The Lumenis AcuPulse laser is a complete ablative laser resurfacing workstation that features superior technology for all aesthetic resurfacing needs, as well as some surgical technology. It allows us to perform a variety of procedures, including CO2 Skin Resurfacing, FemTouch Vaginal Rejuvenation, and a hand-piece for Surgical Blepharoplasty.
CO2 Skin Resurfacing
How Does a CO2 Laser Work?
CO2 lasers produce light at a 10,600nm wavelength, which is absorbed by water in the tissue. The laser energy heats up the water until it reaches a boiling point causing the evaporation of the affected tissue. Some heat is absorbed by tissue adjacent to the ablated target area, causing tissue coagulation which induces hemostasis (the cessation of bleeding) as well as thermal stimulation of deep skin layers, which induces fibroblast stimulation and neocollagenesis (the formation of new collagen). The laser beam can also be transmitted through a scanner which is a device used to further control the delivery of energy. The scanner regulates the configuration of energy delivered onto the skin, which can range from covering the entire treatment area or just a fraction of it (leaving the areas in between untreated); (also referred to as fractional ablation). The overall effect of ablation and coagulation, either full or fractional, is the removal of skin and the stimulation of the body to replace it with newer, younger skin.
The Lumenis CO2 Solution
The Med Spa at NSPS offers the Lumenis® state-of-the-art CO2 laser device, the AcuPulse™. The AcuPulse system uses unparalleled high-power-short duration pulse technologies that maximize treatment effectiveness, safety and patient comfort, as well as minimize downtime and risk of complications resulting from treatments. Lumenis’ CO2 laser optimally treats a broad range of conditions from gentle superficial treatments to deep contracted scar revision.
What Does it Treat?
This procedure can be used to effectively treat fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration, as well as other effects of aging and sun damage. The laser beam is applied in a fraction pattern to create columns of thermal damage on the skin to stimulate new collagen. Columns are spaced out so that the remaining tissue is spared, resulting in faster healing.
How Does This Treatment Feel?
Patients experience warmth, similar to sunburn, after treatment. During this time, a gentle washing and moisturizing regimen is recommended. Skin will then flake off within two days. After four to seven days, make-up can typically be applied. Pinkness is often gone after about a week . Most effects of the treatment, such as the stimulation of new collagen and plumping of the skin occur right away. However, results will gradually continue to show improvement for up to six months after the procedure and can last for several years.
FemTouch Vaginal Rejuvenation
What is FemTouch?
With increasing age or after childbirth, vaginal health can be affected in a variety of ways. Many women will experience symptoms such as vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and stress urinary incontinence in the postmenopausal period or after childbirth. Additionally, younger women can experience menopause at an earlier age due to a history of cancer and chemotherapy treatment. For many of these women, there are no ideal options, as they may not be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy or have failed topical treatments.
With the development of the FemTouch laser, we now have a safe and effective alternative to address symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as dryness, painful intercourse, stress urinary incontinence, and vaginal laxity after childbirth. The FemTouch laser uses a fractional CO2 laser beam that is applied along the vaginal wall, resulting in regeneration of the tissue. By using fractional CO2 laser that has ablative and coagulation properties, the treatment promotes remodeling of the vaginal mucosal layer. This can thicken the vaginal wall and increase vaginal secretions, helping to relieve symptoms related to atrophy.
How Does it Work?
The FemTouch treatment itself is a quick procedure that takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. A lubricated probe is inserted into the vagina, and the FemTouch delivers low continuous wave CO2 energy levels in a fractional pattern along the vaginal lining. During the treatment, your physician will move the sterilized probe along the vaginal wall in an outward motion. You may experience a minor heat sensation or vibration, but the procedure is generally very gentle and does not usually cause any discomfort.
How Do I Know if I’m a Candidate?
Women who are candidates for the FemTouch may be experiencing a variety of symptoms. These can be the result of peri-menopause, post “natural” menopause, post “induced” menopause, or post childbirth. These symptoms include:
- Itchiness or burning sensations
- Discomfort related to vaginal laxity with or without a pelvic organ prolapse
- Decreased vaginal lubrication
- Dyspareunia (difficult or painful sexual intercourse) or vaginal bleeding during sexual intercourse
- Early stages of stress urinary incontinence
Some of these symptoms are treatable with hormone replacement therapies. However, not all women are able to take hormone replacement therapy or have failed this treatment in the past. As many of our patients are breast cancer survivors with a history of hormone-sensitive cancer, FemTouch can provide a hormone free treatment that aims to improve their vaginal health.
To learn more about preparation before treatment and postop care, visit our FemTouch page or call our office at (312) 266-6240.
Lumenis® offers a complete laser blepharoplasty solution that combines an incisional solution with complementary eyelid resurfacing. The AcuPulse laser system has an incisional handpiece that provides excellent surgical precision during treatment. With laser assisted incisions, bleeding during the procedure as well as post-surgery bruising are reduced. This can provide great benefit to our patients considering upper eyelid blepharoplasty.