Having a healthy, smooth, bright-looking face can be a huge boost for confidence in people, and nothing can feel better, but with the effects of aging you may find yourself constantly fighting wrinkles with various methods and skin creams. Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates offers a great solution to the effects of aging with laser resurfacing treatment that can have you glowing in no time. Dr. Dean Johnston is here to help patients in Lake Mary, Orlando, and the Orange County area rejuvenate the appearance of their face.
Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities. Most candidates for laser resurfacing have fine lines or wrinkles around their eyes, mouth, forehead, or would like to reduce the visibility of scars. Patients with acne, very dark skin, or stretch marks may not be good candidates for laser resurfacing.
Good candidates for laser resurfacing should have reasonable expectations about the outcome of the procedure. If you suffer from cold sores or fever blisters, it is important to inform your doctor beforehand as laser skin resurfacing can trigger breakouts. Your doctor may ask you to avoid any medications or supplements that can affect clotting. If you smoke you should stop for two weeks before and after the procedure as it can prolong healing.
Laser resurfacing works by utilizing two types of lasers, which vaporizes skin cells damaged at the surface level. CO2 laser resurfacing is a method that has been used for years in order to treat different skin issues, including wrinkles, scars, benign skin lesions, and enlarged oil glands on the nose. This laser resurfacing uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage. The second kind of laser, erbium, is designed to remove surface level and moderately deep wrinkles on the face. One of the benefits is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes less swelling, bruising, and redness and usually has a quicker recovery time than CO2 laser resurfacing.
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure in which the doctor may treat individual wrinkles or your whole face. The procedure may range from 30 minutes to two hours. Post-procedure, the performing doctor will bandage the treated area. Following recovery, you will need to clean the treated area several times a day, and it may be beneficial to use an ointment to prevent scab formation. It’s normal for swelling to occur after your procedure, and an ice pack may help reduce it.
Patients report smoother skin, and a more youthful appearance following laser resurfacing. If you find you would like to turn back the effects of aging, laser resurfacing may be the right option for you!
To learn more about how Dr. Dean Johnston can help you reverse the fine lines and wrinkles that accompany age, contact us. Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates is located in Lake Mary, FL, but serves residents throughout Orlando and Orange County.