Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing can be used to significantly reduce signs of aging. The laser carefully removes skin one layer at a time, which also stimulates collagen growth and results in smoother, more youthful skin. Dr. Fredric Newman offers laser skin resurfacing at his Darien, CT, office using safe and technologically advanced tools. Our lasers use precise beams of energy to dramatically improve skin tone and significantly reduce lines and wrinkles. Dr. Newman has helped many patients achieve healthier, smoother skin using this state-of-the-art, non-invasive technique.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Basics
Laser skin resurfacing addresses a variety of aesthetic concerns without the need for surgery. This treatment can be a cost-effective alternative to facelift surgery, or it can be combined with other facial treatments for more dramatic results. Dr. Newman often uses laser skin resurfacing to treat lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, thick patches of skin, pre-cancerous lesions, and other blemishes. Lasers can remove the older, blemished top layer of skin, while stimulating the layers underneath. This causes the production and realignment of new collagen, resulting in a rejuvenated skin texture and a reduction in lines and wrinkles.
The Role of Collagen in Beautiful Skin
Collagen forms the structural framework of the skin, which is responsible for youthful facial features. As we age, experience sun exposure, and make repeated facial movements over the years, the existing structure of the skin weakens and the production of new collagen decreases, resulting in skin laxity and other signs of aging.
Carefully applied thermal energy can promote the production of new collagen. This can dramatically reduce signs of aging, contributing to a rested, refreshed appearance that provides a beautiful complement to the resurfacing effects of laser therapy.
Am I a Candidate?
Laser skin resurfacing can effectively address a range of cosmetic issues, including:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin pigmentation
Patients with a lighter skin tone are generally better candidates for laser skin resurfacing. This treatment may not be suitable for those who suffer from herpes simplex because the procedure can cause the virus to reactivate, leading to new outbreaks. Meanwhile, patients who have acne may need to delay treatment until the condition has become inactive. While the laser is designed to significantly reduce or possibly remove acne scars, the bacteria in acne can result in a potential infection.
Dr. Newman uses an advanced fractional erbium laser because this it is one of the most forgiving for patients with darker skin. During a consultation, Dr. Newman can help you understand your treatment options and can recommend another skin procedure if laser skin resurfacing is not the best option for you.
The Initial Consultation
When you come to our center for your initial consultation, you will meet with our friendly staff and Dr. Newman to discuss your goals. This meeting will help us better understand how to customize your treatment plan. You should inform Dr. Newman of any existing skin conditions. He will then take note of your treatment goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have. He can explain the areas he will target and what you can expect during treatment and recovery.
Preparing for Laser Skin Resurfacing
To ensure the best results, there are a few preparatory measures you must take. It is important that you do not consume any medication or supplements that can affect the way in which your blood clots for at least 10 days before your treatment. Dr. Newman will review your medication regimen to identify any that could conflict with laser skin resurfacing. It is also imperative that you do not smoke at least two weeks prior to and following your procedure, as this habit can delay healing time. In fact, it is advisable that you cease smoking altogether in order experience long-lasting results along with many other important health benefits.
Dr. Newman has helped many patients achieve healthier, smoother skin with laser skin resurfacing.
You can look forward to a peaceful, private, and safe procedure at Dr. Newman's fully accredited surgical center. In most cases, the procedure will be performed using a local anesthetic or general anesthesia to maintain your comfort. For patients who are anxious or suffer from other issues that make it difficult to remain still during treatment, general anesthesia will be preferred.
After your anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Newman will begin treatment. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, and treatment may be repeated depending on your goals and Dr. Newman's recommendation.
Recovery and Results
Your recovery timeline will depend on the extent of your treatment. For the first six to 10 days, you will be advised to use a medicated ointment to maintain skin moisture at the treatment area. Most patients are able to return to work several days to, at most, a week after the procedure. After treatment, your skin may appear red or irritated, but you can conceal this with makeup once your skin is healed. All redness should fade in several weeks to three months. You should wear strong sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight to protect your new, younger-looking skin.
Lasers have evolved into a highly effective and versatile tool for cosmetic skin rejuvenation. Following your laser skin resurfacing treatment, you will notice improved tone and texture for a transformed appearance. You can expect your skin to look and feel healthier, and experience improved collagen production for up to a year.
Begin Your Journey to Rejuvenation
Dr. Newman is among the most respected plastic surgeons in the country, and he is passionate about helping you achieve an appearance that gives you satisfaction and confidence. Our advanced lasers and other technologies can give you a rejuvenated appearance that provides many valuable benefits. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.