Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is the gold standard treatment for skin rejuvenation.  It works by vaporizing the targeted damage, stimulating the growth of healthy new skin and promoting collagen production for long-term tissue remodeling. The result is smoother, firmer and tighter skin.  

The laser targets fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and even precancerous lesions. It refines the skin’s surface and helps minimize signs of sun damage and aging. Plus, it stimulates collagen production from within. As your body generates new collagen, fine lines and wrinkles will smooth, and your skin will tighten which helps improve the appearance of sagging skin.  

Dr. Pantea Hashemi prefers the Frax 1550 laser because it delivers small, controlled bursts of heat energy to resurface the skin. Due to its unique technology, Frax 1550 laser treatments are fully customizable to your specific needs. Treatments take just a short time, and healing and recovery are quick. Treatments will smooth textural irregularities, rejuvenate sun damaged skin and improve skin texture. The treatment is clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin with short downtime and minimal side effects. 

How it works 

The fractional laser creates microscopic columns of thermal energy to treat only a fraction of the skin, which enables a shorter recovery. The untreated skin kick-starts the wound healing process, and new collagen while minimizing side effects and downtime. 

Intense Pulse Laser (IPL) 

The Light and Bright Ellipse IPL™ treatment makes your skin look clear and bright by delivering short bursts of light that target visible blood vessels and melanin in your skin. When combined with the Frax 1550, the results are textural improvements and treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions. The face and decollate can be treated for diffuse redness, pigmentation changes and textural irregularities for a lighter, brighter, smoother complexion.   

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is an effective procedure to treat the face, neck, chest, arms and hands for these conditions:    

When combined with the Light and Bright IPL treatment the result is significant improvement in broken blood vessels and diffuse redness. 

Laser skin resurfacing is a common treatment for scars. 

When seeking laser treatment for scarring it’s essential for the person performing your laser treatment to know about you. Everyone is unique. To treat a scar effectively, the person performing your laser treatment must consider your skin type, characteristics of your scar, and your overall health. 

During the medical consultation, tell your dermatologist if you: 

Your cosmetic consultation 

Dr. Hashemi will review your medical history and all medications you are taking.  She will examine your skin and discuss your expectations and aesthetic goals. With this information she will recommend the most appropriate treatment options to achieve your goals. If you are prone to developing cold sores, certain medication is required prior to your procedure.  

Am I a good candidate? 

You may not be a good candidate if  

While people with darker skin tones are not good candidates for ablative laser resurfacing; nonablative laser resurfacing is safe and effective in this population. It can be combined with IPL treatments to improve skin tone and texture and remove pigmented lesions and discolorations. 

Sun protection is crucial before and after laser treatment.  If you show up for laser treatment with a tan or sunburn, your dermatologist cannot treat you. Using a laser could cause a serious burn or discolor your skin. After having laser treatment, you’ll need to protect your skin from the sun until your skin heals.  

You may need to make a few lifestyle changes before treatment.  To heal well and get the best results from laser treatment, dermatologists recommend that patients: 

Your treatment plan may include more than laser treatment. To give patients the best results, dermatologists often use more than one treatment for scars. For example, if a patient has deep acne scars, a dermatologist may treat the scars with a laser. The patient may also get a filler. 

You may need more than one laser treatment. To give a patient long-lasting result and the most improvement, Dr. Hashemi may recommend a series of laser treatments. This is often necessary when using a type of laser called a non-ablative laser.  

The procedure 

Laser skin resurfacing combined with IPL is an office procedure using topical anesthetic to numb the skin and reduce pain and discomfort. Minor sedation may be offered. You will receive complete instructions about post procedure care.  

Recovery  

Posttreatment care is essential to reduce the risk of complications. Dr. Hashemi will provide complete post treatment care and recommend topical medications to support wound healing. Wearing sun screen daily will protect the new healthy skin from damage. As you heal and new collagen is produced the skin will tighten and fine lines and wrinkles will improve 

Laser skin resurfacing requires the expertise of a highly trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon. In the right hands laser skin resurfacing can dramatically improve your skin. Contact Dr. Hashemi at the University Skin Institute in Sacramento.