The Sciton Contour TRL (Tunable Resurfacing Laser) is regarded as the gold standard in erbium YAG laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Holcomb has used the Contour TRL since 1999 and has written a number of peer reviewed articles and book chapters regarding the use of the Tunable Resurfacing Laser for skin rejuvenation. The Contour TRL enables a range of treatment options – from shallow peels (NanoLaserPeel™, MicroLaserPeel™) to deep skin resurfacing – with the ultimate precision and flexibility to meet each patient’s desired treatment goals.
The Contour™ TRL Laser Peel Procedure
The laser peel safely removes the outermost layers of skin, with the treatment depth to best address your concerns determined by your physician. The resurfacing depth will depend on the condition of the skin, your skin rejuvenation goals and the anticipated downtime.
The Tunable Resurfacing Laser interacts with skin tissue with incredible precision, which means your skin will be treated with precisely the amount of energy that is required. The treatment will stimulate the production of new collagen to improve the thickness and texture of the skin while also improving the skin’s outer clarity and tone.
Just before the treatment, your skin will be cleansed and your eyes will be covered and protected. A laser hand piece will then be positioned over the skin and held in place while a computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam. Depending on the treatment area(s), this procedure will be completed within just a few minutes for smaller zones and up to 30 minutes for the full face.
With shallow treatments, the laser peel is usually well tolerated with topical anesthetic. For deeper treatments, both topical and local anesthetic medications are required and many patients also opt for IV sedation anesthesia (General Anestesia is NOT required).
Laser Resurfacing Recovery
Your skin may feel like you have a sunburn immediately after treatment and you may experience temporary mild to moderate redness for days to a few weeks or longer depending on treatment depth, skin type and healing. There may also be mild swelling over the initial few days that typically subsides on its own – keeping your head elevated during the first week can be very helpful. You will be instructed to apply a special topical balm to protect the skin during the initial healing process. It is also important to avoid direct sunlight until your skin is fully healed and you are able to wear sunblock, as the treatment will make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure.
While the complete recovery and healing time will depend on the treatment depth, you can expect a recovery of 3 to 4 days with a shallow treatment ranging up to 5 to 7 days or longer with a deeper treatment. Camouflage mineral cover-up may be used after the outer skin layers have healed (typically about one week).. At this point that you will notice improvements in the texture and tone of your skin. A deeper laser skin resurfacing treatment will stimulate greater collagen remodeling in the weeks and months following your treatment allowing for greater overall improvement.
What can the TRL Laser treat?
Because this laser procedure may be customized, it can treat a wide range of skin problems such as:
- Poor skin tone or texture
- Mild to deep wrinkles, even in difficult to treat areas near mouth / eyes
- Skin lesions (e.g. benign moles)
- Sun damage
- Superficial acne scarring
Are you a candidate?
Women and men who are concerned about the appearance of their skin and want to refine the skin’s texture while improving lines and wrinkles, sun damage and scars may be good candidates for a laser peel. Contour TRL skin resurfacing is most appropriate for lighter and medium skin tones.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you want younger and healthier-looking skin and hope to address specific skin problems such as sun damage, wrinkles or acne scars, schedule your consultation today to learn if the Tunable Resurfacing Lasercan help you achieve your desired results.