Laser skin resurfacing is one great option in Tampa to reduce wrinkles but how do you know if it is right for you?  Compared with twenty years ago, the science of plastic surgery has had many breakthroughs in the fight against aging.  There are many new dermal fillers on the market that can help smooth out the skin and fill in deep facial lines.  Plus Botox and similar neuro-toxins can help relax the underlying muscles that create the wrinkles in the first place.  With so many options, how do you know what is appropriate for your needs?  It is best to understand what each procedure entails and seek a good plastic surgeon for a recommendation for your specific case.  Each person is different with varying levels of aging so obtaining expert advice is critical to getting the results you desire.

What is Laser Resurfacing Anyway?

A laser uses a short, concentrated pulse of light to vaporize skin cells and allow new skin to form without the wrinkles or blemishes that we found on the outer, damaged layers of the dermis.  There are different types of lasers and each has its benefits for use in cosmetic surgery.

According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a renowned facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, the Erbium YAG laser is the one he prefers and is used at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery for the majority of the laser resurfacing procedures done in his office.  The Erbium laser can treat both superficial as well as deeper wrinkles and facial scars.  While some lasers only work on the very upper layers of skin tissue, the Erbium can penetrate a bit deeper to more effectively reduce wrinkles.  It is safe and effective and done on an outpatient procedure under IV sedation.

The other laser that Dr. Dominic uses is the Iriderm laser for removing blood vessels, fine lines and for spot treatments.  This high-energy laser can heat and dissolve blood vessels to remove discoloration at the skin’s surface.  While there are many other lasers on the market, Dr. Dominic finds that these two are the best for his cosmetic surgery practice.

How Laser Resurfacing Reduces Wrinkles

Laser skin resurfacing can be an effective way to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. By removing the outer layer of damaged tissue, the wrinkles are eliminated at the exterior of the skin.  The laser resurfacing also helps to produce more collagen which allows the skin to become firmer and more elastic to prevent additional lines from forming.  Besides reducing wrinkles and decrease crepiness around the eyes, the lasers can remove acne scars, small facial flaws and discoloration of the skin and improve skin tone and texture. The laser treatment can also help to remove moles and skin lesions as well as scars due to trauma or surgery.

Laser resurfacing may be used to treat individual wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or forehead or treat the entire face.  The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and can take 30 minutes or up to 2 hours depending on the extent of the area being treated.  After the procedure, the doctor will recommend  an ointment be applied to keep the skin moist and hydrated to prevent any scabs from forming while the skin is healing.  The initial results will begin to appear in about 10 to 14 days, but will continue to heal for up to 3 months.  Once treatment is finished, your skin will look much younger than if you had not done the procedure at all.

Recovery following Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing can be one of the best treatments to remove facial wrinkles and flaws but does require some follow up during the healing period.  Starting 24 hours after treatment, the patient will need to keep the area clean and apply ointment to prevent any scabs from forming.  This may take anywhere from 10 to 14 days depending on the laser used and the depth of the resurfacing treatment.  There is some minor swelling for a couple of days immediately following the procedure but you can return to work within a week to 10 days.

Once the skin heals, then it is okay to wear oil-fee makeup to minimize the redness which can take two or three months to fade completely.  It is also important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the delicate new skin.  The final results are impressive with the new skin appearing to look younger, tighter, less wrinkled and with a more even tone.

If you would like to learn more about how laser skin resurfacing can help you to achieve a more natural youthful appearance, please call Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation.  During the consultation, Dr. Dominic will examine your skin to determine if the laser procedure is right for you.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information

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