That beautiful, flawless skin you were born with can’t escape the effects of time: Eventually, your age, lifestyle, and environment start to make their mark. As you grow older, your skin loses some of its elasticity, your complexion shows signs of sun damage, and fine lines begin to emerge more quickly. At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Oklahoma City, cosmetic experts Dr. Trent Fogleman and Dr. Paul Benien Jr. offer laser skin resurfacing treatments to help patients restore beautiful skin and turn back the hands of time. Call or book your appointment online today.
Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel or lasabrasion, is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that uses advanced laser energy to break down damaged layers of skin and promote the growth of new, fresh skin cells.
The team at Cosmetic Surgery Center has two types of laser technology — the CO2 fractional laser and the Erbium laser — to rejuvenate old, dull skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, uneven texture, scars, and other skin surface abnormalities.
CO2 fractional laser resurfacing is the gold standard in skin rejuvenation treatment, and the Erbium laser produces a similar effect.
This minimally invasive, advanced technology uses a precision handpiece to deliver rapid-pulse, precision beams of laser energy deep into the dermis of your skin to synthesize collagen and tighten the underlying layers.
The CO2 fractional laser is an ablative technique, which means it uniformly removes thin layers of your skin in a process that’s similar to a chemical peel or dermabrasion. This technique further stimulates collagen production.
The Erbium laser, which is also ablative, provides slightly more precision for targeting smaller areas or flaws, such as dark spots.
Safe and effective for virtually all skin types, laser skin resurfacing can treat or significantly improve the appearance of a variety of problems, including:
While laser skin resurfacing can diminish the effects of loose skin, it can’t always get rid of overly saggy skin.
Laser skin resurfacing is most commonly used to treat facial skin, including perceived problem areas like age-related wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. It also rejuvenates the skin on many other parts of your body, including your neck, chest, back, legs, and arms.
Laser skin resurfacing isn’t ideal for everyone, however; among the reasons you should avoid the treatment are if you:
When skin resurfacing is done with any type of ablative laser, you’ll need just one session to get optimal results.
Expect the treatment area to swell slightly for a few days as your skin heals, shifting from red to pink and then back to its natural hue. Your skin will also peel as it naturally exfoliates.
You should avoid makeup for the first week after treatment, and minimize your exposure to the sun whenever possible by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and applying sunscreen whenever you go outside.
You can expect to see results starting about five days after your treatment, with continued improvement for up to six months.
*Individual results may vary