About Laser Skin Resurfacing
As we age, our skin can lose its youthful glow. The result is discoloration and an overall dullness of the skin. The innovative HALO by Sciton treatment can correct the signs of aging by targeting fine lines, sun spots, scars, large pores, and uneven skin texture. HALO laser treatments are completely customizable and Dr. Dorner will develop a personalized treatment plan based solely on your desired outcome. Following your treatment, you can enjoy looking years younger and loving your reflection once again, and it is performed to reduce facial lines and wrinkles and to diminish skin irregularities such as acne scars, pigmentation, and other flaws. Also referred to as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition of the skin, the laser can be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any concerns or questions can be discussed at Dorner Plastic Surgery in Dublin, OH during your initial consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are three types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on the condition of your skin. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers remove thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to minimize skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for skin tightening and removing wrinkles and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light simply creates micro-damage to the skin to promote natural healing. Non-ablative treatments are best for removing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait a few months for strong results.
- Pro-Fractional Laser Treatments
Pro-Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create tiny holes in the deep layers of the skin, such as with the Sciton HALO laser. The skin's natural healing process creates firmer skin. Fractional lasers may also be used to help fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven pigmentation.
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There are many factors to consider when choosing which laser peel is right for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unhappy with their overall complexion. If you have sun-damaged skin, acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation issues, this treatment can help correct these imperfections. In addition, it works well if you have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. In addition, it is important to understand that there is downtime associated with these laser therapy.
The HALO laser makes use of safe and effective laser technology to promote skin renewal from deep within the skin layers. During the procedure, a handheld device, similar to all laser procedures, is applied to the treatment area. Dr. Dorner controls the output and treatment technique of the device depending on the desired outcome. As the specialized energy is delivered to the skin, the treatment truly begins. You will feel heat from the laser followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to destroy damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen growth.
What to Expect
For some peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will appear red and there will be some irritation and swelling. All patients should limit their sun exposure after their laser treatment and apply sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is important to avoid interfering with the healing process to evade scarring and to protect your face from sun exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking clearer, rejuvenated, and younger.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Laser skin resurfacing costs vary based on the type of treatment you select. In your consultation, a member of our aesthetic team will listen to your concerns and goals before explaining the different types of resurfacing treatments. Then, we can help you choose your treatment and discuss costs. Dorner Plastic Surgery often runs treatment specials and discounted packages, so be sure to ask during your consultation.
What is the best type of resurfacing for me?
At Dorner Plastic Surgery, we will help you decide which laser resurfacing treatment is best for your needs and goals during your consultation. The best treatment for you will depend on the health and condition of your skin, your skin concerns, and how deep you want your treatment to go. How long you are willing to give your recovery may also be a deciding factor when choosing your treatment type. When in doubt, it is best to start with a lighter treatment to see how you like your results and adjust as needed for your next treatment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
A member of our team will discuss how you can help your skin heal after a laser resurfacing treatment. The most important rule is do not pick or peel your skin. This could cause lasting damage including scars. You should skip all hair removal methods in the treatment area, which means no shaving, waxing, or depilatory creams. We will recommend an ointment to help soothe and heal your skin.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
After listening to your skin concerns, we will help you decide if laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion treatment is best for you. While they all improve the surface of the skin, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. During your consultation, we can explain each option and make a recommendation for your treatment.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the resurfacing type selected for your treatment, you may need to wait weeks or even months between appointments. Deeper treatments will provide longer-lasting results, but will require a longer recovery period. You should talk to a member of our staff about how often you are willing to come back for treatments so we can take this into account when recommending a type of resurfacing during your consultation.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel offers outstanding results if you want a younger-looking complexion. If you are considering a laser peel and would like to learn more about them, as well as other nonsurgical options Dorner Plastic Surgery offers, we invite you to call our office in Dublin, OH today to schedule your consultation.