About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing with a laser at SSK Plastic Surgery is a nonsurgical aesthetic procedure that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to remove damaged surface skin layer by layer. The procedure is great for reducing facial lines and wrinkles and for minimizing skin flaws, including acne scars, pigmentation, and other issues. Also called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an effective facial treatment for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Based on the condition of the patient's complexion, the treatment can be adjusted for the best results. There is little downtime needed for most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any concerns or questions may be reviewed with Newport Beach, CA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi during your assessment and consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
SSK Plastic Surgery has three kinds of laser skin resurfacing procedures that are chosen based on the condition of your skin. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers remove thin layers of skin, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a precision that allows the laser technician to reduce skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for firming the skin, as well as correcting acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers don't remove the skin — the light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to promote the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative procedures are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on patients who are able to wait several months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that create small holes in the lower skin layers. The skin's automatic healing leads to tighter, healthier skin. Fractional lasers can also be used to help fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
"Dr. Kelishadi is amazing!!! He made me feel so comfortable! I had Breast Augmentation May 26th. I'm three months out and loving my results! I was very self conscious about my chest. My breasts shrunk due to breast feeding. I didn't even want to change in front of my husband. (he loved them no matter what lol) and now I am feeling so great about it! He said he's even noticed a boost in my confidence level. I love it! i feel good..i feel sexy. I never thought I would actually go through with getting this done, but Dr. Kelishadi and his staff helped me with every step of the way. He was very caring and checked up on me after surgery. His staff was very nice as well. All so helpful! I highly recommend him!"- J.V. / Yelp / Jul 27, 2017
"After visiting 7 plastic surgeons, I knew that Dr. Kelishadi was the best and who I wanted to perform my BA. I couldn't be happier with him and his team! He is an amazing doctor who is knowledgeable, experienced, and holds high standards for himself. He is kind, helpful, respectful, and his work is fantastic! I highly recommend choosing Dr. K! His office staff are so sweet and helpful as well. He is my go to plastic surgeon!"- K.J. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"Dr. Sean Kelishadi is genuinely, personable, respectful, honest, talented, generous, warm, attentive, hard working, thoughtful and the most caring doctor I know. He personally answers all questions honestly and attentively. I felt he was only interested in me AND my family’s best interest. That to me is so refreshing! I always feel welcomed and treated with kindness no matter what. I love the educational (very professional) stories he shares on social media because I learn so much and I feel in the know of the latest in skin care, he’ll even share his own experience and results! That is my favorite because it speaks how much faith he personally has in what he promotes."- P.B. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"He is kind, helpful, respectful and his work is fantastic - After visiting 7 plastic surgeons, I knew that Dr. Kelishadi was the best and who I wanted to perform my BA. I couldn't be happier with him and his team! He is an amazing doctor who is knowledgeable, experienced, and holds high standards for himself. He is kind, helpful, respectful, and his work is fantastic! I highly recommend choosing Dr. K! His office staff are so sweet and helpful as well. He is my go to plastic surgeon!"- K. / RealSelf / Jan 20, 2020
"Highly Recommended, Talent and Comfort Top Notch - This will be long, but if you're considering having Dr. Kelishadi do a very intricate and invasive surgery on your body, I hope you respect your body enough to be looking for long and detailed reviews. I followed SSK Plastic Surgery on Instagram 6 years ago due to a random suggested surgery post that I thought was very impressive. Back then I had a 6 year old child and a very nice figure. I didn't expect to ever need or want anyone to alter my body. 6 years later, after having another child, my entire midsection had suffered. I had a big gap between my abdominals that would never mend itself, and the fat collection there was disgusting. I'm a powerlifter, and I had a great physique everywhere else and this ridiculous abdominal issue. My breasts were also super saggy but I would never have just repaired them alone.Eventually I decided it was time to look into fixing my abdominals. I had lower back soreness from my weight lifting, because my core was missing some muscle strength, and I just wanted it all restored to my pre-baby form. Who did I call? The guy I saw fixing abs for many years. Dr. Kelishadi. He is easy to talk to, he's fun and funny. His office is comfortable. His staff is kind, sweet, and gentle. I went