Cosmetic Procedures

Nonablative Resurfacing

Skin Tightening Treatments | Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)  | Cutera Coolglide Laser Treatments | ButteLaser resurfacing improves skin tone, texture, wrinkles and scars that surgical procedures cannot address. Utilizing tiny beams of laser energy to precisely target specific layers of the skin, a series of healing responses is produced that leads to tissue regeneration and new collagen formation throughout the entire treatment area. Fractional technology allows for only a portion of the skin to be treated by the laser, leaving "bridges" of untouched skin, significantly shortening the healing time and permitting you to get back to normal activities more quickly.

ActiveFX is a single treatment procedure to smooth out fine lines, decrease brown spots and other irregularities, as well as tighten the skin. The procedure is especially effective around the eyes and for less advanced changes around the mouth. ActiveFX can also be performed on the neck, upper chest and hands.

DeepFX is a revolutionary fractional laser technology for aged, sun-damaged or scarred skin. Because only a portion of the skin is treated, this allows for deeper penetration of the energy into the skin, especially important in the treatment of scars and deep wrinkles. ActiveFX and DeepFX are often used together for TotalFX to address deeper wrinkling, scarring, skin texture and tightening.

At Montana Facial Surgery, we perform the procedure in our office using a topical anesthetic cream and a local anesthetic depending on the area treated. There is some discomfort associated with the procedure, which we work hard to minimize. After the procedure, there is little to no pain. Your home care will be reviewed with you prior to the procedure. Depending on the intensity of the treatment, you should be able to resume normal activity in about a week.

Treatment results are long-term and with proper sun protection can persist for many years. Many effects of the treatment become visible right away, whereas others – such as new collagen formation – build up gradually and become more evident over time. Therefore, most people look even better 3-6 months after the procedure.

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Intense Pulsed Light – For Brown and Red Discoloration

LimeLight is a non-invasive Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment that can be customized for different skin tones and skin conditions. Any part of the body can be treated that has brown spots or discoloration, redness or tiny veins (telangiectasia). The procedure also improves skin tone and surface imperfections. When the pulse of light is delivered, you will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. Gel and a cooling device are used to minimize the discomfort. Treatment time varies and depends on the area of the body being treated. However, most treatments should take under an hour. One to four treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Shortly after treatment, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may be red. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Treatment levels can be adjusted for your skin type and treatment goals and you can usually resume normal activities immediately. Within one to three weeks, the dark spots will flake and fade, redness will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.

Rosacea and flushing can also be treated with the LimeLight and the nonablative laser. Rosacea is a chronic condition and cannot be 'cured' with any laser or light source; however, its appearance can be improved. First, larger vessels are treated with the vascular laser, and then a LimeLight treatment is performed. This is followed by a nonablative laser treatment. The procedure takes about 45 minutes and there is usually transient redness, and there may be discoloration if large vessels are treated. There also may be some swelling for a couple of days, especially if vessels are treated. The procedure should be done when you have some time to recover, like over a weekend.

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Skin Tightening

Skin Tightening Treatments | Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)  | Cutera Coolglide Laser Treatments | ButteThe Titan procedure utilizes an infrared light to heat the deeper layers of your skin. The heat stimulates collagen production and produces tightening of the skin. The most common areas treated are the jawline, under the chin, and the abdomen, though any body area can be addressed. You may notice some redness and mild swelling in the treated area which should dissipate within a few hours. No anesthetic is required and you may resume full activity immediately. While a single treatment can produce good results for many patients, it is quite common to have two or three treatments over a few months.

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Vascular Treatment – Facial & Leg Veins, Vascular Lesions, Redness & Flushing

The Cutera Coolglide laser can safely and effectively treat both tiny facial veins and deeper blue leg veins on men and women of all skin tones. The laser delivers pulses of light energy which causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the blood vessel, which is later resorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin's surface, where it should be. Large knotty varicose veins often need different forms of treatment, and if there is pain or swelling associated with the vessels, a more extensive evaluation is needed and can be arranged before treatment is begun. Hemangiomas and port wine stains respond very well to the laser therapy. Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the blood in the vessel absorbs the energy of the laser. Gel and cold air reduce the discomfort and a topical anesthetic cream may be applied. Following treatment, pain is minimal to nonexistent. Some redness and bruising may occur and when larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months. Treatments can be performed at six week or greater intervals and Dr. Kaufman will discuss this with you at your evaluation.

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