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What is Contour TRL?
The Contour TRL is an Erbium Yag laser designed to resurface the skin by removing a variable depth of damaged and aging skin. It can be very successful in reducing or eliminating problematic lines/wrinkles and pigment irregularities. By stimulating growth of new collagen, it will also improve the skin’s overall thickness and resilience. The skin surface will regenerate new, healthy cells, giving your complexion a younger and more rejuvenated appearance. The depth of the treatment is dependent upon each individual’s skin condition, desired outcome, and expectation of downtime. The procedure is performed in the office and will be customized to your specific skin goals.
Items to purchase before the procedure:
Cotton balls or cotton rounds
*Preparation of the vinegar-water solution for facial cleansing:
½ tablespoon white vinegar mixed with 1 cup of distilled water.
The first 24 hrs
Post peel day 1 (wash skin 2x/day)
Post peel days 2-5
Post peel days 5-10
Post peel days 10-30
Depending on the depth of treatment, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work within 10-14 days. Mild to moderate redness can be normal beyond the recovery time, but this can be covered with a breathable makeup. It is important to remember that not everyone heals at the same speed and it would not be unusual if the healing process were to take longer.
There may be some degree of swelling immediately post treatment, however, if you have excessive swelling or any of the following signs of infection, you should contact the office immediately. Signs of infection include:
Patient response can vary after a Contour TRL treatment. Erythema (redness) and possibly edema (swelling) are the desired responses, along with mild to moderate pinpoint bleeding, within a few minutes after the completion of the procedure. The degree of redness and length of healing time will increase with the depth of your peel and can vary from patient to patient.
For maintenance and to achieve optimal results, recommended products should accompany these treatments. These products include: growth factors, retinol, antioxidants, and sun block with at least 7% zinc oxide or titanium oxide.
Growth Factors: Proteins that stimulate collagen and elastin to help restore thickness and resilience to the skin over time.
Retinol: Speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliation process; therefore, evening out discoloration, boosting collagen, and preventing thinning of skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants: Vitamins C and E fight free radical damage and keep our cells healthy by reducing cell mutations that can later lead to skin cancer and aging.
Sun Block: Prevents premature aging by protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.
Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.(858) 259-3223 Contact Us
In light of the new state-wide guidelines we will we will not be performing surgery for the time being, all current patients that need followup post-surgery visits will be done through virtual consultation. We will be scheduling surgery for the future when we anticipate the quarantine will be lifted. In the meantime we are available by phone and email and we will be performing virtual consultations for all new patients. We will be contacting patients over the next week as needed to reschedule, and keeping folks updated via our website and social media on any changes. We will continue to see any current patients needing care in our office. Please contact us to set up your virtual consultation.