Laser Skin Resurfacing
What is laser skin resurfacing? It is an exciting medical procedure which corrects sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles and scars. Dr. Reed uses the pinpoint accuracy of the advanced DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) fractional carbon dioxide laser to repair damaged skin.
What Is A Laser?
The word “laser” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled, and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office, under light sedation. As a result of this treatment, you are left with more natural looking skin.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The laser is used to reduce tiny wrinkles, acne scars and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne scarred skin, problems that often cause concern to both men and women.
Benefits of Treatment
Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical peel and dermabrasion. The benefits of using this technique are that there is less pain and a faster recovery time. In most cases, it is also less costly.
Laser skin resurfacing greatly reduces wrinkles and hyperpigmentations (age spots) without scalpels and stitches. The laser emits an intense beam of energy that heats up and vaporizes tissue instantaneously. It is so precise that the normal surrounding tissue is not affected. As Dr. Reed guides the laser’s beam over the damaged and wrinkled skin, it effectively removes the damaged outer layers. Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes are smoothed. Deep creases and frown lines will be softened and age spots, sun damage and acne scars are minimized.
Laser skin resurfacing is performed in the office under local anesthesia when limited areas are treated. Full facial resurfacing is usually performed with the administration of intravenous sedation. Downtime for healing is usually one week. Dr. Reed can advise you if this procedure is right for you at your consultation.