Laser Skin Resurfacing

Palm Desert Laser Skin Resurfacing

Contact us TodayYour skin shows signs of aging and environmental damage in many ways: broken blood vessels, uneven skin tone, abnormal texture, wrinkles, and skin laxity to name a few. Lifestyle choices or accidents can leave scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. Each of these skin problems require specific technology for the best aesthetic outcome and with the ARTISAN™ system, Dr. Suzanne M. Quardt, M.D., can offer you an “all-in-one” treatment that will take care of all of these concerns with one device. Board-Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Quardt believes in giving her patients the best medical care by achieving a sensitive understanding of their aesthetic goals. Affectionately called “Dr. Q” by her many patients, by trusting her to enhance your appearance she will renew your confidence while exceeding all of your expectations.

No single-wavelength laser can optimally treat each specific need but Palomar’s Artisan Multi-Wavelength Platform offers treatments for skin rejuvenation with one compact, integrated system. Just one laser wrinkle treatment can diminish the appearance of even the deepest lines, without lengthy downtime and with long-lasting results. Artisan’s suite of fractional ablative and non-ablative lasers and pulsed light technologies allows Dr. Quardt to tailor each personalized treatment regimen while treating all specific skin rejuvenation needs confidentially and discretely.

Palomar™ Artisan™ System
The Palomar™ fractional skin resurfacing laser is designed to target aging and sun-damaged skin by zeroing in on damaged tissue. The Palomar™ laser creates an array of beams and each beam penetrates your dermis, far below the outer most epidermal layer of skin. When the beam penetrates deep into the dermis layer of skin, it eliminates the old epidermal pigmented cells. Surrounding each of these beams is healthy, unaffected tissue. This tissue triggers your body’s natural healing process, accelerating the production of collagen and the formation of new, tighter tissue to replaces your skin’s imperfections.

Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, these treatments target different chromophores in your skin, which selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat yielding the desired response. These optimal wavelengths of light clear vascular and pigmented lesions by targeting the chromophores of hemoglobin (for vascular lesions) and melanin (for pigmented lesions). Your body removes the appearance of the lesion from your skin before clearing the damaged lesions. Pigmented lesions undergo a mild desquamation and slough off within two or three days while the vascular lesions resolve within 10 to 14 days.

Palomar™ Artisan™ Laser Results
The number of sessions needed depends on the condition being treated. On average, an effective treatment regimen is three or four sessions spaced two to four weeks apart. Depending on the severity of the condition being treated however, some patients need up to six treatments. Results are immediate and progressive and over the course of two or three months, new collagen begins to form creating healthy, more youthful skin. No topical anesthetic is required because of the unique cooling tip, which controls the temperature of your skin. A treatment session may last just over an hour, depending on the size of the area being treated. Pain is minimal as most patients describe the treatment as having a mild “snapping” sensation or sunburn sensation. For the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin may feel like it is sunburned, and it will appear slightly pink or red with some mild to moderate swelling. The redness or pinkness will fade in a few hours and using a moisturizer will help to reduce the flakiness.

Palomar™ Artisan Aesthetic System Technologies
The new Artisan Aesthetic System offers multiple skin resurfacing and skin rejuvenation technologies. In one comprehensive system for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging practices, their product includes a fractional non-ablative laser for treating acne, surgical scars, melasma, and striae; a fractional ablative laser for resurfacing and wrinkle treatment; and a pulsed light device for treatment of pigmented and vascular lesions. The Artisan system allows Dr. Quardt the ability to treat each discrete sign of aging and other undesirable skin conditions using the most appropriate technology.

The Palomar Artisan Aesthetic System includes a 1540 nm non-ablative fractional laser and a 2940 nm ablative fractional laser for skin resurfacing. Palomar’s new FDA clearance covers the combination use of both the non-ablative and ablative fractional lasers during the same treatment session. Palomar believes that this specific collection of skin resurfacing and Photofacial technologies allows Dr. Quardt to tailor a complete skin rejuvenation regimen for each individual client.

The Palomar Artisan 1540™
The Palomar Artisan 1540™ Fractional laser is the latest generation in skin resurfacing technology. The Artisan 1540nm Handpiece is a state-of-the-art fractional non-ablative laser for skin resurfacing and treatment of textural irregularities, surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and melasma.

