What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing removes damaged skin, allowing fresh, new skin to restore your appearance. For many years, skin resurfacing was achieved using chemical peels and dermabrasion. While those procedures are effective and still used, advanced lasers have been developed that provide important advantages over other methods. Lasers can be precisely adjusted to remove skin in one very thin layer at a time, only going as deep as necessary to treat your skin concerns. They can also target a pinpoint area of skin, such as tiny spider veins, pigmentation issue, or fine lines and wrinkles.
The Icon laser can solve a variety of skin problems*:
- Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Diminish or eliminate melasma (brown spots)
- Remove scars (acne and surgical)
- Remove facial veins
- Diminish stretch marks
- Treat sun damage
- Improve complexion by evening the skin tone
- Diminish large oil glands and skin pores
Can lasers treat rosacea?
YES – The IPL platform of the ICON laser is the best laser treatment for Rosacea. Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels on the face. It can affect anyone, but often develops in middle-aged women with fair skin. It doesn’t have a cure, so treatment focuses on minimizing flare-ups. Lasers improve the appearance of rosacea by eliminating the redness and visible blood vessels. Red blood cells and red pigments absorb the laser, which destroys the targeted tissues. Patients report seeing a 40-60% improvement in rosacea symptoms after two laser sessions.
What should you expect during and after laser skin resurfacing?
Treatment may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the procedure performed and the area being treated. Recovery time also varies according to the type of treatment and whether skin was removed. Your skin may be slightly red and swollen, and you may need little to no recovery time, or you may need weeks to recover; it varies for each treatment. Deep skin resurfacing often requires one to two weeks of downtime to allow for healing. Dr. Cernaianu will let you know about recovery time and gives you instructions for self-care following treatment.
*Individual results may vary