A MicroLaser Peel (MLP) is a quick and effective treatment that uses a special laser to address conditions on the top layer of your skin. The treatment removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve skin texture and give a more youthful appearance. It provides superior results because it can be administered with great precision of depth. Compared to a chemical peel, even a light MLP is a more reliable and more effective treatment with much lower risk of allergic reactions on the skin. For people that are familiar with microdermabrasions, one light MLP is roughly equivalent to three microdermabrasions.
The procedure is performed in our office and can be customized to your specific skin condition and desired outcome. Most skin surfaces can be treated. Popular treatment areas include the face and neck, though some people also treat the chest and hands.
The following conditions can be treated with MicroLaserPeel:
How It Works
The MicroLaser Peel’s laser beam is scanned over the treatment area to precisely ablate (vaporize) a very thin layer of skin, removing old, damaged tissue. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged cells that can give skin a tired, aged look. As the skin heals, fresh cells emerge and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved color*. After being treated with our facial peels patients often say that it looks like their skin went from looking tired to vibrant.
Your skin will be cleansed in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety goggles. The clinician will position the laser handpiece above the skin and will hold it in place as the computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam around the treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the facial peel procedure usually lasts around 15 to 30 minutes.
One of the primary advantages of MicroLaserPeel is that it causes minimal pain for most patients because it does not penetrate very deep into the skin. At its most shallow settings, most people can tolerate treatment with no anesthetic at all. At deeper settings, a topical numbing cream is typically used.
Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment, however, the number of treatments needed may vary from patient to patient. Your clinician can personalize a plan based on your specific needs and may choose to combine a MicroLaserPeel with other aesthetic procedures to further customize your treatment and provide the best results.
Immediately after the treatment you will notice that the skin has a “frosty” or dry appearance. This is the dehydrated skin that will peel away within the next few days. You may experience some skin redness and a sunburn sensation, as well as mild swelling. You will be provided with skin care products and instructions on how to use them as part of the treatment. Your skin will be more sensitive to ultra-violet (UV) light after the procedure so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use some level of UV protection to avoid sun damage and premature aging of your skin.
Depending on the depth of treatment, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work within 3 to 4 days* – an attribute that has given rise to the nickname “the weekend peel.”
Because only the outer layer of skin is treated, most patients notice an obvious improvement in tone, texture and color evenness once the skin heals.
If you are interested in learning more about MicroLaser Peel treatments, please follow the link below or schedule a complimentary consultation at Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie!