Matthew D. Barrows, M.D.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing - Skin Rejuvenation

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing, also sometimes called laser peel, is cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to help reduce the signs of aging, sun damage, acne scars, and other imperfections with the texture of the skin treatments are safe and effective. The cost of cosmetic laser skin resurfacing varies depending on the type of laser being used. Learn more about how laser resurfacing can stimulate collagen and new skin cells under the surface of the skin to reveal smoother, healthier-looking skin. North Texas dermatologist Dr. Matthew Barrows and his team of medical professionals offer several modalities for laser skin resurfacing.

How IT WORKS

During laser skin resurfacing, brief pulsating beams of light are aimed at the damaged skin. The laser will ultimately destroy the unwanted skin layer by layer. The depth depends on the patient’s particular condition and needs. The skin rejuvenation laser removes the outer layer of skin while heating the layer underneath, which stimulates the growth of collagen. Once the damaged layers of the skin are targeted, they will begin a process of sloughing away and over time will reveal new skin that appears healthier, brighter and tighter. 

Laser Variations

The depth and aggression of laser skin resurfacing depends on the patient’s desired outcome, overall goals, and available down time.  Our North Texas offices offer several options for laser skin resurfacing.

Icon 1540 laser - This laser performs non-ablative fractional resurfacing using pin point compression. Its unique lens design allows for a greater depth of penetration. This laser option allows for less down time and may require more than one treatment.

Erbium laser - This laser is designed to remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck or chest. This laser skin resurfacing device produces less side effects than a CO2 laser and may only take a week for recovery time.

CO2 laser - The CO2 laser is a deep skin resurfacing laser that is used to treat moderate lines and wrinkles on the face as well as acne scars and skin texture imperfections. The new generations of CO2 lasers have increased the effectiveness and efficiency of the procedure by producing extremely short pulses of light or by emitting a continuous beam. Both methods decrease the time of the treatment while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue. Recovery time after a CO2 laser treatment can be up to 2 weeks.

What to Expect

To ease any discomfort during your laser skin resurfacing procedure, the provider may choose to numb the skin with a topical numbing agent. After the procedure, the treated skin may appear darker, swollen, itchy and red. During the recovery process the treated area will need to be kept clean and protected. Crusting can also occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. The patient should refrain from picking as this can lead to permanent scarring. Please follow post treatment instructions given by your provider. New skin is revealed in 1-2 weeks following your procedure.

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Treat Sun-Damaged Skin Today!

Our dermatology office offers numerous treatment options for sun-damaged and aging skin. The laser skin resurfacing method used is dependent upon the patient’s individual condition, aesthetic goals, budget, as well as pain tolerance and allowance for recovery time. We can discuss your specific quest for healthier looking skin during a private and thorough skin consult. If you are interested in laser skin resurfacing, we invite you to call our office today and schedule an appointment for a thorough analysis.

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