Laser Skin Resurfacing in San Diego, CA
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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing in San Diego at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine is a noninvasive cosmetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of light to exfoliate damaged skin cells one layer at a time. The treatment is great for addressing facial wrinkles and lines and for improving skin blemishes, including acne scars, pigmentation, spots, and other issues. Sometimes referred to as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an effective procedure for patients desiring clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the skin type, the laser may be customized for the best results. There is little downtime associated with most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any concerns or questions may be discussed with San Diego, CA, board-certified physician Dr. James D. Fontaine during the assessment and consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
At Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine, we know that, with age, our skin might become dry, flat, and lacking the expression we once had. With laser skin resurfacing technologies, we are able to offer San Diego, CA individuals a chance at improved skin with a procedure that yields a number of impressive benefits:
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Minimization of pores and rough skin texture
- Lowered appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation
- Increased confidence and self-esteem surrounding your facial appearance
Am I A Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent solution for almost anyone who desires an improvement in the look and feel of their skin without the need for invasive surgery. If you see skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, pigmentation, or redness issues, this treatment may be needed to improve these cosmetic flaws. Also, laser skin resurfacing works effectively for patients who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. This treatment is not suggested for anyone who has very dark skin or active acne. Additionally, it is important to understand that there is a recovery period associated with laser skin resurfacing. Some patients, depending on their skin condition, may require up to 2 – 3 weeks to fully heal. Dr. Fontaine will assess the quality of your skin to help determine which treatment is most suitable for you. Ideal candidates should be in good overall physical health and have realistic expectations to be considered for the skin rejuvenation procedure in San Diego, CA.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
When you are scheduled for a deeper or more intense skin resurfacing treatment, you may be given a retinoid cream for a few weeks before your laser procedure. This helps prepare the skin for better results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help minimize any sensation for greater relaxation throughout your session. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb treated areas where the laser will target. For the full face or deeper laser procedures, some form of sedation may be necessary. During the procedure, you will relax in our special treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, precisely targeting the needed surfaces for resurfacing. You may feel warmth from the laser followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to remove dead and damaged skin cells while also stimulating natural collagen production.
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What to Expect After Laser Skin Resurfacing
After lighter resurfacing treatments, a healing ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home to recover. The skin may appear pink, and there will be some swelling and irritation. This should subside within a couple of days, and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are undergoing a more intense resurfacing treatment, your recovery period will take longer. The treatment areas may be covered by dressings, and the burning, irritation, and swelling sensation will be intensified. Medication can be prescribed to minimize these symptoms. The downtime associated with a deeper laser session can last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients need to minimize their sun exposure following their laser skin resurfacing treatment and use sun protection frequently. For all laser treatments, the treated skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is vital to avoid picking at the skin during the healing process to prevent scarring and to shield the treated area from UV exposure. Once the peeling is completed, the treated skin will feel softer while also looking clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
Get Clearer, Healthier, and Younger-Looking Skin
Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine laser skin resurfacing sessions offer excellent results if you are looking to get a clearer, healthier, and younger-looking appearance. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and want to learn more, along with information about other nonsurgical procedures at our San Diego, CA practice, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. James D. Fontaine.
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Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
The cost of Erbium Pixel laser skin resurfacing varies from patient to patient and depends on the number of sessions involved and the degree of correction required to achieve the ideal results. Our team in San Diego, CA, will work closely with you to develop the ideal treatment plan for your needs and will discuss pricing details during your consultation.
What can laser skin resurfacing treat?
Skin resurfacing with our Erbium laser can treat a variety of skin symptoms:
• Sun damage
• Skin discoloration
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Acne scars
• Rough skin texture
• Age spots
• Blood vessels and capillaries
• And more . . .
How should I prepare for my laser skin resurfacing treatment?
Before undergoing laser skin resurfacing, our team may suggest that you do not take certain medications or dietary supplements, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamin E, which could increase bleeding and bruising. If you smoke, stopping for a couple of weeks beforehand can enhance the healing process. You will also need to stop all retinol or retinoid products for seven days prior to the procedure and may benefit from pre-procedure hydroquinone. If you have a history of cold sores, a prescription for an antiviral will be given.
How long is recovery after laser skin resurfacing?
Following Erbium pixel skin resurfacing, patients should expect 2 – 5 days of downtime. Depending on your schedule, the skin resurfacing procedure can be done once with more downtime or split into a series of 2 or 3 treatments with only 1 – 2 days of downtime following each procedure.
What if I am not a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?
Unlike lasers, radiofrequency treatments can be used on all skin types. Our Alma v-Shape pixel RF handpiece can also be used for facial skin rejuvenation. This procedure is also known as a MicroPlasma Peel. The focused radiofrequency energy creates a microscopic perforation on the surface of the skin, allowing energy to be delivered to the deepest layers of your skin and stimulating collagen remodeling. This technology leaves the skin surrounding the micro-wound intact, which promotes healing and a return to a more natural, youthful appearance.