Leonard J. Torok, M.D.
Medical Director, Trillium Creek Dermatology
Laser correction at Trillium Creek can offer results similar to traditional plastic surgery for many skin conditions without the associated pain, downtime and expense. Dr. Leonard Torok says, “The technology available today allows patients to get a more natural correction of scarring, wrinkling and the problems of aging skin more easily than undergoing plastic surgery. These new treatments do not alter your appearance in an unnatural way.”
Trillium Creek uses several lasers, such as intense pulsed light (IPL), to produce the look you want. Each treatment works differently, depending on the condition being treated.
Let’s take a look at each modality:
“IPL is a light-based system where specific colors of light are put into the skin with a short pulse,” Dr. Leonard Torok explains. “Red light is specific to removing abnormal blood vessels, brown light removes brown age spots, while the normal surrounding tissue is unaffected.”
“IPL has the secondary benefit of shrinking the sebaceous (oil) glands, which decrease the size or pores, as an added aesthetic benefit,” Dr. Leonard Torok says. “For the same reason, it is also a good treatment for controlling mild-to-moderate acne. IPL is combined with extraction of the sebaceous glands for a longer lasting reduction in acne. The IPL treatments can be combined with topical application that increase the effects of the treatment.”
IPL also reverses sun damage to the skin. Preliminary tests have shown it to be able to remove approximately 70 percent of future-developing skin cancer in those areas treated with IPL.
The erbium laser can be absorbed by water, so it can affect all tissues that contain water. It is mainly used for remodeling tissue that has been scarred or has become wrinkled with age.
“The erbium laser allows us to smooth the skin around scars. Since the skin replaces itself every three weeks, the erbium laser creates a new wound with a smooth surface. The skin then replaces itself following the smooth contour of the new wound,” he says.
The erbium laser is used to remove scars from acne and other wounds as well as the laxity and pigmentation problems associated with aging skin.
Not sure what procedure is right for you? No problem. Dr. Leonard Torok suggests a consultation appointment at which time your goals and the best potions for attaining them will be discussed.
“Everyone’s skin responds differently to lasers,” he says. “In the consultation, if we decide on a laser treatment, we will do a test patch area to see how your skin reacts to the laser. Each patient gets a customized protocol, depending on the area of the body to be treated and what the patient desires.”