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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Carlsbad, NM

Skin Rejuvenation or Skin Resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that removes damaged skin layers to reveal healthier skin and encourage new skin cell growth. It can help with wrinkles, scars, discoloration, and other signs of aging and stress. 

Skin resurfacing can be done using lasers, chemical peels, plasma energy, or mechanical means. Laser skin resurfacing is a common method that uses short, concentrated beams of light to vaporize the skin layer by layer. The laser also heats the underlying skin, which stimulates collagen production and results in smoother, firmer skin.

At Vita Nova Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Center, we utilize the latest Laser Technology in order to maximize your results and turn back the hands of time by restoring your skin tone, texture and laxity.

Laser skin resurfacing with the Alma ClearLift® at Vita Nova Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Center is a major advancement in nonsurgical skin rejuvenating laser treatments. Designed to tighten skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, neck, and chest, the ClearLift renews a youthful, healthy appearance without any lingering redness. Without damaging the outer layers of your skin, the fractional, non-ablative laser addresses a variety of aesthetic concerns, including acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and other issues. The laser uses delicate beams of light to remove dead and damaged skin layers and encourage collagen production. This treatment can take years off your face in minutes, leaving skin looking smoother and healthier. Laser skin resurfacing is considered an effective facial treatment for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin.

What is ClearLift?

ClearLift is a photoacoustic laser that uses light and sound waves to treat the skin. It's a non-invasive, non-ablative laser treatment that can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce signs of aging. ClearLift is sometimes called the "lunchtime facelift" because it can be done in as little as 20 minutes.

How does ClearLift work?

ClearLift works by delivering short pulses of laser energy in tiny columns called microthermal treatment zones beneath the skin. This creates a reaction in the body's tissues that stimulates collagen production and triggers the body's natural healing response. The laser also breaks down excess pigment in the skin, which can help reduce hyperpigmentation from sun damage. As the body builds new skin cells and collagen, the appearance of the skin continues to improve. Some patients see visible results after just one treatment, but most cases require three to five treatments performed several weeks apart.

What can be treated with ClearLift?

ClearLift is gentle enough to treat delicate areas of the face, neck, chest, eyes, and mouth, and it doesn't damage the skin's surface, which reduces the risk of infection.

Does ClearLift Hurt?

Many patients say it feels like a light facial massage and some even fall asleep during the procedure.


What is Dye-VL?

Dye-VL, or Dye-Variable Light, is a type of intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatment that uses light energy to treat skin discoloration and vascular lesions. It's a module of the Harmony XL Pro system that can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, hands, and back.

How does Dye-VL work?

Dye-VL works by delivering short bursts of light energy to target chromophores, the molecules that give lesions their color. For pigmented lesions, it breaks down excess melanin, while for vascular lesions, it targets hemoglobin. The narrow band of pulsating light allows the technician to treat the exact area of the lesion without damaging the surrounding skin.

What does Dye-VL treat?

  • Melasma
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Facial spider veins
  • Hemangioma
  • Port wine stains 

Does Dye-VL hurt?

Dye-VL treatments are generally safe and effective, and can be virtually painless. They typically last about 30 minutes, but may vary depending on the size of the area being treated. After treatment, the treated area may feel warm and it's normal to experience some redness, darkening of pigment or veins, or soreness. However, there is no peeling, flaking, or extended recovery period, and only individuals with highly sensitive skin may experience slight redness that typically subsides within a few hours.

There are multiple factors to consider when choosing which type of laser skin resurfacing procedure is best for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unsatisfied with their skin's appearance. If you have skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or redness issues, a laser skin resurfacing procedure can help correct these cosmetic flaws. In addition, this treatment works well if you have scaly patches, rough texture, or other skin surface problems. This treatment isn't suggested if you have dark skin tones or active acne. Additionally, it is important to know that a recovery period is needed after laser treatments. Depending on their skin condition, certain patients may require up to 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.

Opus Plasma®

What is Opus Plasma?

Unlike other energy-based devices, Opus Plasma is not a Laser. Opus Plasma is a non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy and plasma to improve skin tone and texture.

How it works?

The Opus Plasma creates plasma at its tip, which then forms fractional microthermal treatment zones. The treatment also involves delivering nitrogen gas particles to create micro-injuries in the skin, which can stimulate collagen production.

What can Opus Plasma treat?

Opus Plasma can be used to address a variety of skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lax skin
  • Crow's feet
  • Pigmentation and dark spots
  • Dull skin
  • Acne scars
  • Scars from trauma or surgery
  • Stretch marks
  • Large pores
  • Uneven texture

Customization Opus Plasma can be used on the face, neck, chest, body, hands, and decolletage. It's also safe for most skin types, including dark skin.

