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FRACTIONAL CO2 LASER

Faces Medspa at Dubuque ENT has a variety of state-of-the-art anti-aging procedures to rejuvenate your appearance. Laser skin resurfacing with the Fractional Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser is one of the most effective procedures to improve skin quality and texture while reducing fine and moderately deep lines. Because CO2 laser resurfacing relies on stimulating collagen synthesis, results are very impressive and more natural-appearing than when relying on injectable fillers alone.

Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing in Dubuque is designed to dramatically reduce lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, reduce discoloration, and stimulate natural collagen production in the skin of the face, neck, chest, and hands, leading to steady rejuvenation over several months and lasting up to several years. Additionally, laser resurfacing can be used in combination with aesthetic facial surgery, such as a facelift or neck lift, to achieve the best results possible.

WHAT IT TREATS

  • Wrinkles

  • Acne Scars 

  • Sun Damage

  • Enlarged Pores 

  • Rough texture

PROCEDURE LENGTH

  • 60 minutes per treatment on average

RECOVERY TIME

  • Redness and swelling will occur for 7-10 days

  • Improved skin texture and appearance are visible at 3 months and continue to improve for months to come

MAINTAINENANCE

  • Most patients do not need maintenance treatments

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS

  • Many patients achieve their skincare goals after 1 Fractional CO2 laser treatment

COST

  • The cost of Fractional CO2 laser treatments depends on the size of the treatment area and can range from $500-$2,500 per treatment 

BENEFITS OF CO2 LASER RESURFACING

Because fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing targets lines, texture, tone, and brown spots, it’s used to globally rejuvenate the skin. It corrects color problems, eliminates fine lines, and tightens the skin, giving the entire face a younger, refreshed appearance. Although it is most often used to treat the face, the CO2 laser can be used to improve neck, chest, arms, and hand skin. It is also frequently combined with surgical lifting procedures at Faces Medspa. If a facelift or neck lift is performed alone, the skin often doesn’t match the newer lifted appearance, making it look “done.” By rejuvenating the skin at the same time as surgery, the final result is a much more natural. The laser also beautifully softens and eliminates vertical lines around the mouth and tightens eyelid skin, which no surgical or injectable filler procedure can accomplish well.

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HOW IT WORKS

Fractionation of the CO2 laser allows us to target deeper portions of the dermis while protecting small bridges of unaffected tissue that are left intact. This is similar to the aeration of your lawn, where small plugs are removed but the remaining lawn is intact. These islands of intact skin make the healing process much faster, the procedure safer, and you back to work with rejuvenated skin quickly. Each pulse vaporizes a column of tissue that heats collagen deeply. This heat stimulates collagen growth, eliminates fine lines/wrinkles, improves pore texture, and tightens the skin.

There is some discomfort with the procedure, however it is performed with numbing cream, injections, and other anesthetic medication desigend to maximize your comfort. Four to five days of oozing skin and swelling followed by peeling is expected and total recovery time is under 7-8 days. By day 5 most patients can wear mineral based cover up to soften residual redness.

Results are immediate with improvement of fine lines, elimination of pigmentation, pore size reduction and skin tightening. New collagen formation, however, will continue for the next 6 months, so expect additional improvement over the next season or two!

  • What do neuromodulators do?
    Neuromodulators (including Botox and Dysport) relax the muscles and reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck. These treatments combat forehead lines, glabella lines ("11's" between the brows), crows feet (around the eyes), smile lines, neck lines, and other wrinkles associated with aging. They can also be used to help sculpt and lift facial features including for a nonsurgical brow lift and a nonsurgical neck lift.
  • What is the difference between BOTOX and Dysport?
    While BOTOX and Dysport both use the same substance (botulinum toxin A) and are based on the same mechanism of action, the size of the molecules in the injections are significantly different. Dysport contains smaller molecules of botulinum toxin type A than BOTOX. - Dysport can spread through your cells more easily - Dysport may begin working slightly faster than BOTOX - Results from Dysport and Botox last for a similar amount of time
  • How many units of Botox will I need? How many units of Dysport will I need?
    The amount of units needed can differ from person to person depending upon your desired outcome, the area of concern to be treated, the strength of the muscles in the area, and whether the treatment is for prevention or to treat existing fine lines and wrinkles and their severity.
  • When will I see results from Botox and Dysport?
    Most patients can expect to notice early results of Dysport between two to five days following treatment, while results from Botox may take seven to fourteen days. The degree of muscle relation can continue to evolve for about two weeks and the results last for three to four months. The longer the BOTOX treatments have been routinely performed, the more relaxed the facial wrinkles will appear over time. Results of Dysport are similar, but often with a slightly quicker onset of action.
  • How long does Botox last? How long does Dysport last?
    Results may vary based upon the dose given, as well as on muscle strength of the area and metabolism, as our bodies metabolize (or break down) the Neuromodulators over time. Treatment to maintain your results are recommend every three to four months. Using medical grade skin care products at home as part of a daily skin care regime can help to maintain your results and improve the appearance and quality of your skin.
  • Does Botox and Dysport hurt?
    Many of us are not big fans of shots, especially needles in general. However, Neuromodulators are generally quickly injected with a minimal amount of discomfort, using the smallest needle available. Many of our patients barely notice the injections.
  • Who are good candidates for BOTOX and Dysport?
    BOTOX and Dysport have been proven safe and effective for treatment of a wide variety of patient and wrinkle types, however, the earlier the treatment is started, the more favorable the results can be. Some patients are not candidates for this type of treatment and include those diagnosed with neurological conditions or disorders affecting muscle movement, history of allergy to the botulinum toxin product, or those with unrealistic expectations from the treatment. Patients who are pregnant or nursing are discouraged from undergoing treatment.

DERMAL FILLER

With the use of dermal fillers, we can immediately smooth out unwanted lines; add definition to lips, cheeks, or jawlines; and even fill in certain acne scars with little-to-no down time.

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BOTOX AND DYSPORT

Neurotoxins (BOTOX®, Dysport) are typically used to relax the muscles that produce strong facial expressions around the eyes, forehead, and in between the brows, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.

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