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
"Doctor Kelishadi is the best plastic surgeon. He answered all my questions and concerns, and was very patient with me during the whole procedure. Breast augmentation is a big deal, he made sure I am comfortable, he was realistic and performed all the measurements and simulations to ensure that the procedure is safe for me and that I will have the best results. 4 months after the surgery I still can not believe this is ME in the mirror! He has done amazing work, he is really passionate about his art and his results are natural. What I like about him is that he always grow and learn about the trends, he stay up to date with everything and he makes sure he provides the best service for us. After the surgery I had his private phone number and I could text him or call him anytime with questions during the recovery. I knew exactly what to do so my recovery is fast and with no problems, I had all the details instructions about medications I need to take and what I can and can not do. His staff is the friendliest and most helpful! Shae and Alejandra answered all my questions. They both were very patient, they have never rushed me and made sure I feel comfortable and ready for the surgery. I highly recommend SSK Plastic Surgery. I am extremely happy with my results, I will come back to this place for the different treatments that they offer, because I know I can trust Doctor Kelishadi and his staff!"- A.S. / Yelp / Sep 09, 2019
"Dr. Kelishadi is amazing! I love how attentive he is and gives you great advice on what you should get done or shouldn't. I've been to different surgeon offices and I always find myself booking another appointment with his office instead. The ladies at his office are another reason why I keep coming as well, such sweet and friendly ladies. I love how Every time I come they are super welcoming and I don't feel like I'm being judged! I've been to Offices before where I feel like I'm bugging the staff or when I'm asking questions they answer very annoyed. Here! They answer all your questions with concern and very kindly. Thank you Shae & Alex for being great customer service representatives & following up on my appointment reminders! I've had a hydra facial + Vivace done at his office. Which I definitely recommend, I should probably book another hydra-facial while I'm writing this review. Also, I've had my breast done elsewhere but will be contacting Dr. K once I'm ready for new boobies. I'll be referring all my clients, friends, staff, and family to Dr. Kelishadi FIVE STARS FROM ISABELLA"- I.C. / Yelp / Jun 21, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Kelishadi has been nothing but positive. The office staffs are friendly, efficient, and helpful. Dr. Kelishadi is extremely knowledgeable and also personable. He will put you at ease immediately and explain every aspect of your procedure. He is an excellent and caring surgeon who will make sure that you are informed, feeling confident, He contacted me and my husband many times to check and see how I’m doing after surgery and delighted with your results!Highly recommend Him."- M.B. / Google / Apr 25, 2019
"Amazing Dr. - My experience with Dr. Kelishadi has been nothing but positive. The office staffs are friendly, efficient, and helpful. Dr. Kelishadi is extremely knowledgeable and also personable. He will put you at ease immediately and explain every aspect of your procedure. He is an excellent and caring surgeon who will make sure that you are informed, feeling confident, He contacted me and my husband many times to check and see how I’m doing after surgery and delighted with your results!Highly recommend Him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 24, 2019
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.