When you want the most bang for your skin rejuvenation buck, Laser Skin Resurfacing is the answer. You get the combined effects of skin resurfacing as well as collagen stimulation and skin tightening. The results we have seen with Fractional Laser Resurfacing over the years are astounding. CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing is the gold standard for skin rejuvenation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of sun damage, aging, and some other facial skin disorders. It is ideal for treatment of pigment, skin laxity and texture, wrinkles and acne scars.
CO2 Fractional Laser Treatment is safe, effective, convenient, and is very affordable compared to many other treatment options
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Basically, we use a laser to make millions of tiny perforations (hence the ‘DOT’) in your skin. We do this for two reasons. The upper layer of your skin, the epidermis is where we see most of the visible signs of sun damage and aging. About 3-4 days after the procedure, you will begin to peel this layer of sun damaged skin. This means most of the fine lines, pigment and rough texture will be removed. You will be left with a fresher, shiny new skin that will be pink for a week then will resolve. This alone will take years off your appearance!
The second, even more exciting effect of CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing is yet to come! Those Dots we make deliver heat deep down into the lower layer of your skin, the dermis. It is here that your skin cells manufacture collagen, the building block of your skin. As we age, mostly due to sun damage, we stop making collagen and even begin to break it down. This is why our skin begins to wrinkle and sag. The heat we deliver into the dermis causes some of the collagen bundles in the dermis to straighten and causes an immediate skin tightening effect. Furthermore, the heat stimulates the skin cells to make new collagen! This effect starts at about 3-4 weeks after the procedure and will go on for months. It can be enhanced by the addition of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), the Vampire Facelift and topical retinoids. The collagen stimulation will actually turn back your clock and produce gradual skin tightening.
The old gold standard for laser resurfacing was the CO2 skin laser. This laser wiped the entire upper layer of skin from your face. It gave great results but you had to heal from what was an open wound. It had weeks of difficult downtime and was prone to infection and scarring. This is all changed with the introduction of fractional lasers. These lasers broke their beams up into small patterns or dots instead of total removal of skin. The result is that there is normal, untreated skin left between theses treatment zones. The advantages of this is are revolutionary. Since we are not removing all your skin, just perforating it, the old skin acts a natural band-aid. It peels off in 3-4 days when your new skin is ready and protect you from infection and scarring. We can still deliver the same amount of heat to the deeper layers for skin tightening but we lessen downtime, speed healing and decrease side effects!
You will arrive 45 minutes prior to the treatment for application of topical anesthesia. By the time we start the treatment you should be relatively numb. Most patients tolerate the procedure well and report feeling some heat. Remember, we are trying to undo decades of sun damage with one procedure, so there may be mild-moderate discomfort. We can pre-medicate you if desired. After the treatment, your skin will be cooled off and a cream applied. We will send you home with all the skin care products you need as well as instructions. You will also be placed on an oral steroid to reduce inflammation, an anti-viral medicine to prevent cold sores and pain medication. You should anticipate a week of downtime. During this time you will peeling, red and swollen. We will follow-up with you by phone the next day and in office the next week.
Typically, just one laser treatment session is required. If problems are more severe such as acne scars, multiple treatments may be required. Laser treatments are usually spaced at least two months apart. Of course, you will continue to age and new treatments may be required years down the line. But if you protect your skin from the sun and use our skin care products like retinoid, the effects can be prolonged for years.