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Laser Skin Resurfacing

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a rejuvenating procedure that uses laser technology to reverse the signs of aging, overexposure to the sun, acne, and other skin damaging conditions. The laser system carefully removes the skin layer by layer so that damaged skin is allowed to regenerate, which will reveal newer, fresher skin that looks tighter, healthier, and younger. In addition, this procedure also leads to the production of new collagen, which helps keep the skin supple.  North Texas dermatologist, Dr. Matthew Barrows and his team of dermatologists and medical professionals at offices throughout the Dallas area, including McKinney, Allen, and Rockwall, offer laser skin resurfacing using the CO2 laser, one of the most advanced, effective lasers around. This innovative technology produces a beam that’s more tightly focused to produce immediate results. With this laser, results can be seen after just one treatment with minimal discomfort, reduced side effects, and no downtime.

How the Procedure is Performed

During laser skin resurfacing, the doctor will aim brief, pulsating beams of light to 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 laser beam removes the outer layer of skin, which is known as the epidermis. At the same time, the laser is heating the dermis, the layer underneath, which stimulates the growth of collagen. Once the damaged layers of skin are destroyed, it will begin to crust, flake, and peel away over the course of several weeks. Once this process is complete, new skin will appear in its place that’s healthier, brighter, younger looking, and more even-toned.

Laser Variations

The depth and aggression of laser skin resurfacing depends on the patient’s desired outcome and overall goals. More aggressive resurfacing is known as ablation. With this form of resurfacing, the skin is actually wounded to the dermal level. Once the dermal wound healing begins, it stimulates the production of collagen. Recovery time from ablation is around 3 weeks. The less aggressive non-ablative process is less invasive and reduces the overall recovery time, but the results are not as dramatic, and multiple treatment sessions may be ncessary. The new generation of CO2 lasers have increased the effectiveness and efficiency of the procedure by either producing extremely short pulses of light or by emitting a continuous beam. Both methods cut down on the time of the treatment while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue. It can be used on skin that shows superficial to moderately deep lines and wrinkles. It can be used on the face, neck, hands or chest.

 

What to Expect

Even though laser skin resurfacing is nonsurgical and is considered noninvasive, there generally is some downtime associated with the procedure depending on the level of aggresion. To ease any discomfort during treatment, our practitioner may choose to numb the skin using a local anesthetic. A sedative can also be given to relax the patient. If the whole face is being treated or if other procedures are being done in conjunction with resurfacing, a local anesthesia will be given. The doctor places the laser on the treatment area for a short amount of time and repeats this process until all of the damaged skin has been treated. After the ablative procedure, the treated skin will appear swollen, itchy and raw. It’s possible for these areas to discharge a yellowish liquid. A doctor will apply a thick, protective ointment and cover the area in an airtight, watertight dressing to protect the treated skin. During recovery, the treated area will need to be kept clean and protected. Crusting can also occur, so the patient must refrain from picking since this can lead to permanent scarring. New skin is usually generated in about 1-2 weeks. With non-ablation, a patient can expect swelling and redness which can be remedied with ice packs.

 

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Our dermatology office offers numerous treatment options for sun-damaged and aging skin. The decision whether to choose ablative or non-ablative laser skin resurfacing 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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