About Laser Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Schoemann Plastic Surgery is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to exfoliate damaged surface skin. The treatment is great for correcting facial lines and wrinkles and for improving skin blemishes like acne scars, pigmentation, and more. Also called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is a great facial treatment for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition of your complexion, the laser will be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime required following most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with Encinitas, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schoemann during the consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
Schoemann Plastic Surgery offers multiple laser skin resurfacing techniques that are chosen based on your skin’s needs. Our specific technologies, UltraPulse, AcuPulse, DeepFX, ActiveFX, are considered and chosen according to your unique needs. Each technology falls under one of the following categories:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers eliminate thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to avoid skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for tightening skin and correcting wrinkles and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light creates micro-damage to the skin to prompt the body’s natural healing response. Non-ablative procedures are ideal for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait several months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create micro-damage in the lower layers of the skin. The skin’s automatic healing creates firmer, healthier skin. Fractional lasers may also be performed to help deep wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation problems.
There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is right for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have sun damage, acne scars, age spots, lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation concerns, a laser skin resurfacing treatment can be needed to address these cosmetic flaws. In addition, laser skin resurfacing works well for patients who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. Also, it is important to be aware that there is downtime associated with these laser peels. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.