The benefits of this system include:

  • Smoother, better-looking skin without surgery
  • No treatment downtime
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Comfortable treatment sessions
  • Minimal treatment side effects
  • FDA-approved product

Dr. Quardt has found that Artisan laser technology breaks down facial lines and creases and helps generate new skin that is healthier and smoother. The Palomar Artisan 1540™ laser delivers light in an array of microbeams to your skin. These microbeams penetrate below your epidermis and into the dermis, sparing the tissue surrounding the beams from damage. The tissue within these beams initiates a natural healing process that accelerates the formation of healthy tissue and the fractional treatment of the skin allows for faster healing with visible results in skin color, texture, tone, fine lines, and wrinkles.

The Palomar Artisan 2940™
The Palomar Artisan 2940™ is a sophisticated fractional ablative laser Handpiece for wrinkles and textural irregularities. For deeper lines and wrinkles, Dr. Quardt prefers the Artisan 2940, which enables a single-treatment fractional ablative laser. The unique Groove Optic pattern offers high ablative coverage with fast recovery and minimal downtime.

The Artisan 2940™ is the preferred choice for laser wrinkle removal because:

  • One simple treatment with recovery in as little as four days
  • Deep tone and texture improvement
  • Minimal risk of complication
  • Smoother skin without drastic facial changes

Fractional ablative skin resurfacing actually vaporizes microcolumns of tissue and removes it from your skin completely, allowing formation of new healthy tissue. A single treatment may provide significant improvement for more pronounced skin conditions and Dr. Quardt finds that offering both types of treatments helps balance the results.

The Palomar™ Artisan™ System Procedures
The Palomar™ Artisan™ System offers skin care lasers and pulsed light devices that deliver energy to target and destroy vascular and pigmented lesions associated with spider veins, reticular veins, rosacea, telangiectasias, hemangiomas, sun damage, age spots, dyschromia, melasma, poikiloderma, and angiomas from hands, legs, chest, arms and face.

At Palm Desert Plastic Surgery, Dr. Quardt offers laser treatments for:

  • Wrinkle Resurfacing
  • Scars (Surgical and Acne)
  • Striae
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Vascular Lesions
  • Photofacials

Laser Skin and Wrinkle Resurfacing
Palomar Fractional laser resurfacing is a series of treatments used to gently resurface your skin. The laser penetrates deep to your dermis for effective long-term results. The non-ablative laser approach stimulates quick healing in the dermis, while leaving your epidermis intact. This is used for fine lines, sun damage, pigmentation, acne scarring, traumatic scars, stretch marks and general facial resurfacing. The series of treatments are completed at 3-6 week intervals and the desired results are seen over the next few months as your skin is healing and changing.

Scars (Surgical and Acne)
Smooth unblemished skin is something we all desire but few of us have. Surgery, accidents, burns, and acne can leave very noticeable scars that bother us to the point where it can affect our self-esteem. People cannot help staring at scars and acne and surgical scars may be a cause of a person’s emotional and or physical pain and affect their quality of life.

A scar is caused by damage to your dermis or the deep layer of the skin below the surface. A scratch or cut, surgical incision, acne pustule, deep burn, or any trauma that goes deep into your skin injures the dermis. If the dermis cannot regenerate itself enough to replace all of the damaged tissue, a depression exists in your skin, which appears as a visible scar. Injuries that affect only the surface of the skin usually heal without a scar. When you see a visible scar, it means that the injury was deep enough to damage the dermis and the dermis could not regenerate.

In the past, surgical scar removal involved mainly surgery and the problem was, surgery left another scar. Surgical scar removal procedures are also painful and invasive and have a risk for complications. Laser skin resurfacing is used to remove scars, but the laser resurfacing technique only smoothes the superficial surface of your skin not correcting the depression or divot that occurs with most noticeable scars.

Laser scar removal from Palomar® offers a noninvasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with less risk, less pain and minimal downtime. Healing time is minimal, infection risk is eliminated and little to no pain is felt. Laser scar removal with Palomar is appropriate for use on all skin types, making it the preferred method of scar removal for excellent clinical outcomes. The Palomar® laser produces remarkable scar removal results with no surgery or peeling. Palomar® pulses of laser light are used to coagulate scar tissue and trigger healthy new tissue to form in your skin. This non-ablative fractional laser works by re-organizing the basic collagen structure of your scar, which allows it to plump and smooth.

The Palomar® laser is a non-ablative fractional laser, which means that the surface of your skin is not damaged or removed during your laser treatment. This also means that you do not have to go through the prolonged healing required by traditional laser resurfacing because your skin surface is still intact immediately after treatment. A numbing cream will be applied to your skin prior to treatment for your comfort. The Palomar® laser Hand piece has a small circle at the end, which is pressed against your scar, and the laser will be turned on. You will feel heat as the laser is fired however, most patients find it extremely easy to tolerate. Your skin is not broken, thus your skin is only pink or red after treatment. This redness may last 24 hours but you can use makeup immediately after your procedure because your skin is intact. You will need at least four treatments spaced 4-5 weeks apart for maximum collagen production and skin and scar plumping. Severe, deep acne scars and surgical scars may require more treatments for optimal results.

