Laser peels, also called laser skin resurfacing, laser vaporization, and laserbrasion, can help reduce the appearance of facial skin conditions such as blemishes, sun spots, acne scars, uneven skin tone, even warts. They can also help rejuvenate non-responsive skin after a facelift, reduce enlarged pores, and fight liver spots.
Laser peels are very precise and cause little damage to surrounding tissue. They are generally restricted to the face because facial skin heals better than other areas of the body.
Is a Laser Peel Right For Me?
Women and men seeking a non-invasive procedure to change the look of small imperfections, discolorations, or signs of aging, as well as younger patients looking to reduce their acne, are all ideal candidates for laser peels. Here’s a list of skin flaws and conditions that laser peels can address:
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or on the forehead
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Sun-damaged skin
- Liver spots
- Yellowish or grayish skin tones
- Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
What Happens During a Laser Peel?
Before your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Saltz, his nurse, and his master aestheticians to evaluate your skin type and to discuss your goals and treatment options. To better prepare your skin for a laser peel, Dr. Saltz may first recommend a series of topical skin treatments.
Laser peels take from one to two hours, depending on the area being treated and the type of laser used. There are two types of laser peel procedures, ablative and non-ablative.
Ablative laser peels target the skin’s outer layer (the epidermis) using targeted light wavelengths that are converted into heat energy, vaporizing thin sections of skin. This allows new skin to grow and replace the damaged skin. The results are often quite dramatic.
Ablative laser resurfacing is an aggressive treatment and requires recovery time. Treated areas will become dry and peel after several days. The skin will generally look and feel raw, requiring ointments to be applied for up to four weeks. During this time, the patient must avoid facial soaps and sun exposure, and be diligent about applying prescribed facial ointments. After healing, the skin may continue to appear red for several weeks.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing does not damage the outer skin because it targets the underlying dermis layer. Non-ablative lasers stimulate the body to produce new collagen, the structural protein that is responsible for supporting the skin. The procedures don’t require anesthesia and don’t need recovery time. Because they are not as aggressive as ablative laser peels in addressing your condition, more than one treatment is required.
Dr. Saltz and his team will consult with you on an individual basis to determine which laser peel best fits your needs.
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