Laser Skin Resurfacing removes the top layers of skin to improve fine wrinkles and give skin a freshened, smooth appearance. Wilson Plastic Surgery offers Laser Skin Resurfacing to the Mesa Valley community and is highly regarded among patients who fly in for treatments across the southwest.
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Laser Skin Resurfacing removes the top layers of skin to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles and wrinkles. The skin is tightened by shrinking collagen in the skin. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on small areas of skin or the entire face.
It works well on sun-damaged skin and helps to make skin surface and pigment more even. Short, concentrated beams of light are aimed at damaged skin. The light removes the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the lower layers of your facial skin. This process stimulates collagen growth, regenerating the epidermis and resulting in clearer, smoother, and tighter skin. Most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure, which is typically performed using a topical anesthetic.
The following skin resurfacing procedures can be used alone or with other cosmetic approaches such as facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, and dermal fillers.
Dermabrasion is designed for the areas around the mouth and for resurfacing scars.
Peels can be light or deep. Similar to laser resurfacing, but chemical agents use light instead to remove the skin's top layers. Light peels can be done in the office without anesthesia with less downtime but don’t produce as lasting a result. Deeper peels may require anesthesia.
CO2 laser resurfacing is an innovative, cutting-edge resurfacing technique that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and an ablative laser to remove unwanted facial features. The procedure can address blemishes, warts, enlarged pores, sun damage, age spots, deep wrinkles, and acne scars.
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure that varies in length according to the location and number of facial areas you want to address. Before your procedure, your doctor may recommend specific skincare products to help optimize your results. Most patients prefer general anesthesia, but topical anesthesia can be used in CO2 laser resurfacing. In some cases, your doctor may also use shallow, targeted injections to further numb your skin. Following your treatment, your doctor will probably apply dressings to your head and instruct you when they should be removed. You can go home after your procedure, but make sure you have arranged for a driver.
You should be in good general health. You may be an excellent candidate if you have lines or wrinkles around your mouth or forehead. Acne scars usually respond well to laser resurfacing. However, if one still has active acne breakouts or cystic acne, laser resurfacing is not recommended. Be realistic in your expectations. Laser resurfacing requires the training, experience, and eye for aesthetics that only a board-certified plastic surgeon can provide.
Your initial healing will likely take between three and 14 days. Avoid picking at or harshly scrubbing treated facial areas. Some redness and itching are normal. Continue to apply your dressings exactly as your doctor has instructed. Once you have healed, it is vitally important to regularly and consistently use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Patient satisfaction rates run very high, and complications are few. CO2 is very effective in combating and correcting sun damage, and wrinkles may improve by as much as 80 percent.
The decision for your optimal procedure is determined through a consultation with Dr. Wesley Wilson. Appointments are available in Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona locations.
The laser cannot tighten skin the same as a Facelift and isn’t meant to replace one but can give a refreshed look without making incisions. Laser resurfacing can also freshen a previous facelift.
All procedures come with risks, including infection, excessive bleeding, scarring, allergic reactions. Postsurgical patients can expect to experience some swelling and redness following CO2 laser resurfacing. Itching, contact dermatitis, and temporary acne flare-ups have also been reported. The procedure is not for anyone who has an active infection of any kind. Prospective patients who have vascular disease or an immune disorder may be disqualified. Tell your doctor if you have a history of heavy scarring or have undergone any other resurfacing procedure within the past three months. CO2 laser resurfacing is often not recommended for people with extremely dark skin.
The cost of your CO2 laser resurfacing will vary according to the number and locations of treated areas. Since CO2 laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure, your medical insurance will not pay for it.
The selection of your surgeon is important in having aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery and obtaining the best results. When you choose Dr. Wilson at Wilson Plastic Surgery Center in Mesa and Scottsdale, you are choosing a dedicated, experienced professional who believes in giving you the results you want.
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