Collagen is the foundation for healthy and beautiful skin. Our natural collagen production reduces with age, and leads to loss of smoothness and vibrancy in the skin. Laser skin resurfacing was developed to selectively remove the damaged outer layers of the skin allowing for replacement with fresh, youthful skin and new collagen formation. Dr. Sohrab is proud to be the first to offer AcuPulse CO2 Resurfacing in the Greenwich, CT community, serving Greenwich, CT and Westchester, NY.
AcuPulse uses 10,500nm wavelength concentrated beams of pulsating light to target and reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, even out skin tone (pigmentation), tighten skin, and remove skin lesions. AcuPulse features state-of-the-art technology with 11 built-in treatment modes to customize treatments based on patient goals. The laser precisely and carefully targets and vaporizes the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. The process of doing so releases heat to treat the dermis, which is the underlying layer of skin. The heat stimulates the production and growth of new collagen fibers in the dermis, rebuilding the skin structure and leading to smoother, firmer skin. The treatment combines the more immediate impact of the epidermal treatment with the extended benefits of the dermal treatment.
AcuPulse CO2 Skin Resurfacing is best suite for patients with lighter skin tones, so as to minimize risk of pigmentary issues after the treatment. During the consultation, you will be asked to complete a skin questionnaire to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate. Patients with darker skin seeking resurfacing can consider Morpheus8 microneedling treatments. AcuPulse laser skin resurfacing is ideal for fine and deep wrinkles, crepey skin, sun-damaged and pigmented skin, enlarged pores, scars, and lesions, leading to improved overall skin tone and texture.
Patients arrive at least an hour prior to the procedure for the application of topical numbing medicine. The skin is then cleaned and protective eye shields are placed. It is normal to feel warmth in the areas of treatment. The whole treatment can take 30-45 minutes depending on the areas treated. At the conclusion of the treatment, the skin can feel warm and you will be provided with post-treatment instructions.
Downtime for treatment with AcuPulse can vary depending on the area and intensity (depth) of the treatment. Recovery can range from 3 to 7 days depending on the depth and extent of treatment. The deeper the treatment, the longer the recovery time. After treatment, because the epidermis has been vaporized, a careful skin care protocol must be followed. It is typical to have redness, swelling, and dryness, and some patients experience scabbing or peeling. The areas can be cleansed with a dilute vinegar solution. Post-care kits and instructions are provided after the treatment. Redness is most noticeable in the first several days and can last up to a few weeks from treatment depending on the extent of treatment. Makeup can typically be applied within the first week once the epidermis has healed. Sun protection is critical to protect your results and minimize risk of discoloration.
Most patients benefit significantly from just a single treatment, and results can last up to 2 years. Those with deeper wrinkles and damaged skin may need more than one treatment for optimal correction.
Some early results are noticeable from the epidermal treatment, but as collagen production takes at least 4 weeks, the most meaningful improvement is noted 2-3 months after the treatment.