Problematic skin or skin that makes you look older than you are can leave you feeling less than confident in your appearance. When it comes to erasing fine lines, softening deep wrinkles, tightening saggy skin, or reducing the appearance of age spots, laser resurfacing makes it possible to rejuvenate your skin and diminish common imperfections.
Here at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Oklahoma City, we’re proud to offer a complete range of advanced laser resurfacing solutions for all skin types and needs. Here’s how this therapeutic treatment can help refresh the skin you’re in.
Skin damage: An accumulative process
The majority of visible skin damage is the combined and accumulative effect of long-term sun exposure, certain lifestyle factors, the natural aging process, and gravity.
The hormonal changes that take place during the aging process diminish your skin’s elasticity, leaving it more prone to sagging with each passing year. At the same time, a natural decline in oil production can leave your skin noticeably drier and more delicate. Low moisture levels and reduced elasticity combine to set the stage for the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
The areas of skin that receive routine exposure to sunlight are especially prone to sagging and wrinkling over time as ultraviolet (UV) light breaks down the deepest layers of connective tissue that act to keep your skin flexible and strong.
The Icon™: Total skin rejuvenation from the inside out
If you wish there was an effortless way to erase visible flaws, take years off your appearance, or trade dull, dry skin for a vibrant, healthy glow, you’re in luck! Non-ablative laser resurfacing is a simple revitalizing treatment that uses targeted laser energy to renew your skin.
Using a highly specialized applicator that sends precision microbeams of energy into the deepest layers of your skin, laser resurfacing stimulates collagen growth and elastin renewal by heating your epidural tissues from the inside out. Collagen is the main protein that gives your skin its structure; elastin helps your skin retain its shape.
In the days and weeks following laser resurfacing, as your body continues to increase its collagen and elastin production, you’ll notice increasingly smoother, firmer, and more uniform-looking skin.
Here at Cosmetic Surgery Center, we use the Icon Aesthetic System by CynoSure® to perform non-ablative laser resurfacing treatments. This versatile technology gently and effectively revitalizes skin, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, and scars, and helps to reverse the effects of sun damage.
CO2 and Erbium: Total skin rejuvenation from the outside in
Although non-ablative laser resurfacing can correct, repair, or diminish a wide variety of skin imperfections, more significant issues often respond better to deeper laser techniques.
Ablative laser resurfacing, using either the CO2 or Erbium laser, has long been considered the gold standard treatment for deep wrinkles, loose skin, significant areas of increased pigmentation, and acne scars.
Like non-ablative laser resurfacing, ablative lasers deliver rapid-pulse, precision beams of energy deep into the dermis to synthesize collagen and tighten underlying layers. However, ablative lasers work on another level, too: they uniformly remove thin layers of damaged skin in a process similar to that of a chemical peel or dermabrasion.
Ablative laser resurfacing encourages total skin renewal — and delivers dramatic results — from the outside in.
Laser skin resurfacing: Beautiful, long-lasting results
Because laser resurfacing relies on your body’s natural healing mechanisms to achieve results, you can expect smoother, tighter, more uniform skin to develop over the days and weeks following treatment.
Deeper ablative lasers can achieve beautiful, long-lasting results in just one treatment. Non-ablative lasers, which are gentler and less invasive, work best over a series of laser resurfacing sessions.
If you’re ready to explore how laser resurfacing can help you refresh the skin you’re in, call our Oklahoma City office or schedule an appointment online today.