Ablative and Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing techniques can help improve many of the aging changes of the skin, acne scarring, enlarged pores, melasma, and stretch marks. The newest form of these techniques utilizes fractional laser technology. Essentially, the computer controlled laser forms thousands of tiny holes in the skin that allow the new rejuvenated skin to fill in and heal over these holes to result in a rejuvenated effect. These treatments result in less downtime than older technologies and are generally the preferred choice by most patients and physicians. We are proud of the high quality lasers in our practice, the Alma Pixel CO2 Ablative Laser and the Palomar 1540 Non-Ablative Laser which enable Dr. Serrão to deliver safe and effective results.
Laser Resurfacing at a Glance
|Treatment For||Aging/Sun damaged skin, wrinkles, laxity(sagging), enlarged pores, skin discoloration, acne scars, melasma, stretch marks, scar revision|
|Expected Result||Resurfaced skin with reduced pigmentations, less wrinkles, better tone, smoother texture and a healthy glow|
|Treatment Time||One to two hours normally, including application of the local anesthetic|
|Recovery||Ablative – one to two weeks for public view, but active in a day Non-ablative – two to four days with some redness and swelling|
|For Best Result||Must avoid facial sun exposure and cigarettes, wear SPF 30 sun block|
Laser Resurfacing FAQs
Why is the CO2 Laser Resurfacing technique the best?
The CO2 laser is considered the standard for laser resurfacing. Used for years to remove the aging outer layer of the skin to allow the inner skin tissue to regenerate, it successfully helps form newer, smoother and more youthful appearing skin. It effectively stimulates new collagen growth in the deeper skin layer, improves the damage caused by the sun, plumps the skin, removes unwanted pigmentations, smooths wrinkles, improves acne scars, and tightens the skin. Thus, essentially almost all the changes of aging can be treated with this amazing new laser technology. However, some conditions like melasma and stretch marks may benefit more from non-ablative resurfacing.
What is the recovery from Laser Resurfacing?
The ablative type of laser resurfacing. Thus, because it destroys the superficial layer of skin cells, it has more downtime than the nonablative techniques. However, it produces far superior results. The best part of this story is that relative to the older CO2 laser resurfacing techniques, this fractionated CO2 laser results in much less downtime. Most people are able to go back to normal work and activities within a few days to a week, depending on the depth of the treatment. This is about a third of the healing time required with older traditional laser resurfacing. The non-ablative type of laser resurfacing requires less downtime leaving your skin feeling like a sunburn for about an hour followed by minimal discomfort. The skin may be red and swollen for 24 to 72 hours. As the skin is healing it may have a pinkish tone which may last 5 to 7 days. Generally, your skin will continue to improve as the collagen regenerates for up to 6 months. The recovery of these procedures and all of your post care will be explained to you during your consultation.
How is the procedure done?
The procedure is performed in the office using only local analgesics with mild sedation as needed. Numbing cream and/or regional blocks can be utilized to make the procedure comfortable. It takes only around an hour to do the whole process. Afterwards, most patients complain of just mild discomfort treated with pain medications. The entire procedure will be explained to you during your consultation.
Can other procedures be done at the same time?
Laser resurfacing can be combined with other facial rejuvenating techniques to give you the best results with the least downtime. Botox can help eliminate wrinkles that form in the upper face and around the eyes from dynamic muscle contractions. Facial fillers, such as Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra can replenish the volume that is lost as you get older. IPL Photofacial treatments can fade and decrease the age-spots, sun spots and facial vessels to enhance the effect of the laser resurfacing on these changes. Combining these options can enhance the results of laser resurfacing to rejuvenate your face even more.
Are people happy about the results?
Most people are very glad they had Laser Resurfacing performed. Their face is smoother with less wrinkles, lines, and pigmentations. They exhibit a more youthful appearance. Plus, they were able to do this without going under the knife and getting a face lift. Although the procedure does not replace a face lift, it does produce dramatic results by tightening and smoothing the skin. It is a nonsurgical option to rejuvenate your face.
Non surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures are improving every day. These minimal downtime procedures are replacing the need to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery on the face. Plastic surgery is becoming non-surgical. We have always and will continue to practice on the cutting edge of new facial rejuvenation techniques. You are always able to get the latest up to date treatments at our facility, Serrão Rejuvenation Center.
How can I find out if I’m a candidate?
To find out more about this procedure, call us to set up a consultation. Dr. John Serrão performs Laser Resurfacing for patients in the Orlando Central Florida area. Call us at 407-896-3772 to schedule your consultation.