As we age, the effects of sun damage and environmental pollutants take their toll on our skin, creating wrinkles and pigment irregularities. Laser Resurfacing or Deep Laser Peels can be very successful at reducing or eliminating these conditions. Several areas of the body can be treated, though the most commonly areas are the face and neck. Deep Laser Peels are often combined with traditional plastic surgery procedures as well as Non-Surgical “Liquid” Facelifts to further improve results.
The following conditions can be treated with a Laser Peel:
- Deep wrinkles (even in difficult to treat areas like around the mouth and eyes)
- Solar spots
- Actinic Keratoses
- Poor skin tone/texture
How It Works
The Contour TRL Resurfacing Laser safely removes a layer of skin to a depth determined by the clinician. The depth of treatment will depend on the skin condition, your desired outcome and expectation for downtime. Because Contour TRL can affect tissue with micron precision, the clinician can treat your skin with the exact amount of energy needed. Treating skin with a laser helps stimulate the growth of new collagen, which can improve the skin’s thickness and resilience. The skin surface will also re-grow with fresh, healthy cells, which can help give skin a younger, more rejuvenated appearance in most cases*.
Your skin will be cleansed in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety goggles. The clinician will position the laser handpiece above the skin and will hold it in place as the computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam around the treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
The comfort level of laser resurfacing varies from patient to patient and depends largely on the depth of treatment. For shallow treatments, the procedure is often tolerated with the use of a topical anesthetic. For deeper treatments, the clinician may administer a subcutaneous local anesthetic.
Immediately following the procedure you will experience redness and a sensation resembling a bad sunburn. Swelling may also occur in the treated areas. The clinician will advise you on specific after-treatment care instructions, which may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet (UV) light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use some level of UV protection to avoid sun damage and premature aging of your skin.
Complete healing will depend largely on the depth of treatment. Healing times for light to medium treatments are typically 3-5 days* before patients resume normal activities. For deeper treatments, you should discuss realistic expectations for recovery with the clinician. It is not unusual for a Deep Laser Peel or Laser Resurfacing treatment to have up to 2-4 weeks* of downtime.
The top layer of your skin will re-grow gradually and can be covered with makeup at the date discussed with your clinician. At this time most patients start to see noticeable improvements in skin texture, tone and wrinkle appearance. Deeper laser treatments can also stimulate the growth of new collagen over the next 4 to 6 months*. During this time, the skin may show further improvements in tightness and resilience.
If you are interested in learning more about Laser Resurfacing treatments, please follow the link below or schedule a complimentary consultation at Rejuvenation Clinic of Sauk Prairie!