Laser Skin Resurfacing is one of the best non-surgical methods for improving the appearance of aged and damaged skin. At Esthetics Center, we are proud to offer a range of laser options for addressing our patients’ needs, from fine lines and wrinkles to age spots and scars. Fraxel lasers offer a gentler, less ablative option for treating the delicate skin on the face, neck, and chest. They are safe for patients of all skin types -- a major advantage over carbon dioxide lasers (CO2 lasers) which, although extremely effective, do require more healing time.
Traditionally laser skin resurfacing has been achieved using a highly specialized carbon dioxide laser (CO2 laser) that targets water molecules in the skin. Using a CO2 laser, 100% of the skin's surface cells are removed, and fresh, new skin cells grow in their place. The laser also stimulates collagen production, resulting in clearer, brighter, plumper skin that is visibly improved over time. Fraxel lasers work the same way -- the energy they deliver targets only 25-40% of the skin cells at a time. The new, healthier skin grows over the areas which are left intact, and the downtime and redness are greatly reduced. This process allows a much wider range of patients to be treated, but it does require a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.
We are proud to offer both CO2 and Fraxel laser treatments in our office, ensuring that we can meet all of our patients’ needs using the best laser skin resurfacing techniques. Both options can be utilized for an array of different conditions and can reduce and drastically improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, scars, and age spots.
We can safely treat the skin on the face, neck, and chest.
After the skin has been cleaned, we will apply a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area to ensure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure. Once the medication has set, we will wipe clean the medication and place laser shields over your eyes. The laser session will take approximately 30-45 minutes for a complete treatment of your face and a portion of your neck. Once the treatment is complete, we will apply a medicated balm to moisturize and promote healing.
We perform this procedure under sedation in our modern, state-of-the-art surgical suite for more extensive resurfacing, such as on severely sun-damaged or wrinkled skin. This will ensure a more effective and comfortable experience. Once the treatment is complete, your skin will be soothed with a combination of Regenica and antibiotic ointments. Proper care for your skin during the recovery period is essential to prevent any healing process complications.
Dr. Rice has found that epidermal growth factors in Regenica significantly improve recovery rates for patients who have undergone laser resurfacing treatment. This topical product is highly recommended to all patients, especially those that have chosen laser skin resurfacing.
The recovery period for any laser resurfacing is largely dependent upon the amount of treatment that you need and the severity of your situation. For mild treatments, your healing period should last approximately 2 weeks, and that includes time away from work. In general, with Fraxel laser treatments, it is suggested that you avoid using makeup for 1-2 days and keep your skin well-moisturized and protected from the sun.
Laser resurfacing is a very patient-friendly procedure that is available and appropriate for most patients looking to renew damaged skin surfaces. If you have skin that is damaged or aged, you are likely a perfect candidate for laser skin resurfacing. Our medical staff will ensure that all of your questions will be answered and that your procedure is tailored to your needs and concerns.
Yes! As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, the most important thing you can do is make sure you see a licensed and trained medical professional. Your appointment will include a discussion of your medical history, and the treatment site will be thoroughly examined as well. This not only ensures that you are getting the most effective treatment but that you understand the minor risks and complications that may pertain to your skin.
Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing results are often significant and very noticeable. Whether you are treating damaged skin, wrinkles, or anything in between, you can expect to see a significant improvement, not only in your target areas but in your overall facial complexion. There will be permanent improvements to your skin, and if a proper skincare regimen is followed, your results should last for ten years or more.
To view more before & afters, visit our Laser Skin Resurfacing Before & After page.
Whereas a CO2 laser treatment is fully ablative, meaning all of the skin cells are targeted and removed, Fraxel lasers use fractionated energy to target 25-40% of skin cells at a time. This type of laser procedure is gentler and requires less downtime, but it will take a series of treatments to achieve optimal results. We offer both options in our office and will be able to recommend the best treatment for you after an assessment of your skin and discussion of your goals.