Dr. Behr uses the UltraPulse CO2 laser made by Lumenis or the TotalFX. The CO2 laser has been the gold standard for resurfacing of wrinkles for years and the UltraPulse CO2 Fractional Laser Technology provides precise control of the laser treatment depth. Dr. Behr often uses the TotalFX for resurfacing of wrinkles along with the DeepFX on deep wrinkles to stimulate collagen. The TotalFX treatment and gives remarkable results with less down time and fewer side effects.
Dr. Behr has been performing CO2 laser resurfacing since 1996. She began while at UCLA on faculty with the Ultrapulse CO2 laser. While this laser gave great results healing was prolonged. She has been using the UltraPulse Fractional CO2 laser since 2005 and has seen excellent results with minimal side effects and no scarring to date.
Usually one treatment gives great results, but in patients with deeper wrinkles a second treatment may be needed.
With facial resurfacing, a high-energy beam of CO2 light is used to vaporize lines, wrinkles, scars, dark spots and other irregularities, layer by layer. This process also stimulates the formation of new collagen over the next six months for continued improvement. Dr. Behr performs this procedure herself and tailors the procedure according to each patient’s needs and desired recovery time.
For moderate to deep resurfacing recovery time is about 7 to 10 days. The first few days the skin is red, swollen and slightly crusty. During this time it is very important to keep the skin moist with specific ointments given to you prior to your treatment. After 4-5 days the skin is healed but still pink. Skin care and sun protection is very important during this phase.
Dr. Behr provides topical and intramuscular or oral medications to ensure pain control. Medication is tailored for each patient.
Laser resufacing can restore you skin to a healthier state with fewer wrinkles. With proper sun protection, results can persist for more than five years. Where muscle activity is strong Dr. Behr may recommend BOTOX to help prevent lines from reappearing sooner.