About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing with a laser at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to eliminate dead and damaged skin cell layers. The procedure is used for addressing facial wrinkles and lines and for minimizing skin flaws including pigmentation, acne scars, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an ideal procedure for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin type, the treatment may be customized for best results. There is little recovery time required for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with one of our experienced registered nurses during your assessment and consultation at our Leesburg office.
Types of Laser Treatments
Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center offers four kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected depending on your skin goals. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers treat thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to reduce damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for firming the skin as well as treating acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait 2 – 3 months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that make small holes in the deeper skin layers. The body's self-healing process leads to tighter, firmer, and healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be performed to treat fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
- Micro Laser Peel Treatments
The micro laser peel is an ablative laser that is used to remove a sheet of superficial epidermal skin which is then replaced with fresh skin with more youthful properties. Unlike many other laser systems, the built-in technology allows us to carefully control the depth of ablation from ten microns (equivalent to a deep microdermabrasion) to 1000 microns (a deep skin resurfacing). This treatment is ideal for minimal to moderate fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sun spots.
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"Love coming here for all my aesthetic and cosmetic needs. From the moment you are greeted and checked in to the time you leave, you are treated with the best customer service. The ladies at the front are always smiling and greet you warmly. The aestheticians and nurses go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable while getting serviced. I recommend Dr Chang and his staff to all my friends and family."- J.S. / Yelp / May 22, 2018
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You have multiple factors to think about when selecting which laser peel procedure is best for your needs. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who are unsatisfied with their skin's appearance. If you see skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, pigmentation, or redness troubles, a laser peel procedure may be helpful to improve these complexion blemishes. Also, a laser peel is wonderful for those who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it's important to know that there is a recovery period needed after laser treatments. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.
Before you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser peel treatment, you may be given a retinoid product for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser peel. The retinoid helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication may be suggested prior to the procedure to help lessen any pain for increased comfort throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a kind of sedation may be required. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the needed surfaces for rejuvenation. You may feel the heat of the laser followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also prompting new collagen production.
What to Expect
Following light peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may look pink and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms should subside in a few days and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5 day period. For those who are getting a deeper laser peel, your recovery time will take longer. In addition, the treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling symptoms may be stronger. Pain medication can be prescribed to lessen these symptoms. The recovery period for a more intense laser treatment may last several weeks. Every patient needs to minimize their UV exposure following their laser peel and use sun protection throughout the day. For all laser peel treatments, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's crucial to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield your skin from environmental exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Laser skin resurfacing costs vary based on the type of treatment you select. In your consultation, we will listen to your concerns and goals before explaining the different types of resurfacing treatments. Then, he can help you choose your treatment and discuss costs. Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center often runs treatment specials and discounted packages, so be sure to ask during your consultation.
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
One of our registered nurses will help you decide which laser resurfacing treatment is best for your needs and goals during your consultation. The best treatment for you will depend on the health and condition of your skin, your skin concerns, and how deep you want your treatment to go. How long you are willing to give your recovery may also be a deciding factor when choosing your treatment type. When in doubt, it's best to start with a lighter treatment to see how you like your results and adjust as needed for your next treatment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
A member of our team will talk to you about how you can help your skin heal after a laser resurfacing treatment. The most important rule is don't pick or peel your skin. This could cause lasting damage including scars. You should skip all hair removal methods in the treatment area, which means no shaving, waxing, or depilatory creams. We will recommend an ointment to help soothe and heal your skin.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing or microneedling?
Depending on your skin concerns and goals, one of our registered nurses will help you decide if laser skin resurfacing or microneedling treatment is best for you. While they all improve the surface of the skin, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. During your consultation, each option will be explained and recommendations will be made for your treatment.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the resurfacing type you and Dr. Chang select for your treatment, you may need to wait weeks or even months between appointments. Deeper treatments will provide longer-lasting results, but will require a longer recovery period. You should talk to Dr. Chang about how often you are willing to come back for treatments so he can take this into account when recommending a type of resurfacing during your consultation.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing provides amazing results if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are curious about a laser treatment and want to hear more information about their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical procedures Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Leesburg, VA today to make your appointment.