No More Unwanted Marks
Brown spots, broken capillaries and other fallout from photo-ageing are easy targets for laser systems that use broadband light to repair these defects through a process called photo-rejuvenation. Additionally, facial wrinkles can now be treated non-ablatively, contributing to a more youthful appearance. Using relatively low-energy, short-pulse broadband light, imperfections such as erythema of rosacea, superficial telangiectasia, dyschromia, age spots and other discoloured signs of photo-ageing can be gently heated and eliminated, replaced by newer, younger looking skin. Each treatment is gently with no downtime. In fact, laser skin treatments for wrinkles and other signs of ageing can be done within an hour and no one will notice any sign of treatment, just a gradual improvement in the skin’s appearance.
How Does AFT Pulsed Light Work?
Simply put, AFT pulsed light energy is absorbed by the target areas without damaging healthy skin. Selectively heating and closing off blood vessels, AFT pulsed light reduces the lesions, while sparing nearby tissue from injury. With pigmented lesions the light energy heats the melanin in the lesion and causes it to fragment. The melanin fragments are then absorbed by the body and eliminated. By providing smooth, consistent light pulses, the energy delivered to the skin is gentle and effective.
Why Choose this Treatment?
Traditional treatments for removing or reducing the appearance of vascular and pigmented lesions are often long-term and uncomfortable. Frequently administered corticosteroid medications can have undesirable side effects. Cryosurgery cannot be used in many cases. Surgery and treatment with ablative lasers can be painful and may cause damage and scarring to adjacent body areas.
Also, nearly all conventional treatments require an extended healing period. In contrast, AFT treatments require no downtime and can be used to treat many types of vascular and pigmented lesions quickly and safely.
What are Benign Vascular and Pigmented Lesions?
Benign vascular lesions are an abnormal clustering of blood vessels which are red in colour. Pigmented lesions, less widespread, are clusters of melanin in the skin and are brown in colour. While some lesions may fade, others become more pronounced over time.
How to Get Started
To begin with, all patients must meet with a consultant to determine their course of treatment. The consultant will then set treatment plans according to the characteristics, such as the size and location of each patient’s lesions. Most lesions can be treated within half an hour and for best results, repeated treatments are required.
Safe, Effective and Relatively Painless Treatment
The high level of light and gentle energy parameters assure safe, effective treatment. Uniquely shaped AFT Light is pulsed precisely, heating the intended targets and causing remarkably little or no skin damage or discomfort. This optimal use of energy both increases safety and eliminates the need for cooling methods.
While discomfort varies from individual to individual, most people tolerate AFT pulsed light treatment well and describe the sensation as a rubber band snap to the skin. The majority of patients require no anaesthesia, though topical anaesthetic is an option for the more sensitive areas if you so desire.
Technology in Use
AFT is the next generation of intense pulsed light. It takes formerly unused short-wavelength light and converts it into part of the usable spectrum through a special filtering system. It increases emission and penetration, for safer and more effective treatments.
AFT also delivers Equally Distributed Fluence, which means that every pulse has uniform energy density across the entire output face. This fluence ensures repeatable results and remarkable safety. AFT yields a more efficient system for ideal clinical improvements, less discomfort and minimal skin damage.
- Effective non-surgical treatment for a common cosmetic concern
- Quick 20-minute treatment time makes it easy to fit into a busy day
- Completely safe with no downtime
AFT for Spider and Varicose Veins
The non-invasive laser treatment of unsightly leg veins is one of the most requested yet most challenging of aesthetic procedures. Because of the various diameters, depths and pressures found with these vessels, their treatment often requires a wide range of wavelengths, pulse widths and fluences. Using a combination of therapies, such as those included on the Harmony®XL system, Lasertech’s physicians are able to treat both superficial and deep telangiectasias as well as telangiectatic matting and hemosiderin staining.
Using the principle of selective photo-thermolysis, these vessels can be selectively heated and collapsed without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. Depending on the nature of the vessels, either the Nd:YAG or an AFT treatment head on the HarmonyXL can be used to produce the desired effect. In fact, using a combination of 1064-nm laser light in conjunction with various broadband AFT treatment parameters has, in many cases, been shown to be more effective than laser treatment alone.
AFT for Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Stretch Marks, Hypopigmentation
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation (http://www.psoriasis.org), psoriasis affects nearly 2% of the global population. Traditional treatments range from topical creams or to oral medications (which must be monitored for systemic side-effects) and even ultraviolet phototherapy, which is extremely time-consuming and has other associated risks. The UVB handpiece on the HarmonyXL laser system provides psoriasis sufferers an alternative treatment that includes no pharmaceuticals, reduces the number of required sessions and only takes minutes.
Vitiligo, on the other hand, is a form of leukoderma, or loss of skin pigmentation. Vitiligo affects at least 1% of the world’s population and develops as white spots in the skin that vary in size and location.
Severe trauma such as burns can also destroy pigment cells, resulting in leukoderma. Stretch marks, acne scars, post-surgical and traumatic scars can also produce a similar loss of pigment. Until recently the only treatments available included UV phototherapy and topical or injected corticosteroids. And while none of these worked very well, there were some forms of leukoderma for which there was no known method of re-pigmentation.
The UVB handpiece available on the Harmony®XL laser system has the ability to produce short pulses of 295 – 350 nm light, which has been demonstrated to successfully treat leukoderma, including vitiligo. While most UV therapies require treatments that expose both the effected and healthy skin, Alma’s UVB procedures only require treatment of affected areas, which minimizes the risk of injury to the surrounding areas and significantly reduces treatment times.
AFT for Acne Treatment
Effective Alternative to Daily Pills and Creams
Acne is a common condition characterized by obstructed sebaceous glands, pimples and sometimes, deeper cysts or nodules that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. When severe, acne can often result in scarring. Even less severe cases can lead to scarring, if not properly treated.
Until recently, patients with persistent, moderate acne have been treated with only topical or sometimes systemic antibiotics. Recent studies have demonstrated, however, that certain discrete spectra can trigger endogenic porphyrins that naturally destroy P. acnes bacteria — and in just a fraction of the time it typically takes for antibiotics to work. Within eight brief acne laser treatments, over just four weeks, Harmony®XL’s AFT can provide significant improvement. This is three times faster than common antibiotics and topical creams. Patients should achieve 80% clearance and treatments for acne take only a few minutes.