Laser techniques, in principle, produce younger looking skin in a similar way as chemical peels. Lasers are used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and are also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation. The procedure may be performed on the whole face or in specific regions, and is often done in conjunction with another cosmetic operation, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.
There are two types of lasers that we offer – CO2 and Fraxel.
CO2 laser resurfacing uses a beam of energy from a carbon dioxide laser through which the surgeon vaporizes the upper layers of skin. This allows new, less blemished, smoother skin to emerge. The procedure is performed in our certified OR under general anesthesia and requires an initial seven to ten day recovery period. During this time, there is swelling and discomfort. After the initial healing process, pink skin will persist for several months. This redness can be covered with makeup.
For years, patients have desired a breakthrough aesthetic approach with many of the benefits of ablative laser skin resurfacing (performed with a CO2 laser), but without the downtime, side effects and lengthy recovery period. The solution: Fraxel™ Laser Treatment.
This laser treatment repairs aging and sun-damaged skin — pixel-by-pixel, spot by spot. Think of your skin as a family portrait or digital photo in need of high-quality restoration or touch-up. Imagine how the portrait would be delicately restored, one small area at a time. That’s the principle behind the Fraxel.
The laser is currently FDA cleared for skin resurfacing procedures, to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, to improve acne scarring, and for treatment of pigmented lesions, including age and sunspots.
It is the only laser device specially designed to resurface a fraction of skin at a time without breaking the skin’s protective outer barrier. Fraxel can also be used to treat non-facial skin such as sun damaged hands, neck and chest. Treatment takes about one to one and a half hours including the application of a topical anesthetic, depending on the size of the area being treated. Patients can resume routine activities and apply makeup right after treatment. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 5-7 days. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves in about 2 days.
For additional information on Fraxel® including before and after photos, visit www.fraxel.com
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