Laser Skin Resurfacing in Atlanta, GA
Laser skin resurfacing, or a laser peel is a safe treatment using pulsing beams of light to repair damaged skin and promote new collagen growth. Dr. Mark Crispin precisely focuses the laser beam—which is a tenth the diameter of a hair follicle—on one layer of the skin at a time. The outer layer of old skin is peeled away to stimulate the production of younger, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.
What Are My Laser Options for Skin Resurfacing?
A confusing multitude of laser options exists on the market. For your safety and optimal results, choose a board-certified surgeon such as Dr. Crispin, rather than a med spa, for skin resurfacing. During your initial consultation with Dr. Crispin, the two of you will determine which treatment can meet your aesthetic goals.
At Crispin Plastic Surgery, we offer the latest in skin resurfacing, the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. CO2 lasers are also known as ablative lasers. Ablative lasers’ effects are very aggressive, removing several layers of skin in one treatment. This can greatly enhance your results but will also increase your recovery period. Dr. Crispin uses CO2 lasers to eliminate liver spots and fine lines, reduce wrinkles, repair severe skin damage, and stimulate new collagen growth.
A topical anesthetic is applied before the procedure to numb the areas, which greatly enhances patient comfort. Treatment with a local anesthetic follows to completely anesthetize the areas. After CO2 lasering, new skin growth can be expected in seven to 14 days. This new skin is greatly improved in appearance and texture, though it is also quite red. The redness following CO2 lasering can take 1 month to recede. During this time, some mild discomfort is normal.
Even with a longer recovery period, you may prefer this method because it requires fewer treatments and produces dramatic results. It is the gold standard laser technique. If lasers are not for you, the Sculptra® Aesthetic is a dermal filler that also promotes collagen growth.
How Many Laser Resurfacing Treatments Will I Need?
CO2 lasers usually require only one treatment. The extent of damage and your skin type will also influence the number of treatments. Dr. Crispin may use laser resurfacing on patients undergoing other cosmetic surgery. Together, the two of you will decide whether such a treatment plan is best for you. Most patients can also tolerate injectables and dermal fillers immediately after laser resurfacing.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery
Regrowth of the epithelium takes approximately 1 week with CO2 lasering. Around day 7 to 10, the treated area peels, revealing new, smoother pink skin. This redness will fade over 1 to 3 months, depending upon the depth of the laser treatment. Most patients can go back to work one week after treatment and start wearing makeup two weeks post-surgery.
Consistent application of sunscreen is crucial to maintaining your results. Acne scars may never reappear. The delayed recurrence of brown spots, age spots, and sunspots for 5 to 7 years is possible if sun exposure is greatly reduced. We recommend that you apply hydroquinone cream and vitamin A or vitamin C to prevent the recurrence of brown spots. Ask Dr. Crispin for topical growth factors and/or fillers to encourage collagen stimulation
Schedule Your Atlanta Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultation
Contact Crispin Plastic Surgery online or by calling (404) 257-0064 to schedule a consultation for laser skin resurfacing with Dr. Crispin. He will ask questions to understand your goals for treatment, examine you, and give his recommendations for the best and safest approach. Patients throughout the Atlanta area choose Dr. Crispin because of his caring approach, his surgical expertise, and his beautifully natural-looking results.