The Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

I’m a 48 year old female, am fit and look pretty good for my age.  I have worn sun blocks daily for the last few years but I did sit out in the sun a lot when I was younger.  My neck is not drooping yet but I am getting many fine lines on my face.   I have heard a lot about lasers, which type of laser skin resurfacing could be the best treatment for me.

It would be impossiblee to tell you which treatment would be most beneficial to you without being able to see you in person and to learn your expectations.  We offer a wide variety of lasers and peels to provide our patients with a complete solution for your skin condition.    Our lasers can be used to remove unwanted hair (only if it is dark), treat spider veins and red telangiectasias on extremities, faces and the trunk, to lessen the red on faces of rosacea patients, on scars and to treat acne, to lessen hyper pigmentation on skin from sun damage (with the IPL laser) and to resurface skin to remove surface blemishes, discoloration and wrinkles from excessive sun exposure.  A facelift or blepharoplasty alone cannot remove wrinkles and are especially inadequate for wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.  The chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing procedures minimize the outer wrinkled and sun damaged skin - as the new skin grows in, it will be less sun damaged (i.e. paler) and will have less lines and wrinkles.   The key word here is minimize (not eliminate), as none of these procedures can remove all of the lines, marks or surface discolorations.  Treating physicians have their personal favorites, but there isn't any evidence that a peel or laser are superior to each other - what determines the healing time and the result is the depth to which the skin is treated.   The deeper the treatment, the longer it will take to heal, but a deeper treatment is necessary to remove deeper lines.   Also, it should be noted that such procedures are not appropriate for people who are sun tanned, continue to tan, who have darker skin tone to begin with.   The fall and winter are ideal times to have a laser resurfacing procedure because the sun is not as intense, and people tend to spend less time outdoors.

Minor skin resurfacing procedures can be done in the office without anesthesia, but more major resurfacing will be performed under sedation.    The chemical peel procedure consists of the application of an acid mixture to the skin, which creates a chemical burn. In the newer methods of laser skin resurfacing, various lasers can be employed to vaporize the outer layer of skin and induce a tightening of the remaining skin.   In patients with excessive wrinkling or scarring, a repeat procedure may be desirable, but complete obliteration of all lines, wrinkles and, in particular, acne marks will not be possible in any patient. Your surgeon will discuss with you the numerous options regarding treatment of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Generally, your surgeon will recommend the simplest methods that might give you the desired result. The IPL® (Intense Pulse Light), lighter laser or lighter peel procedures can be performed with little or no down time.  However, the improvement will not be very dramatic and a series of treatments will be recommended to achieve improvement.  If your lines are deeper or a more significant improvement is desired, a deeper laser (like a fractional or CO2) or deeper peel procedure may be recommended. If you have questions about your skin your best bet would be to come in to see Dr. Bunkis for a complimentary consultation by calling (949) 888-9700 or by email at [email protected]  

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.