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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements to date, laser technology is utilized throughout the healthcare community. Dr. Schalit uses one of the newest lasers to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles, and scars in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing with the Sciton Erbium laser. Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to a chemical peel and the microdermabrasion procedure. The benefits of using this technique are less pain and faster recovery time. In most cases, it is less costly.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Treats:

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin laxity

The Complete Laser Skin Resurfacing Process

Preparation Guidelines:

  • Schedule a consultation with a qualified practitioner to discuss your goals.
  • Provide your complete medical history, including any allergies or preexisting conditions.
  • Minimize sun exposure and use sunscreen to prevent skin damage.
  • Follow skincare recommendations provided by your healthcare professional.
  • Inform your practitioner about any medications or supplements you’re taking.
  • If you smoke, consider quitting or reducing smoking to enhance healing.
  • Stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to the procedure.
  • Avoid using retinoid creams or harsh skincare products before treatment.

The Laser Skin Resurfacing Session
During this treatment, light IV sedation is given to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The area is cleansed and draped. Dr. Schalit directs the laser beam toward your skin imperfections. The laser quickly and accurately vaporizes and tightens the outermost layers of skin. A typical treatment takes about 30 to 45 minutes, following which a soothing gel will be applied to your skin.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Gently cleanse your treated skin as instructed by your practitioner.
  • Apply a recommended moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Protect your skin from the sun and use sunscreen with SPF as advised.
  • Refrain from wearing makeup until approved by your practitioner.
  • Take any prescribed medications or ointments as directed.
  • Drink plenty of water to support healing and skin hydration.
  • Avoid harsh scrubbing or picking at treated areas.
  • Continue to avoid smoking to aid in the healing process.
  • Attend scheduled follow-up appointments for evaluation and care adjustments.
  • Understand that results may take time; be patient and consistent with aftercare.

The Recovery Process

The initial redness fades in a few weeks to a light pink, which can be camouflaged with cosmetics. Any discoloration usually disappears in 1-2 months. The treatment area must be protected from the sun with large brim hats and glasses as the treated skin will be particularly sensitive to the sun’s UV rays for the first 1-2 weeks. For optimal results, use medical-grade skincare products like SkinMedica to maintain skin post-laser treatment.

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing:

  • Improved skin texture and tone
  • Tightened skin and reduced laxity
  • Enhanced overall skin appearance
  • Minimal discomfort during the procedure
  • Faster recovery compared to some alternatives
  • Customizable treatment options for specific needs
  • Minimal side effects and no downtime

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

What are the typical results after laser skin resurfacing?

The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance facial appearance and tighten skin. In most cases, only one treatment is needed. The results depend on many factors, such as the size, shape, and location of the imperfection and the patient’s heredity, age, and general skin condition.

Are the results permanent?

While laser skin resurfacing can provide long-lasting results, it cannot stop natural aging or prevent new imperfections from forming. Maintenance may be required, and sunscreen and quality skincare products can help prolong the results.

Who are the ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing?

The laser reduces wrinkles, acne scars, and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne-scarred skin, which often causes concern to both men and women.

What is the downtime after laser skin resurfacing?

Downtime varies but typically ranges from a few days to a few weeks. It depends on the depth of the treatment and your skin’s individual response.

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Dr. Schalit is a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon who oversees all our laser skin resurfacing treatments. We invite you to take the first step towards achieving your skincare goals by scheduling a consultation with our experienced team. During this personalized session, you can discuss your concerns, expectations, and the right approach to address your unique needs. Request a consultation and discover how laser skin resurfacing can enhance your skin.

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