What is Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing includes a range of procedures which are used to rejuvenate aging skin and eliminate lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and pigment irregularities.
At Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery, we use both CO2 laser and Erbium YAG laser technologies depending on the needs of the patient and desired downtime.
Laser light energy interacts with water in skin cells, eliminating surface pigment irregularities. This also stimulates the formation of new collagen and elastin as the skin heals. Your lines and wrinkles gradually fade as the healing process continues.
Who is a Good Candidate for Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing works best for people who want to tighten and tone their skin. This happens by using the body’s natural healing and collagen production processes. This process is great for patients who are experiencing skin laxity, lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, pigment irregularities and sun damage. Our office offers many skin resurfacing options including laser, radiofrequency and chemical peel treatments. Dr. Beaty and his expert laser nurse, Katrina will help you choose the resurfacing procedure which will work best for your concerns.
Skin Resurfacing Before & After
What is Skin Resurfacing Used For?
Skin resurfacing procedures at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery are used to improve a number of areas. These include:
- Rhytids (facial lines)
- Skin laxity
- Acne scarring
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Sun Damage
Candidates may need between 1 and 4 treatments depending on the specific type of laser or device used and the depth of the treatment. Dr. Beaty and his team create individualized treatment plans to help patients reach their skin resurfacing goals.
Skin Resurfacing Procedure
During the skin resurfacing procedure, Dr. Beaty and his team will use FDA-approved lasers or radiofrequency devices to treat the facial skin. Laser devices for resurfacing include CO2 laser and Erbium YAG laser, which treat to varying depths of the skin depending on the needs of the patient. After the treatment, a cooling ointment is applied to the skin and instructions given for care as the skin heals over the next 3 to 7 days.
Topical numbing medication and/or nerve blocks are used to prevent discomfort during the procedure. Some patients elect to take oral medications for pain reduction and relaxation during the procedure, which typically takes 30-45 minutes.
What are the Side Effects of Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing results in the removal of parts of the upper layer of skin. Because of this, we are able to stimulate the healing response which creates new collagen and eliminates lines and wrinkles. Depending on the specific treatment performed, Dr. Beaty will prescribe a specific skin care regimen for the first 4 to 10 days of healing. During this time, exercise will be limited to prevent sweating on the healing skin. Discomfort is generally minimal and well-controlled with over-the-counter medicines.
Results after Skin Resurfacing*
Improvement in lines, wrinkles and skin tone will be apparent immediately. These results will continue to progress for up to a year as the healing process and collagen production continue. Improvement in pigment irregularity is seen immediately after treatment.*
*Individual results may vary!
Dr. Beaty and team specialize in non-surgical procedures, facial plastic surgery options and more.
If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact us to speak with one of our experts.