Laser Skin ResurfacingLaser Skin Resurfacing
The best way to diminish wrinkling of the skin is with a laser. Truly a revolution in plastic surgery, laser skin resurfacing began in 1995 with the first FDA approved device being released on the market. We now have second generation lasers, including the Erbium YAG® laser, which we use in our practice. With the newer lasers, less heat is generated, allowing greater control in the depth of treatment. Everything from brown spots to deep wrinkles can be treated with the Erbium laser. The laser resurfaces the skin by causing the skin to deposit new and tighter collagen bundles.
A major advantage of this laser over other methods of skin resurfacing is the preservation of skin pigment. The older, deeper phenol peels and carbon dioxide (CO2) laser destroy the pigment producing melanocytes, leaving the skin white and waxy. Patients were condemned to wearing makeup to create a natural skin color. The Erbium laser, however, appears to leave the melanocytes intact when treating the skin at an average depth.
Recovery from laser resurfacing can be more difficult than with other cosmetic procedures. Redness can persist for many months following treatment. For an equal depth to remove deep wrinkles, the Erbium and CO2 lasers require similar healing times. Most patients, however, find that the many benefits—removal of skin discoloration, decrease in wrinkling, and improved tightening of the skin—far outweigh the discomfort during the recovery process.
Laser skin resurfacing diminishes wrinkles and age spots, thereby restoring a beautiful plushness and peaches-and-cream complexion.