Laser skin resurfacing, also know as a laser peel, can reduce or remove scars, age spots, blemishes and facial wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. It is an exciting technology that quickly and easily enhances the skin in so many ways. Laser skin resurfacing is often done with facial fat transfer and face and neck lift for more optimal cosmetic results. Using the latest laser technologies, Dr. Heidari can be extremely precise, especially in delicate areas.
- Wrinkled or sun-damaged skin on the face
- Brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
- Fine wrinkles on the lower eyelids and crows feet
- Acne or other facial scars
- Certain benign skin growths
- Vertical (smoker) wrinkles around the mouth
We use an Erbium (YAG) Laser to send short, concentrated beams of light at damaged or discolored skin. The laser will remove the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis, and heat the underlying skin to promote new collagen growth. The procedure is relatively quick, and ranges in length anywhere from a few minutes to two hours depending on the area being covered. It can be performed under general or local anesthetic.
Dr. Heidari recommends patients undergo skin treatments to prepare the skin prior to laser resurfacing and after the procedure to help heal the skin and maintain positive results. These may include glycolic acid peels or bleaching agents. This regimen provides you with a better and more even healing and with less chance of hyper-pigmentation.
The full face will be treated. However, certain areas can be treated in conjunction with other procedures like a face-lift or eyelid surgery. Erbium (YAG) Laser resurfacing has been shown to produce less bleeding, bruising or post-procedure discomfort than other resurfacing methods.
After resurfacing, you will likely look like you have a second-degree burn. It is a normal response to the laser treatment. Post-laser ointment and a gentle spray wash are used to care for the treated area during this sensitive period. Most of the laser-treated areas will be fully healed six to nine days after the laser treatment. You might also have mild redness on your skin for an additional one to two weeks.