Laser Services in Dallas, TX
Meet Paul Kraft
Medical and aesthetic laser technologies seem to advance almost by the day. Much of my success as an Ablative Laser Specialist has been fueled by my constant desire to learn, and the great opportunities I have been given as a result. I was fortunate to start my laser career working in dermatology. This turned out to be a major springboard to later recruitment into the plastic surgery world, where I had the opportunity to create newer and more comprehensive protocols. In my early days working with lasers in dermatology, the protocols at the time dictated the use of one device per procedure. This was also an era where there were few laser technologies available. Results were generally good, but the progress was slow, as multiple treatments were the norm. Often this process resulted in multiple appointments and multiple healing times. Today’s patients want great results and as little downtime as possible.
From the beginning, I became obsessed with learning everything I could about laser physics and tissue interaction. My learning process has involved a lot of time, a lot of travel, and the help of many important mentors. Annually, I attend many conferences, meetings, industry presentations, and preceptorships with the leaders in laser across the country. I have been very blessed to have these incredible opportunities. It seems the more I learn, the more I want to learn and continue to hone my skills and create new and exciting protocols.
I was an early adaptor of combination laser and energy-based modality protocols. I see each of the lasers and energy-based devices as distinct tools in my toolbox. A tool is only as good as the knowledge base of the provider. Used safely, correctly, and intuitively, I incorporate as many devices as necessary in a single procedure to produce dramatic improvements.
At the Laser and Aesthetic Center by Rachel Walker MD, we have a vast array of technologies available to treat each skin type and concern. Each procedure is customized, including a tailored pain management plan that ranges from topical medication to general anesthesia. Healing times are surprisingly quick, even with our most aggressive protocols.
Having battled skin cancer for almost 20 years and living with burn scars on my face from a childhood tragedy, I have been motivated to help others feel confident and proud of their appearance. There is no greater feeling than seeing happy patients with excellent outcomes.
What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a popular cosmetic treatment that helps to rejuvenate and rebuild the skin using controlled laser energy. This technology tricks the skin into creating new cells to replace the damaged and dead skin cells that often accumulate on the epidermis. More than sloughing off a blanket of damaged cells, fractional laser resurfacing works on a cellular level to stimulate the production of healthier, more radiant skin cells over time.
The fractional laser resurfacing process is gentler than traditional CO2 resurfacing. It is much less ablative but just as capable of reducing blemishes, scarring, sun damage, and other concerns. Fractional resurfacing affects tiny areas of the skin, leaving bridges of untouched tissue in between pinpoint dots. This technique promotes profound tissue rejuvenation as well as a faster recovery.
What are the benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Adjustable fractional CO2 devices are versatile and effective. This technique may be appropriate for all skin tones and types due to adjustable settings. It can produce outstanding improvements, as well. These include:
- More radiant skin
- Reduction of sun damage
- More even skin tone
- Smoother skin texture
- Reduced pore size
- Reduction in acne scars
- Reduction in stretch marks
- Smooths fine lines and superficial wrinkles
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is also:
- More comfortable than standard ablative laser resurfacing
- Versatile enough to address multiple concerns simultaneously
- Capable of achieving noticeable results after just one treatment
What is the Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure?
All treatments begin with a consultation. Once it has been determined that fractional laser resurfacing is the appropriate modality, we may be able to perform the brief procedure immediately. This laser treatment is performed after the skin has been mildly numbed with a topical anesthetic. After a few minutes, the numbing cream is removed and a handheld device is moved over the surface of the skin. The handpiece delivers pulses of laser light into the deeper layers of the skin as determined by our treatment plan. The heat causes controlled damage in the lower layers of tissue, leaving much of the epidermis untouched. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure may take from 15 to 60 minutes.
Is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing safe?
Yes. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is generally considered safe and effective. All laser procedures carry potential risks. These include scarring, infection, reactivation of herpes cold sores, pigment changes, and burns or blisters. A trained, experienced provider conducts fractional laser resurfacing carefully and monitors the skin throughout the process to ensure a normal response.
Are there any side effects of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Common side effects associated with fractional CO2 laser resurfacing include redness and tenderness. These feel like a normal sunburn and may last from a few hours to a few days, depending on the depth of the procedure and how the body naturally heals. Our team provides patients with instructions regarding how to care for their skin, including how to moisturize and reduce side effects as needed. Patients are typically ready to resume normal activities within a week following their treatment.
What is the GentleLASE Laser?
The GentleLASE laser device is an Alexandrite laser that emits longer wavelengths of high-energy light than other lasers. This allows the GentleLASE to reach deeper into hair follicles during short treatment sessions. The GentleLASE can be used just about anywhere on the face or body to halt hair production.
What are the benefits of GentleLASE laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is beneficial because it enables you to end the rut of shaving, waxing, plucking, or removing hair using other conventional methods. The GentleLASE device offers the additional benefits of speed and comfort. These benefits are achieved through longer pulses of light and a building Dynamic Cooling Device that reduces the buildup of heat in the skin.
How is laser hair removal performed with GentleLASE?
Before laser hair removal, it is best to stop plucking or waxing in the desired area. The longer this is avoided, the better. Shaving may continue and should be done the day before laser treatments are performed. It is also necessary to stop using glycolic or salicylic acid products on the treatment area several weeks before beginning laser hair removal. To increase the contrast between the hair and skin colors, stop tanning (even self-tanning lotions).
At your laser hair removal appointment, you will be given a pair of goggles to place over your eyes to protect you from the bright light of the device. The provider will adjust the machine to the appropriate setting and begin moving the handheld device over the treatment area. As this is done, you may feel warming and snapping sensations, disrupted periodically by the cooling feature on the device.
Is GentleLASE safe?
Yes. The GentleLASE device is customizable according to each person’s skin and hair color, hair texture, and the area being treated. This hair removal laser is safe even for sensitive areas such as the bikini area, the upper lip, and the nipples.
Are there any side effects of GentleLASE hair removal?
The side effects of GentleLASE hair removal are mild and transient. After your treatments, you can expect to resume normal activities right away. Your skin may feel slightly sensitive, like you have a sunburn, so it may be necessary to wear loose, soft clothing for a day or two. Some people feel a mild stinging or tingling sensation and notice some redness. If needed, a cold compress can be applied to the treatment area for about 20 minutes at a time. Ice should never be applied directly to the skin; place a thin towel or piece of clothing between you and your ice pack.
Schedule a Consultation
We can help you get the smooth skin you want. Call (972) 661-5077 to schedule laser skin resurfacing or laser hair removal in our Dallas office.