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The 2016 upgrade to the LightWalker laser allows us to offer laser treatments for wrinkle reduction, lip enhancement, reduction of the effects of sleep apnea, and lessening the amplitude of snoring.

Smoothlase for wrinkle reduction

As we get older, our skin loses its tightness and is more susceptible to the formation of lines and wrinkles. Delicate skin around your mouth is often the first to experience fine lines, as sun damage affects this area the most. Also, repeated facial expressions, such as smiling and frowning, can contribute to wrinkles around your smile.

Smoothlase is an FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure designed to reduce wrinkles and lines around the mouth through laser treatment. Smoothlase’s non-ablative laser gently delivers heat to the inside of the mouth, causing tissue tightening. This tightening plumps nasolabial folds to promote a smoothing effect around the outside of your mouth. As a result, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.

The number of treatments depends on your age, so, a 30 year old would need 3 visits, whereas a 60 year old would need 6. Each session takes around 60 minutes with no discomfort or downtime afterword. Visits are 3 weeks apart to allow your collagen to develop.

• FDA approved
• Natural smoothing of lines and wrinkles around mouth by creating new, more elastic, collagen which builds over time
• Non-invasive procedure
• No discomfort or side effects
• No facial redness or scabbing
• No downtime

Liplase for natural lip enhancement

Liplase is a more focused application of the Smoothlase technique, this time for de-aging the lips. It is also a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment. It is performed from inside and outside of the lips on the vermillion border.

For Liplase, there are 2 or 3 treatments of approximately 40 minutes each needed. Visits are scheduled 3 weeks apart to allow your collagen to develop. The laser energy will be applied across the inside of the lip border, then the outside. Post treatment, the outer, dry part of the lips will go through 3 phases:
1. Slight swelling/inflammation for the first 24 hours
2. Surface peeling the 2nd to 3rd day, similar to chapped lips
3. New collagen filling up the lips on days 1-30

Dr. Hutchison recommends applying Vitamin E liberally throughout the day for the first 3 days.

• No bruising
• No injections
• No foreign/synthetic materials
• Fuller, tighter, rejuvenated lips
• Shorter in-office procedures
• No downtime

Once your new collagen is made, it should degrade at the same rate that the rest of the collagen in your body is degrading. That rate is dependent upon your diet and lifestyle; your overall state of health. That being said, for most people, a single visit touch-up treatment 12 months later is recommended to maintain your lips’ plumpness, tone, and elasticity.

Nightlase for reduction of the effects of sleep apnea, and lessening the amplitude of snoring

A couple of years ago experts in the field of Laser Treatment realized that the method could be used even for a tightening of the tissue in the throat and snoring and sleep apnea problems could be addressed.

Why is snoring a problem?
Anyone who has been sleeping next to someone who snores understands the problem of snoring. Snoring affects not only the person who snores, but their partner and family members. Many relationships are destroyed or stressed due to snoring.
What many do not know is that snoring also causes many physical problems.
Snoring can cause:
• Cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension
• Sleepiness and fatigue during the day
• Morning headaches
• Impotence in men
• Depression
• Due to fatigue we see that snorers are seven times more likely to be involved in car accidents
• Due to fatigue we can see that many snorers easily lose patience and become aggressive
• Snorers are overrepresented among people who have heart attacks and strokes
What can you do to reduce snoring?
• Lose weight if you are overweight
• Avoid alcohol before bedtime
• Avoid eating large meals 2 hours before bedtime
• Avoid energy drinks such as Red Bull
• Surgical Treatments involving hospitalization, general anesthesia, pain and prolonged healing.

Nightlase Treatment is a patent-pending, fast, non-invasive and friendly way of increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. Nightlase lessens the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the severity of snoring by the tightening of tissue through the use of gentle, superficial, Erbium:Yag laser light. Research has shown that Nightlase reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea. Nightlase requires no device to be worn during sleep, involves no chemical treatment, and no anesthesia. It is gentle and easy for the patient and their loved ones to regain a good night’s sleep.

Two or three appointments will be needed. Each treatment takes about 40 minutes. You can eat, drink, talk, and live a completely normal life immediately after the painless Nightlase treatment. Call our office to schedule an exam/consultation with Dr. Hutchison to determine if Nightlase is a treatment that you could benefit from.

Mention this blog when you call to schedule a consultation (231)946-9644, and the consultation will be free!