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Surgical Laser Resurfacing in Vancouver BC

If you are looking for more of a dramatic improvement in your skin’s tone, texture, and overall clarity and appearance and you can tolerate a little bit more downtime than the average laser treatment requires then Surgical Grade Resurfacing is the treatment for you. Laser Skin Resurfacing can help treat a variety of different skin conditions caused by sun exposure, acne or simply by the natural aging process.

Our surgical grade laser treatment, called Sciton® Contour TRL™, is performed by Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi in our Vancouver BC cosmetic surgery practice. It is an ablative treatment that very precisely removes the outermost layer of the skin to reveal the beautiful, brand new skin underneath. Considered the safest and most effective skin resurfacing treatment available, the Countour TRL is an Erbium Yag laser that removes lines, wrinkles and sun damage.

 

 

What Skin Conditions does Contour TRL Laser Resurfacing Treat?

Contour TRL™ is a precise technology that is adjusted by Dr. Buonassisi to treat different types of tissue. Common areas treated include lower eyelids and around the mouth. These are areas that often present with obvious deep wrinkling and skin laxity. Whole face resurfacing is common as well. The Contour TRL™ removes wrinkles on the outside of the skin while stimulating the growth of collagen on the inside, improving the firmness, tightness and resilience of the skin. You may be a candidate for the Contour TRL™ if you have these conditions:

  • Mild to deep wrinkles
  • Persistent peri-oral (around the mouth) and peri-orbital (around the eyes) deep rhytides
  • Acne scars, post-traumatic scars and surgical scars
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Lax skin in all areas
  • Poor skin tone or texture

 

What Is Sciton® Contour™ TRL?

Although there are several lasers that are used for skin resurfacing, Sciton® Contour TRL™ is widely regarded as the safest and most effective skin resurfacing laser on the market today. TRL stands for Tunable Resurfacing Laser – this is a powerful device that can be tuned to deliver surgical grade skin resurfacing and is available only in a physician’s office. The Contour TRL™ can be tuned to meet the specific needs of each patient. For example, on a low setting it is used to perform light laser peels such as a NanoLaserPeel® which have minimal downtime, and on the high settings, to perform deep laser resurfacing treatments that have a longer downtime and reveal completely new skin. Deep laser skin resurfacing is often combined with cosmetic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) and facelift surgery so that the patient can take advantage of just one downtime.

 

What Skin Conditions does Contour TRL Laser Resurfacing Treat?

Contour TRL™ is a precise technology that is adjusted by Dr. Buonassisi to treat different types of tissue. Common areas treated include lower eyelids and around the mouth. These are areas that often present with obvious deep wrinkling and skin laxity. Whole face resurfacing is common as well. The Contour TRL™ removes wrinkles on the outside of the skin while stimulating the growth of collagen on the inside, improving the firmness, tightness and resilience of the skin. You may be a candidate for the Contour TRL™ if you have these conditions:

  • Mild to deep wrinkles
  • Persistent peri-oral (around the mouth) and peri-orbital (around the eyes) deep rhytides
  • Acne scars, post-traumatic scars and surgical scars
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Lax skin in all areas
  • Poor skin tone or texture

 

Benefits of Skin Resurfacing with Contour™ TRL

Contour™ TRL offers a number of benefits including the following:

  • Visibly reducing the signs of aging, including deep and moderate wrinkles, creases and folds, or fine lines, deep rhytids around the eyes and mouth
  • Improving the appearance of scars and blemishes on the face

 

 

How Is Contour™ TRL Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for You?

We provide the complete spectrum of laser resurfacing treatments including ablative, non ablative, fractionated, and broad band light treatments. You can learn all about our laser treatments here. Contour TRL™ laser procedures are considered deep resurfacing treatments – meaning they have a dramatic skin resurfacing result and have a longer downtime. Using our Sciton Laser technology, we customize the depth of treatment specifically for each patient so that they have a downtime that they can tolerate. Patients desiring a shorter recovery could consider moderate depth skin resurfacing treatments including MicroLaserPeel® and Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser, while light skin resurfacing treatments like the Nano Laser Peel have little to no downtime.

