From skin tightening and texture improvement to reducing wrinkles, scars, and discoloration, energy-based treatments offer noninvasive or minimally invasive options for rejuvenating your skin’s appearance.
This blog post will answer 10 frequently asked questions about 4 advanced treatments: J-Plasma, intense pulsed light (IPL), Halo® hybrid fractional laser, and the Ultrapulse CO2 laser.
1. What Is J-Plasma?
J-Plasma (also known as Renuvion) uses cold atmosphere plasma to tighten the skin and improve texture. It effectively addresses fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and discoloration. In addition to treating skin laxity on the face and neck, it can also treat body areas such as the breasts, abdomen, thigh, and arms.
2. Does J-Plasma Hurt, and What Is the Downtime?
J-Plasma treatment is performed under local anesthesia and is typically well-tolerated by patients. Downtime varies but is usually minimal, allowing patients to resume normal activities after a few days to a week.
3. Is J-Plasma Suitable for All Skin Types?
J-Plasma is suitable for a range of skin types. At your consultation, you and your provider will discuss your concerns, determine if the treatment is suitable for you, and decide whether it’s the best option to meet your aesthetic goals.
4. What Are IPL Treatments? Does IPL Help Rosacea?
IPL is a versatile, noninvasive treatment that uses brief pulses of concentrated light energy to deliver a range of skin improvements. It can address pigmentation irregularities, vascular lesions, and unwanted hair, effectively reducing the appearance of freckles, rosacea, facial veins, and sun-damaged skin. Broadband light therapy (BBL) is a type of IPL.
5. How Long Does an IPL Treatment Last?
An IPL treatment session typically lasts anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the skin concern being targeted and the size of the treatment area.
6. What Is the Downtime Associated With IPL?
IPL treatments typically involve no downtime, allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately.
7. What Is Halo Laser Treatment? What Skin Concerns Can It Improve?
The Halo laser combines ablative and non-ablative laser technologies to resurface the skin. This highly customizable treatment effectively reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars and improves overall skin tone and texture.
8. How Much Halo Laser Downtime Is Required?
Since this hybrid laser can be either ablative (meaning treatment removes the outermost layer of skin) or non-ablative, the downtime will vary depending on treatment intensity. Your provider will customize the treatment to your needs and can tell you at your consultation how much downtime to expect.
9. What Does the Ultrapulse CO2 Laser Do for My Skin?
The Ultrapulse CO2 laser is an ablative fractional treatment that promotes collagen production and skin tightening. It effectively treats deep wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation irregularities, and sun damage.
10. How Long Do CO2 Laser Results Last?
The results of Ultrapulse CO2 treatments are generally long-lasting, although the natural aging process will continue. Factors including skin condition, treatment intensity, and post-treatment skincare routine will affect the longevity of the results.