The Aerolase Neo Elite® offers one of the most advanced lasers available, and can help people of all skin tones achieve healthier, rejuvenated skin. This versatile, state-of-the-art laser system treats a comprehensive range of skin concerns and noticeably improves signs of skin aging. Here, board-certified physicians Dr. Kenya Lee and Dr. Marvin Lee explain this exciting non-surgical treatment option.
What is Aerolase?
The Aerolase system features an innovative 1064 nanometer Nd:YAG laser that offers safe and effective laser treatment options for all skin types and skin tones.
How is Aerolase different from other laser treatments?
Customizable wavelength settings mean Aerolase treatments can be targeted to improve almost any skin concern you may have. This also means the laser can be tuned to your skin tone for optimal safety. (Other lasers tend to have more limited options and thus treatment cannot be as highly customized for your concerns and skin tone.) Lastly, patients report Aerolase treatment is more comfortable than treatment with other lasers and zero downtime is required.
Understanding Aerolase technology
The Aerolase Neo Elite features break-through 650-microsecond technology that allows patients to experience less discomfort, no matter what condition is being treated. This is thanks to the device’s combination of high-power light delivery with a short pulse duration, which allows energy to pass through the skin without damaging surrounding tissues. This is a significant advantage over traditional laser devices that are often associated with serious discomfort during treatment as well as carrying an increased risk of adverse side effects afterward.
The Aerolase laser is attracted to melanin, hemoglobin, and water in your skin tissue. This allows it to target certain tissues without damaging the surrounding skin.
Most notably, this Colorado Springs laser treatment can be safely and effectively used on skin of color without causing pigmentation changes after treatment (i.e. post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation).
What can Aerolase treat?
Individuals of all ethnicities and skin tones can benefit from Aerolase, which is FDA-cleared to address a comprehensive range of 36 different medical and aesthetic skin concerns including:
- Cutaneous lesions
- Decubitus ulcers (bed sores)
- Hair removal
- Melasma (hyperpigmentation)
- Nail fungus
- PFB (ingrown hairs)
- Pigmented lesions (moles)
- Rosacea and redness
- Scars and stretch marks
- Skin rejuvenation and tightening
- Spider veins
- Tattoo removal
- Vascular lesions (birthmarks)
- Spider veins
- Warts and skin tags
- Wound healing
Treating pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB)
One of the most notable features that Aerolase offers is its highly-effective PFB treatment. PFB, commonly known as ingrown hairs or “razor bumps,” is a chronic condition caused by hair removal (i.e. shaving, waxing, plucking, etc.), typically affecting individuals with textured, curly hair. The curvature of hair causes it to grow downward and once it penetrates into the skin, the body reacts by forming painful papules. As a result, thick scars called keloids may also develop and leave permanent scarring and cause the skin to thicken. PFB poses aesthetic and medical issues for many people of color, affecting between 10-83% of black men to some degree, and is particularly prevalent among military members. The Aerolase laser permanently disables hair follicles, effectively eliminating PFB in treated areas.
Are there any side effects of Aerolase laser treatments?
Patients rarely report any side effects after Aerolase laser treatments. You may experience slight redness in treated areas, which typically fades within a few hours. Following Aerolase laser treatment in Colorado Springs, you are free to resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. Still, you should adhere to all aftercare instructions to speed healing, protect your skin, and promote optimal laser skin resurfacing results. Additionally, when going outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF30 or greater as often as directed.
Do Aerolase treatments hurt?
No—patients describe a mild, tolerable heat during Aerolase treatments and 93% of patients feel the results are worth it. Traditional 1064nm Nd:YAG lasers have a long pulse duration (the amount of time it takes to deliver laser energy to the treatment area), which is measured in milliseconds. Aerolase laser pulses are measured in microseconds—meaning the device has time to cool itself between pulses. This technology prevents the skin surrounding the targeted concern from becoming too hot or uncomfortable; Aerolase treatments thus do not require any anesthesia or cooling.
What treatments combine well with Aerolase?
Aerolase treatments can be paired with other modalities to maximize your aesthetic results. In particular, we suggest:
- Microneedling stimulates collagen production to further address signs of aging, minimize pigmentation variations, and improve skin texture issues.
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses healing platelets from your own blood to naturally support skin rejuvenation from within; this option is typically combined with microneedling treatment.
- Medical-grade skincare can enhance and prolong your Aerolase results (physician-only skin products contain higher levels of active ingredients and so provide more significant improvements in a shorter amount of time).
If you are new to skincare or would like to enhance your routine, we would be happy to curate a skincare regimen or suggest products targeted to suit your skin health goals.
How do I choose the best Aerolase provider?
Choose an official Aerolase provider to ensure your technician is properly trained and can achieve safe, optimal laser treatment results. They should be a physician themself or work directly under the supervision of an MD or DO. Additionally, verify that your provider has proven experience treating patients with your skin type and tone, as well as your specific concern. Be sure to view the provider’s own before and after photos (not just the laser manufacturer’s patient images) to ensure you will be satisfied with the potential results. Lastly, check the provider’s online reviews to see if other patients have had a positive experience with the practice.
If you are interested in treating any medical or aesthetic skin concerns with Aerolase, we invite you to visit PureLee Redefined medical spa in Colorado Springs. Board-certified doctors, Dr. Kenya Lee and Dr. Marvin Lee are both fully trained in providing safe, highly-effective Aerolase laser treatments for all skin types and concerns. We will discuss your goals, answer your questions, and evaluate your skin to determine the best treatment to safely improve your skin’s health and deliver results you will love. We are committed to ensuring your treatment will be both comfortable and successful. To schedule your Colorado Springs skin consultation, call us at (719) 452-8541 or book online now.