Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses lasers to create a new, smooth skin appearance.
The laser “ablates”, or destroys, the outer layers of skin which have been damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems or spots. The destruction of the older layers of skin prompts the body to generate a new layer of skin cells which are unaffected by the previous skin condition. Some lasers may be inappropriate for darker skin complexions.
Most of our facial resurfacing is done using a combination, in varying amounts of a fractioned CO2 laser, an IPL Laser, a sublative RF device, Ultherapy Energy device. Combining the expertise of Dr. Khalifeh in using a variety of energy devices into a comprehensive plan targeted to your specific aging needs achieves more than a generic untargeted treatment.
The fractionated CO2 laser provides Dr. Khalifeh with an excellent starting tool for therapy, and is the most versatile device for most skin types. Often, we will also combine that treatment, performed during the same treatment, with a pass or two with the IPL device. Often we will perform targeted ulthera treatment to treat the deeper jowls.
First, the face is cleansed of oils in order to prepare for the laser procedure, and an antibiotic ointment is applied. The laser is then used to ablate various layers of skin in a controlled manner until the appropriate depth of skin is reached. This procedure is commonly performed with a local anesthetic, with or without sedation.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Antibiotic cream and bandages are applied to the affected area immediately following surgery in order to aid with the healing process, to minimize swelling, and to control the risk of infection. The skin will be red and may ooze. Some discomfort should also be expected.
Any pain associated with the surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions. Recovery time varies with the extent of the resurfacing and the number of procedures completed.
A basic CO2 facial laser treatment costs $600 face only, or $800 face/neck region. A combined treatment with facial laser and IPL costs $750 face only, $1000 face/neck region.