Sciton Joule is an award-winning laser module that allows technicians to perform multiple laser rejuvenation procedures with the latest technology.
Sciton is a Silicon Valley laser company that was started in 1997 by two scientists who left their jobs (at what was then the largest laser company in the world,) to start their own company. (1) Since then, things have certainly gone well. Sciton lasers are the gold standard in medical and cosmetic treatments. And, true to their Palo Alto location, they continue to innovate to deliver advanced technology that can achieve patient results never before attainable. In fact, at Core Plastic Surgery, we’ve been using laser technology for 10 years, and have been so impressed with the results that we decided to add another machine to our offerings.
Adding the Joule to our collection of state-of-the-art medical devices was an obvious choice.
We are now able to proudly offer our patients a wide selection of laser skin rejuvenation services. We always strive to meet our patients’ needs and hope that this exciting addition to our practice will incentivize you to address any skin concerns with either of our excellent lasers. Contact our office to schedule a personal consultation. Or, give our Birmingham office a call at 205-397-2100.
- 1 About the Joule
- 2 How Do Laser Treatments Work?
- 3 Before and After Photos
- 4 Benefits of the Joule System
- 5 Candidates
- 6 Personal Consultation
- 7 Preparation
- 8 Laser Procedure
- 9 Recovery
- 10 Results
- 11 How Much Does a Sciton Joule Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
- 12 FAQ
- 13 References
About the Joule
One of the reasons that lasers are such valuable tools is their vast versatility. This technology can be adapted for a show at the planetarium, cut through layers of steel, or gently treat dermatological concerns in the delicate layers of the skin.
And it can even get more specific than that: dermatological lasers like Joule can penetrate the skin at specified depths down to the micron.
This is what allows us to treat as many skin concerns as we can, and even customize treatments specifically to patients’ needs. Laser technology has rapidly improved over the past several years, and the harsh effects of CO2 laser treatments have now been replaced by gentler solutions with less downtime, peeling, and other side effects. (2)
How Do Laser Treatments Work?
To understand a little more about what makes Joule’s adaptability so exciting, it’s important to know a little more about laser technology. Lasers direct a highly amplified wave of light energy into the skin. Lasers like Joule allow us to dictate the frequency of the wavelength so that we can target the exact depth that we mean to treat. Lasers with higher frequencies have shorter wavelengths and higher energy. These are used for treating more superficial skin concerns.
Longer wavelengths have lower frequencies and are able to penetrate deeper into the skin.
When the laser energy contacts the skin, it creates a thermal effect that creates controlled damage to unwanted skin conditions. Because darker pigments conduct heat faster, unwanted blood vessels, sunspots, and acne are able to be removed without damaging the surrounding lighter skin. This thermal effect also allows for resurfacing, which can treat acne scars and wrinkles. Laser wavelengths with lower frequencies are able to activate the production of collagen deep beneath the skin for firmer skin with improved texture. (4)
The Joule has several different attachment options that allow the frequency of the laser wavelength to be adjusted to suit the needs of the patient.
Before and After Photos
Benefits of the Joule System
Our Sciton Joule allows us to offer the following services:
BBL Forever Young
BBL stands for BroadBand Light. BBL Forever Young is a photo facial that targets skin imperfections like hyperpigmentation, sun damage, rosacea, acne, freckles, vascular lesions, broken capillaries, and telangiectasias.
This fractionated laser uses a diffused approach to laser therapy that creates microchannels in the surface of this skin, similar to a microneedling procedure. The Profractional XC is useful for eliminated scars and sun damage, and encouraging the regeneration of the skin.
The Contour TRL is a highly adjustable arm of the Joule module. It can be quickly adjusted to use different laser approaches, all in the same laser session.
Contour TRL’s applications include:
- Microlaser Peel, which removes light and mild wrinkles located in the top layers of the skin.
- Nano Laser Peel, which removes the very top surface layer of the skin to reveal dewy fresh skin underneath.
DiVa is a specialized laser attachment that offers vaginal rejuvenation and solutions to other women’s health concerns. Improve vaginal tissue strength and tightness with gentle waves of low frequency laser energy.
Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser
Minimize pores and penetrate deep into the skin to improve firmness and tone with Joule’s Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser. This gentle treatment encourages the production of collagen for continued improvement in the weeks and months following the session. (1)
The ideal candidate for light-based and energy-based treatments for the skin is somebody in good health who is looking to:
- Treat acne and acne scars
- Eliminate the appearance of sun damage
- Reduce sin laxity
- Lessen the appearance of wrinkles
- Eliminate redness
- Improve tone and texture
With all the possibilities that Joule offers, it can be hard to know where to start! That’s why a personal consultation is essential to making an informed decision about laser therapy. Core Plastic Surgery’s own Adina Barnett is a licensed medical aesthetician who has performed over 2000 laser procedures. Your personal consultation is our opportunity to discuss your skincare concerns, your dermatological needs, and determine which laser treatment is right for you. To get started, contact our office to set up your consultation appointment, and look forward to better skin.
The sun takes its toll on your skin. It’s also the cause of many of the signs of aging that laser skin therapies seek to correct. That being said, avoid sun exposure and be sure to use sunscreen and other forms of sun protection leading up to your laser session. Be sure to arrive with clean skin, and discontinue any medications or skincare products as advised.
When you arrive for your appointment, your skin will be cleansed, and a topical numbing cream may be applied. Once it’s taken effect in 30 minutes to an hour, you’ll be given special eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser’s intense light, and your treatment will begin. Laser treatments emit the laser energy from a handheld device, which will be guided over your skin to ensure even coverage. Some laser treatments involve more than one pass across the skin to imbue their full regenerative effect. Depending on the type of laser procedure you’ve selected, and the skin concerns you’ve chosen to address, multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results.
Today’s laser technology offers gentler treatments with less downtime than ever before. While you’ll still need to be extremely careful about sun exposure in the first day or two after your treatment, Most of the Joule treatments will have you back to your normal routine within a few days. That’s nothing like the weeks of peeling and redness that yesterday’s lasers inflicted.
Whether you’re treating superficial skin concerns or have chosen treatments that work deeper under the surface of the skin, the amount of healing and time required to see results will vary. Some treatments, like Nano Laser Peels show results in as little as a day or two, while others like the Halo treatment rely on the skin’s natural production of collagen, which will continue for several weeks. You’ll be counseled as to exactly what to expect from your laser treatment during your personal consultation.
How Much Does a Sciton Joule Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Laser treatments are an affordable alternative to more costly and invasive surgical procedures. However, the price of your Joule treatments will depend on the type of laser treatment you select, the area being treated, and the number of treatment sessions required to achieve satisfactory results. At Core Plastic Surgery, we know that each patient has unique concerns and customize their laser regimen. To get a better idea of the total cost of your laser treatment, schedule a personal consultation for a thorough evaluation and accurate cost estimate.
The level of discomfort that you experience during and after a laser treatment will depend on the kind of treatment you’ve chosen. High-frequency skin resurfacing treatments can be more uncomfortable than lower-frequency rejuvenation procedures. Before your treatment, you may receive a topical numbing cream to ease any discomfort during the laser session. Many patients compare a laser treatment to the sensation of a snapping rubber band. Afterward, some laser treatments cause a similar feeling to sunburn.
- Sciton. Home. Sciton Aesthetic & Medical Lasers. Published 2021. Accessed May 26, 2021. https://sciton.com/
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. How Lasers Work. Llnl.gov. Published 2018. Accessed May 26, 2021. https://lasers.llnl.gov/education/how_lasers_work
- Preissig J, Hamilton K, Markus R. Current Laser Resurfacing Technologies: A Review that Delves Beneath the Surface. Semin Plast Surg. 2012;26(3):109-116. doi:10.1055/s-0032-1329413
- Heidari Beigvand H, Razzaghi M, Rostami-Nejad M, et al. Assessment of Laser Effects on Skin Rejuvenation. J Lasers Med Sci. 2020;11(2):212-219. doi:10.34172/jlms.2020.35