Laser resurfacing—or laser peeling—is an effective facial rejuvenation technique that can produce long-lasting results. Over time, sun damage, heredity, diet, weight changes and repetitive muscle movement contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles in the face. Additionally, the development of pigmentation anomalies, such as “age spots,” or acne scars can cause skin to lose its smooth, youthful appearance.
Meet Our Lasers
At the Pelosi Medical Center, we offer state-of-art laser technology with the two most in-demand rejuvenation machines in the world of aesthetics: the fractional CO2 laser and the solid-state Erbium laser. CO2 lasers are designed for deep skin penetration and Erbium lasers are designed for superficial skin penetration.
The Deep Peel
The Fractional CO2 Laser for Deep Laser Resurfacing
Deep fractional laser resurfacing is a treatment for reducing facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, including blemishes and acne scars.
If you have fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, mouth or on the forehead, shallow scars from acne or non-responsive skin even after a facelift, then you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. Most women start deep laser resurfacing in their late 30s or early 40s.
Deep laser resurfacing makes your skin tighter, smoother, and more even. The improvements in appearance and tone will continue to accumulate for up to 6 months and the visible results will last for years.
The procedure works by delivering precise, computer-controlled laser energy to vaporize uneven and damaged skin. The treatment safely removes the upper layers of the skin, smoothing wrinkles and other architectural irregularities. As the skin heals, collagen production is induced which aids in building a more stable structure.
Laser resurfacing has a typical recovery of five days. In those five days, the skin at the treated areas will peel. You may go to work if you wish, but you will not look normal yet. After those five days, you will look slightly reddish or suntanned and the tightening & healing process will begin to create the results you wanted over a span of about six months.
Number of Sessions Needed for Full Effect: 1
Treatment Time: 1 hour
Recovery Time: 5 days
Time to Full Effect: 3 to 6 months
The Light Peel
The Erbium YAG Laser for Superficial Laser Resurfacing
As you might expect, superficial laser resurfacing does not create the same degree of rejuvenation as deep resurfacing. Nonetheless, it is a great option for those with mild skin damage who are not yet ready for deeper resurfacing or those who simply wish to try it and see how much improvement they gain.
Importantly, superficial laser resurfacing, unlike deep resurfacing, does not produce results in a single session. It needs to be done at monthly intervals for 4 to 6 sessions to achieve good results.
There is one unique quality of the erbium laser resurfacing, however, which stands out: it works better than any CO2 laser for treating hyperpigmentation (sun spots, age spots, liver spots). This is explained by the facts that skin pigment rests in the superficial skin layers and is better suited to absorb the erbium laser energy. So if you have areas of darker skin discoloration, superficial erbium laser resurfacing might be right for you.
More good news: you can combine the two treatments in a single session and get the best of both worlds – maximum skin rejuvenation and maximum improvement of hyperpigmentation. You will need to continue with the erbium laser treatments on a monthly basis for a total of 4 to 6 treatments if you want to treat hyperpigmentation, but you’ll save both time and money on the first session.
Number of Sessions Needed for Full Effect: 4 to 6
Treatment Time: 15 minutes
Recovery Time: 5 days
Time to Full Effect: 5 to 7 months