Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Dubuque ENT is committed to providing full service facial skin care to our
patients, and we are excited to bring advanced laser skin rejuvenation to
Dubuque. The Cynosure Palomar Icon
platform is one of the most advanced laser skin systems available.
What Conditions can be treated by laser and light?
- Broken Capillaries
- Cherry Hemangiomas
- Pigmented lesions / dark spots / age spots
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Excess facial and body hair
- Enlarged pores
- Ruddy skin complexion
What is a Laser?
A laser is a focused beam of light of a specific wavelength (color) which
selectively targets certain molecules within the skin, designed to achieve
a specific result. Laser wavelengths may selectively target melanin, the
pigment within the skin, to remove brown spots or destroy hair follicles.
They may target hemoglobin within blood, to vaporize tiny blood vessels and
red flushing within the skin. They can also target water within our skin to
eliminate the outer layers of skin with age and sun damage, or penetrate
deeper to cause skin tightening. Lasers can be classified as ablative and
non-ablative. Non-ablative lasers cause a more gentle gradual improvement
in skin texture and lesions with minimal downtime or discomfort. Ablative
lasers vaporize and remove layers of skin, to cause a more rapid and
dramatic improvement in skin appearance.
What conditions can be treated with Laser and Light treatments?
Brown spots, red spots, flushing and rosacae, spider veins and
telangiectasias, large pores, rough skin texture, unwanted hair, acne
scars, surgical scars, other scars, stretch marks, loose eyelid skin, many
MaxG IPL is the most advanced IPL system in the industry. Treatments are
specifically tailored to treat pigmented skin blotches and patches
associated with aging and sun damage, as well as troublesome spider veins,
broken capillaries, and flushing associated with Rosacea. Dynamic spectrum
shifting technology allows us to selectively target melanin skin pigment
that causes brown spots, as well as selectively target superficial blood
vessels in the upper layers of the skin, and deeper blood vessels as well.
A series of 3-5 treatments may be required for stubborn areas, but
immediate improvement is noticed after each treatment. There is minimal
discomfort, and topical numbing creams are not required. There may be some
mild flaking and pink quality to the skin after the treatment, but there is
no downtime and patients can return to normal activity the same day.
IPL treatments are often repeated 3-4 times per year to maintain the
youthful appearance of the skin.
Lux 1540 Fractional Nonablative Resurfacing
The Lux 1540 is a Fractional, non-ablative erbium laser used to treat fine
lines and wrinkles, scarring, brown spots, stretch marks, and for skin
tightening and improvement is overall skin tone and texture. Fractional
technology means that thousands of microscopic channels of coagulation are
created in the skin, stimulating new organized collagen production, and
turning-on the body's natural repair mechanisms. Fractional technology
allows for much more rapid healing than traditional laser resurfacing.
There is no bleeding, and there is minimal downtime with the procedure. A
procedure may take 30-40 minutes to complete, and a patient may or may not
even need topical numbing cream applied. After the procedure, there may be
some mild swelling and a sensation of stinging like a mild sunburn. There
can be mild swelling for 2-5 days, along with pinkish skin, flaking, and
bronzing. These symptoms are a signal that the skin's repair mechanisms
are reactivating. A series of 3-5 treatments may be needed for dramatic
results, but the results of each treatment are visible after the flaking
and swelling subside. The Lux 1540 uses a cooling sapphire crystal to
improve comfort. The XD crystal is designed for deeper treatments, and uses
micropoint compression technology to displace water from the skin surface,
allowing for deeper penetration of the laser than is achieved with any
other 1540 system (such as Fraxel brand systems). The XF crystal allows for
more rapid superficial treatments. Lux 1540 treatments are often repeated
1-2 times per year to maintain the youthful appearance of the skin.
Lux 2940 Fractional Ablative Resurfacing
The Lux 2940 is a fractional, ablative erbium laser used to treat fine and
deep wrinkles, pigmentation, and skin texture irregularities. It can be
used to treat acne scars as well as surgical and traumatic scars. It can
also be used to remove precancerous lesions on the skin surface. Fractional
ablative technology allows for thousands of microchannels to be introduced
into the skin, vaporizing these areas of skin damage and irregularity. The
surrounding intact skin has no thermal damage, which allows for rapid
healing. This is an improvement over traditional CO2 laser treatments,
which had slow healing due to full-field skin removal and excessive thermal
damage. This procedure has moderate discomfort, and topical numbing creams
are used along with skin cooling to minimize this discomfort. The level of
ablation can be precisely controlled, and can deliver a "micropeel" with
minimal downtime, as well as a "deep peel" for more dramatic results.
Deeper treatments are accompanied by a few hours of pinpoint bleeding,
about 2 days of weeping from the skin surface, followed by several days of
a pinkish hue to the skin. By 4 days after the procedure, cosmetic products
can be used to cover the pinkish hue, and patients can return to normal
social interactions. 1-2 treatments are required to achieve the optimal
MaxG and Lux 1540
This is one of the most popular combination treatments. It is a minimal
downtime procedure, allowing patients with busy active lifestyles to still
achieve dramatic results. It targets the red and brown discoloration of the
skin, as well as achieves deep heating to activate the skin's repair
mechanisms, eliminating age and sun damage, and giving a more youthful
Lux 1540 and 2940
The combination of the non-ablative and ablative erbium treatments offers
dramatic results with a minimum number of treatments, and much less
downtime than traditional laser resurfacing treatments. It allows for
removal of surface irregularities of the skin such as large pores, texture
irregularity, and also achieves skin tightening and restoration. It is a
popular "Thursday procedure", meaning that patients are able to return to
work and the public eye after 4 days. 1-2 treatments achieve the optimal
At Dubuque ENT, we are members of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. This membership is awarded only after rigorous training and demonstration of quality. You can be assured that your treatments wll be performed safely and effectively.