About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing with a laser at the Institute of Plastic Surgery in Colorado Springs, CO is a minimally invasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The procedure is performed for reducing facial wrinkles and lines and for diminishing skin irregularities such as pigmentation, acne scars, and other flaws. Sometimes referred to as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an effective treatment for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin, the treatment can be customized for best results. There is little recovery time associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons during your initial consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected depending on your skin goals. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers remove thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to minimize damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for skin tightening as well as removing acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light simply creates micro-injuries to the skin cells to promote natural healing. Non-ablative treatments are best for removing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait a few months to see strong results. This includes treatments such as the MicrosLaserPeel by Sciton.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that make tiny holes in the deep skin layers. The body's natural healing process leads to firmer, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be performed to help fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation. This includes Sciton Halo and ProFractional laser treatments.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"Total facial resurfacing - I have had horrible cystic acne from a very young age. I’m 32 and I still break out on occasion. It doesn’t help that I pick at it either, but the scars are awful. I’ve always been self conscious about my face. I decided to go and do something about it when I decided I wanted a breast lift/aug. Some light shows more of the depth of these rolling scar better than others. It has been 24 hours..."- Y. / RealSelf / Sep 22, 2018
You have many factors to consider when choosing which laser peel is best for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unsatisfied with their overall complexion. If you see sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness issues, this procedure may help correct these imperfections. Also, it is effective if you have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. In addition, it's important to understand that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
If you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser peel, you may be given a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser treatment. The retinoid helps prep the skin for maximum results. Medication may be given prior to the procedure to help reduce any pain so you can relax throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a type of sedation may be necessary. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the Sciton laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the designated areas for improvement. You may sense heat and then cool air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to destroy damaged skin cells while also promoting new collagen growth.
What to Expect
For light peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may appear pink and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are undergoing a deeper laser peel, your downtime will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings, and the irritation, swelling, and burning sensation may be intensified. Pain medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The downtime for a more intense peel may last several weeks. Every patient needs to limit their UV exposure following their laser treatment and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the treated skin will naturally scab, flake, and peel off. It's important to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield your face from sun exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, younger, and clearer.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 - 3 Days
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Laser skin resurfacing offers outstanding results if you are looking to obtain a more youthful, blemish-free appearance. If you are considering a laser peel and want to hear more information about the benefits, and about other nonsurgical options we perform, we encourage you to contact our office in Colorado Springs, CO today to make your appointment with one of our skilled surgeons.