As technology advances, more and more patients are seeking laser procedures to eliminate the unwanted effects of aging, sun damage and acne scarring on the skin. Laser treatments are safe, effective procedures that require little to no downtime and allow patients to easily achieve their desired results.
Laser treatments use focused beams of light to heat and destroy old, damaged skin cells while stimulating the growth of new cells and collagen. This leaves the skin looking, younger, fuller and more refreshed. While the results of these procedures are not usually permanent and the signs of aging and sun damage will once again affect the skin, laser treatments do keep the skin looking younger than it would have without any treatment at all.
The Plastic Surgery Group provides a wide range of laser treatments to improve the overall look and feel of the skin. The type of procedure performed and the laser used for your treatment depends on your individual goals. We have many treatments available that can be customized for your individual skin, including:
Our laser procedures for the treatment of redness and wrinkles are performed in the office with or without topical anesthesia, although a cooling gel may also be applied to the treated area. Most patients report mild discomfort during the procedure, and it is tolerated well. The entire procedure takes about 10 to 30 minutes to perform, depending on the size and location of the treated area.
After treatment, patients may experience redness and peeling for several days as the skin heals. You can return to work and other normal activities during this time, and can apply makeup to camouflage any unwanted side effects. The duration of these side effects can vary depending on the type of treatment performed and the patient’s individual skin.
The results from our laser procedures vary depending on the type of treatment performed. Most patients will require multiple treatment sessions in order to achieve their desired results. Some will notice significant results after just one treatment. Your doctor will decide how many treatments are right for you, and if additional touch-up treatments are needed at a later date.
Although laser skin treatment is considered safe for most patients and is typically performed with no long-term complications or side effects, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. While they are considered rare, some of these risks may include infection, scarring, redness, pigmentation, acne or milia (tiny white bumps on the skin). These risks are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days.