What is the Downtime after a treatment with Opus Plasma?

Some say Opus Plasma requires no downtime, while others recommend scheduling treatments 2–4 weeks apart. Treated areas may be red and swollen for up to 48 hours, and you should avoid direct sunlight while your skin heals.

Does it hurt?

Depending on the level of intensity of the treatment, you may feel some discomfort during the procedure. For more aggressive treatments, a technician can provide a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure in order to reduce any discomfort.


What is the Alma Hybrid?

Alma's Hybrid, considered to be the Gold-Standard in Fractional Ablative Lasers, is an innovative device that merges the benefits of ablative (CO2 laser) and non-ablative (1570nm laser) laser technologies. It offers the precision of ablative lasers to remove damaged skin layers and the gentleness of non-ablative lasers to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin. This combination allows for effective treatment of deep wrinkles, scars, and skin texture issues while minimizing downtime. Alma Hybrid's dual approach ensures comprehensive skin rejuvenation, providing noticeable results with a quicker recovery time compared to traditional ablative treatments.

CO2 laser: Resurfaces the epidermis, the top layer of skin, to stimulate collagen growth

Non-ablative 1570nm laser: Triggers regeneration in the dermis, the deeper layers of skin, without harming the epidermis

What does the Alma Hybrid treat?

The Alma Hybrid can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Scarring
  • Age spots
  • Acne scarring
  • Mild to moderate sagging
  • Sun spots
  • Superficial pigment
  • Deep dermal pigment
  • Eye rejuvenation

What is the Downtime after a treatment with Alma Hybrid?

Since the Alma Hybrid is an ablative treatment, you may expect some downtine following the treatment. The downtime will vary depending on how aggressive the treatment was.

For Mild Treatments, patients are encouraged to go home following the procedure and may return to work the following day as long as they remain indoors and avoid sun-exposure.

For Moderate Treatments patients are encouraged to go home following the procedure and take alteast one day off from work prior to returning to work. It is also recommended that patients remain indoors and avoid sun-exposure for 4-5 days.

Aggressive treatments have longer downtimes and recovery. Patients are encouraged to go home following the procedure and take alteast 3-5 day off from work prior to returning to work. It is also recommended that patients remain indoors and avoid sun-exposure for 5-7 days.

Does it hurt?

Depending on the level of intensity of the treatment and pain tolerance of the patient, patients may experience some discomfort during the procedure. For more aggressive treatments, a technician can provide a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure in order to reduce any discomfort.

Staff is extremely friendly and flexible to work with in regards to schedule.

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Dr. Cardona is approachable and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable asking him questions and discussing my concerns. He has a great team that goes the extra mile to make patients feel comfortable and answer any questions or concerns which are taken care of quickly.

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I loved this place! The staff was very friendly, but what impressed me the most was the doctor's involvement. He explained everything in detail and help draw my blood. I strongly recommend this clinic

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I'd like to share my overall experience with my recent cosmetic enhancement. I'm very happy with the amazing procedure, communication and overall service. Results reflected immediately. Thank you Vita Nova, I'm looking foward to my next visit!

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How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

Your laser resurfacing costs vary depending on the type of treatment you choose. In your consultation, Francisco Cardona will listen to your skin issues and wants before reviewing the types of resurfacing treatments. After this, he can help you decide on your resurfacing treatment and discuss costs. Vita Nova Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Center in Carlsbad, NM often offers skin treatment specials and packages, so be sure to ask in your appointment.

What's the best type of resurfacing for me?

Francisco Cardona can help you decide which resurfacing treatment will best meet your needs and goals in your initial consultation. What treatment is best for you will depend on the health and condition of your skin, any skin concerns, and the skin depth you want your treatment to reach. The length of recovery time may also be a deciding consideration when choosing your treatment type. If you are unsure, starting with a lighter treatment is better to see how you like your outcomes and adjust as needed for your next treatment.

How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?

Francisco Cardona or a team member will discuss how you can speed skin healing following your laser resurfacing treatment. The most important rule is not to peel or pick flaking skin. This can lead to long-term damage, including scars. You should also skip all hair removal methods on the treated skin, including shaving, waxing, or depilatory creams. We will recommend an ointment to help soothe your skin.

With laser skin resurfacing and ClearLift, our expert team at Vita Nova Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Center can help you improve the appearance of your skin, treating all skin types and age-related imperfections, such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and skin laxity. If you're ready to rejuvenate your appearance, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Francisco Cardona and his highly trained team at our Carlsbad, NM practice.

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