What is 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.
What are the 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.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
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"SSK Plastic surgery is the best plastic surgeons office in OC. Their entire staff is amazing and is very responsive. Jolene is their injector there and is amazing. I have gotten Botox, filler, and a few laser treatments from her and she is amazing. She always preps you on what exactly to expect, how it will feel, the results and she always follows up with you every day after. At SSK they really put their patients health and concerns first! Dr. K always comes in before the procedure and lets you know what to expect and sort of walks you through the process to ensure you know you are in good hands. He has some of the most talented people working at SSK! Jolene is also the sweetest person ever and will make you feel comfortable throughout the entire process :)"- S.C. / Yelp / Mar 19, 2020
Who is an ideal Candidate?
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.
How is it done?
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 can I Expect after laser skin resurfacing?
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.
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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.