Laser resurfacing is essentially a precise, superficial burn of the skin. Dr. McAllister of Coastal Plastic Surgery Institute can control the ablation and coagulation depth for either light or deep peels. As we age, the effects of sun damage and environmental pollutants take their toll on our skin, causing it to wrinkle, develop sun spots and look tired. Sciton skin resurfacing procedures can reverse these effects and restore a healthy look to the skin. A laser beam is scanned across the treatment area and precisely removes a layer of skin. The body will naturally replace the old, damaged skin that was removed, with a fresh, healthy layer. Treatments can range from shallow (which might be appropriate for eliminating fine lines, sun spots and tired-looking skin) to deep (which is often used to improve skin tone/texture and eliminate deep wrinkles, even in difficult areas like upper lip lines and crow’s feet).
In fractional resurfacing, the laser removes pinpoint columns of skin, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This approach allows the laser to controllably ablate and coagulate tissue to variable depth, while the surrounding intact tissue promotes rapid healing.
- Facial wrinkles
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Frown lines
- Lipstick lines
- Smoker’s lines
- Acne Scars
- Surgical Scars
- Sun damage
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Resurfacing
How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing treatments affects from the outer layers to below the skin. Short pulses of micro-fine laser light reach deeply into the skin’s sub-layers, treating the aging support structure. Then the body’s natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin, which are the crucial building blocks of smooth, youthful skin.
Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?
Dr. McAllister will offer ways to make this a comfortable experience. Since everyone is different and it depends on the level of treatment needed, it is best to discuss all of your option at your consultation.
How long does laser skin resurfacing take?
The procedure can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people are happy after only one treatment session.
How long is laser skin resurfacing recovery?
Normal expected healing time is anywhere from 3 to 10 days.