AcuPulse® Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment for Facial Rejuvenation


 

The AcuPulse® by Lumenis Ltd., the world’s largest medical laser company, is a fractional CO2 laser treatment with the absolute best available technology to smooth, tighten, tone, and rejuvenate the skin of the face, neck, and décolletage. With just one treatment, your skin will look more youthful and you will see improvement in the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and acne scars.

This FDA approved innovative technology promotes remodeling of skin through a gentle controlled ablation and coagulation of the epithelial layer. During treatment, a handpiece is passed over the entire surface of your skin. The whole procedure is fast and should only take just 15-30 minutes. During the treatment you may experience a minor heat sensation, but it is very gentle and you should not feel uncomfortable.

This procedure is safe, has excellent patient outcomes, and minimal downtime. This CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is unique because it quickly delivers laser energy pulses to reach the required depth of penetration for desired results while minimizing thermal damage to the surrounding tissue. A shallow depth of penetration is required for desired results when treating a more superficial condition such as sun damage compared to a deeper depth of penetration into the skin to resurface wrinkles and scars. Our system has the energy strength for both superficial and deep penetration to treat conditions at varying depths within your skin during a single treatment. The faster you can introduce the laser energy to the target tissue with the least amount of heat dissipation, the safer the treatment. This translates to maximal results, minimal risks of side effects, and little downtime.

Greater system power delivers the just enough energy deeper and faster without introducing too much excess heat into the surrounding tissue. A little collateral thermal damage around the ablation zone is good because this causes some tightening and triggers the cascade of healing events (neocollagenesis, etc) that we want, in order to remodel the tissue. Due to the advanced technology, the energy targets a specific zone and avoids excessive collateral thermal damage to the surrounding tissue. The smaller zone of collateral tissue damage results in shorter healing times, less downtime for the patient, less discomfort during the treatment, less potential side effects and overall a more favorable patient experience.

AcuPulse® pre procedure preparation:

  • A topical numbing cream will be applied prior to treatment. No injectable anesthesia is needed. Most patients will experience only a mild heat sensation which is gentle and not uncomfortable.
  • We recommend prophylaxis with Acyclovir for a day before and a few days after treatments to try and prevent any Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) outbreaks that may be induced by the heat. Generally we recommend this for all patients regardless if they have ever had any sores.  Patients already taking daily anti-virals do not additional prophylaxis.
  • A recent tan could increase the your risk for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). If you have a new tan, then your melanocytes are still active and they will respond to heat just like they would to the sun and their skin could darken as a result. You can be treated with the CO2 laser if you are placed on appropriate hydroquinone therapy for several weeks prior to treatment.

AcuPulse® Post Procedure Guidelines:

  • You may apply cool compresses, or dilute vinegar water soaks, immediately after treatment. Some patients report a “hot” feeling which lasts a few hours to a few days.
  • You can gently wash the area with tepid water, or dilute vinegar water, and use a gentle cleanser (Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser) 3 times a day starting the morning after the treatment. Then immediately apply an occlusive ointment (Aquaphor) for at least 4 days.
  • You should avoid dirty, dusty environments, hairsprays, perfumes on treated areas, etc. while the skin is healing.
  • You should sleep with your head elevated on pillows (head above heart) the first few nights post treatment. This can help minimize swelling.
  • In general, avoid hot environments. You may shower, but hot water/steam should be avoided on the treated area until healing is complete
  • You should avoid "picking" or aggressively scrubbing the scabs. Allow them to gently exfoliate with the washing process.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure. Apply sun block, SPF 30+ UVA and UVB, after the fifth day or after complete re-epithelialization (about 1 week). Sunscreen with titanium oxide or zinc oxide provides the best protection.
  • Wear a protective hat for the first 2 weeks while outdoors.
  • After re-epithelialization is complete (about 1 week), a moisturizer may be used.
  • Make-up may be used, usually 5–6 days after treatment, after skin is healed. Additional days for healing, sometimes 10 or more, may be required depending on treatments and individual patient response.
  • You may resume your skin care regimen when your skin returns to normal.

