It treats wrinkles, discolorations, sun damage, pre-skin cancers, deep and fine lines, and laxity. In this procedure, the laser is used to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, which is then replaced by fresh new cells in the healing process. This cosmetic procedure offers a controlled depth of penetration of the skin surface, allowing treatment of even the most delicate facial areas.
Laser resurfacing is the gold standard in skin rejuvenation.
At Spectrum Dermatology we use both the Erbium:YAG laser and the CO2 laser to resurface superficial to moderate facial wrinkles, mild surface scars, splotchy skin discolorations and acne scars. The physician will decide based on your skin type, the best laser to help you achieve your desired skin improvement. Both lasers vaporize damaged skin in precise layers to allow dermatologic surgeons the ability to carefully remove wrinkled, discolored skin and minimize damage to surrounding tissue. Schedule a consult to discuss whether you are a candidate for laser skin resurfacing.
Dr. Nancy Kim is a board certified dermatologist who has extensive experience with laser surgery. Above and beyond her dermatology training, she completed a highly coveted fellowship year entirely dedicated to cosmetic and laser procedures. She trained alongside some world renowned pioneers in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery.
Since results are technique-sensitive and entail an artistic component, it’s important to select a dermatologic surgeon with demonstrated laser expertise.
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Discomfort is usually minor during the procedure and your doctor will discuss the administration of any pain medication prior to treatment. The procedure occurs in the office. Typically, a local anesthetic combined with a topical anesthetic and an oral sedative are administered. Following skin resurfacing, frequent cleansing and application of a healing ointment are performed during the healing period of approximately 10 to 14 days. During this time, the skin is typically red or pink and may be covered with a fine crust.
The treated sites must be protected from sunlight after the procedure, and once the skin has healed, sunblock should be applied daily. In most cases, the skin will remain pink for several weeks to several months; however, makeup can be applied once the skin has healed (usually 5 to 7 days out), to conceal this pinkness.
Each year thousands of laser resurfacing procedures are performed successfully. Significant complications are rare, and the risk of scarring is low. Some patients may be at risk for varying degrees of pigment loss or infection. Common side effects may include crusting, mild swelling, and brown discoloration at treatment sites. These risks are minimized by careful surgical techniques and the proper pre- and post- procedure regimens.
Laser resurfacing is not a substitute for a facelift, nor can the procedure eliminate excessive skin or jowls. However, by tightening loose skin, laser resurfacing can improve certain folds and creases. In most cases, wrinkles will improve significantly, but will not be removed completely.
The goal is to improve the appearance by giving a smoother, tighter, and more even-toned complexion. If necessary, specific areas can be retreated, as skin continues to improve for up to 12 months after the procedure. Genetics, sun exposure, diet, and smoking also influence the degree and duration of improvement. As always, we recommend the daily use of sunblock and a skin care program to prolong the results of laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing can also work beautifully in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as fillers, Botox®, and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and laser dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.