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Laser skin resurfacing, or a laser peel, is a safe treatment using pulsing beams of light to repair damaged skin and promote new collagen growth. Dr. Crispin precisely focuses the laser beam—which is a 10th the diameter of a hair follicle—on one layer of the skin at a time. The outer layer of old skin is peeled away to stimulate production of younger, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.
Learn more about Crispin Plastic Surgery options for your laser (skin resurfacing) by scheduling a complimentary consultation today with Dr. Crispin.
A confusing multitude of laser options exists on the market. For your safety and optimal results, choose a board-certified surgeon such as Dr. Crispin, rather than a med spa, for skin resurfacing.
During your initial consult with Dr. Crispin, the two of you will determine which treatment can meet your aesthetic goals.
Here at Crispin Plastic Surgery, we offer the latest in skin resurfacing, the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. CO2 lasers are also known as ablative lasers. Ablative lasers’ effects are very aggressive, removing several layers of skin in one treatment. This can greatly enhance your results but will also increase your recovery period. Dr. Crispin uses CO2 lasers to eliminate liver spots and fine lines, reduce wrinkles, repair severe skin damage, and stimulate new collagen growth.
A topical anesthetic is applied before the procedure to numb the areas, which greatly enhances patient comfort. Treatment with a local anesthetic follows to completely anesthetize the areas.
After CO2 lasering, new skin growth can be expected in 7 to 14 days. This new skin is greatly improved in appearance and texture, though it is also quite red. The redness following CO2 lasering can take 1 month to recede. During this time, some mild discomfort is normal. Even with a longer recovery period, many patients prefer this method because it requires fewer treatments and produces dramatic results. It is the gold-standard laser technique.
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CO2 lasers usually require only 1 treatment. The extent of damage and your skin type will also influence the number of treatments.
Regrowth of the epithelium takes approximately 1 week with CO2 lasering. Around day 7 to 10, the treated area peels, revealing new, smoother pink skin. This redness will fade over 1 to 3 months, depending upon the depth of the laser treatment. Most patients can go back to work 1 week after treatment and start wearing makeup 2 weeks post-surgery.
1) Can laser treatments be combined with other procedures?
Yes! Dr. Crispin may use laser resurfacing on patients undergoing other cosmetic surgery. Together, the two of you will decide whether such a treatment plan is best for you.
Most patients can also tolerate injectables and dermal fillers immediately after laser resurfacing.
2) How do I extend my skin resurfacing results?
Consistent application of sunscreen is crucial to maintaining your results. Acne scars may never reappear. The delayed recurrence of brown spots, age spots, and sunspots for 5 to 7 years is possible if sun exposure is greatly reduced.
3) What is the best aftercare following laser resurfacing?
I always wanted an hour-glass figure and now I have one thanks to Dr. Crispin. Dr. Crispin did my breasts and liposuction on my belly. He made me feel at ease to talk about all my concerns and he took the time to review all my options with me. The surgery and recovery were seamless thanks to him and his staff. I would, and have recommended him to many of my friends and have a growing list of the next things I would love him to work on ;).
I love my new body. Thanks.