A former clinical professor of dermatology atStanford University, Dr. Robert Peppercorn hasprovided professional services in the Yuba Cityarea since founding the Advanced Dermatology &Laser Center of Northern California in 1982. In2009, the center merged with Sutter Health, and itcontinues to be highly regarded by local residents:readers of the Appeal-Democrat newspaperrecently voted it best in customer service. Inaddition to general dermatology, Dr. Peppercornfocuses his work on advanced laser technology.
The CO2 Laser is routinely used for skinresurfacing procedures to reduce wrinkles andblemishes without scarring. This method is usedmost frequently on the face, although it can beused on other areas of the body. The laserdevices deliver precise and brief pulses of lightthat remove each layer of skin and stimulate newcollagen production. Besides smoothing lines andscars, CO2 laser treatments also renew the skinto give it a fresh appearance.
The latest CO2 technology, the fractional CO2laser, emits continuous light beams, known asultrapulses, in a scanning pattern. This technologyrenders minimal heat damage while removing thethin skin layers. Because the fractional CO2 laseruses a pixilated pattern, it leaves untreated areasof the skin alongside treated areas, therebyshortening the healing period. The fractional CO2laser is the safest treatment to use on hands aswell as the neck and back.