You will see swelling the first two weeks after treatment but this is just the immediate effect of the laser treatment. New collagen production does not begin for six weeks after your treatment and visible improvement is usually seen by the third month. Through this procedure, scarred skin will be stimulated to make new collagen, which takes time. There is no quick fix for immediate scar removal results, even with scar removal surgery. The collagen production continues for six months to a year after the last treatment meaning your scar will continue to improve for at least six months after your last treatment.

Laser Treatment for Stretch Marks (Striae)
Millions of people have stretch marks, which occur normally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and weight gain. Although a lot of women have them, this fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women feel at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin. Until now, there were few options for stretch mark treatments and many proved to be useless as many women sadly experienced the negative results for themselves. To date, the Palomar 1540 fractional laser is the only device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of stretch marks. Dr. Quardt is proud to provide this service and it has proven to be an excellent aesthetic solution to improve the appearance of stretch marks or Striae.

Palomar’s fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing laser minimizes the appearance of stretch marks with no downtime. The Palomar 1540 laser Handpiece improves the unsightly color and skin texture associated with stretch marks, leaving you with smoother, healthier-looking skin. For stretch mark treatment, the Palomar 1540 Handpiece delivers an array of high-precision microbeams to create deep, narrow columns of coagulation in your epidermis and dermis. This triggers a restorative natural healing process that creates healthy new tissue, including the deposition of new collagen.

The benefits include:

  • Stretch mark improvement with no downtime
  • Smoother, better-looking skin
  • Improved tone and texture
  • No anesthesia required
  • Advanced design enhances patient safety and comfort
  • Smooth Pulse delivery controls heat to help reduce discomfort

Pigmented Lesions
Sunlight, environmental factors, and the natural passage of time all contribute to the development of dark spots, skin pigmentation, and freckles. Your face, hands, and chest are the first parts of the body to show signs of aging because they receive so much sun exposure. Skin pigmentation is caused by excess production of melanin in your skin by cells called melanocytes. Normal skin contains melanocytes that produce the brown skin-coloring pigment melanin. There are several conditions in which melanocytes are either abnormal or abnormally distributed. A pale area of the skin is the result of fewer or less active melanocytes than usual, whereas a darker area (or area that tans more easily) indicates more numerous or more active melanocytes.

There are basically three types of pigmentation:

  1. Epidermal (superficial) pigmentation located close to your skin’s surface and caused mainly by sun exposure
  2. Dermal pigmentation found in the dermal layer of your skin
  3. Combination dermal/epidermal pigmentation, which penetrate through both the deeper layers of your skin as well as the superficial layers – One example of this is melasma

Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices have been used with great success to remove pigmented areas on your skin. Using this state of the art technology, charged energy light is selectively emitted and absorbed by the pigmented areas, sparing the normal surrounding skin. Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are non-invasive and pain free. The light energy is gently delivered to your skin in pulses, through a computer-controlled Handpiece. Treatments normally take 20-30 minutes and once your session is over, you can immediately return to your normal routine.

For many people, looking great is a simple matter of a skin rejuvenation treatment for pigment and vessel clearance to reveal clearer, more attractive skin. Palomar has a treatment for pigment and vessel clearance that is fast, easy, and well tolerated. Palm Desert Plastic Surgery utilizes Palomar’s Lesion Destruction Laser and offers the power of pulsed light and lasers to strategically clear your pigmented lesions. The secret of Palomar’s success lies in the dual filter technology that delivers optimally filtered wavelengths of pulsed light resulting in better performance than those of competitive single-application lasers.

The Palomar® laser is a low dose laser that can be used at two separate wavelengths of color to help eliminate pigment in your skin related to sun damage. There is minimal down time with some mild redness, swelling, and sometimes slight crusting for a few days. This laser is best when used to treat large isolated brown discoloration on your face and small to moderate numbers of brown discoloration on your hands, arms, legs, and chest.

The benefits of this system will:

  • Minimize or eliminate the appearance of pigmentation
  • Treat your entire body
  • Make the procedure quick and easy
  • Minimal side effects
  • Cause little discomfort
  • Offer an immediate return to your normal routine
  • Provide gradual, natural-looking improvement
  • Produce long-lasting results

Vascular Lesions
A vascular lesion is a skin blemish due to abnormal blood vessels located directly under the surface of your skin, thereby giving your skin a red color. Vascular lesions of the face are a common problem for photo-damaged skin.

