Staying forever young has created an enormous market for anti-aging treatments. Recent developments in laser technology are now delivering a longer lasting and scientifically proven method of restoring the natural beauty of the skin. Unlike traditional treatments such as surgical facelifts, dermabrasion and chemical peels, the unique characteristics of laser allow more accurate and precise control over the treatment process. The procedure basically combats the aging process on the skin. There are a number of benefits but patients like the tightening or lifting effect that their face receives.
Fine lines and wrinkles start to fade with the first treatment and get increasingly better with each subsequent procedure. Another rejuvenating part of the process is the evening of skin tone. This gentle effect of the procedure is so beneficial but often overlooked by other facial procedures. Even a surgical face lift does not address the skin tone. Another very important benefit is the collagen renewal. As we age, the skin looses elasticity and this creates sagging and wrinkles. If we renew collagen with precise laser energy, we can have contraction of existing collagen to help with the face lift and stimulate new collagen production which will help make your skin more youthful and give you a wonderful glow.
We will take an artist’s approach to your care. Lift, tighten and rejuvenate and tailor your look to our specific goals.
Aren’t there other lasers that do similar procedures?
No. The laser system, Fotona Dynamis, uses 2 synergistic lasers to create the full range of benefits of the Fotona 4D Procedure.
What is the procedure like?
Dr. Cespedes will review your history and discuss the procedure and individualize your treatment based on your goals and skin type. Once a plan has been formed, you will have numbing cream applied to the face. This cream has lidocaine and is left on for 20 to 30 minutes while you relax. The Laser portion of the procedure takes approximately 35 minutes. Step ONE of the procedure is called the Smooth lift in and starts inside the mouth. The application of laser energy in the oral cavity enables full thickness contraction of collagen for persistent tightening and volumization. The lines along the nose, called laugh lines or nasolabial folds become volumized and become much less prominent. Wrinkles around the mouth can fade as well. There can be a heating sensation which can briefly get hot, while we apply the energy. This sensation is very temporary and can usually be relieved with wetting the lips or mouth. We then move on to the skin on the face. The next step, step TWO called, FRAC3, complements the effects of the intraoral treatment. This step helps to restore youthful texture.
Step THREE is the Piano Mode. This step heats the deep tissue delivering a tightening effect. This step is warm but usually very well tolerated. The FOURTH step is Superficial. This is a light peel for the skin. There is little irritation with this step. This reduces imperfections gives the skin a pearl finish.
How long until I see results?
Results vary but most patients will see some immediate results and the complete result over a period of 2 or three months.
Does the procedure have any downtime?
No, there is no downtime. The procedure uses only laser energy to the skin and the procedure is non invasive allowing patients to walk-in and walkout.
There may be some slight redness after the procedure, but makeup can be applied. Sun exposure is not recommended for 2 days.
How many treatments are needed?
Usually 3 to 5 treatments performed every 14-21 days. Then a maintenance treatment yearly.
Pre and post procedure instructions:
Avoid any prolonged sun or tanning exposure (including suntan sprays or “fake tanners” bronzing lotion) 1-2 weeks before treatment. On the day of treatment keep your treatment areas clean, free of make-up & lotions. No problem if you forget, we have makeup remover. Clients who are pregnant can be treated with laser and can have lidocaine applied to their skin. Sorry, we cannot treat over tattoos, but we can treat around them. After your Fotona 4D, you may have red or white patches in your mouth and your mouth may be dry. You may use Biotene for dry mouth and/or Orajel for irritation. Your skin may feel warm with blotchy redness. There may be mild swelling in areas treated. The redness usually goes away within 1-3 days. You may feel that your skin is tighter immediately following your procedure and for up to a few weeks. The feeling is due to an initial swelling or edema. You may use hydrocortisone cream available at your pharmacy without a prescription. You may have some minor blistering of skin. Do not release them if the fluid appears clear as there is beautiful new skin underneath them. There can be unwanted darkening or lightning of the skin. Sun avoidance can help reduce the risk of those changes. Refresh Tears, available over the counter at your pharmacy, help moisturize your eyes if they are minority irritated or itchy. You can continue to use makeup & non irritating skin care regimens following your procedure. Dr. Cespedes recommends Obagi daily Hydro-Drops around the eyes and on the face. To clean your skin use a soothing cleanser. We recommend Obagi Cleanser and Toner and then pat dry with a towel. Do not rub skin. Creams such as Obagi Moisturizer and Obagi Sun Shield may help to hydrate your face. Dr. Cespedes will give his recommendations during your consultation.
Please call Key West Med Spa today and make a consultation with Dr. Carlos Cespedes to answer all of you questions.