for a consultation and we discussed the impending surgery. He looked very intently at my body and explained very thoroughly what it would take to accomplish what I wanted. To my surprise, he didn't want to do any liposuction. I thought I had enough fat there to warrant it, but he explained why I didn't need it. The main part of my surgery would be the sewing together of my abdominal gap (diastasis recti) and then the removal of the belly pooch. He never offered any extra add-on procedures and explained why they weren't necessary. He isn't trying to nickel and dime you - he treats you as a canvas and he knows what's going to look the best. I asked about a breast lift, since I was already going to be getting major surgery - and he was honest and assessed the situation as well. We decided on just a lift (mastopexy) without any implants or other procedures. I was a 36DDD but mostly because of all the loose extra skin. I just wanted them back where they belonged. I attached before and after photos. But they're only 7 weeks apart! The full swelling of this abdominal procedure takes 3 MONTHS to subside and a year to show its full result. But this is only 7 weeks. My breast lift is PERFECT, and my abdominals are already SO STRONG and so much better. It's worth mentioning that my "created" belly button is also just perfect. Lots of times you can spot a fake belly button by it's weird shape and lack of folds inside, but this thing is PERFECT. The last 7 weeks since my surgery, I've seen Dr. Kelishadi 12 times. I had a small complication (they happen sometimes with a surgery this major!) so I saw him more than you might, and I can't say enough good about how comforting and intelligent he is. He eased every concern and he made everything work out perfectly. Also, when these photos are only 7 weeks into a recovery that takes many months to truly be healed, you can see the talent that exists here. Sidenote: he even gives you his cell phone number after your procedure, and he's available anytime at all for questions, concerns, or even to text and brag about how happy you are. He is truly AMAZING."- F. / RealSelf / Jan 14, 2020
There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing which laser peel is right for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for people who are unsatisfied with their overall complexion. If you have sun-damaged skin, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, redness, or pigmentation concerns, laser skin resurfacing treatment can help correct these imperfections. In addition, laser skin resurfacing is a good solution if you have rough skin texture, scaly patches, or other irregularities. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Also, it's important to understand that there is downtime needed after laser therapy. Some patients, based on the condition of their skin, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
SSK Plastic Surgery offers the Venus Versa™ multi-treatment platform to resurface the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars, rosacea, and uneven skin texture and pigmentation. Venus Versa is a top-of-the-line system designed to increase the success of your treatment. Before you have a more intense or deeper laser resurfacing treatment, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser treatment. This helps prep the skin for more effective results.
Medication will be given prior to the treatment to help minimize any pain for greater relaxation throughout your session. If your skin needs mild correction, topical anesthesia will be applied to numb treated areas where the laser will target. For the whole complexion or more intense laser treatments, a form of sedation may be required. During the procedure, you will relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece glides over the skin, precisely targeting the needed areas for rejuvenation. You will feel the warmth from the laser followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy works to eliminate damaged skin cells while also stimulating natural collagen production.
What to Expect
For lighter peels, a healing ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can return home to recover. The treated skin may appear red, and there will be some swelling and irritation. This should subside in a few days and the skin peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. For those who are receiving a deeper laser treatment, your recovery period will last longer. The treatment sections may be covered by dressings and the irritation, burning, and swelling side effects will be more intense.
Pain medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The recovery period for a deeper peel can last several weeks. All patients should minimize their UV exposure following their treatment and apply sun protection throughout the day. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel away. It is crucial to avoid interfering with the healing process to prevent scarring and to protect your skin from UV exposure. Once the peeling is finished, the treated skin will feel smoother while looking rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.
Plan Your Procedure
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel offers excellent results if you want a more youthful appearance. If you are curious about a laser resurfacing treatment and want to learn more about their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical options SSK Plastic Surgery offers, we encourage you to contact our office in Newport Beach, CA today to make your appointment with Dr. Kelishadi. We can give you more information about the Venus Versa platform for enhancing skin tone, tightness, and texture.