You are still active and you feel great. But, the effects of time, sun, wind and toxins in our air have taken their toll on the appearance of your skin. It’s not as smooth as it was when you were younger. You would like your friends and family to see you the way you feel inside. For many of us, this requires reversing the visible signs of aging, those years of fun in the sun.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
In the past your options included chemical peels, dermabrasion or the use of temporary fillers. Currently, Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is the gold standard treatment and is performed by Dr. DeEtta Gray to remove superficial wrinkles around the eyes, lips, forehead and cheeks seen in aging and skin for patients from Bellevue, Kirkland and Seattle. Facial scars and sun-damaged skin are also excellent candidates for this treatment.
Choosing laser skin resurfacing surgery
You will want to explain to our physician the level of skin improvement you hope to achieve. The doctor will then review your medical history and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine if you are a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. Don’t forget to mention any history of herpes/cold sore infections, sensitivity to the sun, or prior skin treatments such as skin peels, dermabrasion or Accutane treatments within the past six months.
Together you can discuss your options, evaluate your expectations and determine the best treatment for you.
What kind of results can I expect from laser skin resurfacing?
Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth are removed, while the deeper frown lines and grooves are softened. Once the outer layer of skin has been removed, the new skin beneath reveals a softer, smoother, more youthful appearance. Many patients say our laser can erase up to ten years in a little more than an hour.
The laser causes less scarring, bleeding and bruising. Laser surgery requires shorter recovery time than traditional treatments. A level of control can be achieved that is difficult with other treatments. Your physician can visually judge the effect of the treatment as it is performed. The treatment seems to be more predictable and safer.
The laser skin resurfacing treatment
The laser gives your physician precise control as the laser gently vaporizes the outer layer of sun-damaged or acne-scarred skin to reveal the smooth, fresh skin underneath. Lines are removed in a precise, rapid fashion, achieving excellent results.
Recovery from laser skin resurfacing
During the first few days after your procedure, your skin will weep, as a normal swelling response occurs from the ablative laser energy. Some crusting will develop as the ablated columns of skin are naturally exfoliated and new skin surface is formed. We will prescribe ointment to keep the treated areas moist. Your new skin will have a reddish quality which fades in 4-8 weeks. This redness can be covered with cosmetics until it completely disappears. Over time, new collagen is produced and skin tightens, looks smother and less wrinkled. There (is some swelling – remove) is some risk of pigmentation disturbance with darker skin types.
The full effect of your treatment develops over 3-6 months following the procedure and can be expected to last for several years. As with any cosmetic procedure, the results can be expected to fade over time as our skin continues to age, at which time the procedure can be repeated.