Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Facial TreatmentsLaser skin resurfacing is one of the fastest growing and most effective skin rejuvenation procedures performed today. The doctors of Premier Plastic Surgery Group of Utah believe laser skin rejuvenation is so popular because it is non-invasive, imparting a more youthful, healthier appearance without the need for surgery such as facelift or brow lift.

Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions that result from or relate to the effects of aging, including acne scars, age spots, brown spots, fine lines, large pore size, stretch marks, sun spots and wrinkles.

There are two main types of laser skin resurfacing, fully ablative and fractional. Fully ablative resurfacing creates a uniform injury to your skin, similar to deeper chemical peel or dermabrasion. It differs, however, because it allows for greater control over the depth of injury than chemical peel or dermabrasion, helping to deliver a very consistent result.

In fractional laser skin resurfacing, the laser “drills” tiny holes into deeper layers of your skin. These tiny holes leave the majority of your skin without injury which makes the healing process much faster but requires more than one treatment to cover your whole surface area. We are then able to tighten your skin by connecting the dots.

Like the other resurfacing methods, the laser is effective in treating wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots, and scars from acne or other causes. It can be used on the entire face or specific areas. Certain other characteristics of your skin, such as its thickness, color and texture, may influence whether you are a good candidate for laser resurfacing. Some patients may benefit from the laser’s mild tightening effect on the skin, particularly in the lower eyelid area where the skin often becomes somewhat loose as a result of aging.

Your skin will, of course, continue to age. Also the type of wrinkles caused by movement of your facial muscles will eventually reappear. Some wrinkles may recur sooner than others, depending on their location, type and extent of your resurfacing treatment. Despite this, you can expect that improvements in skin quality and texture achieved by resurfacing will make your complexion appear younger and fresher for many years to come.

You can have your skin resurfaced at almost any age. In fact, good skin care and maintenance at a young age can help your skin to age better and postpone the need for more invasive surgery like brow lift and facelift. The doctors of Premier Plastic Surgery Group of Utah regularly treat patients in their 20s and up.

We know that recovery and downtime are important to our patients. Different treatment options will yield different recovery times. We will work with you to tailor your treatment options so that you accomplish your aesthetic goals but are able to carry on your everyday life with minimal impact. You should know that all resurfacing techniques can be performed to varying depths. A more superficial treatment will require less healing time, but you may need to have the procedure repeated to achieve the same results as a deeper treatment.