What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is an easy way to improve the look and health of your skin, smooth away wrinkles and reduce the appearance of acne scars, scars due to injury or surgery, discoloration and other unwanted blemishes. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed in a number of ways depending on your desired results.
Treatment options offered at RTH include ThermaScan™ laser rejuvenation, micro erbium laser peels, profractional laser therapy, broadband light therapy (BBL) and Forever Young BBL™ — all of which are alternatives to chemical peels and surgical procedures that can come with discomfort and downtime. In general, all of these methods use direct, short pulsating beams of light to safely and precisely resurface the skin. Based on your skin type and desired results, your RTH doctor will help you select the treatment method that is best for you.
Laser skin resurfacing treatments are most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Quickly, safely and effectively smooth away wrinkles and lines
- Permanently remove scars, age spots, liver spots, sun spots, birthmarks and other blemishes
- Correct aged, sun damaged skin
- Create a radiant, healthy glow
- Improve tone and texture
What to expect
- Step 1Consultation
- Step 2Preparation
- Step 3Treatment
- Step 4Recovery
- Step 5Results
Step 1 Consultation
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if laser skin resurfacing is the right option for you. We thoroughly discuss your desired results and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for treatment, taking into account your skin type, age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your treatment. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure that our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about laser skin resurfacing.
Step 2 Preparation
The day of your treatment, please remove all makeup and lotion before you arrive and wear comfortable clothing. Any additional preparation instructions that are specific to your treatment will be given to you at your initial consultation.
Step 3 Treatment
Before your treatment, we will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible. The specifics of your treatment will depend on what resurfacing technique is being used. We are happy to explain the treatment process during your initial consultation.
Step 4 Recovery
All of the skin resurfacing treatments we offer at RTH are non-invasive, gentle procedures. Recovery time depends on the treatment and can range from no recovery time at all to a few days. We will explain the recovery process for your specific treatment at your initial consultation.
Step 5 Results
Results do vary, but patients typically enjoy an improvement in tone and texture with a significant reduction in wrinkles, scars, pigment irregularities and other blemishes. Depending on which treatment option we use, results will continue to improve over time, as it takes a few months for collagen to rebuild and strengthen.
Depending on your desired results and how your body responds to the treatment, we may recommend additional treatments. During your consultation, we will thoroughly explain what results to expect. We also can customize a skin care product regimen that will help to enhance and sustain your results.
Q: Is laser skin resurfacing right for me?
If you want to remove wrinkles, scars, birthmarks or other blemishes from around your eyes, mouth or forehead, laser skin resurfacing may be the right option for you. Candidates for the treatment should be generally healthy with no serious medical conditions that could create complications.
Q: Why choose RTH Plastic Surgery for my laser skin resurfacing treatment?
When choosing a cosmetic professional for laser skin resurfacing, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Above all, your cosmetic professional should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective treatment.
At RTH, our cosmetic technicians are laser skin resurfacing specialists with years of experience performing these treatments. We spend the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient treatment calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to maximize your results.
Q: Will my insurance cover laser skin resurfacing?
Insurance companies commonly do not cover an elective or cosmetic treatment like laser skin resurfacing unless it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the treatment is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my laser skin resurfacing treatment results look natural?
Laser skin resurfacing treatments are minimally-invasive, providing results without the need for any surgical procedures, thus eliminating the possibility of scarring or other signs that a treatment was performed. During your consultation, we will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: How long will results last?
The longevity of results varies and is dependent on the amount of excess fat, the laxity of the skin and skin type. Typically, you can expect laser skin resurfacing results to be long lasting and even permanent provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Q: Can I have additional treatments in combination with my laser skin resurfacing treatment to enhance results?
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results including a variety of chemical peels, other laser treatments and skin care products.