Laser Skin Resurfacing near Orange County, CA

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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing at Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of energy to remove dead and damaged layers of skin. The procedure helps to reduce facial lines and wrinkles and to diminish skin irregularities, such as pigmentation, acne scars, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is considered an effective procedure for patients who want softer, clearer, younger-looking skin. Based on the condition of the patient's skin, the treatment can be adjusted for optimal results. There is little recovery time needed for most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any questions or concerns can be discussed with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederic Corbin during your initial consultation at our Brea or Beverly Hills, CA office.

Types of Laser Treatments

Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery has three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected based on the condition of your skin. Some are used for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:

  • Ablative Laser Treatments
    Ablative lasers treat thin layers of skin, like dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the technician to minimize damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are best for firming the skin and removing wrinkles and acne scars.
  • Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
    Non-ablative laser treatments do not remove the skin — the light simply makes micro-damage to the skin cells to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative treatments are ideal for removing wrinkles and fine lines for those who are willing to wait several months for strong results.
  • Fractional Laser Treatments
    Fractional laser treatments are both ablative and non-ablative and make tiny holes in the lower layers of the skin. The body's natural healing typically leads to firmer, healthier skin. Fractional lasers can also be used to treat fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.

Ideal Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing

There are many factors to consider when deciding which type of laser skin resurfacing treatment is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for people who are unhappy with their general complexion. If you see sun-damaged skin, acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness troubles, then this procedure may help to correct these complexion blemishes. Also, laser skin resurfacing tends to work well for those who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. Laser skin resurfacing isn't recommended for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne. Also, it's important to be aware that there is downtime required after laser treatments. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may require up to 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.

Our Laser Skin Resurfacing Technique

If you're scheduled for a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing session, we may ask you to use a topical retinoid for a few weeks prior to your procedure. This helps prepare your skin for better results. We may prescribe medication prior to the procedure to help minimize discomfort for greater relaxation during your appointment. If your complexion needs mild improvement, we may apply a local anesthetic to numb certain areas of the face. For the whole complexion or more intense laser procedures, we may use some type of sedation. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over your skin, directly targeting the areas for resurfacing. You will feel heat from the laser followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser energy is designed to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also stimulating new collagen growth.

After Laser Skin Resurfacing

Following lighter resurfacing sessions, we'll smooth an ointment over your skin, and then you can go home to recover. Your skin will look red, and you'll likely experience some swelling and irritation. These symptoms should subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process typically lasts about 3 – 5 days. For those getting a more intense laser treatment, the recovery time takes longer. The treated areas will most likely be protected with dressings, and the irritation, swelling, and burning symptoms may be more intense. We can prescribe medication to help reduce these symptoms. The recovery period for a more intense resurfacing treatment generally lasts 2 – 3 weeks. Every patient needs to limit their UV exposure after their resurfacing treatment and should use sun protection throughout the day. For all intensities, your skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's crucial to avoid picking at your skin during the recovery process to keep from scarring and to protect your face from sun exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel softer and look clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.

A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery is pleased to provide laser skin resurfacing treatments that offer outstanding results for those looking to get a younger-looking appearance. If you want to hear more about the benefits of laser peels and other nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures at our Brea or Beverly Hills, CA office, contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Corbin.

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