Laser Resurfacing in Bellevue and Seattle
For those with deep wrinkles and extensive sun damage, Dr. Stern uses state-of-the-art lasers to rejuvenate the skin through laser resurfacing. In treating a mild to moderate amount of facial sagging, these lasers may be the preferable treatment over a face lift. Not only can wrinkles and sun damage be reduced or eliminated, but the skin tightens simultaneously. The healing process takes about 10 days, with glowing skin becoming more attractively tighter and smoother.
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
Laser resurfacing uses targeted laser therapy to rejuvenate the skin. It is used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, improve areas of sun damage, and the tone and texture of your skin. It can also help to improve the appearance of acne scarring and other skin irregularities, such as hyperpigmentation.
- Reduce Lines and Wrinkles: As the laser ablates the outermost layer of the dermis, it stimulates collagen production, which keeps your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. It also tightens your skin and improves overall tone.
- Even Out Texture: With precise laser energy, areas of hyperpigmentation are dramatically improved. Areas of sun damage can also be effectively treated while protecting other areas of the skin.
- Acne Scarring: Cystic acne scars and ice-pick marks from acne can also be treated effectively.
- Precision and Customization: Each laser resurfacing treatment can be personalized to treat each patient’s needs and skincare goals.
Is Laser Resurfacing Okay for All Skin Types?
Laser skin resurfacing is generally safe for all skin types. However, certain factors may influence whether it is the right treatment for you. Below are some things to consider:
- Your skin tone: While it is safe for all fair, medium, and dark skin tones, patients with darker skin tones are at higher risk of developing areas of hypopigmentation (areas of lighter skin). Because the skin laser targets pigmented areas, darker skin tones may also overproduce melanin after treatment.
- Increased skin sensitivity: Patients with sensitive skin may be at higher risk of hypersensitivity after laser treatment. Since resurfacing is ablative, even fractional, you should discuss your skin sensitivity with your doctor before treatment.
- Pre-existing conditions: Certain skin conditions may affect a patient’s eligibility. Having a history of excessive scarring or keloid formation may affect your results.
Is It Painful?
No, laser resurfacing is not painful. A topical anesthetic cream is applied before treatment to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible. Depending on the depth of the laser, some patients may feel slight stinging during and after the procedure.
How Long Does Laser Resurfacing Take?
Most treatments are completed in 60 minutes or less. The actual treatment duration will depend on the depth of treatment and the number of areas being treated.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
The recovery period also depends on the number of treatment areas and the intensity. Superficial resurfacing has the shortest recovery time, usually a day or two. Deeper resurfacing may require a longer recovery time, sometimes up to two weeks.
Laser Resurfacing Before and After
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Dr. Fredric A. Stern has been a Northwest leader in state- of- the- art cosmetic and laser treatments for over 20 years.