About The Practice

Skin Center is a full-service dermatology and plastic surgery practice to meet all of your medical, cosmetic, and surgical needs. The practice was established over 40 years ago and employs state-of-the-art technology in our comfortable and luxurious 7000 square foot office conveniently located in East Fort Lauderdale, on US-1 across from the Imperial Point Medical Center.

Board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Barry I. Galitzer, M.D. and Dr. Sari M. Fien, M.D., and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory E. Lakin, M.D. are recognized leaders in their respective specialties. Skin Center’s doctors and staff pride themselves on their dedication to patient care to safely achieving high quality results using knowledge, experience, honesty, compassion, positivity, and empathy.

At Skin Center, our dermatology team specializes in skin cancer diagnosis, removal and reconstruction including Mohs surgery. Our practice treats patients for skin conditions including acne, actinic keratosis, cysts, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and warts.

Our cosmetic team helps patients look and feel their best.  The nonsurgical aesthetic treatments include Botox, fillers (Belotero, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Voluma), Kybella fat removal, lasers (Fraxel Restore, Fraxel Repair, Gentle Yag, Vbeam/Perfecta, IPL, photofacial, laser hair removal), blue light, Ultherapy skin tightening, and CoolSculpting fat removal.  The plastic surgery procedures offered include facial plastic surgery, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, breast surgery, body contouring, mommy makeover, and vaginal rejuvenation. Skin Center also offers medical aesthetician services and massage therapy in Dade and Broward County.

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Skin Center

Skin Center is a full-service dermatology and plastic surgery practice to meet all of your medical, cosmetic, and surgical needs. The practice was established over 40 years ago and employs state-of-the-art technology in our comfortable and luxurious 7000 square foot office conveniently located in East Fort Lauderdale, on US-1 across from the Imperial Point Medical Center.

Board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Barry I. Galitzer, M.D. and Dr. Sari M. Fien, M.D., and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory E. Lakin, M.D. are recognized leaders in their respective specialties. Skin Center’s doctors and staff pride themselves on their dedication to patient care to safely achieving high quality results using knowledge, experience, honesty, compassion, positivity, and empathy.

At Skin Center, our dermatology team specializes in skin cancer diagnosis, removal and reconstruction including Mohs surgery. Our practice treats patients for skin conditions including acne, actinic keratosis, cysts, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and warts.

Our cosmetic team helps patients look and feel their best.  The nonsurgical aesthetic treatments include Botox, fillers (Belotero, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Voluma), Kybella fat removal, lasers (Fraxel Restore, Fraxel Repair, Gentle Yag, Vbeam/Perfecta, IPL, photofacial, laser hair removal), blue light, Ultherapy skin tightening, and CoolSculpting fat removal.  The plastic surgery procedures offered include facial plastic surgery, eyelid surgery, nose surgery, breast surgery, body contouring, mommy makeover, and vaginal rejuvenation. Skin Center also offers medical aesthetician services and massage therapy in Dade and Broward County.


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John Perrotto, D.O.

Dr. Perrotto received his bachelors of arts from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1996.

Dr. Perrotto graduated medical school from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001 and completed both family practice and dermatology residencies at Wellington, Florida. He had the distinction of servicing as chief resident in each of these programs. Dr. Perrotto is double board certified in family practice and dermatology. He completed a fellowship through the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology in West Des Moines, Iowa with world renowned physician, Dr. Roger Ceilley.

Dr. Perotto has performed thousands of Mohs cases and often lectures to other medical professionals in the field. He is an active member of multiple medical and surgical societies.

 

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Mary V. Endreson, PA-C

Mary loves seeing patients for Skin Cancer screenings and helping patients look their best. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida where she went on to pursue her masters in epidemiology and health policy research. Mary received her physician assistant degree with a concentration in dermatology from Nova Southeastern University in 2012. As a certified physician assistant, Mary is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Lauren Chabaud, CME/RMA

Lauren is a certified medical aesthetician and certified CoolSculpting & Ultherapy technician.  Originally from Paris, France Lauren speaks fluent French and English.  Lauren has been practicing for 25 years, spending the last 15+ years as a key member of the Skin Center team. Lauren specializes in anti-aging and treating the acne patient. Lauren creates a spa like environment while performing medical grade procedures.

