Laser Leader Nissan Pilest First Dermatologist in Orange County to offer Multi-Effect Skin Resurfacing with Fraxel's New CO2 Repair Skin Laser

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Conventional CO2 skin lasers got great results in banishing wrinkles and pigmentation while affording skin tightening, but the "recovery" came at a heavy price. Fraxel's latest skin resurfacing laser utilizes the power of CO2 with the ease and quick healing of microbeam technology. Dr. Pilest is the first dermatologist in Orange County to receive the Fraxel Re:pair.

The premise being that skin that is kept firm by the technology's effects will not need plastic surgery later on. When you consider that skin laxity is the primary deciding factor for a facelift, it makes sense to prevent that laxity from occurring in the first place.

From the 'soft' lasers that protect surface skin in the quest for collagen rebuilding to the latest laser weapon against aging, baby boomers in Orange County have at their beckoning one of the top laser physicians in California -- Board Certified Dermatologist Nissan Pilest. Always at the forefront in implementing proven laser treatment technology, Dr. Pilest is the first dermatologist and one of the first physicians in Southern California to bring Fraxel's "pre-emptive strike against aging" to Orange County. Reliant Technology established the innovative microdot laser system with the Fraxel laser in 2004 and has just released the new gold standard Fraxel Re:pair, a Carbon Dioxide Laser designed to take away wrinkles and eradicate pigmentation while resurfacing and tightening lax and sagging skin on the face and neck.

"The CO2 lasers which were popular in the '90s have not had a low-downtime comparative system until now," states Dr. Pilest. "Carbon Dioxide laser systems are still the gold standard in skin rejuvenation due to their power to not only smooth wrinkles and restore even toned skin, but also to tighten skin. The primary downside of the standard CO2 laser has always been the difficult process of getting from A to B. The procedure was generally done under anesthesia or heavy sedation due to the treatment pain. Healing was long and difficult and there was frequently a very noticeable change between treated and untreated areas. Most women who had undergone standard CO2 laser resurfacing had great looking skin, but it stopped at the edge of the jaw with a distinct color difference." That demarcation line, and an often unnatural looking "waxy" appearance, Dr. Pilest explained -- coupled with the process itself -- took the treatment out of favor.

"It didn't matter to most people how great they might look in the end, the entire conventional-style CO2 skin laser process was too grueling for the majority of those seeking major skin improvement. As a medical professional, I'm relieved that I can now offer my patients a far more pleasant alternative. Although the Re:pair laser won't be able to 100 percent fully duplicate what a full surface laser treatment can accomplish, I'm confident the satisfaction rate will be quite high. When you're looking at days instead of weeks for skin healing and a few weeks instead of months for erythema to resolve, the trade is a great bargain."

The Fraxel Re:pair has dramatically altered both the treatment process and eliminated the tell-tale demarcation line and that wax-doll look that announced one had elected to have a laser resurfacing. Fast healing with a downtime of about a week has made this technology appealing to many who would otherwise never have considered such a procedure. "The company has referred to the Repair as being a pre-emptive strike against aging," says Dr. Pilest. "The premise being that skin that is kept firm by the technology's effects will not need plastic surgery later on. When you consider that skin laxity is the primary deciding factor for a facelift, it makes sense to prevent that laxity from occurring in the first place."

"The Fraxel Re:pair is a major leap in laser technology," attests Dr. Pilest. "The scanning technique of the laser provides broad yet controlled coverage of the skin to achieve results for any type of skin all accomplished smoothly with an incomparable safety system built in. So I feel very comfortable in adding it to my laser inventory. I expect it will be a major player for a number of skin issues. Recently I've been getting excellent results with volume restoration related to aging by using Sculptra. I think when combined with this new Fraxel CO2 system, we're going to see some incredible leaps in what could turn out to truly be surgical level results without the surgery."

Dr. Pilest is a Board Certified Dermatologist with nearly three decades of experience in corrective and cosmetic dermatology. To this day he is an active associate professor of dermatology and teaches at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. For many years he was affiliated with the world famous Beckman Laser Center and is a frequent training physician for major laser player Candela Laser.

A member of the Medical Education Faculty for Bioform (Radiesse) and a national training center for Botox, Dr. Pilest has been chosen for a number of awards -- including the prestigious Pinnacle Award from Thermage, the Black Card Award from Bioform and is a Platinum Plus provider for Allergan products which include Botox, Juvederm and Cosmoderm.

Dr. Pilest's practice, Total Dermatology, is located in Irvine, Ca. Website (949) 727-3800


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