Boston Plastic Surgery’s Skin Wellness Center FAQ’s

Posted on April 28, 2007 | by

As a Medical Aesthetician in the Skin Wellness Department of Boston Plastic Surgery, and someone with extensive experience with the Cutera laser system, I am often asked questions regarding laser treatments. The following are the most FAQs:

Who can be treated?
Women and men of any age and skin type who wish to improve their skin can be treated, even with a suntan.

What areas can be treated?
The most popular areas for treatment are the face and neck, but other body parts such as the hands, arms and abdomen, are also frequently treated.

What are the more common conditions that lasers treat?
Laser treatments very effectively tighten loose skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and texture, erase spots and blemishes, eliminate spider veins and laser away unwanted hair. These treatments can be an adjunct, or in some cases, a great alternative to surgical procedures.

What do the various treatments feel like?
LimeLight Facial and Photo Genesis deliver a series of pulses of light. When each pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief pinching sensation. Laser Genesis treatments are gentle and soothing. During the session you will feel a series of warm pulses along your skin. With each Titan pulse, you will first feel cool, then a brief heating sensation followed by a cool feeling.

How many treatments will I need?
Each treatment regimen is different and customized to an individual patient’s needs. Most patients can expect between 2 and 6 treatments.

Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is a slight redness or mild swelling in the treated area that disappears within a few hours.

When will I see results?
Immediate results are observed by some patients. More typically, you will see results in two to four weeks and improvements will continue for several months.