant benefit resulting in quicker healing time, minimal down-time and lasting results. You will be able to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines in just a few treatments. The results and benefits are lasting.
Who can be treated with EDGE?
Most people with blemishes like fine lines and deeper wrinkles, scars, sun damaged skin, that want quick, lasting results with minimal downtime are eligible for the EDGE treatment. Your physician will advise accordingly after taking your medical history and examination.
EDGE is ideal for treating:
- Mild to moderate sun damage
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Reduction of acne scars & surgical scars
- Skin rejuvenation & improved texture
- Skin tightening
Benefits of EDGE
The EDGE allows for tailor treatments and adjustment of key parameters resulting in physicians being able to perform more accurate and efficacious treatments with lasting results and minimal downtime for the patients. The treatment is fast, accurate and safe.
- Customizable treatments
- Dramatic improvement in a single 30-minute treatment session
- Quicker healing and recovery
- Less patient discomfort
- Lasting results
How does EDGE work?
EDGE delivers thermal energy to the epidermis and upper dermis with a pattern of laser light causing minute perforations in the epidermis while leaving the surrounding skin intact. The laser energy removes micro columns of tissue while the deep heating stimulates collagen contraction and remodeling. This results in a smoother, more supple skin and overall more youthful appearance.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments needed vary greatly depending on each individual skin condition, age and lifestyle. In most cases, results can be already visible after one treatment; however, people with more severe conditions may require several treatments. Our board-certified dermatologist will advise on the optimal treatment required and results.
What to expect during and after treatment?
Our dermatologist may apply a topical anesthetic to make you more comfortable before the treatment. During the procedure, typically 30 minutes long, as the laser energy is applied to your skin, you may feel a warm sensation. Immediately after treatment, your skin will feel warm similar to a sunburn. The redness will continue for days and it will be followed by some peeling as the newer skin is appearing. In most cases, your skin will return to its normal appearance in about 7 – 10 days, and you will be able to wear make-up after 4 – 7 days. Our dermatologist will recommend the most appropriate skin regimen to ensure proper skin recovery.