The Evolution of Technology

The evolution of technology has resulted in the availability of treatments that are quick, effective and require little to no downtime. Historically, the first cosmetic laser treatments were highly effective but inaccessible to most people and required months to fully recover. With these advances, physicians now have the ability to treat multiple skin concerns safely and efficaciously by merging multiple treatment modalities.

Some of the newest changes in cosmetic treatments involve the use of laser systems that combine light-based, resurfacing and tightening technologies in one platform. The consequence is that at every visit a patient receives different treatments which work synergistically to treat a number of issues at once including cellulite, stretch marks, pigmentation, redness, acne, skin laxity, and scars.

Single laser and light systems

Rosacea vulgaris is manifested by a variety of symptoms including blood vessels, blushing, flushing, and red patches. In the past, lasers concentrated on one or two of these symptoms. We can now improve all of the manifestations of rosacea vulgaris using light with multiple cut off filters.

Acne scars, both elevated and depressed, can be improved using resurfacing lasers. These fractionated lasers have revolutionized scar treatment by producing controlled, microscopic holes in the skin. Doing so culminates in faster healing while maintaining consistent results. Physicians can then tailor procedures to individual patient needs. Patients achieve a significant improvement in the overall appearance and texture of their scars.

Intense Pulsed Light is now used to treat overall skin tone and colour heterogenicity. Brown spots, redness, blood vessels, pore size, and superficial scars can be improved. This results in skin that reflects light off of the surface more uniformly which clinically translates into skin that has more of a luminescent glow.

Light energy can also be used to treat mild and moderate acne vulgaris by reducing the number of papules and pustules. It has an anti inflammatory effect which reduces the visible lesions of acne.

In summary, the advent of technological advances has resulted in less downtime and better clinical outcomes for happier patients.

>Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C), D.A.B.D., is set apart by her unique approach to cosmetic enhancement and skin care by developing individualized, specialized treatment regimens for each patient by combining programs which optimize the results of skin care, topical medications, and laser, light, radiofrequency, and infrared technologies.

by Dr. Lisa Kellett | Summer 2013