 

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Dominique Chabaud, Permanent Make-Up Artist

Dominique Chabaud is an esthetician and permanent make-up artist.  Originally from Paris, France, Dominique speaks fluent French and English. 

Dominique did her training in Paris, Hawaii, and Texas.  She has been practicing for 30 years, specializing in micropigmentation (permanent make-up) for the last sixteen years.

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Lauren Birth, Massage Therapist

Lauren is an accomplished Massage Therapist with over six years’ experience in both medical offices and in the spa industry.  Lauren considers massage therapy her “calling in life”, being told from a young age that she had healing hands.  She is very happy to be using her gift to help others in the world on a daily basis. 

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Trisha Banks, LPN

Trisha is an advanced Ultherapy technician. Trisha finds it rewarding seeing her patients transform into their new bodies. She is a licensed practical nurse and a certified CoolSculpting technician. She has been a member of the Ohio Board of Nursing since 2005, and is also certified in IV therapy, CPR and phlebotomy. Trisha has worked in dermatology, focusing on assisting with Mohs Surgery and cosmetic procedures, at Skin Center since 2005. Trisha actively volunteers her time helping a number of local community organizations including Kids in Distress, the Red Cross, the VFW, the American Legion, the Humane Society and others. In 2010 she became the one of the first certified CoolSculpting technician  in Broward County and has successfully treated thousands of patients.

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Monika Ortiz, LPN

Monika is a licensed practical nurse and a certified CoolSculpting technician. Monika has been working with the Skin Center team since 2007, specializing exclusively in Mohs surgery, cosmetic dermatology and CoolSculpting fat removal procedures. Monika especially enjoys treating patients with Ultherapy and CoolSculpting to improve their cosmetic appearance.  In 2010 she became the one of the first certified CoolSculpting technician  in Broward County and has successfully treated thousands of patients.

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    "Dr. Galitzer was extremely nice and very thorough. I recommend Skin Center to all my friends. Thank you Dr. Galitzer!"

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    "Dr. Galitzer is so thorough when he does a skin exam it's amazing. I've been to several derm offices and no one goes over my skin like he does."

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    "All the people that work there were very compassionate and understanding and answered all my questions and concerns."

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    "...I had received nothing less than the highest level of professionalism, integrity, kindness and compassion! An exemplary medical practice! 5-Stars!!!"

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    "Dr. Galitzer identified the melanoma and I had to have a 50 cent sized piece of my shoulder extracted. Dr. Galitzer is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!"

    Tom P.
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    "He is a very compassionate human being who is very knowledgeable in everything he does. Excellent physician."

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    Dr Galitzer is great! He is both professional and caring.I was referred to him by a close friend. He can see what the problem is right away and gets it resolved."

    Linda V.
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    "Dr. Fien & her staff are great!...She listens to your concerns, explains your options in terms you can actually understand & then helps you figure out the best way..."

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    "Dr. Fein and her staff are efficient and courteous. Quality of care exceeds standards. As a physician, I strongly endorse this dermatologist."

    F M
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    "Dr. Fien is an amazing dermatologist. She's very nice and wants the best for her patients. She gives you a lot of time and...truthful answers about your skin."

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    "The staff is extremely welcoming and helpful and offers cold water while you wait in the waiting room. Everyone is super friendly!!"

    Renee
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    "Dr. Fien COULDN'T be nicer or smarter, she answered all of my questions and made me feel like I was as important as any other patient she had seen."

    Samantha M.
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    "I found her very thorough and personable. Explained all procedures I was having very well. I liked the office as well, and would definitely recommend her."

    Karen C.
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    "Dr. Fien is a marvelous doctor. She is professional, prompt and a delightful woman. I've been going to her for 2 years and she is the BEST dermatologist I've been to."

    Terri C.
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    "I came to Dr. Fien on the recommendation of a friend of mine, and I have already recommended this doctor to several others, most wholeheartedly."

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Skin Center
6550 North Federal Highway
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308