Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing has become very popular in the world of dermatology and cosmetic surgery. For laser skin resurfacing in Frederick, MD, Dr. Will uses the Palomar StarLux 500 laser and light-based therapy system to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles, and scars.
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, pigmented, red or 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. The procedure is bloodless, and iit s performed right here in our office, under light sedation.
What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?
The laser is used to treat many issues many people deal with regarding the skin on their face, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can greatly improve:
- tiny wrinkles
- pigmentation issues
- sun-damaged skin
- acne scarred skin
- other skin imperfections
These are all problems that negatively affect both men and women. Laser resurfacing is used as an alternative to chemical peels or dermabrasion, but it causes less pain, requires less recovery time, and is often more cost-effective.
A local anesthetic is provided to ensure your comfort during your laser skin resurfacing treatment. The area is cleansed and draped. Dr. Will applies the laser energy in a consistent pattern toward the targeted skin imperfections, which quickly vaporizes the outermost skin layers and stimulates your body’s healing response.
Recovery and Results
In most cases, a series of treatments is needed. The initial redness fades in a day or so. The final results are evident after the series of treatments is complete. The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance and rejuvenate a patient’s facial appearance. A patient’s expectations, however, must be realistic, and results should be anticipated as improvements rather than total corrections.
Results of the procedure will partly depend upon your age, heredity, and particular skin conditions. Many patients at our Maryland practice see a dramatic improvement in their skin texture and tone.