Laser treatments are the peak standard in aesthetic treatments, offering results more effectively than other non-invasive options. But with so many options available, it’s easy to get lost in the details. So we’ll keep it simple by looking into one of the best laser treatments in the market: Moxi™, laser hair removal, BroadBand Light (BBL) Photofacials, and HALO® Ablative Laser Therapy. Each one offers unique benefits and, importantly, caters to different skin types.
Whether you have sensitive skin that needs a gentle touch or are looking for a long-term hair removal solution, there’s a laser treatment that fits your needs.
Moxi™ – A Gentle Approach for All Skin Types
Developed by Sciton, it features a fractional non-ablative laser system. This means it delivers light energy to the skin without removing the outer layer, or epidermis. Instead, it’s absorbed by water within the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin rejuvenation. The fractional delivery creates microthermal zones that rejuvenate the skin while sparing surrounding tissues, resulting in minimal downtime and discomfort.
Moxi™ effectively improves skin texture, tone, and appearance, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. It also reduces the visibility of acne scars and stretch marks by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
The minimally invasive nature of Moxi™ requires little downtime, allowing patients to resume their daily activities quickly. The treatment is comfortable, sometimes not even needing topical numbing. The single-use tip on the laser handpiece enhances safety and hygiene.
Moxi™ is inclusive and safe for all skin types, including darker tones. It’s particularly beneficial for younger patients aiming to prevent aging signs. The treatment enhances overall skin health and is suitable for maintaining youthful, radiant skin. The procedure is quick, about 10-15 minutes, depending on the treatment area. It activates the body’s wound-healing functions, including skin cell turnover and collagen and elastin production. Results are typically seen after a few treatments, with more sessions required for extensive concerns.
Laser Hair Removal – The Long-Term Solution
Laser hair removal is a sophisticated method for reducing unwanted hair, and its effectiveness has been enhanced to suit all skin types. The treatment employs a concentrated beam of light, typically a laser, that targets the melanin pigment in the hair follicle. The pigment absorbs the light energy and is then converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth.
The process is most effective during the anagen phase, which is the active growth phase of hair. Targeting the hair during this phase will improve the effectiveness because this is when the hair is most actively growing and the most vulnerable to damage. Despite the effectiveness of laser hair removal, multiple sessions are usually required. This is because hair growth occurs in cycles, and the laser treatment is most effective on hair follicles in the new-growth stage. The number of sessions needed varies depending on skin tone, hair color, and the area being treated, with most individuals requiring between six to eight sessions for permanent hair reduction.
Technological advancements have made laser hair removal accessible for individuals with darker skin tones as well.
BroadBand Light (BBL) Photofacial – Sensitive Skin Friendly
BroadBand Light (BBL) Photofacial is an innovative light-based therapy that offers a gentle yet effective solution for various skin concerns, making it particularly suitable for sensitive skin. Using Sciton’s High Energy Rapid Output (HERO) technology, BBL delivers light energy that gently heats the skin, stimulating regeneration and restoration of the skin’s natural beauty. This results in smoother, brighter, and younger-looking skin.
The BBL Photofacial has various features, including flashlight technology, replaceable Smart Filters, and CoolComfort technology, allowing it to treat various skin conditions. Its wide wavelengths enable targeted treatment for various skin issues without additional handpieces. It addresses problems such as sun damage, visible pigmentation, blood vessels, brown spots, rosacea, and signs of aging.
One key aspect of BBL treatment is its ability to effectively target pigmentation and blood vessels. It can reduce unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions and diminish the visibility of blood vessels, causing redness and rosacea. The treatment involves applying a cooling gel to the area before using an applicator to deliver light energy absorbed by the target areas, improving skin appearance.
BBL has been recognized for its speed, power, and effectiveness, being one of the most powerful IPL devices available. It’s a non-invasive phototherapy treatment approved by the FDA, suitable for treating all body areas with little to no downtime. Patients may experience some temporary redness or swelling, resembling mild sunburn, but these effects typically subside within a day or two.
HALO® Ablative Laser Therapy – Tailored Treatments
HALO® Ablative Laser Therapy, developed by Sciton, is a groundbreaking treatment in the field of dermatology, offering a tailored approach to skin rejuvenation. This innovative therapy combines the benefits of both ablative and non-ablative lasers, making it a versatile solution for various skin concerns.
The unique feature of HALO® lies in its hybrid technology. It simultaneously delivers non-ablative (1470 nm) and ablative (2940 nm) wavelengths to the same microscopic treatment zone. This dual-wavelength approach means HALO® can precisely target the epidermis (the top skin layer) and the dermis (the deeper skin layer). The ablative wavelengths focus on surface-level skin conditions, improving textural issues and reducing pore size. In contrast, the non-ablative wavelength goes deeper, targeting sun damage and stimulating collagen production, which is crucial for addressing dermal pigmentary issues and rejuvenating the skin.
One of the hallmarks of HALO® is its Dynamic Thermal Optimization technology. This system automatically adjusts the power of each non-ablative pulse based on the skin’s temperature, ensuring a precise, comfortable, and consistent treatment experience. Additionally, the HALO handpiece features an optical navigation system that synchronizes pulse delivery with treatment speed, providing optimal velocity for effective outcomes.
HALO® is known for its effectiveness in treating various skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, dyschromia, scar tissue, and pigmented lesions. It can trigger the body’s natural healing response, thus stimulating the production of new, healthy skin cells. This results in a noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone.
Furthermore, the treatment is customized, making it suitable for all skin types and treatable on various body parts, including the neck, chest, hands, arms, legs, and face. The versatility of HALO® allows for precise targeting of specific areas and adjustment of intensity levels to meet individual needs and desired outcomes.
Are you prepared to see your skin’s full potential? At Sheperd Integrative Dermatology, experience the life-changing potential of cutting-edge dermatological care. Our providers offer individualized care, combining recent scientific developments with complementary, holistic wellness techniques. Sheperd Integrative Dermatology is the place to go if you want complete care, whether your goal is healthier skin, particular skin concerns addressed, or rejuvenation. Don’t put off loving the skin you are entitled to. Request an appointment or call us right now to see Dr. McLean Sheperd and make a difference in the appearance and condition of your skin.