Laser Skin Resurfacing in Pasadena, CA

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Laser skin resurfacing at The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to remove damaged skin layer by layer. The procedure is great for treating facial wrinkles and lines and for diminishing skin irregularities, including pigmentation, acne scars, and more. Also called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered a great option for patients desiring clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the condition of the skin, the laser can be customized accordingly. There is minimal recovery time required for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any questions or concerns can be discussed with Pasadena, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Husam Elias during your initial consultation.

There are three kinds of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on the condition of your skin. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:

  • Ablative Laser Treatments
    Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, like dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the technician to reduce skin damage. Ablative lasers are ideal for tightening skin, as well as removing wrinkles and acne scars.
  • Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
    Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove any skin — the laser light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative treatments are great for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait 2 – 3 months for strong results.
  • Fractional Laser Treatments
    Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that create micro-damage in the deeper layers of the skin. The body's self-healing process creates tighter skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used for fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation issues.

You may be given a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser appointment to prepare the skin for better results. Medication will be suggested prior to the treatment to help lessen any anxiety or discomfort during your session. If your complexion needs mild correction, local anesthesia will be applied to numb treated areas. Sedation may be required for more advanced procedures. During your treatment, you will relax in a special chair while the laser handpiece glides over the skin, directly targeting the areas needing rejuvenation. You may feel the heat from the laser, followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling system. The laser is designed to destroy dead and damaged skin cells while promoting collagen production.

An ointment will be applied to the skin after less aggressive treatments so you can go home to recover. Your skin may look pink and swollen, and it may feel irritated for a couple of days. The treated areas will peel over a 3 – 5-day period (recovery from deeper treatments takes longer). In the case of deep treatments, medication can be prescribed to deal with irritation and swelling. It may take 2 – 3 weeks to fully recover from a deep treatment. You should avoid sun exposure as you heal. Once the peeling process is done, your skin should feel softer and look brighter.

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At The Pacific Coast Center for Oral, Facial & Cosmetic Surgery, laser skin resurfacing sessions provide outstanding outcomes if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are interested in hearing more about this and other nonsurgical treatments at our Pasadena, CA practice, we invite you to contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Elias.

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