What is the Alma Hybrid?
The Alma Hybrid combines CO2 laser and non-ablative 1570nm laser technologies to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. This makes it increasingly effective in resurfacing the skin while remaining safe for most skin types and reducing overall downtime.
How Does the Alma Hybrid Work?
The Alma Hybrid system works using a combination of CO2 laser and non-ablative 1570nm lasers, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and sun spots.
CO2 lasers utilize precise fractional ablative laser energy to gently resurface the epidermis (the topmost layer of the skin). This means that the CO2 laser within the Alma Hybrid creates micro-passages within the skin to stimulate new collagen growth.
The non-ablative 1570nm laser is a potent and precise option which relies on a thermal effect to trigger regeneration in the dermis, or deeper layers of the skin. While this laser works to stimulate new, healthy collagen regeneration in deeper layers of the skin, it leaves the epidermis, or surface of the skin, completely unharmed.
Alma Hybrid uses a unique HyGrid feature to combine these two lasers. Through HyGrid, your dermatologist can customize your treatment according to your skin type, goal results, and more. HyGrid allows for a custom balance between the ablative and non-ablative lasers. This allows your dermatologist to tailor your treatment to your unique needs while balancing your goal results and the downtime you will experience.
What to Expect with Alma Hybrid Laser Treatment
After determining that Alma Hybrid is the correct treatment for you through a thorough consultation, your dermatologist will then examine your skin and prepare a customized treatment plan. Alma Hybrid can be adjusted to treat various conditions including scarring, lines and wrinkles, mild to moderate sagging, or sun spots and age spots.
Before your Alma Hybrid treatment begins, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and a topical numbing cream will be applied. Once numbing cream takes effect, the Alma Hybrid handpiece will be directed at the treatment area to precisely deliver the laser energy.
After Alma Hybrid, you are likely to experience side effects including redness, swelling, or peeling. Downtime and recovery will vary, and your dermatologist will explain expectations during your consultation. Final results will gradually improve as the skin heals and generates new collagen.
Schedule Your Alma Hybrid Consultation
To learn more about Alma Hybrid and find out if the treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kalimullah or Dr. Cavanaugh at the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Call our River North office at (312) 767-5113 or contact us online.