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Laser Skin Therapy | Skin Care Products and Treatments - Central Valley Dermatology

Laser Skin Therapy

Laser Treatments

eyelash-closeupGentle Yag Lift

The GentleYag is the fastest and most powerful ND:YAG laser for skin tightening and the treatment of wrinkles.

This non-ablative laser treatment offers skin tightening by heating the underlying layers in the skin and forming new collagen, resulting in smoother, tighter, and younger looking skin. This is an easy, effective treatment to tighten the skin on your face and neck with minimal to moderate discomfort.

Gentle Yag

The Gentle Yag laser is the definitive laser to remove blue and purple leg veins of a certain size. It can also be used to remove small red spider veins or telangiectasias on the face, legs and torso.

Gentle Lase

The Gentle Lase laser can be used to treat hyperpigmented spots such as age spots on the face, hands, extremities and torso. It can also be used to treat small red veins and hemangiomas on the body or face.



There are two kinds of laser therapy:  Non-Ablative and Ablative Lasers.

Non-Ablative Lasers

Non-ablative laser treatments are the newest therapies for achieving smoother, younger-looking skin. This laser treatment does not remove any skin from the patient, but stimulates new collagen formation by heating the dermis. The treatment is affordable and offers minimal to moderate discomfort.

There is also very little likelihood of infection. The greatest advantage to this treatment lies in the fact that there is no down time. The patient is back to his or her normal routine the very same day.

Ablative Lasers

Ablative lasers remove the top layers of skin. The patient looks like a burn victim after undergoing treatment with an ablative laser. CO2 lasers are probably the most popularly-known ablative lasers.

From the ‘70’s through the ‘90’s, laser resurfacing of the skin to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin became quite popular.

CO2 and Erbium Yag lasers were utilized to remove the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) and thereby stimulate new collagen formation in the dermis. Essentially, a controlled second-degree burn was created.

Although lasers were highly effective in tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles, there were significant drawbacks. Chief among these was a two-week recuperative period during which the skin would often ooze and form a crust. Although rare, potential complications included bacterial, viral, and even yeast infections.

Another significant drawback was that approximately 20% of patients often experienced persistent redness of the skin even though their skin was smooth. Occasionally, a year-and-a-half to two years after the procedure, patients noted loss of pigment in their skin.

These drawbacks contributed to a reduction in the popularity of this procedure; although for select patients, this is still the gold standard for wrinkle correction.

Given the drawbacks to this type of laser resurfacing, efforts were made to find methods that were effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles without the potential problems of ablative laser resurfacing.

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