Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing helps in slow down the aging process.
Laser skin resurfacing treatment safely vaporizes layers of skin to restore and refine skin and increase collagen production, which helps slow down the aging process. Laser skin resurfacing at Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery is accomplished through the CO2 laser, which is powerful for overall tightening and deep wrinkle removal.
Dr. Sinha customizes each laser treatment based on the needs and desired downtime of each patient. Lighter surface level correction requires less treatment while deeper wrinkles, tightening and re-contouring require more.
Our technology allows for the flexibility of 5-100% coverage in a single pass of the laser, indicating that the depth of coverage is highly customizable for every patient. This tailored technique is made possible in part by the UltraPulse® laser, which targets everything from discoloration and fine lines to deep wrinkles and scars. Our doctors may use the UltraPulse Active FX for fine lines and brown spots or the UltraPulse Deep FX for deep collagen stimulation.
CO2 Laser Technology
- CO2 Active FX™: Ideal for removing dull surface skin, reducing facial discoloration, improving skin texture and eliminating blemishes and scars. In addition, CO2 Active FX ablates or “wipes away” the upper layers of the skin. It requires a few days downtime and a topical pain relieving cream for comfort during the procedure.
- CO2 Medium-Level (Total FX™ or Deep FX): Best for those seeking a more medium-level laser skin treatment. Patients can expect to be red for 8-10 days but will enjoy wrinkle improvement and skin tightening in addition to the benefits of the light laser peel for improved, tone, color and texture.
- CO2 Deep-Level Laser Treatment: Used to stimulate new collagen growth in the dermis layer of the skin, effectively removing deep wrinkles and restructuring and restoring skin to a healthier state. This laser technology will leave you with firmer, smoother and younger-looking skin.
During your consultation, we will help you select the most appropriate laser based on your skin resurfacing needs. The procedure takes place in a licensed ambulatory surgical center adjacent to our office. The patient is typically put into twilight sedation for most medium-level treatments, meaning that the patient will remain conscious but not necessarily awake.
Patients will be put under general anesthesia for deep-level laser resurfacing. Light-level treatment requires only a topical anesthetic. The laser will then be used on the specified treatment areas using a variety of techniques, depths, and settings.
For deeper skin issues such as heavy scars, the area of treatment may need to be treated again in a follow-up visit. Patients are often advised to apply a facial cream in the weeks leading up to a follow-up appointment.
Recovery From Laser Skin Resurfacing
Depending on the patient, you may experience swelling and mild discomfort after the procedure, but these are well-controlled with ice and medication.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Fractional Laser Resurfacing remove the outer layers of the skin and stimulate new collagen growth
Most characteristics associated with aging, such as wrinkles, deep skin furrows, and thick or leathery skin are caused by years of sun exposure. Surface imperfections such as acne, scarring, moles, and sunspots may also taint the face. Our skin is composed of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The dermis, or the deep layer, contains collagen elastic fibers, which give our skin basic structure and support. The sun and other factors, such as tobacco or alcohol use, can break down these substances in our dermis causing wrinkles and furrows. Fractional laser resurfacing can help remediate these skin imperfections and issues.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing Technology
During fractional laser resurfacing, the UltraPulse CO2 laser is utilized to remove the outer layers of the skin and stimulate new collagen growth. Results are firmer, smoother and younger looking skin that’s been restored to a healthier state. Opting for fractional laser resurfacing (dispersed laser beams allowing for less downtime) or fractionated laser resurfacing (using the full force of the laser beam) will depend on your desired needs and can be discussed during an initial consultation.
The UltraPulse CO2 laser uses high-energy beams to vaporize scars, lines, wrinkles and other skin imperfections layer by layer. This laser offers exceptional precision, control and accuracy not available with other methods. The UltraPulse CO2 laser can only be used up to the jaw line due to difficulties in healing if used on the skin on the neck; however, there are other treatments available to address the skin on the neck.
Fractional laser resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis in an accredited and licensed ambulatory surgical center under anesthesia sedation. Patients are discharged the same day to a responsible party. You cannot drive yourself home after treatment and we advise you to arrive to the procedure with someone you know and trust.
Recovery from Fractional Laser Resurfacing
During the first two weeks after the procedure, a significant amount of redness and weeping of the skin can be expected. An occlusive dressing must be applied for the first 6 or 7 days, and you must refrain from wearing make-up during the first couple weeks.
The skin may continue to show signs of pinkness or redness for several weeks following the treatment. We will assist you in helping to prepare the skin for treatment as well as applying camouflage make-up during the second week. Swelling may also occur and should resolve within the first couple of weeks. Sun exposure should also be avoided during the first six weeks following treatment.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing may not necessarily be the appropriate recommendation for each patient. The cost of the procedure varies depending on each individual’s needs and typically ranges from $2,500 – $5,000. Please contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation for a skin assessment.
Laser Eyelid Surgery
Laser Eyelid Surgery is a good option for those with less severe wrinkles around the eyes
Laser eyelid surgery, also known as laser eyelid resurfacing, is a good option for those with less severe wrinkles around the eyes. Utilizing high-energy beam of the UltraPulse CO2 laser, fine wrinkles and other skin imperfections can safely and effectively be vaporized.
The skin around the eyes is prone to fine lines and wrinkles. “Crow’s feet” wrinkles are a common concern of most of our patients, which radiate from the lateral corner of the eye and project a tired look. Collagen, a substance that helps keep the fine skin around the eyes plump and healthy, is stimulated by the laser to give skin suppleness and elasticity.
Recovery from Laser Eyelid Surgery
Mild swelling and bruising can occur during the immediate post-operative period of laser eyelid surgery. Discomfort is minimal and can be controlled with pain medication, although is often not needed. The area treated can remain pink or red in color for several weeks after surgery; however, we will assist you with applying camouflage make-up during the second week. Sun exposure should be avoided for at least six weeks following treatment.
If a deeper technique is used, you cannot drive home and will need assistance until the anesthesia wears off. Specific recovery instructions related to your customized laser treatment will be outlined.
Please contact us for a consultation to determine if laser skin resurfacing is right for you.