As we age, our skin changes… Genetics, sun damage, and lifestyle contribute to the formation of wrinkles and skin blemishes (‘age spots’) that make us feel older than our age. Laser resurfacing , or ‘laser peeling’, is designed to diminish these blemishes and restore your skin to a smoother, youthful appearance.
How its done?
Often used in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or facelifts, laser resurfacing involves focusing a high-energy beam of light onto the desired area, heating the supportive tissue underneath the skin. This heat causes new collagen to be deposited underneath the skin that then lifts and tightens loose skin without disrupting or cutting the skin surface. The heat from the laser also causes the outer layers of the skin to peel away. After the session, as part of the healing process, increased cell growth produces new, healthier skin layers which give the face a smoother, more youthful appearance.
The length of a laser resurfacing session depends entirely on the total surface area to be treated. Generally, the procedure often takes 1-2 hours to complete and can be done under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia may be useful if the amount of laser treatment to be done is extensive.
Why choose us?
All patients are unique … different skin types demand different treatment plans. Although the procedure may seem simple, getting the results you desire requires a skilled practitioner that understands where and how to apply the laser to achieve a natural, more youthful appearance.
At the WSC, our board-certified plastic surgeons and medical professionals are experienced in the art of laser resurfacing and will work with you to determine how best to achieve your goals. We are devoted to providing you with the highest level of care. We do our best to keep you informed, put you at ease and provide you with a satisfying experience.
Am I a candidate?
If you are in good general health and have specific but realistic goals for the improvement of your appearance… this procedure may be for you.
Patients experience minimal discomfort that, if required, is easily controlled with oral medication. Laser peels are very safe with few side-effects.
Immediately after the procedure, your face will feel like it has a ‘sunburn’ (redness, irritation). A bandage is not required but a protective ointment should be applied for one week after the procedure. ‘Redness’ indicates that healing is taking place and new collagen is being deposited. The majority of ‘redness’ will dissipate over one month but it is not uncommon for your skin to be red for 3-4 months. The outer layers of the skin will peel away several days after treatment and new skin will begin to form over the next several weeks.
Detailed pre- and post-laser peel instructions will be provided at the WSC.
What do I do?
Our goal is to provide you with the information required to ease the decision-making process.
We strongly encourage you to research the operation thoroughly. Here are some useful links to help you: