Laser Resurfacing at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming and Newnan, GA locations.
Laser Resurfacing is a procedure used mostly to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes. Using laser technology, skin resurfacing can also be used to minimize and smooth out facial blemishes, bumpy skin texture, and acne scarring. Laser Resurfacing is increasing in popularity because of the available new technology.
Candidates for laser resurfacing include men and women of all ages – ideally with fair, healthy, non-oily skin. It is recommended for patients who are unhappy with fine lines and wrinkles, scarring (either raised injury scars or acne scars), bumpy skin texture, and uneven pigmentation. Laser Resurfacing is usually not recommended for patients with dark, oily skin or those who are currently battling acne. The board certifed plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery may use various lasers to remove areas of sun-damaged or wrinkled skin.
The traditional CO2 laser works by emitting short pulses of light energy or continuous light beams delivered in a pattern to remove thin layers of skin, layer by layer, until the surgeon reaches a level that will make the wrinkle or scar less visible. Emollients are used to keep the tissues moist until new skin grows.
Laser resurfacing has the advantage of precision and less post-operative discomfort over other wrinkle removing alternatives. Laser resurfacing treatments result in a smoother, tighter look on the surface of the skin.
We also offer non-surgical alternatives through our line of quality cosmetics and skin care products. Our product lines include a number of anti-aging, wrinkle-eliminating skin corrections.
At Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C., we offer minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures to help patients maintain surgery results or minimize the appearance of skin imperfections for those who don’t yet require surgery. Treatments such as chemical peels and cosmetic injectables like Botox® or Dysport® address facial skin conditions related to the signs of aging. Other treatments include Ultherapy® and ReFirme™ to tighten lax skin around the face and neck, eliminating the appearance of a “double chin.” Now, Atlanta Plastic Surgery has added Sciton® skin resurfacing to their options of non-surgical procedures.
Sciton® provides two lasers, Erbium and Broadband Light™ (BBL), in one system to address a variety of skin conditions ranging from unwanted hair to vascular lesions. Both lasers stimulate collagen production to revive skin with younger, healthier cells. The Erbium laser uses light energy to heat the water of the epidermis, removing the top layer of damaged skin cells. Erbium treatments are customized to each patient and can be applied to the neck, face, chest, and hands. The BBL™ Laser addresses more superficial conditions such as acne, uneven skin tone, and unwanted hair. BBL™ uses pulses of light to gently treat any area of the body as a skin resurfacing or laser hair removal treatment.
Depending on the patient’s needs and the type of treatment, additional treatments may be necessary for optimal results. Candidates for Sciton® include men and women of most skin types. Like our other non-surgical treatments, there is minimal downtime and no need for dressings after treatment. Sciton® is located at AYA’s Northside location.
The surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery offer skin resurfacing with IPL Photofacial & Phototherapy Treatments. Our phototherapy for the body is an IPL (intense pulsed light) and radio frequency (RF) technology that uses pulses of light energy to gently remove acne, uneven skin texture, skin discoloration, vascular lesions, and unwanted hair.
Our phototherapy treatments apply a unique combination of controlled heat and light (Sciton® BBL™ laser) to improve the appearance of age spots, freckles, and sun spots. Common treatment areas include the face, neck, back, chest, and arms. Like other non-surgical anti-aging procedures, there is minimal to no downtime required.
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
The skin is composed of multiple, specialized layers, and lasers of varying strengths and frequencies can be used to selectively target the different layers of the skin. The advanced Sciton® Erbium laser works by instantly vaporizing dead and damaged cells on the skin’s surface, smoothing the skin either to reduce pigment irregularities, acne scarring, and general wrinkling or to improve the appearance of highly localized blemishes like sun damage, keratosis, and surgical scars. Other, non-ablative, lasers like the Broadband Light ™ (BBL) laser are able to pass harmlessly through the skin’s outer layers to gently stimulate collagen production in the deeper tissues, which can help alleviate skin sagging, smooth skin tone, and remove unwanted hair. Additionally the photothermal energy produced by the BBL laser can help to shrink the enlarged blood vessels that give the face a flushed appearance in cases of rosacea. Regardless of the type of laser used, the treatment can be precisely calibrated to the patient’s individual skin type to optimize safety and comfort.
What is a good age to start thinking about laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is actually suitable for use on men and women of all ages because the technology can be precisely calibrated to an individual patient’s unique skin care needs. Depending on the specific laser, the setting, and the time spent on treatment, this advanced Sciton® laser technology can be used to alleviate acne scarring in teenaged patients, minimize the appearance of long term sun damage and general facial wrinkles in middle aged to elderly patients, or even in the removal of certain forms of infant birth marks. Different Sciton® lasers can be adjusted to each patient’s specific skin type, allowing the procedure to accommodate a wide range of skin thicknesses and complexions.
How much downtime is required after a laser skin resurfacing procedure?
There are several different laser treatments, and an individual patient’s skin can react to them in a wide variety of ways, so the amount of time necessary to recuperate after a laser skin resurfacing procedure can vary significantly. In most cases, however, patients will experience something like a mild sunburn, with tenderness, redness, and swelling persisting for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the depth of your procedure and the type of laser used. Within five to fourteen days, the skin will become dry and start to peel. During this time, and throughout the entire healing process, it is important to follow all post-procedure instructions provided by your physician, which will include keeping the skin clean, well moisturized, and protected from ultraviolet light.
For more information, contact one of our licensed providers at AYA or Atlanta Plastic Surgery for a free skin consultation. Consultations are available at our offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming / Forsyth, Newnan, and Northside / Sandy Springs, Georgia.