What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Laser skin resurfacing is a highly versatile service that can be used preventively or correctively. Some of the cosmetic and dermatologic concerns that we can treat using our sophisticated laser platforms include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin pigmentation
- Sun damage
- Actinic keratoses
- Minor tissue laxity can be improved through collagen remodeling after laser skin resurfacing
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Many people view laser skin resurfacing as a procedure that obliterates the upper layers of the skin. This is somewhat accurate but today's treatments are not nearly that aggressive. Using adjustable laser energy, Dr. Wiener carefully removes dead and thickened layers of superficial skin cells. As a result, healthy new skin cells are revealed. Additionally, the laser energy that permeates through the upper layers of the skin warms the dermis. This is where collagen and elastin are produced. For up to several months after laser treatment, the cells in the dermis may remain more active in their production of skin-firming and smoothing chemicals.
What Level of Laser Skin Resurfacing is Right for Me?
Dr. Wiener offers three different levels of laser skin resurfacing. These range from light to deep. When you consult with us, we'll talk about your concerns and what you'd like to accomplish. We'll examine your skin and measure the severity of your problems, whether those are lines and wrinkles, sun damage, or precancerous spots. Using the information obtained from your consultation and examination, we can discuss what you could expect from the various laser skin resurfacing options we offer.
What Areas of the Body can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Laser resurfacing treatments are most commonly performed on the face and neck. Some lasers are precise enough to adjust for more delicate areas of the face, such as the eyelids. In addition to addressing the signs of aging on facial skin, laser resurfacing may also be performed on the neck, décolletage, and hands.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Safe?
Receiving laser skin resurfacing from a licensed, knowledgeable professional, you can expect your procedure to be performed with the utmost care. If you're considering this type of treatment, it is important that you take your time choosing a skilled provider with considerable training and experience, preferably a board-certified plastic surgeon. Laser skin resurfacing is not a treatment to schedule based on a good deal. The laser device that is used matters, as does the application of the energy. Without proper precautions, an unskilled provider could damage your skin. We're happy to talk with you about the laser skin resurfacing protocols that we use to ensure comfort, safety, and efficacy.
Is there Downtime After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser devices and techniques have improved a great deal over the years. Historically, laser skin resurfacing was a relatively involved and aggressive treatment. Early procedures were performed using general anesthesia! This isn't true of today's common laser treatments. Here in our Chicago plastic surgery office, you have options for how in-depth you want your treatment to be. We'll figure this out together through intentional conversation centered around your desired outcome and preferences. If you do not want to experience downtime, you may be a great candidate for our lunchtime peel. If you have some time to stay home and recover, you may prefer a MicroLaserPeel or some deep laser resurfacing. During your consultation, we'll provide you with all of the information you need to determine your best laser treatment.
How Long do the Results of Laser Skin Resurfacing Last?
The lifespan of your laser resurfacing results will depend on a few factors. The level of peel that you receive is one of them. So is the overall condition of your skin. If your interest is in warding off the signs of aging, you may benefit from an annual MicroLaserPeel or periodic lunchtime peels performed once or twice a year. If you have more significant signs of aging and are receiving laser skin resurfacing to correct them, your results may last six months to a year without further treatment. Your avoidance of tanning and use of quality skincare products may prolong your results. However, depending on your age, your collagen stores may run out more quickly, leading to a recurrence of lines, wrinkles, and laxity.
We want you to enjoy the best, longest-lasting results. During your consultation, we can discuss your long-term goals and how we can help you maintain them.