Laser Skin Resurfacing
Introduction to Laser Resurfacing
In today’s society where people are eating healthier, exercising more, and living longer, many desire to reduce fine lines and pigmented lesions in their skin to help them look the age that they feel. Seattle Face & Skin is excited to provide our Seattle patients with Laser Resurfacing as a wonderful way to achieve younger and healthier-looking skin!
What is Laser Resurfacing?
Our Erbium Yag laser uses a less invasive approach for treating these superficial wrinkles and sun-damaged skin and requires minimal downtime, while still delivering great results for mild to moderate skin wrinkling and discoloration. It works by gently peeling off the outer layer of the dermis (skin) and placing a minimal amount of heat into the dermal tissue to help stimulate collagen. It is gentle (compared to a more aggressive CO2 laser resurfacing), safe, and can be used on the neck, chest, hands, and face with minimal risk.
Skin resurfacing can be performed to help treat the following problems:
- Age/brown spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
What are the Benefits of Laser Resurfacing?
Our Seattle Laser Resurfacing patients have been able to enjoy the following benefits from their treatment:
- Improve acne scars, traumatic scars, and surgical scars
- Lessens the appearance of prominent blood vessels
- Quick and easy
- Permanent results
- Promotes collagen production
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce the size of enlarged pores
- Treat brown spots, redness, or discoloration
- Tighten skin and encourage collagen production
Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing using the erbium laser is recommended for those with light to medium skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin types I-V) who wish to reduce fine to moderate wrinkles and skin damage related to the sun and aging on the neck, chest, hands, and face.
What’s the First Step?
The first step in getting Laser Resurfacing in Seattle is to contact our clinic and schedule a consultation. When you come in for this appointment, you will meet with either Dr. Bhrany or a member of our Aesthetics team and show them what you are trying to fix and ask any questions you may have. They will then examine the desired treatment area and perform a detailed analysis of your facial anatomy and skin condition and recommend strategies to address the patient’s unique needs. As they formulate your treatment plan, the technician will present you with an evidence-based strategy to eliminate or improve darkened spots, unsightly veins, fine lines, or precancerous changes. If you agree with their plan, then you can begin your first treatment session after your consultation, or speak with our Patient Coordinator to reschedule for a better date and time.
What to Expect on the Day of Laser Resurfacing
When you come in for your Laser Resurfacing, we will first make sure you are comfortable in our reclining chair. Before your treatment, we will offer a numbing ointment that can be applied to the treatment area, although some patients do not require it. If you are having a more intense procedure, like your entire face, you may be sedated to make your experience more tolerable.
During the procedure, the provider will use a handheld device that emits a laser beam at a uniform wavelength that is directed at your skin. The external layer of your skin (epidermis) is destroyed and simultaneously heats the underlying skin, also called the dermis. Each pulse of energy vaporizes a column inducing deep healing with collagen growth and remodeling. The laser energy is distributed in an even pattern, leaving little areas of untreated skin in–between the columns of treated tissue to stimulate skin regeneration.
Depending on the size and area that you are treating, the treatment should last anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours.
Laser Resurfacing Recovery
Since Laser Resurfacing is an outpatient treatment, you will be able to go home after your treatment and return to your usual activities and skincare routine immediately. You must plan for a few days of downtime following the procedure. You will need to wait about a week before applying makeup. As you heal, you will notice an improvement in your skin condition including reduced lines, blotches, and wrinkles, and will hopefully enjoy healthier glowing skin.
Total renewal of facial skin with laser is safe and effectual. Patients can expect to experience skin dryness, moderate redness, and skin peeling which will subside within five to seven days. Healing can be expedited with the assistance of antioxidants and procedure-specific moisturizers offered by our practice. If you experience any pain during your recovery, you can use over-the-counter pain medication or ice packs to alleviate the feeling. The use of specialized skin care is advisable to enhance results.
How Much Does Laser Resurfacing Cost in Seattle?
The cost of Laser Resurfacing in Seattle will vary on multiple factors, including the treatment area and size. After coming in for your consultation and your treatment plan is created, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a price breakdown for everything your treatment involves.
Why Choose Us?
At Seattle Face & Skin, we feel privileged to have the opportunity to make a difference in our patients’ lives and even more privileged to have your trust to allow us to participate in your care. From the moment you contact our office, we focus on your needs to ensure you fully understand the possibilities, limitations, and opportunities available to produce the best outcome for you. We offer the latest techniques and technology, and with lasers becoming more commonly used, you can achieve smoother skin, reduce wrinkles and aging spots, and have an alternative treatment option for a natural, fresh look.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are looking for a safe and effective treatment for some of your skin conditions with minimal downtime, Laser Resurfacing in Seattle could be great for you! Call Seattle Face & Skin at (206) 599-3222 to schedule your consultation. You can also request an appointment through our website and a member of our team will be happy to get in touch with you!
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Your procedure questions answered.
The procedure itself can cause mild discomfort, but topical anesthetics are available before treatment. Following treatment, a warm or burning sensation (like a sunburn) is to be expected for several hours.
Improvement in skin texture and pigmentation will be noted after one treatment. Due to variations in skin types though, typically multiple treatments (up to three spaced approximately four to six weeks apart) will yield the best results.
Skin resurfacing with the Erbium Yag Laser results in a reduction in fine lines, smoothing of skin texture, and overall evening of skin tone. Full results can be expected approximately three months following the final treatment.
Many of our Laser Resurfacing patients choose to combine their treatment with other skin treatments such as BOTOX or Facial Filler. If you have a particular aesthetic you would like to achieve or are interested in recommendations, please discuss this with Dr. Bhrany or your technician during your consultation and they will be able to recommend the best type of treatments for you.
Although this is a relatively safe treatment, our team holds your health and safety in the highest regard. Therefore, we want to make sure you are aware that there are some risks and side effects associated with the Laser Resurfacing treatment, including:
- Burning sensations
- Changes in skin color
- Mild pain