Services-Matthew Kienstra, MD

Laser Skin Treatments

Micro Laser Peel™

The MicroLaser Peel utilizes a beam of light scanned over a treatment area to remove
a very thin layer of skin. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged
cells that can give skin a tired, aged look. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and
resurface the treated area. The depth of this treatment can be customized and healing
time will vary accordingly. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced
wrinkles and improved evenness in color. Patients often say that it looks as if their skin
went from tired to vibrant.

What conditions can be treated with Micro Laser Peel?
• Mild wrinkles
• Scars
• Keratosis
• Sun damage (e.g., freckles)
• Pigment irregularities

How many treatments will I need?
Results can be obtained in just one treatment; however, optimal results are achieved with a series of treatments. Dr. Kienstra can personalize a plan based on your specific needs and may choose to combine MicroLaser Peel? with Profractional and/or Forever Young BBL? for even greater results.

What will happen during the procedure?
The area of your skin to be treated will be cleansed and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. The laser handpiece will be positioned above the skin and held in place as the computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam around the treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 30-45 minutes.

Will it be uncomfortable?
One of the primary advantages of Micro Laser Peel is that it causes little pain because it does not penetrate very deep into the skin. At its most shallow settings, most people can tolerate treatment with no anesthetic at all. At deeper settings, a topical numbing cream is typically used.

What should I expect immediately after the treatment?
Immediately after the treatment you will notice that the skin has a “frosty” appearance. This is the dehydrated skin that will peel away within the next few days following the treatment. You may experience some redness, mild swelling, and a sensation resembling that of a sunburn.

How long will it take to recover?
Depending on the depth of treatment, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work within 3 to 4 days – an attribute that has given rise to the nickname "the weekend peel."

What aftercare do I need?
You may be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the procedures, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always sunscreen with SPF 30-50 with zinc-oxide.

When should I expect results?
Because only the outer layer of skin is treated, most patients notice an obvious improvement in tone, texture, and color evenness once the skin heals in approximately 3-4 days.