 

How is the Contour™ TRL Unique?

What makes the Sciton resurfacing laser truly unique when compared to other resurfacing lasers is the TRL technology, which allows Dr. Buonassisi to have independent control over the depth of ablation and coagulation with micron precision. A micron is a unit of measurement often used for the skin. A micron is equivalent to one millionth of a meter. With the TRL technology, the precision and control is unmatched with other lasers. The laser can be controlled precisely, allowing Dr. Buonassisi to perform treatments as shallow as 4 microns, to as deep as 200 microns per pass.

The next feature of the TRL laser which makes it so unique is that it makes it possible for Dr. Buonassisi to ablate as shallow or deep as is appropriate for the patient, with or without coagulation. Other lasers, like CO2, have a fixed ratio of coagulation to ablation without the ability to separate the two. With CO2, coagulation is always done with ablation, which can lead to hypopigmentation, sustained erythema, and longer recovery times. Because the Contour TRL decouples ablation from coagulation, Dr. Buonassisi can dial in the exact tissue effect needed for each patient’s pathology, objectives, and tolerance for downtime.

The Contour TRL uses a dual-mode erbium: YAG laser. Erbium has a much higher absorption in the target chromophore water than CO2, so the erbium can vaporize tissue with very little heat conducted to the tissue being treated. On the other hand, because of its comparatively low absorption by water, CO2 lasers conduct a significant amount of heat into the skin. Studies have shown that erbium lasers produce far fewer side effects such as the prolonged erythema and hypopigmentation that are common with CO2 lasers.

 

How Is Contour™ TRL Laser Resurfacing Performed?

Contour™ TRL by Sciton is regarded as the safest and most effective laser for gently and precisely removing the outer layers of the skin. The result is a reduction or even elimination of fine lines and wrinkles, and softer, smoother, younger-looking skin. Dr. Buonassisi will precisely control the depth of the laser treatment depending on the condition being treated.

 

Preparing for Contour™ TRL Skin Resurfacing

Our skin specialists have performed thousands of laser treatments and are experts in helping you prepare and recover from your procedure. You will be provided with detailed pre and post treatment instructions which outline some of the things you can do to help heal more quickly. The treatment itself takes roughly 30 – 45 minutes and you will be asked to avoid certain medications and stay out of the sun. We will recommend ways to protect your skin and keep it clean and protected as you recover.

 

Contour™ TRL Laser Resurfacing Recovery

The amount of downtime that you experience will depend on how deep your treatment is and what areas are treated. Dr. Buonassisi will discuss this with you during your consultation. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be red and feel sunburned. You may decide to take a couple of days off work and avoid exposure to the sun. You may be asked to wear sunscreen and apply moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Most patients having deep skin resurfacing will take 5 – 7 days off work and limit social activities for one to two weeks.

 

Why Choose Us?

We’ve been helping patients achieve their goals for over 15 years. Our team of skin and face specialists has vast experience performing surgical and non surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. We specialize in quality consultations and providing excellent pre and post treatment support. Please speak to a patient care consultant today by calling 604 733 1669, or request a consultation here.

 

Book Your Consultation Today

We want to help you put your best face forward so you can look good and feel good. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and let us teach you how to love your skin.

If you would like a dramatic improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars – Sciton® Contour TRL™ may be an option for you. This deep skin resurfacing treatment reveals smoother, tighter, brighter, clearer skin. Contour™ TRL is a surgical grade laser resurfacing treatment and is performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi in his Vancouver, BC area skin and laser practice.

 

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Contour™ TRL can take years off your face and dramatically improve the appearance of wrinkles and scars. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and take one step closer to loving your skin.