Deep Wrinkle Reduction in Fewer Treatments
Laser resurfacing is an excellent option to treat wrinkles–but the truth is that with most lasers you’ll need, four, five, or even six treatments to improve deeper lines. Few patients want to wait that long for real change, and that’s why we love the TRL (Tunable Resurfacing Laser) at La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa.
Adjustable to treat more severe signs of aging without surgery, TRL can smooth deeper facial wrinkles, scars, or blemishes, and even tighten loose skin in as little as one treatment. TRL is also an ideal add-on to a facelift or eyelid surgery to achieve a smoother, more youthful complexion that looks natural with your newly rejuvenated facial contours.
How does the TRL laser work?
TRL precisely removes damaged skin layers to stimulate collagen growth and healthy skin cell regeneration. This action improves skin quality, balances skin tone, and smoothes lines around the face, mouth, and eyes. Treatment depth will depend on the severity of your skin concerns, your goals, and how much downtime you are able to take.
What areas can be treated?
The most common area to treat is the face, around the eyes, or around the nose and mouth.
Who is a good candidate for TRL? Is it safe for darker skin?
TRL is best suited to patients with lighter skin shades, as there is some risk for discoloration if used on tanned or darker skin. Additionally, the trade-off for getting dramatic results with one or two treatments is that there is more downtime needed after TRL compared to other lasers we offer.
If you have darker skin, certain skin conditions, or difficulty healing, or if you are looking for a little-to-no downtime treatment, we can help you find another laser that will be safer for your skin and still achieve the results you desire.
How do I prepare for a TRL treatment?
Avoid sun exposure prior to treatment. Before heading outdoors, apply broad-spectrum SPF to areas that will be treated, and keep these areas shaded with hats or clothing as much as possible.
During your consultation, we will discuss with you any necessary pre-treatment, such as skin lighteners or prescription antivirals, based on your medical history. We will also give you a laser aftercare kit with products and supplies to optimize healing.
How many treatments will I need?
Many patients experience great results after just one treatment! However, as a deeper peel, the healing process will take a little longer. In most cases, patients are healed within 7 to 10 days but can expect a slightly pink “glow” for a few weeks after the treatment.
Will it be painful?
We make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible during TRL treatments. Comfort levels vary from patient to patient and with the depth of treatment, but TRL is generally very well tolerated with topical anesthetics and another pain medication, such as PRO-NOX™ nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which provides instant pain and anxiety relief at a moment’s notice without lasting side effects.
Our deepest TRL peels can be done during surgical procedures, while you are under anesthesia; an ideal option to achieve beautiful skin along with the rejuvenating effects of a facelift.
How soon will I see results?
After the initial healing process, you will see noticeable improvements in skin texture, tone, and wrinkles in as little as 2 weeks. Results will continue to improve over the next several months.
If you’d like to learn more about TRL and other options for skin resurfacing, contact us to schedule your free consultation!