Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
-Improve both tone and texture of your skin. Immediate and long-lasting results.-
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation?
After the age of 20, your skin produces 1% less collagen each year. When combined with the cumulative effects of sun exposure, unwelcome lines and brown spots are inevitable. There is now an effective solution to remove the signs of aging from your face, neck, chest and hands.
Laser skin resurfacing is the ideal solution for improving the appearance of enlarged pores, skin tone and wrinkles, giving you a more youthful-looking, vibrant appearance. With the Cynosure® Icon™ Laser, dramatic results are possible without the lengthy downtime associated with an invasive facelift or other, fully ablative laser treatments. This in-office treatment takes less than 30 minutes and provides remarkable results you are sure to be pleased with..
How It Works
This fractional technology uses microbeams or columns of energy to penetrate through the skin’s epidermis into the dermis and selectively treat affected areas of tissue, while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed, thus facilitating faster healing. The laser promotes rapid healing by stimulating your body’s production of new collagen and elastin deep within your skin, replacing old, damaged skin cells with new, healthy cells. Over time, the support structure beneath the treatment areas of your skin will continue to progress, resulting in a younger and smoother looking appearance.
Before your skin resurfacing and rejuvenation treatment, your doctor will typically apply a topical anesthetic over the area being treated. Once you are ready for treatment, the topical anesthetic will be removed and the skin will be washed. You will also be provided with eye shields for protection from the light during treatment. The practitioner will then guide the laser hand piece over the treatment area. You may feel slight heat or a tingling sensation during the treatment. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure should take about 30 minutes. Immediately after the treatment, the area will be cooled and we will apply an occlusive ointment, which should be used over the next few days to decrease healing time.
Post-Treatment Instructions for Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
- Immediately after treatment, it is common for your skin to feel warm and appear slightly sunburned. Some swelling and pinpoint bleeding may also occur.
- Ice/cold packs should be applied as instructed for any swelling or discomfort.
- To decrease healing time and minimize discomfort, an occlusive ointment should be applied to the treated area.
- Avoid sun exposure during the first few weeks following your treatment. A broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunblock SPF 50 or greater should be used for any transient exposure. If possible, cover the treated area with clothing or wear a wide-brimmed hat to reduce exposure.
Refer to the post-treatment care instructions provided by your doctor for more detail.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation work?
Our Icon™ Laser delivers a series of tiny microscopic laser beams or columns into the skin. This fractionated energy penetrates the skin to remove old and damaged skin cells and stimulates the body’s natural healing process to replace them with new healthy cells. The laser also promotes the production of new collagen deep within your skin, giving you a fresher, more youthful-looking appearance.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people see their desired results in just one treatment. However, your doctor will determine the best course of treatment during your consultation.
What does the procedure feel like?
A topical anesthetic is generally applied before the procedure, so there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. Some patients have reported feeling slight heat and a tingling sensation.
How long will the results last?
With proper skin care and protection, results can often last years.
What should I expect immediately following treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, your skin will feel warm and appear sunburned. You may also experience some swelling, which is completely normal. Your body naturally starts working to replace the aging skin cells with new cells. After a few days, you will notice healthier-looking skin and a smoother complexion. Over time, collagen production will continue to regenerate and restore the supporting structure of your skin, giving you smooth, vibrant and beautiful-looking skin.
When can I resume my daily activities?
Since the Icon™ technology delivers fractionated pulses of energy, you will experience a significantly shorter recovery time than with fully ablative lasers. Each tiny dot will quickly heal, enabling you to return to your normal lifestyle in as little as four days.
What are the risks?
Fractional skin resurfacing has a faster recovery time with fewer side effects when compared to fully ablative resurfacing. Skin resurfacing and rejuvenation treatments are generally well tolerated. During your consultation, we will explain and help minimize any potential risks, based on your complete medical and skin history.
Contact us to reveal younger, more beautiful skin.