ABOUT LASER SKIN RESURFACING
Laser skin resurfacing at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that utilizes pulsating beams of light to exfoliate damaged surface skin one layer at a time. The treatment is great for correcting facial lines and wrinkles, as well as for improving skin blemishes, like acne scars, pigmentation, and more. Also called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is a great facial treatment for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition of the patient's complexion, our CO2 and fractional lasers can be adjusted to suit your unique needs. There is some downtime needed with most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with one of our skilled Tacoma, WA plastic surgeons during your private consultation.
Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa provides ablative and fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments that can be tailored to the unique needs of your skin. Using our intuitive CO2 laser technology, the ablative laser eliminates thin layers of skin (like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion) with a precision that allows the technician to avoid skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for tightening skin and correcting wrinkles and acne scars, and fractional lasers can effectively stimulate collagen with quicker recovery periods.
What is a fractional laser?
Fractional lasers can be both ablative and non-ablative, and they are effective in breaking up laser energy into tiny beams. This helps to treat a fraction of the skin at a time, allowing for more effective healing times. Fractional lasers are beneficial for skin tightening and for treating a number of skin concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Co2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"First class experience - I had heard a lot about Dr. Pratt through my friends, who had surgery with him previously. Anyone that I know that has surgery with him has been exceedingly happy with their results. Because of his superb reputation, I met with him to discuss some facial aging concerns. During my initial consultation, everyone in the office was incredibly pleasant and professional. His office staff is warm, friendly, and caring. Dr. Pratt answered all of my questions, and I thought he had a great bedside manner. After meeting with him, I booked a surgery with him, which included a facelift, browlift, laser resurfacing, and eyelid rejuvenation.My experience with Dr. Pratt's surgery center was equally exceptional. His anesthesiologist and nursing staff were fantastic and delivered incredible pre- and post-operative care. Their facility is first class.My recovery was uneventful, and I thought the post-operative instructions were clear and concise. I am so happy with my results, as they are very natural in appearance, without any visible scars.As a nurse, and patient of Dr. Pratt's, I recommend him highly. He is a very talented surgeon, and has a wonderful, warm bedside manner"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 04, 2014
"I had a full face lift and upper eye lids done and laser resurfacing. The face lift was very natural looking but I was not happy with the eyelids. One eye was left shaped differently and smaller than the other. Under the eye a small swelling never went down and a lump remained near the temple which I have to cover with hair. When I mentioned the difference he stated the eye was always smaller. The laser resurface burned terribly and nothing could help the pain for the first week."- J. / Healthgrades / Jul 23, 2018
"Co2 under eye Laser resurfacing - So I Had some excess sagging (crepe)skin under my eyes making it hard to wear makeup. So I went to Dr Woodman, whom I've had other small cosmetic procedures done with, and this is the treatment we decided for my age. I have always had problems around my eyes with bags Etc. Will most likely have my upper eyelids done someday but for now this was a great start to refresh my under eye area. This recovery will most likely keep you home for around 11-14 days so I recommend getting the time off from work to heal! I did wear a little makeup around day 11. But I'm sure it varies between people. Recovery was as expected and although pretty ugly, it wasn't bad after the first day or two. He also did some treatment done on my smile lines making it slight more expensive. (Nasal labial)"- K. / RealSelf / Sep 22, 2020
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A LASER SKIN TREATMENT?
There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is right for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have sun damage, acne scars, age spots, lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation concerns, laser skin resurfacing treatments can be performed to address these cosmetic flaws. In addition, laser skin resurfacing works well for patients who have scaly patches, rough texture, and other bothersome skin irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. It is also important to be aware that although we use a less intense ablative laser, there is still downtime associated with laser peels. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 1 – 2 weeks for recovery.
LASER SKIN RESURFACING TECHNIQUE
When you have a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing treatment, you may be asked to use a retinoid cream for a few weeks before your laser procedure. This helps prepare the skin for better results. Medication will be prescribed prior to the treatment to help minimize pain for increased relaxation during your session. If your skin requires only mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb the areas the laser will target. For the full face or more intense laser treatments, some form of sedation may be used. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, precisely targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You will feel the warmth from the laser followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also stimulating your natural collagen production.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A LASER TREATMENT?
After lighter peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will appear red, and there will be some irritation and swelling. This should subside within a couple of days, and the peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are receiving a more intense laser treatment, your recovery period will last longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings and the irritation, burning, and swelling side effects will be more intense with a more extensive laser peel procedure. Medication can be prescribed to minimize these side effects. The recovery time associated with a deeper laser peel can last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients should reduce their sun exposure after their treatment and apply sun protection frequently. For all peel intensities, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is vital to avoid interfering with the healing process to avoid scarring and to protect the treated area from UV exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking younger, clearer, and rejuvenated.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LASER TREATMENTS
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Laser skin resurfacing costs vary based on the treatment type you choose. During your consultation, a member of our team will assess your skin's issues and goals before discussing the different types of resurfacing treatments. Then, we can help you select your resurfacing treatment and discuss costs. Occasionally, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa offers treatment specials and discounted packages so ask for more information during your consultation.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
We will explain how you can help your skin heal effectively after receiving a laser resurfacing treatment. The number one rule is to not pick or peel your skin. This could lead to lasting damage, like scars. You should cease all hair removal methods in the treatment area, which means no shaving, waxing, or depilatory creams on regions where your skin was treated. We will recommend an ointment to help soothe and heal your skin during your healing process.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
After listening to your skin issues, we will help you decide whether laser skin resurfacing, chemical peel, or dermabrasion treatment best fits your needs and goals. While they all improve the surface of the skin, each procedure has its own benefits, and some are better for targeting certain irregularities. During your consultation, we can discuss each option and make a recommendation for your treatment.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the resurfacing method you and your surgeon have selected for your treatment, you may need to wait a few weeks or even months between appointments. Deeper treatments will provide longer-lasting results but will require more time for recovery. You should talk to our team about how often you are willing to come back for treatments so we can take this into account when suggesting a type of resurfacing during your consultation.
A SOFTER, CLEARER COMPLEXION
A laser skin resurfacing peel offers excellent results if you want a younger-looking complexion. If you are thinking about getting a laser resurfacing treatment and would like to learn more about them, as well as other nonsurgical treatments Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa offers, we invite you to call our office in Tacoma, WA today to schedule your consultation with a skilled member of our medical team.