Laser skin resurfacing
is one of the leading cosmetic procedures in the United States. The process
utilizes a laser to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well
as improve the overall texture of the skin.
How does laser
skin resurfacing work?
Lasers work by emitting
a specialized light that passes through the skin and is preferentially absorbed
by water in the damaged collagen of your skin. This action allows the laser
light to ablate (evaporate) very fine layers of skin, diminishing the look
of the wrinkle and other unwanted textures. The older, wrinkled collagen in
your skin is remodeled into newer skin: as new cells form in the healing process,
the skin becomes smoother and softer. Several lasers and light sources are
available today for skin resurfacing.
Why choose laser
Laser skin resurfacing
offers patients many benefits. The procedure is truly "incisionless,"
provides consistent results, and offers the surgeon precise control. Its faster
recovery time means that it can also delay or eliminate the need for the more
invasive face-lift surgery.
can be treated with Joule?
What will the Joule laser do?
Dr. Samadani will
use Joule to remove thin layers of your skin's surface, which will be replaced
by younger skin growth. Only Joule has the ability to provide a treatment
that is optimized to your skin condition. Your wrinkles will soften and become
less noticeable, some will disappear; and pigmented lesions will greatly improve.
What areas can
All skin areas can
be treated. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and hands. Discuss your
needs with Dr. Samadani.
How long will it
take me to recover?
Your healing time will depend
upon your actual treatment depth, and you may experience erythema (redness)
which may last several weeks. Healing time does vary among individuals. Your
physician can answer questions about temporary changes to your skin color
and how they may be camouflaged.
What should I expect
Some redness and slight swelling may be present in the area that has been
treated, however, this should subside within a few hours. Your skin will have
a pink or red color that will resolve over time. You will need to avoid direct
sun exposure, or use a sun block of at least SPF 15 when outdoors.
Will it be uncomfortable?
The amount of discomfort varies
from patient to patient. Dr. Samadani will discuss your anesthesia options
to properly manage any discomfort from the treatment.
Is there a risk?
Following the correct aftercare procedures
will reduce the risk of infection. You will return to my office for follow-up
visits to ensure excellent healing.
What will happen during the procedure?
Dr. Samadani will
administer anesthesia after discussing the options with you. Your eyes will
be protected with safety shields or glasses.
Joule's laser beam will be
delivered through a computer-controlled device that automatically scans the
area of your skin being treated. You may hear a snapping or popping noise
as the laser gently removes the outer skin cells.
Your procedure may take
a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated
and the depth of your peel.
will I need?
It is important to
follow instructions. You will be given some skin care products
and instructions on how to use them. This will minimize your risk for infection
and ensure the shortest healing time. The top layer of your skin will re-grow
and be covered with make-up in about one week.
Your new skin will be very sensitive
to ultra-violet light and you must avoid sun exposure until fully healed.
You need to cover your skin, wear a hat and use a good sun screen if your
have to go outdoors.
How long will it
take me to heal? What are the side effects?
Most patients enjoy
a short recovery time after laser resurfacing, which lasts anywhere from less
than a week for lighter resurfacing procedures, to a bit more than a week
for deeper procedures. You will be asked to keep the area moist. The initial
redness after the procedure will fade over a period of time. However, camouflage
makeup may be used to cover the redness.
As with any surgical
procedure, there are risks and side-effects associated with laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Samadani will review with you in detail any risks involved in the procedure.
Is the procedure
You will be given
either a topical or local anesthetic during the procedure. Sedation
can also be provided. Most patients describe the post-procedure feeling as
a bad sunburn; this feeling will subside in a few days. Cold compresses will
also help subdue the discomfort.
How soon will I
Because your skin
will heal over a period of several weeks, you may not see the final results
until then. As your skin heals, and as new collagen regenerates and fills
in the lines and wrinkles, your results will continue to improve. Results
will continue to improve for months.
Micro Laser Peel
Laser resurfacing can dramatically improve the skin’s texture, as well as the appearance of wrinkles, increased pigmentation, and scars. The laser can specifically target and remove skin at varying depths to reveal fresh new skin below the surface. Depending on the desired outcome of the resurfacing treatment, you may choose to have only specific areas of the face, such as deep creases or scars, targeted with the laser, or choose to undergo a comprehensive rejuvenation treatment that refines the entire surface of the face. Recovery time after laser skin resurfacing varies according to the depth and intensity of the treatment received. Usually, a moderate amount of healing time is required for the skin to be free of flaking, redness, and tenderness.
Recovery time and Depth of Treatment
MLP Type 1 1-2 Days MLP Type II 2-4 Days MLP Type III 3-5 Days MLP Type IV 6-7 Days Upper & Lower Eyelids PF 6-7 Days