What is UltraPulse?
UltraPulse is the most powerful fractional CO2 laser system available, and is considered the ‘gold standard’ of fractionated CO2 lasers, even in 2014. It is very similar to the new Fraxel, which many people have now heard of.
How does the UltraPulse technology work?
UltraPulse uses the abilities of DeepFX™ fractionated CO2 resurfacing to treat deeper wrinkles and scars, and at Skin Temple we often combine this technology with the Cutera PEARL laser for the treatment of superficial fine lines and discolouration. Through this versatile approach, the lasers eradicate damaged and discolored tissue quickly, and results in more collagen formation and long-term remodeling.
Is UltraPulse safe? Who performs Ultrapulse resurfacing?
Yes, UltraPulse is safe for most people and thorough assessment of your suitability will be done prior to any treatment. All Ultrapulse treatments at Skin Temple are performed ONLY by Dr Teska. Manufactured in the USA, it has been proven for more than 34 FDA-cleared indications and referenced in more than 90 peer-reviewed publications.
How does DeepFX work?
The laser uses a beam of light smaller than a human hair to create tiny holes in your skin. The holes are placed using a computer scanner to control depth of treatment as well as the amount of tissue treated. Only a fraction of the skin is treated in any one treatment, leaving surrounding, untouched areas of the skin to expedite the regenerative process.
Where can DeepFX be applied?
DeepFX is commonly used to improve skin on the face, around the lips and eyes. It can also be used on other non-facial areas in the treatment of severe burns especially where contracture of the scarred tissue has occurred.
Is DeepFX safe?
DeepFX is safe for most people, however it should not be used if you have taken AccutaneTM in the past 12 months, have a history of keloid formulation, poor wound healing or demonstrate excessive or unusually prolonged erythema (i.e., redness of the skin resulting from inflammation), hyperpigmentation or hyperpigmentation upon laser test patching. Consult your skin doctor and ask if DeepFX is right for you.
How long does the DeepFX procedure take?
The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. However, an hour should be allotted as some physicians may apply an anesthetic cream prior to treatment to aid with comfort. If the procedure is combined with the Pearl laser, approx 60mins treatment time is required. Inhalation anaesthetic (Penthrox) is another option for those seeking some degree of general relaxant to assist with the procedure.
What is the healing process for DeepFX treatment?
Since only a small portion of skin is touched by the laser, healing time is typically about a week depending upon treatment protocol. In 2014, many busy professional clients will opt for a light all over treatment, with only 3-4days downtime, though the improvement in the skin condition is reduced with this protocol, and clients will require additional treatments to compensate. Over the course of your recovery, patients should avoid direct exposure to sunlight and follow a gentle washing and moisturizing regimen. Patients can also expect some initial swelling (especially is the area around the eyes has been treated) and for the skin to flake, though these are much less pronounced with the lighter treatment routines.
If you have a history of cold sores, it is best to start prophylactic oral anti-viral medication on the day of the treatment. This significantly reduces the likelihood of a flare up in the immediate post-laser period.
How long does it take to see the DeepFX results?
Deep wrinkles, skin texture and scars are usually dramatically improved with just a single treatment with DeepFX, though acne scars may require several treatments 6months apart. The skin may then continue to firm even months after the procedure. With the newer, gentler treatments, some clients opt to have annual or biannual Deep Fx CO2 treatments. This enables their skin to gradually improve bit by bit, with less recovery time needed.
How much does Ultrapulse CO2 resurfacing cost?
Treatment with the Ultrapulse laser varies from $1500-$4400, depending on the size of the area to be treated, and the strength used.
Why should you have your CO2 laser resurfacing procedure done at Skin Temple?
Our resurfacing laser procedures are only done by Dr Teska, who has been using this laser since 2008. Mentored by Dr Mitch Goldman (La Jolla/San Diego dermatologist and one of the Lumenis Ultrapulse developers), Dr Teska has also attended interstate training specifically for the Ultrapulse laser. Being a registered medical practitioner is also important, as Dr Teska can prescribe any necessary medication needed to ensure that your treatment is as safe and effective as possible.
Why choose Skin Temple as your service provider?
Skin Temple is owned by an experienced female cosmetic physician, Dr Alicia Teska, with 22 years of clinical cosmetic experience, including working with a cosmetic dermatologist. Dr Teska has also completed post-graduate studies in the field of Dermatology, gaining a Certificate in Dermatology from Monash University in 2005. All cosmetic injectable and laser procedures done at Skin Temple are performed only by trained, insured and experienced medical practitioners.