Laser skin treatment unique on Western Slope

CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—Erin Larson, right, co-owner of Bellezza Laser Aesthetics on Patterson Road, uses the new iPixel C02 Laser on a patient.

A sore, red face is nothing anyone wants to live with for two weeks.

But some men and women do, all in the hopes of seeing their wrinkles, blemishes or age spots disappear.

Laser treatments can help a person have sleeker or younger-looking skin. But a recovery period that can last 14 days or longer can make such treatments a pain, literally.

When Erin Larson, co-owner of Bellezza Laser Aesthetics, 2470 Patterson Road, No. 8, heard about a laser treatment that can allow a person to go out in public without skin redness within five to seven days, she was intrigued enough to try it. She got the treatment in October and was surprised by how quickly she recovered. She also was surprised the laser, though it gave her slight discomfort, didn’t hurt more, given its power.

Larson, a certified laser specialist, ordered the laser, the iPixel C02 Laser, and began treating patients with it at Bellezza in late 2011. She has seen about 50 people receive the treatment at the Grand Junction office she co-owns with Medical Doctor Scott Rollins. The laser is the only one of its kind available between Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs, she said.

“We’ve had quite a few patients, and everybody has been happy,” Larson said.

The laser works by stimulating collagen under the skin to smooth its surface. Larson said only one treatment is needed, rather than a series of treatments, although some people may opt to have the treatment done every one or two years for a touch-up.

The treatment takes 15 to 20 minutes and involves lasers being applied to the face, neck, chest, arms or hands. Larson said iPixel is a fractional skin treatment, which means small, targeted areas of the skin, rather than large patches, are damaged in the process. That’s why redness disappears from the skin sooner than after some other laser treatments, but redness is still a part of the healing process.

Although Larson said she thought the laser would hurt more, given its power, the treatment does come with some discomfort.

“With a laser that’s deep enough to stimulate collagen, you’re going to feel some heat, but we put numbing cream on people,” she said.

An iPixel session for the face currently is offered at Bellezza at an introductory price of $1,500. Larson said treatments for other parts of the body cost a similar amount.

“For older technology, it can cost $2,800 just for the face,” Larson said, adding, “A face-lift can cost $7,000 to $9,000.”

Although many people come in to get their crow’s feet or other lines softened, Larson said the iPixel isn’t all about vanity. Some people use the laser to get rid of skin spots that can turn into precancerous or cancer spots.

She said the office emphasizes the use of sunscreen to all of its patients to help them maintain a younger look as well as healthier skin.


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