Facial Rejuvenation in North Carolina
Radiant, youthful skin is well hydrated and free of blemishes with healthy tone and texture. The skin functions as a barrier against the elements (sun, wind, environmental pollutants, bacteria, and viruses). As such, skin damage due to the elements is a daily occurrence, and the effects are cumulative in nature. The end result of this damage can be seen in the fine lines, wrinkles, loss of tone, and loss of texture that occur as a part of the aging process. Preventative strategies, such as sun avoidance, use of sunscreen, and use of pharmaceutical-grade skin care products can lessen the cumulative effects of the aging process. Once the skin has developed the characteristic signs of aging, laser skin resurfacing can help to restore more youthful, healthy skin qualities.
Dual board-certified facial plastic surgeons Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz offer fractionated carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing at Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery to help refresh and rejuvenate the skin. Though it is not a surgical procedure, laser skin resurfacing is a significant treatment that delivers satisfying results.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful option to address wrinkles and textural issues of the face and lower eyelids. An outpatient procedure, fractionated carbon dioxide can be performed using local anesthesia or sedation, depending upon patient preference. The carbon dioxide laser is used to remove layers of skin to a precise depth. Stem cells then regenerate the skin and replace healthy collagen and elastin, allowing the stem cells within the skin to regenerate collagen and elastin.
Depending upon the treatment areas, laser skin resurfacing may take anywhere from 30 minutes to one and a half hours. Following treatment, the skin is dressed with ointment, and patients may go home the day of the procedure. Post-procedure care will be performed several times daily, including cleansing and re-applying ointment. The treated skin will begin to slough over the first week. Generally, at the seven- to 10-day mark, you may resume use of makeup and sunscreen. The skin will be slightly pink/red over the course of two to three weeks. In about three to four weeks, the results will be visible, with improvement in facial wrinkles and more radiant, healthy skin.
What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Scars due to acne, previous surgery or trauma
- Sun damage
- Skin texture issues
Men and women seeking to improve any of these conditions can talk with the Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery team to explore their options and learn more about what laser skin resurfacing can do as a standalone treatment or when paired with other options.
Another Resurfacing Option
In addition to laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel is another option available for Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery patients. Similar to laser skin resurfacing, a 35 percent TCA peel is used to rejuvenate the skin of the face and lower eyelids. TCA stands for “trichloroacetic acid,” which functions to remove the outer layer of the skin to a precise depth similar to the carbon dioxide laser. Recovery time and post-procedure care are identical to those of laser resurfacing.