About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to remove damaged skin layer by layer. The treatment is performed for reducing facial lines and wrinkles and for diminishing skin irregularities such as acne scars, pigmentation, and other flaws. Also referred to as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition of the skin, the laser can be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with Port St. Lucie, FL plastic surgeon Dr. S. Darrell Lee during the initial consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are three types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on the condition of your skin. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers remove thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to minimize skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for skin tightening and removing wrinkles and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light simply creates micro-damage to the skin to promote natural healing. Non-ablative treatments are best for removing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait a few months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create tiny holes in the deep layers of the skin. The skin's natural healing process creates firmer skin. Fractional lasers may also be used to help fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven pigmentation.
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There are many factors to consider when choosing which laser peel is right for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unhappy with their overall complexion. If you have sun-damaged skin, acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation issues, this treatment can help correct these imperfections. In addition, it works well if you have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. Lastly, it is important to understand that there is downtime associated with this laser therapy. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
If you have a deeper or more intense laser peel, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for a few weeks before your laser treatment. This helps prepare the skin for maximum results. Medication will be given prior to the treatment to help reduce pain so you can relax during your session. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. For the full face or more intense laser treatments, some type of sedation may be necessary. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, precisely targeting the designated areas for improvement. You will feel heat followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to destroy damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen growth.
What to Expect
For lighter peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will appear red and there will be some irritation and swelling. This should subside within a couple of days and the peeling process will last over a 3 – 5 day timeframe. If you are undergoing a more intense laser treatment, your downtime will last longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings and the swelling, burning, and irritation sensation will be intensified. Medication can be prescribed to help reduce these side effects. The downtime associated with a deeper peel can last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients should limit their sun exposure after their laser treatment and apply sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is important to avoid interfering with the healing process to evade scarring and to protect your face from sun exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking clearer, rejuvenated, and younger.
Plan Your Procedure
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel offers outstanding results if you want a younger-looking complexion. We serve patients from all over the Florida area, including Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Vero Beach, Stuart, and Palm City. Our professionals at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Port St. Lucie or Jupiter, FL can also educate you on other nonsurgical skin rejuvenating options as well.