Have life’s stresses taken a toll on you? Does the person looking back at you in the mirror reflect the way you feel about yourself? Do people think you look tired even when you’ve had a great night’s sleep? Ever been passed up for a promotion by somebody who looks younger than you? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, perhaps it’s time for you to consider facial rejuvenation. Dr. Schaffer, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, wants to help you put your best face forward.
What is Skin Rejuvenation?
Today, looking better does not necessarily mean major surgery, as there is a wide variety of nonsurgical options that can help you improve your appearance. A popular nonsurgical option is skin rejuvenation. Skin rejuvenation treats wrinkles, sun damage, sagging skin, brown spots, spider veins and more to improve the skin’s appearance. Skin rejuvenation procedures including chemical peels and microdermabrasion. However, a common choice for skin rejuvenation is laser rejuvenation. Patients often choose laser skin rejuvenation because it significantly reduces or eliminates side effects such as discomfort, bleeding and bruising.
Types of Laser Rejuvenation
The type of laser used for skin rejuvenation will depend on the type of skin condition being treated. Common types of laser treatments include
- Intense-pulsed-light (IPL)
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
- Nonablative laser rejuvenation
- Ablative laser resurfacing
What is Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a type of skin rejuvenation treatment that repairs and rejuvenates damaged skin. Skin resurfacing treatments counteract the damage to the skin using beams of light energy. Due to modern technology, laser resurfacing treatment is safe and requires little downtime with optimal results. Laser skin resurfacing stands apart from other skin rejuvenation procedures since it is much less invasive. Patients typically choose skin resurfacing for their face, but it can also be done on other parts of the body.
Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing
There are two basic types of laser resurfacing treatments. The first is ablative which penetrates deeply, even causing wounds, since by removing a layer of skin. A layer of skin is actually vaporized to provide dramatic results. When choosing ablative laser treatments patients should consider that it requires fewer session but a long healing period. Dr. Schaffer offers the popular ablative procedure, CO2 Laser resurfacing.
The second type of laser resurfacing treatment is non-ablative. In contrast to ablative, non-ablative lasers do not burn away skin tissue but stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying skin using light energy. Non-ablative resurfacing requires less downtime than ablative, however, likely requires more sessions and results in less dramatic results.
Before & After CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Laser Resurfacing Procedure
During laser resurfacing or rejuvenation procedures a laser beam of focused light targets the skin’s surface in order to reveal the undamaged layer beneath. Dr. Schaffer performs laser treatments in office under topical anesthesia and treatment normally takes about 30 to 90 minutes. The duration of treatment depends on the treatment type, the location, and size of the treatment area. Skin type will also play a major role in the treatment type as well as the number of sessions patients will need to produce their desired results.
Recovery from Skin Resurfacing
Recovery from laser skin resurfacing varies depends on the type of treatment chosen. If patients choose non-ablative treatment there will be some redness and peeling of the treated skin. Patients can expect mild swelling and discomfort but typically resume physical activities shortly after treatment. However, if the patient chooses ablative resurfacing the skin may have some crusting or oozing as it heals. The recovery time is several weeks and patients must avoid physical activity. Whether patients receive ablative or nonablative treatment both cases require they avoid sun exposure while healing.
Skin Resurfacing Risks
Skin resurfacing is safe for most patients and does not have any long-term complications. There are minor, rare, risks including:
- Milia, tiny white bumps on the skin
- Pigmentation changes