Laser skin resurfacing to improve cosmetic flaws such as facial wrinkles, acne scars, and sun-damaged skin, is one of the most exciting and innovative breakthroughs in skin rejuvenation.
What Is A Laser?
Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can precisely target unwanted tissue or selectively wound skin components such as collagen, pigment, or blood vessels so that the skin is replaced with new, healthier cells and tissue.
Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office under local or topical anesthesia. As a result of this treatment, you can achieve a more youthful looking skin.
Dr. Mott uses four different resurfacing lasers for different types of rejuvenation. Fractionated lasers (Fraxel) target only a “fraction” of the skin at a time, leaving surrounding tissue untouched for rapid healing.
Erbium:Yag: Uses a wavelength of light that focuses on water within skin cells to precisely remove thin layers of skin. Useful for superficial wrinkles, scars, and skin lesions.
Fraxel Restore 1927: Uses a fractioned thulium laser beam and improves skin tone and texture.
Fraxel Restore 1550: Uses a fractionated erbium fiber beam that penetrate more deeply into the skin for targeting deeper wrinkles and scars.
Fraxel Repair C02: Uses a high-powered carbon dioxide beam that vaporizes water and ablates tissue. This results in more wounding and healing time, but produces the most dramatic results in terms of skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
What Conditions Can Laser Resurfacing Treat?
- Erase or soften fine lines and wrinkles on the face
- Smooth and tighten eyelid skin
- Improve crow’s feet around the eyes
- Soften pucker marks and frown lines
- Remove brown spots and even skin color and tone
- Improve and flatten acne, traumatic and surgical scars
- Repair smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Improve skin tone and texture
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical peels and dermabrasion. The benefits of using this technique are typically less pain and a faster recovery time. Resurfacing can also work in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures like Botox, fillers, as well as surgical and non-surgical skin tightening procedures for a more powerful result.
Before Laser Resurfacing
Prior to laser skin surgery, Dr. Mott will discuss your desired goals for facial improvement. After determining the most appropriate procedure to use, we will fully describe the procedure, what results to expect and the costs. The skin is usually pretreated prior to surgery to improve the healing time. With some laser cases, antiviral medications to prevent cold sore outbreaks and oral antibiotics are prescribed.
The majority of laser resurfacing is performed with a combination of topical and local anesthetic. Discomfort is usually minor during the procedure. Some lasers require eye shields to protect the eyes during treatment.
What Can Be Expected Post-Procedure?
The skin is typically red or pink and may be covered with a fine crust. The treated areas are usually kept moist with cool soaks and an application of healing ointment. The treated sites must be protected from sun exposure after the procedure. Once healing is complete, sunblock should be applied. In some cases, a pink surface color may remain for several days. Redness of this skin is typically longer with CO2 resurfacing. Make-up can be worn typically in one week post procedure.