Laser Aesthetics in Park City UT
What are laser facial aesthetics?
Modern lasers are very effective at reversing some of the signs of aging on our facial skin. Laser energy can be used in both ablative and non-ablative fashions. At Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry we provide non-ablative treatments with the Fotana Lightwalker Laser. These treatments give our patients an alternative to more aggressive chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, and procedures such as dermabrasion. Plus, they can simply add these aesthetic treatments to their typical dental checkups to save time and hassle. That way you can leave our offices with a brilliant, healthy smile and healthy, younger-looking skin.
The Lightwalker laser energy creates what is known as neocollagenesis in the skin. This happens when the laser delivers non-ablative energy through the epidermis down into the skin’s second layer, the dermis. When the light energy penetrates the outer skin it converts to heat energy in the dermis. When the human body senses heat in the dermis it assumes there has been a wound. This triggers a “wound response,” although there is no actual wound or skin damage. This response is to instantly remodel the existing collagen at the treatment site and to then initiate production of new collagen. This is important for facial skin rejuvenation because collagen provides the underlying structural framework for our skin, keeping it firm and tight. The problem is that as we age our body produces one additional percentage point less collagen every year after we turn 20. By 50, that means 30 percent less collagen. That’s why aging skin sags, droops, becomes thinner, and is prone to showing wrinkles and lines.
If you are interested in laser aesthetics, contact Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry in Park City UT today.
Who is a good candidate for laser facial aesthetics?
Everyone is a good candidate for these treatments. Living in Park City, odds are you have some degree of sun damage on your facial skin. Couple sun damage with declining collagen production and you have the recipe for sunken cheeks, jowls, volume decrease around the mouth, sagging neck skin, thinning lips, and the other hallmarks of an aging face. Our Lightwalker laser treatments help you turn back the clock just a bit. These are non-ablative procedures, so they don’t involve any recovery time.
What laser treatments does Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry offer?
At Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, we utilize the Fotana Lightwalker laser for our procedures due to its variety of wavelengths and treatment options. This is the same laser we use for gum contouring, cavity preparation, and other dental procedures. By changing out the handpiece tip and varying the light wavelengths, it also delivers skin rejuvenation for our patients.
These are the procedures Dr. Peterson provides with the Lightwalker laser:
- Smoothlase™ — This application of the Lightwalker laser addresses areas around the mouth and chin. In the process described above, the laser energy delivered beneath the surface skin creates instant skin tightening and new collagen production to firm this area that is prone to wrinkling and sagging.
- Nightlase™ — Nightlase™ is Fotana’s non-invasive laser treatment to improve sleep by addressing sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Peterson directs the Lightwalker laser energy onto the sagging tissues at the back of the mouth. These are the tissues that sag during sleep and vibrate (causing snoring) or block the airway (causing sleep apnea). The Lightwalker er:YAG laser modality provides penetration of the outer tissues without ablation. This is key because heating the underlying tissues remodels and contracts the collagen. Patients notice a 50 percent immediate reduction in snoring and improved sleep.
- Liplase™ — For patients who don’t want the obvious volume change provided by dermal fillers, Dr. Peterson uses the Lightwalker laser on the lips. Increased collagen production here fills out the lips, smoothes vertical lip lines, and adds that pout everyone wants.
- Smootheye™ — Here the laser energy is directed onto those bothersome undereye bags, puffiness, and dark circles. The laser energy contracts the collagen and keeps firming the area for months.
What are the benefits of receiving laser facial aesthetic treatments at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry?
Part of the training to become a dentist involves extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. Who better then to target that anatomy with laser energy to tighten the skin and turn back the clock on aging? Dr. Peterson has mentored with Dr. Harvey Shiffman on the Fotana Lightwalker laser procedures.
Plus, who needs to go elsewhere for laser facial aesthetic procedures when you can combine them with your regular twice-yearly professional cleanings and checkups at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry?
Do I have to schedule a separate appointment for my laser treatments, or can they be done during my routine dental appointment?
There’s no reason to have two appointments. Simply tell us that you’d like to add a procedure such as Smoothlase™ and we’ll schedule that to follow your dental work.
Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry proudly provides laser aesthetics for patients from Park City, Salt Lake City, Heber, Midway, Duchesne, Vernal, UT and the surrounding areas. Call (435) 658-0678 today to schedule an appointment, or complete our online Contact Form here!