Laser resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates your skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself from injury and age. Since light from the sun prematurely ages and damages the skin, it seems only fair that doctors use light energy to undo this damage. Laser resurfacing uses the power of focused light energy to reduce or eliminate many of the signs of aging skin. Thanks to our extensive experience, many patients are choosing Nuance Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery for laser skin resurfacing in Las Vegas, NV.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
If you have mild to moderately severe wrinkles, sagging, uneven skin color (e.g. age spots), spider veins, weakened skin, or scarring, including acne scars, laser facial resurfacing could be right for you. As it is a more controlled treatment than chemical peels or dermabrasion, you may prefer laser resurfacing for its efficacy and safety. Laser resurfacing can also be an alternative to facelift surgery not only because it’s safer and non-invasive, but also because it strengthens tissue and addresses skin discoloration.
However, if you have any open wounds, including acne lesions, or active infections, it’s best to postpone your treatment until they have been resolved.
How Laser Resurfacing Works
Laser skin resurfacing works by a process of selective photothermolysis. Laser and intense pulsed light therapy deliver a controlled amount of light energy to the skin. This light energy heats and destroys very specific structures within the skin, based on the wavelength and energy of the light used. For example, hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells, is particularly sensitive to certain wavelengths of light. Knowing this, a plastic surgeon interested in removing a spider vein will select a laser that specifically targets hemoglobin. When the laser is applied to the skin, it heats hemoglobin molecules. This affects the surrounding blood vessels but leaves the surrounding skin unaffected. As a result, the spider vein is destroyed.
What really matters to people who want younger, healthier looking skin is that laser resurfacing can undo many of the signs of aging skin.
Benefits of Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing can remove excessive, unwanted pigmentation; remove blood vessels turned into spider veins by “blowouts”; increase tissue repair; and relieve sagging by tightening collagen fibers. Through creating controlled, moderate damage, laser resurfacing triggers the deeper layers of your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, smoothing out wrinkles and reducing scar severity.
Laser resurfacing may:
- Lightens dark spots/age spots.
- Softens fine and moderate wrinkles.
- Eliminates small blood vessels visible through the skin.
- Makes blotchy skin pigmentation more uniform.
- Improves the appearance of acne or surgical scars.
ICON Aesthetic Laser System
The key to laser resurfacing is to pick the right laser and handpiece for the right clinical indication. Some lasers do better with fine lines and wrinkles, while others are better at removing unwanted blood vessels, such as spider veins. Nuance Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery uses Synosure/Palomar Icon laser and Pulsed Light system because it is extremely versatile.
In expert hands, the Icon laser system can provide the full range of laser resurfacing options.
- The 1540 fractional laser is a great choice for treating scars, whether they are from acne, surgery, or even stretch marks.
- The Max G Intense Pulsed Light handpiece provides the ideal settings for treating unwanted blood vessels and certain dark spots.
- The Max R Intense Pulsed Light handpiece is ideal for permanent hair removal. The handpiece emits laser light energy over a relatively large area, so it is an excellent choice for removing hair from large skin surfaces rapidly, safely, and permanently.
Laser Resurfacing Procedure
The laser resurfacing procedure in itself is quite simple. Your clinician will first discuss your needs and goals with you, so you can work out a treatment plan together. During each session, they will pass the laser therapy device over the area requiring treatment, with the speed determined by the exposure your skin needs. The Icon laser system uses melanin reader technology, a cooling system, and dual filtering to reduce unnecessary exposure to the laser, which takes out much of the guesswork in ensuring that your treatment is safe.
Laser Resurfacing Recovery
One advantage of laser resurfacing is that it has no recovery time. You can go back to your usual activities on the same day, as modern lasers do not cause significant harm to the skin or aggravate it through damaging the pigmentation.