Laser skin resurfacing is a laser procedure that involves peeling off the top layers of skin. Our offices use the newer Mixto CO2 technology which allows for safe treatment of different depths, depending on the condition being treated. This laser is used to improve lines and wrinkles, brown spots, scars and acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin and enlarged oil glands, as well as helping to build the collagen content of the skin. In some cases, the laser can treat precancerous lesions. It is a great way to improve the quality and texture of your skin and take years off of your appearance.
Who can use it?
In the past, treatments were limited to light skin types only. The laser technology has improved greatly and we can now safely taper the treatments according the each individual patients skin issues and color.
Is there downtime?
You generally will be red and swollen for about a week but this may last for longer duration depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Our patients usually return to work and activities after 5-7 days without problems.
What is the treatment like?
You will be numbed with a topical numbing medication for about 30 minutes prior to the treatment. You may still feel some discomfort, but this is generally tolerated very well, even in those with a low pain threshold. The actual treatment will take about 15-30 minutes, after which time we will have you ice for a few minutes before leaving. You will be sent home with a written set of instructions for post treatment care.
Are there any risks involved?
Any medical laser treatment has risks involved, including burns, scars, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, and inadequate results. Occasionally, patients can develop an infection or an acne flare from the treatment, which can be managed with medications. It is very rare for any of these issues to occur with the newer laser technology available. The laser we use has both great safety efficacy and patient satisfaction.
How many sessions will I need?
Typically only one session is needed to obtain the desired results. With deeper scars or wrinkles you may require two treatments. This does not stop the aging process, so you may need another treatment 5-10 years down the road to keep the results up.