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Repair Sun Damaged Skin with Lasers

Original Article by Greenwich Medical Spa Staff

You’ve probably heard spring being referred to as the season of rebirth and renewal, but around here, we like to think of it as fall. That’s because after a long summer spent outdoors, on the water or at the beach, your skin has probably been exposed to more than its share of the sun’s damaging rays. As the days get shorter, your prime season to refresh and rejuvenate your skin is here, and when it comes to sun damage, we turn to the skin resurfacing power of non-invasive lasers.

Whether your days of glory have led to skin discoloration like brown spots and red spots or an uneven tone and rough texture, the Fraxel laser and the IPL Photofacial target multiple layers of skin to repair damage below and resurface on top. We combine the effects of these two laser treatments to significantly reverse sun damage to the skin.

The Fraxel laser gets rid of brown spots by thermally damaging the outer layers of the skin. As the old skin is sloughed off, new skin replaces it, and your body’s collagen production gets a boost, too. In addition to benefiting skin tone, Fraxel reduces acne scars, wrinkles and melasma.

The IPL Photofacial uses intense pulsed light, which is sent below the skin’s surface to destroy the blood vessels and melanin that are causing discoloration. Not only does IPL reverse the visual effects of sun damage by eliminating spots, redness and broken capillaries, it offers a solution to rosacea redness too.

Both of these non-surgical laser treatments resurface the skin and reverse sun damage without a lot of downtime, and they can be used virtually anywhere on the face or body. Separately, Fraxel and IPL offer noticeable results, and together, they provide total skin rejuvenation.

Because you will need to avoid the sun before and after treatment, fall is the best time to get started on your journey to repairing sun damage, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, minimizing pores and improving skin elasticity. Laser treatments are performed in a series of four, spaced about a month apart. That means, your fall skin renewal will be complete just in time for that other season of rebirth.


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Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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