About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Have you told yourself that radiant, youthful skin is out of the question for you? Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong believes you have options with laser skin resurfacing. The treatment is used for addressing facial lines and wrinkles and for minimizing skin flaws including acne scars, pigmentation, combination skin, and other issues. Depending on the condition of your skin, Dr. Leong will select the appropriate laser for your skin. We have some of the newest models on the market, such as the eCO2 laser system. Even with a longer downtime, these laser skin resurfacing treatments are worth the investment. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with Dr. Leong during your assessment and consultation at our Newport Beach location.
Types of Laser Treatments
Dr. Leong offers 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 treat thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to reduce skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for firming the skin and treating melasma, wrinkles and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light simply makes micro-damage to the skin to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait for 2 – 3 months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers (like our eCO2 laser) are both ablative and non-ablative that create small holes in the deeper layers of the skin. The skin's self-healing process creates firmer skin. Fractional lasers may also be used for actinic keratosis (AK), fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation issues.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"Dr. Karen did Fraxel on me and I could not be happier with the results. I had a lot of sun damage and brown spots that I wanted to get corrected. She listened to my concerns and was able to correct my skin tremendously. She is a kind, patient and thoughtful Doctor and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for someone who is great with skin issues."- B.P. / Yelp / Jun 14, 2019
There are multiple factors to think about when selecting which laser peel procedure is right for your needs. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who are unhappy with their skin's appearance. If you have skin damaged by the sun, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, redness, or pigmentation troubles, a laser peel treatment can be helpful to improve these complexion blemishes. In addition, a laser peel works well for those who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. Additionally, it is important to know that there is downtime associated with these laser treatments. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.
Before you have a deeper or more intense laser peel treatment, you may be asked to use a retinoid product for a few weeks before your laser peel. This helps prepare the skin for more effective results. Medication will be suggested prior to the treatment to help lessen the discomfort during your session. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. For the full face or more intense laser treatments, some kind of sedation may be required. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over your skin, precisely targeting the needed surfaces for rejuvenation. You will feel the heat of the laser followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also stimulating new collagen production.
What to Expect
Following lighter 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. This should subside within a couple of days and the peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe.
If you are getting a more intense laser treatment, your recovery time will last longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings and the swelling, irritation, and burning symptoms will be stronger. Medication can be prescribed to lessen these side effects. The recovery period associated with a deeper laser treatment can last 2 – 3 weeks.
All patients should minimize their sun exposure after their laser peel and apply sun protection throughout the day. For all laser peel treatments, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is crucial to avoid interfering with the healing process to evade scarring and to protect your skin from environmental exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
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, Dr. Leong will listen to your concerns and goals before explaining the different types of resurfacing treatments. Then, she can help you choose your treatment and discuss costs. Dr. Leong often runs treatment specials and discounted packages, so be sure to ask during your consultation.
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Dr. Leong 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's beneficial to start with a lighter treatment to see how you like your results and adjust as needed for your next appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Dr. Leong or a member of our team will talk to you about how you can help your skin heal after a laser resurfacing treatment. The most important rule is to 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 nourish and soothe your skin.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
Depending on your skin concerns and goals, Dr. Leong will help you decide if laser skin resurfacing, 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, Dr. Leong can explain each option and make a recommendation for your treatment.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the resurfacing type you and Dr. Leong select 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 Dr. Leong about how often you are willing to come back for treatments so she can take this into account when recommending a type of resurfacing during your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $4,000
- Recovery Time
- 7 – 10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel offers amazing results if you want a younger-looking complexion. If you are curious about a laser treatment and would like to learn more about them, as well as other nonsurgical procedures Dr. Leong advises, we invite you to call our office in Newport Beach, CA today to schedule your consultation at our Newport Beach location.