About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin plays a very important role in defining a person’s appearance. Because of this, various simple and complex skin procedures become a regular part of our lives. So many different conditions play a role in leading to aged and damaged skin. Sunburns, scars, acne, and wrinkles all take their toll on the skin. This is why we offer laser skin resurfacing with the ICON laser at Firenze Derm Spa at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in The Woodlands, TX. As a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to eliminate dead and damaged skin cell layers, laser skin resurfacing will address facial wrinkles and lines. It is also used for minimizing skin flaws, including pigmentation, acne scars, pitting, stretch marks, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is considered an ideal procedure for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of your skin type, the treatment may be customized for dramatic results. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul S. Gill or board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anita A. Gill at your first appointment. Even though there are several ways to cover up imperfections in your skin using makeup, creams, and more, genuine solutions are scarce. One method to deal with these problems effectively is laser skin resurfacing, which can be safe, precise, and can be used in delicate areas. It is performed to enhance the quality, texture, and color of the skin while giving it an overall glow. Laser treatment can be performed at different depths, depending on the situation and the need.
Types of Laser Treatments
The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology offers three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected, depending on your skin's condition. 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, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used to treat fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
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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 with either Dr. Paul Gill or Dr. Anita Gill, 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 some new collagen production.
Upon healing, this area forms firmer and smoother skin. The procedure can be performed with the use of local anesthesia or sedatives to make it more comfortable. Mild discomfort and pain after the treatment are completely normal. The session time also varies; it can be as short as 30 minutes, or it could even go on for hours. The recovery time associated with such a treatment can vary, depending on its intensity, and will be discussed in advance during your consultation.
What to Expect
Afterward, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. Your skin may look pink, and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms 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. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the irritation, burning, 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 form a 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 younger, clearer, and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Either Dr. Gill can help you choose which resurfacing option will best meet your concerns and goals in your initial consultation. What treatment works for you will depend on the condition of your skin, any skin issues, and the skin depth you want your treatment to reach. The length of recovery time might also be an important consideration when creating a treatment plan. If you are unsure, it is better to select a milder treatment, then assess your outcomes and decide if you want something stronger for your second appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Our knowledgeable team can explain ways to speed skin healing following your treatment. The number one way to advance your healing is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can create long-term damage, like scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest a cream to supplement and soothe treated areas.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or microneedling?
Your doctor will help you choose whether laser skin resurfacing, microneedling, or a chemical peel will achieve your aesthetic goals. Although all three rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. In your initial consultation, either Dr. Gill can review each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment plan.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Based on the laser resurfacing options you and the doctor choose for your procedure, you might need to wait several weeks or even a few months between treatments. Deep laser treatments will give you results that last a long time; however, they do need a long recovery period. You should tell Dr. Gill about how frequently you want to return for your appointment so it can be taken into consideration when choosing a treatment plan in your consultation.
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A Laser Technology You'll Love
Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing can provide amazing results. If you are curious about a laser treatment and want to hear more information about the risks and benefits, or about additional nonsurgical procedures at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we encourage you to contact our office in The Woodlands, TX today to make your appointment with our aesthetics team. Laser skin resurfacing can change the look and feel of your facial skin for the better — contact us today to get started!