I caught up with Dr Steven Weiner at the Non-Surgical Symposium 2017 on the Gold Coast last month about the LaseMD for skin repair and rejuvenation. Listen to the podcast, watch the video or read below to find out more.
Trish: I’m here again today with Dr. Steven Weiner, who is a facial plastic surgeon and he’s based in Florida in the U.S. We’re going to talk about the LaseMD, which is a new device, which is just been released on the market in Australia, hasn’t it?
Dr. Weiner: And in the U.S. as well.
Trish: And in the U.S. So it’s a world first.
It’s basically for pores, for pigmentation … Tell us what it’s about. I’m quite excited by this product because it’s… apart from the fact that it looks good.
Dr. Weiner: This is a resurfacing laser. It’s a 1927 wavelength. You roll it over the skin and it goes very superficially. It improves textures, pores, pigmentation. It gives a general resurfacing of the skin. Like an aggressive peel.
Trish: For someone like me, who’s got quite large pores, this is going to be really effective?
Dr. Weiner: Yes, that’s true.
It’s a very gentle laser. Most people can tolerate this without any numbing cream whatsoever. There’s very little downtime associated with this. Maybe some mild redness for a day or two, but there’s really no restrictions afterwards except for sun exposure.
Trish: Basically you go into the clinic, you have it done. It’s just like a one run over treatment.
Dr. Weiner: So, this has little rollers on it. You roll it over the skin. You do anywhere from four to twelve, maybe up to sixteen passes. Each pass takes a minutes or so or less. It goes very quickly.
Trish: A treatment takes about how long all out?
Dr. Weiner: Ten, twelve minutes.
Trish: Right. So it is like a lunchtime treatment? Could you put make up straight on or a bit of, so you aren’t too red? Could you put a bit of mineral powder straight on? So you could get this done at lunchtime, have a bit of a rejuvenation.
Now, is this a one off treatment or, is it like you go and have a facial regularly. Is it something that you do regularly.
Dr. Weiner: It really depends on the degree of the problems you’re trying to correct. If you’re doing preventative maintenance, it’s a one off. If people have a lot of pigmentation, I would do at least three or four of these. And then touch up once a year or every six months.
It’s very easy to do. We call it a laser peel almost.
Trish: Would the person having the treatment need to wear the glasses?
Dr. Weiner: Yes, you need to have eye protection. Any laser you do. But this is actually a very safe laser for the eyes. It’s not going to … If it inadvertently gets into your eye, which I’ve never had it happen, it can’t cause blindness, just cause severe irritation.
Trish: In Australia, we have all these regulations so people are really, really careful.
And the other thing I was going to ask you … Is it something you can use long term, isn’t it? So say for example, I’ve got quite large pores and I’m always having a good squeeze … Something like this, I could just go once a year and keep that maintenance up, and it would keep them nice and tight?
Dr. Weiner: Yes, that’s true.
It also helps, I forgot to mention, your superficial fine lines and wrinkles. And then the other benefit of this is associated with these infusions. They have a retinol infusion, a resveratrol infusion, some growth factors, some Vitamin C … Because you put little teeny holes in the skin with this and then you infuse that solution. It gives you an extra benefit as well. Almost like a super facial.
Trish: With the infusions, is it one at a time or can you add them all together, like have the Vitamin C infusion and … Or do you do an infusion with Vitamin C and then you do another run with something else?
Dr. Weiner: Yeah, that’s correct.
Trish: Okay, just do one at a time.
So, you’re getting the vitamins deep into your skin.
Dr. Weiner: So, Vitamin C is great to help with collagen. For patients whose skin is kind of saggy and thin, Vitamin C would be a great.
If you have a lot of sun exposure, lots of pocks stress, resveratrol is a great one. It’s a great antioxidant. This is the stuff that’s found in red wine.
And then the growth factors are great for everyone. They just stick in the skin and bring out the stem cells.
Trish: It sounds like you could actually be able to throw things you have a regular maintenance thing, when you’re just needing a bit more.
Dr. Weiner: Right. I wouldn’t think of this most laser treatments. It’s very mild. It’s not very aggressive. There’s not a lot of downtime, associated with the other laser resurfacing. It’s a non-ablative laser.
There’s two categories of resurfacing laser, ablative and non-ablative. A non-ablative is more gentle. Ablative you have to stay in a house for awhile.
Trish: Basically, it’s a non-ablative laser machine that infuses the products into your skin at the same time?
Dr. Weiner: Yes.
Trish: Sounds great. I can’t wait to give it a go. I really can’t.
Dr. Weiner: We are actually using it pre-FDA approval. It’s going to be approved apparently within a couple of weeks in the U.S. So, we’re one of the first to give it a try in the U.S.
Trish: Fantastic. So, it’s brand, brand new.
There will be a few of these in Australia. If you’d like to find out who actually has this device so you can go in for treatment, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us an email or a phone call if you’d like as well.
Thank you so much for your time today.
Dr. Weiner: Thank you.
Trish: Thank you.
Awesome. And you know, it’s so hard when you got to talk about something that you don’t … I know most other devices, but because it’s so new, I’m like, “Aw…-”
Dr. Weiner: I heard about it and we just got it five days ago.
Trish: Yeah, exactly. I want it already.
Dr. Weiner: I’m going to send you an email, okay.
Trish: Thank would be great.