Laser Skin Resurfacing (Laser Peel, Fractional Skin Resurfacing) – Raleigh, NC

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing at Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to eliminate dead and damaged skin layers. The treatment is used for addressing facial lines and wrinkles and for minimizing skin flaws including acne scars, pigmentation, and other issues. Also known as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an ideal procedure for patients desiring a softer, clearer, younger complexion. Depending on the condition of the skin type, the laser may be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime required with most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with Raleigh, NC plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Lyle during the assessment and consultation.

Types of Laser Treatments

There are three types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on your skin's needs. 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 wrinkles and acne scars. The Pollogen LEGEND laser is generally used for this procedure.
  • Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
    Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light simply makes micro-damage to the skin to encourage natural healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait 2 – 3 months for strong results. The Lumenis ResurFX laser system is used for this treatment.
  • Fractional Laser Treatments
    Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create small holes in the deeper layers of the skin. The skin's self-healing process creates tighter, beautiful skin. Fractional lasers may also be used for fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation issues.

Ideal Candidates

There are multiple factors to think about when selecting a laser peel procedure 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.

Procedure Technique

If you are undergoing a deeper or more intense laser peel treatment, you may be asked to use a retinoid product for a few weeks before your appointment. This helps prepare the skin for more effective results. Medication will be suggested prior to the treatment to help lessen pain and increase comfort 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 the 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

For light peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will look 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. 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 prevent 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.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

A laser skin resurfacing peel gives amazing results for patients who want a younger-looking complexion. If you are curious about a laser treatment and would like to learn more about them, as well as the additional nonsurgical procedures we offer, we invite you to call our office in Raleigh, NC today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lyle.

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