What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures in the United States. A specialized laser is used to improve the overall look of your skin. The most commonly treated conditions are deep wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and uneven skin tone and texture. At The Kaplan Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we utilize the most state-of-the-art technology, including Sciton HALO and profractional lasers, in order to perform these resurfacing procedures. This treatment is one of the safest and most effective resurfacing lasers available today. To learn more, contact our facility in Edgewater, NJ, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon Kaplan.
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Who should consider laser skin resurfacing?
Any patient who is looking for a visible natural or dramatic improvement in their skin should consider laser resurfacing treatment. Patients who can benefit the most are those who have deep wrinkles in typically difficult to treat areas, such as the eyes and around the mouth, have found laser resurfacing to be the go-to treatment for these specific types of issues. Profractional laser is also used to treat acne scarring. We typically recommend laser skin resurfacing for patients with the following skin conditions:
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Poor skin texture
- Actinic keratosis
- Epidermal Nevi
- Solar Lentigines
- Hypertrophic, surgical, and acne scars
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
Before the treatment begins, the aesthetician will also prepare your skin for treatment and provide you with protective shields or glasses to keep your eyes safe during the procedure. Once you're ready to begin, the aesthetician will hold the HALO or profractional laser handpiece in position as a computer-controlled scanner accurately moves the laser beam over the treatment area. The laser used in this treatment has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied to the skin, it vaporizes a layer of skin to a depth controlled by your aesthetician. The high water attraction lets the Sciton laser safely and efficiently ablate wrinkles, blemishes, and damaged skin. As the skin heals, a new layer of clear, healthy skin replaces the old damaged skin. Laser resurfacing will also stimulate the formation of new collagen, leading to a much stronger dermal foundation and noticeably beautiful, firmer skin. The procedure can take a few minutes to half an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area and the depth of your peel.
What Results Can I Expect from Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Some swelling may occur in the treated area, which is normal and can be addressed with cool compresses and making sure to keep the area elevated. Redness may persist in the area of treatment for several days, depending on the depth of the treatment but will go away over time. Your aesthetician can provide realistic expectations of downtime based on your specific treatment. It is essential you avoid sun exposure, especially while still healing. If you must go outdoors, you should cover your treated skin, and use a sunblock of SPF 30 or higher after the skin has healed.
Your results will depend on the severity of the conditions treated and the depth of treatment. Usually, you will be able to see immediate visible results, such as wrinkle reduction, elimination of sun spots, and skin texture improvement, as soon as the skin heals. Additionally, you may notice progressive firming of the skin over the next few months as the skin’s healing and rebuilding response stimulates collagen remodeling and production, leading to healthier, more supple skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ
Are there any risks associated with laser skin resurfacing?
Generally, resurfacing with a Sciton HALO or profractional laser carries minimal risks if any, which is the reason why it has become the most popular method among clients for resurfacing the skin. The best way to reduce the possibility of any complications is to follow the after-treatment care instructions and a follow-up schedule provided by your aesthetician.
Is laser skin resurfacing uncomfortable?
Your aesthetician will discuss different options for managing any discomfort associated with the treatment. The amount of discomfort depends on the depth of your treatment.
Why choose laser skin resurfacing over other alternatives?
With the accuracy of a Sciton resurfacing laser, your aesthetician can fine-tune the treatments for a specific amount of downtime, depending on what the patient would like. Both patients and physicians find this very helpful. In simple treatments, laser resurfacing has effects similar to chemical peels and dermabrasion, only with much higher accuracy, consistency of results, and predictable recovery methods.
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Don't let uneven skin tone or texture keep you from feeling great about the way you look. The Kaplan Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is always here to help you out with any aesthetic concerns. Contact us today to schedule your consultation regarding laser skin resurfacing or any of our other advanced cosmetic procedures with Dr. Gordon Kaplan at our office in Edgewater, NJ.