Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing treatments are designed to reverse and eliminate the signs of aging, but some lasers are more effective than others. The Polaris WR laser by Syneron is an FDA-approved non-ablative skin rejuvenation procedure, and works by emitting radio frequency waves through a diode laser. The combination of diode laser energy and radio frequency is what makes this laser different from other laser resurfacing procedures available in the United States. Here’s a close look at how the Polaris laser procedure works, and what its key benefits and drawbacks are:
How Polaris Laser Skin Resurfacing Works
The Polaris laser skin resurfacing device uses a combination of radio frequency energy and pulsed light to damage the skin tissues deep under the skin’s surface. Unlike Thermage and other skin rejuvenation procedures, the Polaris laser promotes collagen production and tissue contraction with a powerful laser light beam. The treatment is designed to not only improve the texture and tone of the skin, but also helps reduce redness and brown blotches on the skin’s surface. The procedure can be customized to reach different depths of the skin and the physician can also control the intensity of heat.
The procedure begins by spraying cool air directly onto the skin so that the heat from the laser does not cause discomfort. The Polaris device is applied directly onto the skin so that the pulsed light, laser and RF energy can penetrate deep into the dermis. There are no incisions involved, the procedure is performed fairly rapidly.
Key Benefits of the Polaris Laser
The Polaris laser is performed on an outpatient basis either at a medical spa, cosmetic surgery center, or aesthetic surgery center. Since there are no incisions involved, there is no tissue damage to the skin. Some of the key benefits of the Polaris laser include:
No bleeding or risk of bruising
Minimal risk of scarring
Helps reduce appearance of wrinkles
Tightens sagging skin
Improves skin tone
Uses three different forms of energy to treat multiple skin problems
Relatively painless procedure
Provides both immediate and gradual results
Skin continues to tighten as new collagen is formed
The Polaris laser skin resurfacing procedure can be performed on all areas of the face, neck and décolleté area, and is particularly effective for filling in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can also soften the deeper grooves lines around the forehead. In some cases, the Polaris laser can treat acne, acne scars and stretch marks.
Drawbacks of the Polaris Laser
The Polaris laser has been proven safe and effective for most skin types, but there are some risks involved with the procedure. The skin will be red and slightly swollen for a few days after the procedure, and individuals with very thin skin may not see results for several weeks after the procedure. Results do fade gradually over time, so the individual will need to undergo another procedure to maintain or enhance results.
Learn more about laser skin resurfacing procedures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Polaris laser skin resurfacing procedure.