Laser Skin Resurfacing in San Diego, CA

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing with a laser at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. This procedure is done to reduce facial wrinkles and lines, as well as to diminish 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. Depending on the needs of the patient's skin, this treatment can be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. To learn more about this effective facial rejuvenation service, contact our San Diego, CA office and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson.

Types of Laser Treatments

There are three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that could be selected, depending on your skin's overall condition. Some are preferred 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; instead, the laser light 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.
  • Fractional Laser Treatments
    Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative to make tiny holes in the deeper layers of the skin. The body's natural healing process leads to a tighter, firmer, and healthier complexion. Fractional laser treatments can also be done to treat fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation.

Ideal Candidates

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're bothered by sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness issues, this procedure may help correct these imperfections. It's also wonderful if you have a rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for patients who have very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it's important to understand that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need as much as 1 – 2 weeks to recover.

Procedure Technique

If you are set to have a more intense or deeper laser peel, you may be given a topical retinoid a few 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, 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 laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the designated areas for improvement. You will feel the heat from the laser followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to destroy damaged skin cells while promoting new collagen growth.

What to Expect

For lighter peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin. After this, you will be sent home to recover. The treated skin may look pink, and you might experience some swelling and irritation; however, these symptoms subside in a few days. 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. Following your session, the treated areas can be protected with dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling 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 laser treatments and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the treated skin will naturally crust, 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 has ceased, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.

Laser skin resurfacing FAQs

Is laser skin resurfacing considered safe?

Laser skin resurfacing is considered safe when it is performed properly by an experienced and trained professional at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. Of course, laser resurfacing does come with risks, like any other cosmetic procedure. Potential complications include scarring or changes in skin discoloration (also called hyperpigmentation). We work with you to minimize these risks.

How long does treatment take?

It depends on the individual and their skin condition, but most patients spend about an hour in our office. This means you can schedule laser skin resurfacing during a lunch break at work. Typically we will give you special instructions to follow prior to skin resurfacing. These may include avoiding smoking or certain medications before treatment.

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

The average price of laser skin resurfacing is based on the number of sessions needed to achieve your goals at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. It's best to set up a consultation with one of our team so we can advise you about your options and provide an accurate estimate. We can also give you information about easy financing plans that may be available to you.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

If you're looking to get a more youthful appearance, laser skin resurfacing treatments can provide outstanding results that last for years. If you're considering a laser peel and want to learn more about the countless benefits, we encourage you to contact our office in San Diego, CA today and schedule a one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson.

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