For patients who wish to minimize fine wrinkling and the blotchy pigment that occurs with aging and sun damage, Dr. Wiener offers the Micro Laser Peel. This light laser resurfacing procedure, done under local anesthesia, can strip away the years and the results can be dramatic.
Dr. Wiener uses the best resurfacing laser on the market (Joule by Sciton) to remove a portion of the outer layer of the skin. An anesthetic cream is applied to the face for approximately twenty minutes, and then the procedure is done quickly and comfortably while cool air is blown on the face to maximize comfort. The skin is pink with mild inflammation and some peeling starting two to three days post procedure, much like a sunburn. A special cleanser and moisturizer are used post procedure. Within a week, make-up can be applied and healing has begun.
One Micro Laser Peel can make a significant difference, but several micro peels done in a series approximately 6-8 weeks apart can have even more dramatic results. Safe and effective for all skin types, this treatment is recommended in combination with a skin care plan using Retin-A and a topical vitamin C. The skin becomes smooth, even-toned, and less wrinkled.
This is one of Dr. Wiener’s most popular resurfacing procedures because it is quick, easy and patients experience minimal down time, with maximum results!
“By far the best plastic surgeon in the Chicago area. I have been a patient of Dr. Wiener’s for over 8 years. I currently live in Wisconsin, and come back to Chicago to see him. He is wonderful at skin surgeries and cosmetic. If you want the best, then call to make an appointment with Dr. Wiener before you let anyone else touch you.” – Kelly T.
Who is an ideal candidate for a Micro Laser Peel?
These are light laser resurfacing treatments. They are effective for most skin tones and skin types. As such, just about everyone would benefit from a trip to our offices on Cumberland Avenue for a Micro Laser Peel.
These are the skin conditions our Micro Laser Peels improve:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Pigment irregularities
What areas of my body can I have treated with a Micro Laser Peel?
Most skin areas can be treated. But at Dr. Wiener’s our patients typically opt for their face and decolletage areas. They can also be effective on the backs of the hands, which can really show extensive aging.
Will a Micro Laser Peel be painful?
One of the primary advantages of a Micro Laser Peel is that it causes little pain because the laser doesn’t penetrate deeply into the skin. When applied at the shallowest settings, patients don’t feel the need for any topical numbing prior to their session. At deeper settings, we apply topical numbing prior to your session to keep you comfortable.
How long will the results of my Micro Laser Peel last?
The new skin that replaced the removed skin layers is a permanent change. But the aging process will, of course, continue. Plus, the duration of your results depends on how well you care for your skin. If you protect it from sun damage and adopt a good skin care regimen, you’ll enjoy your improved skin for many months.
To keep up with future aging, Dr. Wiener recommends a series of Micro Laser Peels to create more dramatic results with your skin. From there, maintenance treatments every 6 to 12 months are a good idea.
How long will it take to recover after a Micro Laser Peel?
Depending on the depth of treatment, most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work within 3 to 4 days after their Micro Laser Peel. You may have areas of redness (erythema) that can last for several weeks. This varies by the patient.
What aftercare should I provide for my skin after my Micro Laser Peel?
At Dr. Wiener’s we will discuss specific products that will be used after your Micro Peel. Your skin will be sensitive to UV radiation after this treatment, so you must be very cognizant of wearing 30+ SPF sunscreen and protective clothing and avoiding direct sun exposure on the treated areas. This needs to be the case until your skin if fully healed. But that’s a good idea anyway, as much of the skin damage we’ve addressed with your Micro Laser Peel is due to too much sun on your skin.
How often can I have a Micro Laser Peel?
Some of our patients come in for single Micro Peels every year. Others opt for a series upfront to aggressively improve their skin, and then opt for maintenance every six months from there. These are not overly aggressive treatments, but you would not have them done more frequently than every 8 weeks at the minimum.
What do I need to do to prepare for a Micro Laser Peel?
In preparation for your Micro Laser Peel, the esthetician may place you on specific products for about 4 weeks prior to your session.
Otherwise, you’ll need to avoid facial procedures such as chemical peels and more aggressive laser treatments for about one month prior to your Micro Laser Peel.
You’ll also want to avoid tanning and sun exposure for 4 weeks leading up to your session.
We will go over this with you, but you will need to stop any medications that increase photosensitivity (such as doxycycline and minocycline) for three days prior to your Micro Peel.