Laser Resurfacing- Dramatic Treatments Produce Dramatic Results
Ablative laser resurfacing uses the energy produced by certain types of lasers to vaporize or ablate skin, and can be done by either removing the entire surface, such as in full-field resurfacing, or just a fraction of the surface, such as with fractionated lasers like our Profractional.
Deep full-field ablative laser resurfacing produces dramatic improvement in fine lines, sun damage, tightening, and texture with just one treatment, but the treatment is not for the faint of heart. Full-face, full-field resurfacing involves more social downtime, discomfort, and risks than fractionated ablative laser treatments. Our Sciton Joule erbium laser is strong enough to be able to provide the same results as a deep CO2 laser resurfacing but with less risk of scarring or loss of normal pigmentation.
Obviously, with an aggressive treatment like this, it's important to have it done by a skilled, experienced doctor. Dr. Elliott has been providing full-field resurfacing treatments since 2007 and was a physician trainer for Cutera Lasers for years.
Full-field laser resurfacing can be done over the entire face or only to those areas where fine lines may be prominent, such as around the eyes or mouth. Since often one area of the face like the eyes can make people assume you're older, treating that single area can take 10 years off of your appearance in one hour.
Because ablative fractionated laser treatments of some areas can produce results as impressive as those seen with full field resurfacing, with less discomfort or risk, it's important to have a consultation before scheduling any ablative laser treatment. We will be happy to discuss with you the pros, cons & recommendations for the best treatment to safely meet your goals.
What to Expect with Laser Resurfacing:
If it's determined that you're a good candidate for full-field laser resurfacing, provide us with your pharmacy phone number and we'll call in prescriptions for anti-viral and pain medicine so you that you don't have to go to a pharmacy after your treatment.
Depending on the area of the face treated, anesthesia may consist of a combination of a topical anesthetic cream, injected anesthetic, and nitrous oxide is available to minimize anxiety. An oral anti-anxiety medication can be provided as long as someone drives you home.
The procedure produces a hot sensation so cold dressings are applied until the treated areas cool down. At the completion of the procedure, a soothing ointment is applied which is continued for the first few days at home. The treated area will feel sunburned and uncomfortable for the first few days and there will be some weeping and swelling of the area, depending on the depth of treatment. We'll provide you with all the supplies you'll need in the first few days, including a mild cleanser, laser balm, and even a disposable pillowcase and headband. If it's not too inconvenient, we like to have you return in two or three days so that we can recheck the area and help cleanse it if needed.
Redness in the treated areas lasts for weeks to sometimes months occasionally, depending on the depth of treatment and your skin type. Post-resurfacing redness tends to last longest in people with very fair complexions. Green-tinted concealers work to conceal redness best.
Most patients can return to work and social activities about 6 days after facial laser resurfacing around the eyes, but the downtime for treatments around the mouth, where the skin is thicker, may require up to 10 days of recovery. Strict sun avoidance is necessary for at least 3 months after facial laser resurfacing and a professional skin care program is encouraged to maintain the results indefinitely.
How long do the results last?
When old skin has been replaced with new skin, it's like turning back the clock. The new skin begins aging again at the same rate as before, but as if it was from an earlier age, with results that are visible for years.
Prices for full-field laser resurfacing ranges from $875 for the eyes to $1,975 for the full face.
If you are interested in learning more about how Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments can improve your appearance, schedule a free consultation online or call us at 727-571-1923.