Examples of these vascular lesions include:

  • Telangiectasia
  • Rosacea
  • Angiomas
  • Hemangiomas
  • Reticular Veins
  • Port Wine Stains

Everyone has some kind of vascular pigment lesions but many people have lesions they would like removed by the use of a cosmetic laser. Before the advent of laser surgery, there was no acceptable treatment for the various types of vascular lesions. The treatment of vascular pigment lesions is one of the safest and most effective of all cosmetic procedures and there are many laser models that offer acceptable results. One of the challenges of treating vascular lesions is the inherent variety in the size and depth of the blood vessels. Successfully treating vascular lesions requires the destruction of blood vessels. Palomar® laser offers an excellent solution with customized features providing more uniform heating across the entire diameter of larger vessels. Palomar® laser offers superior vessel clearance that rivals single-wavelength lasers in performance.

Used to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin, a Photofacial is a series of gentle pulsed light treatments that enhance and rejuvenate your appearance. Photofacials can also reduce facial and neck redness, flushing, and discoloration while giving you healthy, more youthful skin. While Photofacials are exceptional at treating sun-damaged skin, this treatment is also approved for irregularities in skin texture, elimination of blood vessels, improvement of mild acne scars, and the reduction of large pores and dark circles around your eyes. Along with these conditions, this procedure performs wonderfully for those patients looking to diminish fine lines, especially around your eyes and mouth.

The Palomar ™ Photofacial Skin Treatment painlessly emits multiple wavelengths of light to penetrate all levels of your skin to improve tone and texture. Quick and effective, Photofacials usually take no more than thirty minutes allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately. The Palomar ™ Photofacial Skin procedure is an ideal treatment for pigment and vessel clearance that is fast, easy and well tolerated by everyone. The secret of this pulsed light’s performance lies in the dual filter technology that delivers optimally filtered wavelengths of pulsed light. This results in better improvements than those of competitive single-application lasers.

Typically, a few treatments will be necessary and after your procedure you can expect that:

  • You may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation after your treatment, possibly accompanied by some minor swelling. This usually lasts no longer than 24 hours and can be soothed with cold gel or ice packs.
  • Sunspots will darken after treatment before naturally shedding from the skin within two weeks.
  • Your skin tone will typically benefit from less pronounced redness within a week after treatments.
  • Spider veins may disappear after treatment or they may appear darker and then fully or partially fade within 10 to 14 days.

In summary, Photofacials are successful in treating:

Sun Damage and Photo-aging
Facial imperfections or abnormalities can detract from your well-being and appearance, no matter how healthy and young you feel. Photorejuvenation technology will help create smoother-looking skin. After a series of treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation. Photorejuvenation can be used effectively on all of the areas that are ages by the sun including your neck, chest, arms, and hands.

Broken Veins and Capillaries (Benign Vascular Lesions)
Your face has an extensive network of veins and tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Over time, aging, trauma, sun exposure, and certain lifestyle factors cause a number of them to break, appearing as red streaks or blotches on your face. Photorejuvenation can eliminate damaged veins and capillaries by removing all traces of these unsightly blemishes.

Redness Caused by Broken Capillaries
Many people suffer from broken capillaries and diffuse erythema (facial redness), experiencing social embarrassment. For both women and men, Photorejuvenation can successfully treat dilated blood vessels without injuring your surrounding healthy skin.

Pigmented and vascular lesions can spoil your complexion, age your appearance, and affect your confidence. Fortunately, Photofacial technology (which uses lasers and pulsed light to remove skin imperfections) has advanced and improved dramatically. The overall result of your Photofacial is a more youthful appearance in four to six brief treatments over four months.

Laser Resurfacing Overview
Before you decide to go through with any cosmetic procedure, your should know all of the pros and cons and during your consultation with Dr. Quardt, she will discuss these with you She wants you to ask questions and tell her your expectations so you will feel more at ease about the procedure you eventually choose. Palm Desert Plastic Surgery knows that the decision to have any type of facial procedure is an important one that you have probably considered it for a long time. We know you are beautiful the way you are but improvements to your appearance make a huge difference in your overall self-image. Our staff is here to help you balance your outward appearance to the way you feel on the inside so schedule a consultation today and let us share your dreams for creating a new you.


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70-017 Highway 111, Suite #1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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