A Revitalizing Skin Treatment
Laser resurfacing in Boston refers to an innovative, noninvasive treatment designed to quickly reveal smooth, healthy skin. The laser resurfacing procedure utilizes a concentrated beam of laser light, directed at the skin in rapid pulses. As the laser dissolves the molecular bonds of the epidermis, the outside layer of skin can be slowly sloughed away. The top layer of damaged skin will be eliminated, and the youthful, underlying layers of tissue will come to the surface. Laser resurfacing will also promote the new formation of collagen, one of the most important building blocks of healthy skin.
Laser resurfacing can improve the look of:
- Acne and Acne Scars
- Pigmented Lesions
- Fine Lines
- Dry, Dull Skin
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The Best Candidate for Laser Resurfacing
Anyone looking to improve their appearance, and to reduce the early signs of aging or sun damage, may find excellent benefits from laser resurfacing. The ideal candidate will be in overall good health, have a clear understanding of the laser resurfacing procedure, and hold reasonable expectations for their results. Patients with immune disorders, a history of abnormal scarring, who are taking certain medications, or are currently suffering from a viral/bacterial infection may be encouraged to postpone their laser resurfacing treatment.
Prior to treatment, a consultation appointment with Dr. Davidson will be scheduled. During this time, the surgeon and esthetician will perform a skin evaluation and review each patient’s medical history. If it is determined that laser resurfacing is the right procedure for the unique situation, a personalized treatment plan will be created.
The Erbium:YAG Laser
During the laser resurfacing procedure, Dr. Davidson will use a laser made by Sciton, an excellent choice for resurfacing the tissues with minimal discomfort and downtime. The treatment is different from other full field resurfacing techniques. This resurfacing initiates the body’s wound healing response of fibroblasts, which will then produce new collagen and elastin stores.
Each session with the laser will take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic will also be used, further improving a patient’s comfort level.
This laser works well when used on its own, but for optimal results it can be combined with other laser treatments. Dr. Davidson offers several choices for complete laser resurfacing; the exact treatment needed will depend on the condition of the skin and level of correction required.
The cutting-edge Sciton MicroLaser Peel technique can be used to remove various skin irregularities, prior to the deep ablation abilities of the ProFractional Laser. As the collagen stores are replenished, the skin will become smoother and tighter.
Laser Resurfacing Results
It is not uncommon for mild swelling, scabbing, and crusting to form along the treatment areas after laser resurfacing. These will normally resolve over the next seven to 14 days. The skin will need to remain hydrated during the healing process; at the consultation, Dr. Davidson will explain the moisturizers and other products that are safe to use at this time. Sunblock and makeup can be worn about three to four days after treatment.
Immediately after the laser resurfacing treatment, the skin will feel tighter and firmer. Results from the procedure will take from two to three weeks to appear, as the skin heals and collagen begins to form. The benefits will continue to improve for up to six months after treatment. The face will ultimately look glowing and refreshed, with a more youthful appearance.
Potential Complications From Laser Resurfacing
The side effects of laser resurfacing include mild swelling, itching, tenderness, and redness. These will resolve over the first several weeks post-treatment. Rarely, more serious complications such as scarring, infection, delayed healing, and areas of hyperpigmentation may occur.
Laser resurfacing can be a very safe procedure, when performed by a trained medical professional. Dr. Davidson has almost 15 years of cosmetic surgery and noninvasive aesthetic experience; his staff consists of some of the most talented professionals in the country. This provides patients some of the safest and most effective laser resurfacing results available in the Boston area.
Laser Resurfacing FAQ
What is ProFractional Therapy?
ProFractional Laser Therapy is a quick and comfortable laser procedure designed to improve the overall appearance of the skin. The treatment can be custom tailored for each individual patient’s needs.
How does the ProFractional Laser work?
ProFractional Therapy uses a very small, contracted laser beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas on the skin. The skin’s wound healing response will create new collagen and elastin, adding firmness and resilience to the skin.
How can I benefit from laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing can eliminate scars, fine lines, and areas of uneven pigmentation. The skin will look refreshed and rejuvenated after a treatment.
What areas can be treated with the ProFractional Laser?
Almost any area of skin can be treated with the ProFractional Laser. Most commonly addressed areas for laser resurfacing include the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Is Laser Resurfacing painful?
No, laser resurfacing is not painful. Patients often report a warming sensation during the laser process, although the laser tip has a built in cooling mechanism designed to reduce this sensation.
Will anesthesia be used before a session?
To increase patient comfort, a topical or local anesthetic may be used before the laser resurfacing procedure.
How long will a ProFractional Laser Resurfacing procedure take to complete?
Most laser resurfacing treatments will take between 15 and 30 minutes.
How is the ProFractional therapy performed?
The esthetician will start the ProFractional treatment by cleaning the skin and providing protective eyewear. Next, the laser hand piece will be positioned gently on the skin. This will be moved around the treatment area, as the laser pulse is directed onto the skin.
How many ProFractional treatments will I need?
Most patients will only require one ProFractional treatment, although depending on the level of correction required, an addition session may be suggested.
What can I expect following my ProFractional treatment?
Patients can expect to see some mild redness and minor swelling immediately after a ProFractional treatment. It is also common to have the sensation of a slight sunburn. Dr. Davidson will advise you on the specific products that are recommended to use at this time, such as analgesics and ointments to keep the skin hydrated.
When can I expect to see my results from a ProFractional Laser Treatment?
You will notice a general tightening of the skin very soon after your laser resurfacing treatment. Over the following four to six months, the appearance will continue to improve as the collagen remodeling occurs.
How long is the laser resurfacing recovery process?
Normally, within a few days, the treatment area will be fully healed.
When can I return to work after my ProFractional Laser Treatment?
Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work or school in just a few days.
What aftercare will I need after laser resurfacing?
Dr. Davidson will provide information on the skin care products that should be used after a ProFractional session. It is important to remember that the skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light after the procedure, so direct sun exposure will need to be avoided until the skin is completely healed. Sunscreen should always be worn.
What are the risks of a ProFractional Laser treatment?
Light swelling and redness are the most common side effects from a ProFractional Laser treatment. On the rare occasion, infection, scarring, and hyperpigmentation may occur.