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Laser resurfacing (Sciton erbium TRL, fractional, HALO)

Sciton Joule is a versatile laser platform that incorporates several technologies that target signs of sun damage and skin aging.  Sciton Joule platform is an industry leader in dermatological laser and light applications with over 10 years of proven performance.  Incorporated into the platform are HALOTM, ProfractionalTM, Contour TRLTM for deep resurfacing, MicroLaserPeelTM, and BBLTM intense-pulsed-light.

Dr. Contreras has been treating patients with the Sciton Joule platform since 2010.  Read the blogs below to learn more about his approach to helping you achieve younger-looking, smoother, brighter skin.

Sciton Joule FDA-cleared indications include:

  • Fine lines, wrinkles, texture
  • Rosacea
  • Deeper, etched lines
  • Hir removal
  • Sun spots (freckles) anywhere on body
  • Scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Acne scars
  • Acne (active lesions and leftover red marks) Poikiloderma (sun damage on neck and V of chest)


Treatments available with the Sciton Joule platform:

  • HALOTM is suited for patients who want to achieve the results of an ablative fractional laser but cannot afford the downtime associated with the standard non-hybrid ablative lasers. HALOTM combines benefits of non-ablative and ablative laser technologies leading to improvement of fine lines/wrinkles, pigment, pores, and irregular texture. Patients report that their skin seems to “glow” after treatment.  Areas often treated include the face, neck, and chest.

  • ProfractionalTM erbium fractional laser resurfacing is indicated for treatment of mild to severe wrinkles and texture changes, acne scarring on the face, and surgical scars.  Fractional erbium laser resurfaces a portion of the skin, leaving surrounding skin intact.  This leads to shorter downtime than fully ablative erbium laser that removes the entire surface of the target site.  Parameters of the laser can be adjusted for results ranging from subtle to more dramatic depending on patient preference and available downtime.
  • Contour TRLTM erbium fully ablative laser for deep resurfacing is the most aggressive and effective resurfacing offered for moderate to severe wrinkles and texture changes and acne scarring on the face. Especially effective for lines around the eyes and the vertical lines on the upper and lower lips.  Laser parameters are adjustable to meet the needs and expectations of each individual patient.
  • MicroLaserPeelTM provides the effects of a moderate to deep chemical peel but with a more controlled, even, and consistent result. Used to even out skin-tone and improve texture on the face, neck, chest, and back of the hands.  It is often combined with intense-pulsed-light (IPL) for an improved overall result.  This is a more superficial form of fully ablative laser resurfacing.


Are you looking to improve the appearance of your skin? Are you searching for a dermatologist with almost 20 years of aesthetic treatment expertise? At Core Dermatology, patients can feel confident in knowing they are receiving the utmost care from a dermatology physician, Dr. Michael Contreras. From Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, Dr. Contreras’ focus on tried-and-true technologies delivers consistent results for most patients throughout the Denver, Colorado region. From wrinkle relaxers (such as Botox and Dysport) and injectable fillers, to lasers for sun damage, scarring, and wrinkles, Dr. Contreras works one-on-one with the patient, counseling them on the most reliable and effective options for targeting specific concerns or improving overall skin appearance. 


Known for his down-to-earth approach and gentle humor, Dr. Contreras has built his reputation on effectively treating patients on their specific needs, and skill using an array of injectable products and laser devices. This has allowed him to create proven plan and treatment options most appropriate for your individual needs.