Contour TRL™ Tunable Resurfacing Laser

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Contour TRL is an advanced laser treatment that reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone, and improves texture. Achieve a youthful complexion with customizable treatment options.

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Contour TRL™ Tunable Resurfacing Laser Services

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Contour TRL™ in Vancouver, BC

The signs of aging tend to creep up on us, with concerns such as mild-to-deep wrinkles and lines, loss of volume and skin laxity, dull complexion, poor skin tone or texture and sun damage. The severity of these signs vary from person to person, and depend on a variety of factors, but the thing that remains constant is the pinnacle of laser resurfacing to treat these, Contour TRL—Tunable Laser Resurfacing. If you are looking for a dramatic improvement in your skin’s tone, texture and overall clarity and appearance, without surgery, then this is the treatment for you. Our most powerful laser from the industry-leading Sciton, Contour TRL is an ablative treatment that very precisely removes the outermost layer of the skin to reveal beautiful, fresh skin underneath. Considered the safest and most effective skin resurfacing treatment available, the Contour TRL is an erbium YAG (Er:YAG) laser that removes lines, wrinkles, sun damage and more.


An Elevated Approach

Led by Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, one of North America’s most skilled board-certified facial plastic surgeons, 8 West Clinic is home to extensively experienced physicians, registered nurses, and medical aestheticians. Our providers combine their advanced training with a mastery of elevated techniques and industry-leading technologies to craft artful, efficacious results with individualized precision. We focus on a comprehensive spectrum of treatments with customized plans that are as unique as every individual who walks through our doors.

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The Benefits of Contour TRL™

Contour TRL provides the deepest level of laser resurfacing, providing advanced treatment of more severe cases and skin conditions, by removing the top layers of skin while boosting collagen grown in the deeper layers. Contour TRL is the ideal treatment for the following results:

  • Dramatic reduction of wrinkles and lines
  • Tightening of peri-oral (mouth) and peri-orbital (eyes) skin and wrinkles
  • Severe acne scars
  • Surgical scar management
  • Boost skin elastin and collagen

While Contour TRL does require longer downtime than other laser treatments, this is still a non-invasive alternative (or companion) to surgery to address the signs of aging.

Our Process

Our unique comprehensive approach focuses on 360º treatment plans bespoke to no one else but you. We aim to help you achieve the best version of yourself—no matter where your starting point is.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for Contour TRL?

As Contour TRL is our most powerful laser, it is typically reserved for patients with moderate-severe signs of aging, or acne scarring. We have a number of laser treatments that target various conditions, where TRL is the most ideal is if you observe the following skin conditions or concerns:

  • 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

The best way to determine your candidacy for this treatment is to book a complimentary consultation with one of our medical aestheticians. They will perform a thorough analysis of your skin and your concerns, and provide you with a customized treatment plan. Our entire range of laser treatments is taken into consideration, combined with over a decade of experience to determine your treatment plan, so you can rest assured knowing we have your best interests at heart.

How does Contour TRL work?

Like many other laser resurfacing treatments, Contour TRL uses its highly customizable Erbium YAG laser technology to penetrate and resurface the skin, while simultaneously stimulating collagen and elastin.

What makes the Sciton Contour TRL truly unique when compared to other resurfacing lasers is the technology, which allows your treatment provider to have independent control over the depth of ablation and coagulation with micron precision. A micron is equivalent to one millionth of a meter, and is a common unit of measurement used for the skin. With the TRL technology, the precision and control is unmatched by any other laser of this class—with the ability to penetrate as shallow as 4 microns, to as deep as 200 microns per pass.

The next feature of the Contour TRL laser which makes it so unique is that it makes it possible to ablate (resurface) as shallow or deep as is appropriate for the patient, with or without coagulation (heat). Because the Contour TRL decouples ablation from coagulation unlike some other lasers, we can dial in the exact tissue effect needed for each patient’s pathology, objectives, and tolerance for downtime.

How is Contour TRL performed?

While this is an incredibly powerful laser treatment, it is also 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.

A numbing topical ointment will be applied to your skin prior to treatment, as well as other methods of pain management will be discussed prior to your appointment. Our number one priority is your comfort, so we will ensure that you are experiencing as little pain or discomfort as we can provide.

The treatment requires you in a reclined position, as our expert medical aesthetician drags the laser applicator over the treatment area, precisely controlling the depth of the laser treatment, depending on the condition being treated.

There are a number of safety precautions, such as eye protectors and a second aesthetician assisting during your treatment.

What should I expect with a Contour TRL treatment?

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 instructions prior to treatment, such as what to avoid and how to prepare your skin.

The treatment itself takes roughly 30-45 minutes and you will be asked to avoid certain stay out of the sun post-treatment. After the treatment, you will be provided with comprehensive recovery instructions, with details on how to keep your skin clean and protected as you recover. It is also recommended to return to the clinic at certain intervals to receive a red light therapy treatment, which will help to enhance and speed up the healing process.

The amount of downtime that you experience will depend on how deep your treatment is and what areas are treated, which will be discussed with you during your consultation. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be red, feel sunburned, and potentially experience some pinpoint bleeding. We do recommend taking a few days off work, and to avoid exercise and exposure to the sun. Most patients having deep skin resurfacing will take 5 to 7 days off work and limit social activities for 1 to 2 weeks.


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Suzie S.
Contour TRL™ Tunable Resurfacing Laser

I have had several treatments at 8 West over the past 2 years. I cannot say enough positive things about my experience. I highly recommend 8 West and give Dr Buonassisi and Suzanne Powers an emphatic thumbs up! I encourage anyone to book a consult with 8 West.

Deb I.
Contour TRL™ Tunable Resurfacing Laser

8 West was incredible for my laser treatment. I was nervous as it was my first time and they calmed me down and explained everything that was going to happen. I am thrilled with the results. They are professional and friendly. Highly highly recommend this clinic for skincare treatments.

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