What is Contour TRL Treatment?
Contour TRL is an advanced Tunable Resurfacing Laser that removes superficial layers of the skin to reduce cosmetic imperfections such as hyperpigmentation, rough texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. These problems, often related to sun damage and aging, make us look tired and older than we feel. This laser peel removes the old, damaged cells that are responsible for cosmetic aging and leaves fresh new layers of skin in their place.
The Contour TRL treatment generates an internal healing response through which the skin renews itself. Common concerns that can be treated with this modality include:
- Fine lines
- Deep lip lines and facial wrinkles
- Poor skin texture and tone
- Acne and surgical scars
- Sunspots and pigment irregularities
- Actinic Keratosis
Contour TRL Before & After Images
How does Contour TRL work?
Using Erbium Yag laser energy, Contour TRL resurfaces the skin gently and efficiently. The depth of treatment is determined by the provider based on the severity of cosmetic aging and the patient’s desired outcome and preferences related to downtime. The treatment can vary from a very superficial “Arctic peel” which does superficial exfoliation all the way up to a full face resurfacing addressing the deeper lines and wrinkles with substantial improvement to the look and quality of the skin. The micron precision of this device enables us to administer just the right amount of energy to stimulate collagen, which is vital to tissue resilience and thickness. After the surface cells are removed by the laser, the body is invited to send healthy new cells to the surface. This results in a younger, more vibrant appearance.
The procedure lasts from 15 – 45 minutes depending upon the depth of treatment. To manage comfort, a topical numbing anesthetic is applied for about 45-60 minutes before we begin. The most superficial peels usually do not require this. During treatment, the laser handpiece is positioned above the skin. The computer-guided scanner then directs the laser beam across the treatment area.
Will I need more than one treatment?
The Contour TRL device has been developed for deep laser peels and is capable of achieving excellent patient outcomes with a single treatment. However, depending on the depth of peel a patient prefers compared to their desired level of improvement, multiple treatments may be necessary. This is a detail of treatment that we discuss during our consultation visit once we have become familiar with the patient’s concerns and wishes regarding downtime.
Does it hurt?
Our goal is to make the procedure as painless as possible. Usually, a topical anesthetic is used, and sometimes local anesthetic with or without oral sedation is used as well. We take the extent and depth of the peel into account when considering how to promote the best possible experience.
Patient comfort is a priority in our practice. In addition to the topical anesthetic, or as an alternative, many patients choose ProNox. This self-administered nitrous oxide anesthesia achieves comfortable relaxation as well as an increased pain threshold without causing lingering side effects. Talk with a member of our staff to learn more about ProNox for your Contour TRL treatment.
How long until I see results?
After a laser peel, the uppermost layers of the skin will slough off. Mild to moderate flaking or peeling coincides with redness and swelling. While swelling typically resolves within a few hours, deeper peels may incur redness that lasts for a few weeks. After one week, breathable makeup can be applied to diminish this side effect. Once cellular turnover has occurred, noticeable improvements in skin tone, texture, and firmness can be seen. This may take a week or two. Furthermore, because collagen production is stimulated by treatment, improvements progress for up to 6 months.
Am I a candidate for TRL Treatment?
The TRL laser peel may be ideal for you if you are in good general health and have realistic expectations for your appearance. Patients interested in reducing the signs of sun damage and age-related roughness, pigmentation, and wrinkles typically achieve appreciable results from Contour TRL treatment. The peel is appropriate for a wide range of skin types and tones. However, it may not be suitable for people with a history of pigment problems or with very dark skin. Individuals with lighter skin and openness to a little downtime often achieve optimal results with fewer treatments.
Post Procedure Care
Dr. Epstein and his aesthetician will prescribe a detailed post-procedure skin care program designed to promote healing and help you to attain the very best results possible. You will be followed very closely after your procedure to ensure that your skin is healing in the most desirable fashion.