Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fractional Skin Resurfacing with Fraxel® and FX™ CO2) – Novato, CA

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing at Allegro MedSpa of Novato is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to exfoliate damaged surface skin cells one layer at a time. The procedure is great for correcting facial wrinkles and lines and for improving skin blemishes, like pigmentation, acne scars, and more. Sometimes called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered a great facial treatment for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's complexion, the treatment will be customized for the best results (with the Fraxel or FX CO2 laser). There is little recovery time needed for most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with our aesthetic team during your consultation. Come visit our MedSpa in Novato, CA that is led by board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas.

Types of Laser Treatments

Allegro MedSpa of Novato has three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected, depending on your skin goals. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:

  • Ablative Laser Treatments
    Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, similar to a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to avoid damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for tightening skin, as well as correcting acne scars and wrinkles.
  • Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
    Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light creates micro-injuries to the skin cells to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative procedures are ideal for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait several months to see strong results.
  • Fractional Laser Treatments
    Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that make micro-damage in the lower skin layers. The body's automatic healing leads to firmer, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be performed to help deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation problems.

Ideal Candidates

You have several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unsatisfied with their general complexion. If you see sun damage, age spots, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness concerns, a laser skin resurfacing procedure may be needed to address these cosmetic flaws. Also, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for patients who have a rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Also, it's important to be aware that there is a recovery period needed after laser peels. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.

Procedure Technique

When you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser resurfacing treatment, you may be given a retinoid cream for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser procedure. The retinoid helps prep the skin for better results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help minimize any pain for greater relaxation throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a form of sedation may be used. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over the surface of your skin, directly targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel the warmth from the laser followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also prompting natural collagen production.

What to Expect

After light peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin, and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may look pink, and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are receiving a deeper laser peel, your recovery period will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the irritation, swelling, and burning side effects may be more intense. Pain medication can be prescribed to minimize these symptoms. The recovery time for a more intense laser peel may last several weeks. Every patient needs to reduce their UV exposure following their treatment and use sun protection frequently. For all peel treatments, the targeted skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's vital to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield the treated area from UV exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, younger, and clearer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Your laser resurfacing cost will depend on the treatment type you choose. During your initial consultation, we will review your skin issues and wants before discussing the types of laser resurfacing available. After this, we will help you select your resurfacing treatment and talk to you about costs. Allegro MedSpa of Novato regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages so ask for more information in your appointment.

What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
We can help you choose which resurfacing option fits your concerns and goals in your initial consultation. What treatment is best for you will depend on the health of your skin, any skin problems, and the skin depth you want your treatment to reach. The length of recovery time might also be an important consideration when you create a treatment plan. If you are unsure, it is better to try a milder treatment, then assess your outcomes and decide if you want something stronger for your second appointment.

How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Our aesthetic team will give you tips on ways to speed skin healing following your treatment. The number one rule is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can lead to long-term damage, like scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest cream to help soothe treated areas.

Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion?
Once we have listened to your issues, we will help you choose whether laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, or a chemical peel fits your needs and goals. Although all three rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. In your initial consultation, we will discuss each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment plan.

How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Based on the laser resurfacing method you select for your procedure, you might need to wait a few weeks or even a few months between treatments. Deep laser treatments will give you results that last a long time; however, they do need more time for recovery. You should talk to us about how frequently you want to return for appointments so we can consider this when suggesting a treatment plan in your initial consultation.

A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing provides excellent results if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and want to hear more information about its benefits, and about additional nonsurgical treatments Allegro MedSpa of Novato performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Novato, CA today.

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