Friday, April 10, 2009
Medical Reports: Looking Younger
In the quest to look younger, many of us turn to laser treatments to erase wrinkles, but some laser therapy can mean weeks of recovery time. Now there's a gentler solution, and it's as easy as connecting the dots. Seven's Cristine Cruz explains in today's Health Cast.
WSVN -- Sandy Rowland is on a mission to rid her face of wrinkles.
Sandy Rowland: "I feel young, you know. Now I want to look younger."
Today, Sandy will have a new laser procedure called Dot Therapy. Doctor Roger Bassin says these microscopic puncture wounds or dots deliver CO2 energy that tightens skin and smooths wrinkles.
Dr. Roger Bassin: "You can see the immediate tightening already."
Because the laser beam is split, it leaves rows of healthy skin between the rows of dots. Traditional lasers target all the skin, often causing severe burning and scabbing.
Dr. Roger Bassin: "We would blast all the skin off at once. It would look like you were dragged on the pavement by your face pretty much. That's how patients would describe it."
This gentle laser can treat wrinkles, crow's feet, sunspots and even pre-cancerous lesions with minimal discomfort.
Sandy Rowland: "Like a little sting maybe, but it's not painful."
Patients get a topical numbing cream instead of anesthesia. The downtime is as little as three days. For traditional laser therapy the recovery is up to two months.
After 10 minutes, Sandy is done.
Sandy Rowland: "Wow, this is unbelievable. It's amazing."
This is what she looks like about a week later.
This one-time treatment comes with a price tag of $2,000, but those searching for the fountain of youth say it's worth it.
Christine Cruz: "The laser treatment is not for everyone. You have to check with your doctor to see if you're a candidate."
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