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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Resurfacing - Active FX - Sarasota, FL

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Overview

As we age, the skin undergoes progressive changes resulting in wrinkles, poor skin texture and pigmentation changes such as brown spots and color irregularities. Collagen also weakens providing less support for the overlying skin, which causes more wrinkles to appear. At our Sarasota cosmetic surgery practice, laser skin resurfacing can correct many of these problems. There are many types of lasers, but the CO2 laser is the most effective for deeper lines and wrinkles. This laser removes the upper layers of skin, and allows the skin to regenerate resulting in new, smoother skin. The fractional CO2 laser can be used on the face, neck, upper chest, and hands to rejuvenate the skin. Our Sarasota MedSpa offers two different types of lasers for skin resurfacing: the Active FX laser, and the Clear and Brilliant laser, which is less aggressive.

Procedure Technique

Laser skin resurfacing uses controlled light beams with high intensity to vaporize and remove the upper layer of the skin. When the damaged, superficial skin is removed, it gives way for new skin to grow, which masks the face with a new layer of epidermis. Any pain during the procedure is managed with local anesthesia and/or sedatives to help the patient relax. The eyes will also be protected since lasers can be harmful to the patient’s vision. Laser skin resurfacing’s advanced technology allows accurate targeting of smaller areas so the surrounding skin is not affected. A session may take up to 2 hours depending on the patient’s skin conditions.

Ablation vs. Non-Ablation

Laser skin resurfacing may be aggressive, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. The more aggressive the treatment (which is referred to as an ablative procedure) the more it wears away the epidermis to let new skin regeneration begin. Recovery with this technique may take up to 3 weeks. The lighter treatment, or non-ablative laser, does not remove any skin. It stimulates deeper layers of the skin to initiate an increased growth of collagen. With this treatment, there will be no downtime for the patient. Both techniques help the skin regenerate. As new layers of skin are developed, skin problems such as wrinkles, mild scars and discoloration are minimized.

During/After the Procedure

Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. There may be pain during treatment, so local anesthesia can be used to minimize the patient’s discomfort. The doctor may also prescribe the patient a pain reliever after the procedure. The face may be bandaged after treatment. Since the epidermis is peeled away, the skin may appear red for several weeks. As it heals, crusting may be present. It is very important to follow the doctor’s advice on skin care to prevent any scarring. It may take a few days before the patient can resume normal activities. It may also be beneficial to use an extra pillow when sleeping to ease any discomfort.

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Recovery Time  
2-3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1.5 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Varies
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

Negative Effects on Skin?

Although the procedure will wear the skin surface away, there is a minimal risk of scarring, especially when post-treatment care is implemented. It is critical to find a reputable doctor or technician with comprehensive experience with laser skin treatments. It’s important for the surgeon to understand different technologies affect different skin types. When done correctly, the result is a long-lasting healthy skin effective in combating signs of aging and skin damage.

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The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.