About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery 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 best results. There is little recovery time needed for most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with St. Petersburg, FL plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. during your consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
Our office offers several kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected depending on your skin's condition. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
This laser treatment eliminates thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to avoid damage to the skin. This laser treatment is also ideal for addressing pigmentation issues as well as correcting acne scars and wrinkles.
A light resurfacing treatment that is designed to treat a wide variety of concerns including hyperpigmentation, rough skin texture, dull skin tone, wrinkles, and mild scars. This removes the surface layer of damaged skin to reveal a new smooth layer for a radiant complexion.
- Contour TRL™
An advanced and uniquely designed laser treatment that offers custom tunability to determine the precise depth of ablation. It's also safe and effective for a variety of skin types as it corrects sun damage, texture, tone, and unwanted wrinkles.
- CO2/Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional or CO2 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 tighter, healthier skin. CO2 laser treatments can also be used to treat deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation problems.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"Dr. O'Brien is an excellent surgeon and I highly recommend him. I had a tummy tuck, very minimal scarring and no pain. I also had the deep laser on my face and the results of both procedures are fantastic"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2021
"Dr. OBrien and his staff are the best. Dr. OBien was confident and knowledgeable during my consultation which put me at ease. I had a facelift, upper and lower eyelids, fat grafting and laser resurfacing. I was apprehensive because it was my face. My husband was also concerned I would not look the same. All fears have been put to rest. I am five months out from the procedures and am very happy with the results. I've been seeing Dana for facials and love them. I will not go anywhere else. If you are looking for a doc who listens to you and treats you with dignity and compassion, than Dr. OBrien is your man."- L.P. / Google / Mar 28, 2020
"Dr. O'Brien and his staff are excellent. I have had 3 procedures done by Dr. O'Brien and my results are incredible. You receive concierge service at his surgery center and it was painless. I travel from out of state to have Dr. O'Brien do any cosmetic procedures I want done. My recent browlift, upper belpf and deep peel was virtually painless and a week after surgery I can easily be out in public. I look 20 years younger than my age. Dr. O'Briens education and training was why I initially visited him after having a botched tummy done in Scottsdale Arizona. Dr. O'Brien is an outstanding surgeon and I would recommend him."- C.A. / Healthgrades / Oct 28, 2020
"Phenomenal - I got the whole kit and caboodle . Totally worth it! Had a complication blood clot after tubing was removed but the team took very good care of me. Literally had me coming into the office every day until clot was in healing mode. I had it done around Christmas time and have to say they treated me like family. I would definitely recommend and will be returning for more."- J. / RealSelf / Feb 14, 2021
"Thank you for updating my old body and making me feel pretty!!"- B.S. / Office Visit / May 19, 2020
Ideal Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing
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 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 for Laser Skin Resurfacing
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 your skin, directly targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel 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 from Laser Skin Resurfacing
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, burning, and swelling 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 intensities, the treated 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 younger, clearer, and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions for Laser Skin Resurfacing
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Your laser resurfacing cost will depend on the treatment type you choose. During your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will understand your skin issues and wants before discussing the types of laser resurfacing available. After this, he will help you select your resurfacing treatment and talk to you about costs. Our office regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages, so ask for more information in your appointment.
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Dr. O'Brien 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?
Dr. O'Brien or someone on his staff will explain 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 a cream to help soothe the treated areas.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel?
Once he has listened to your issues, Dr. O'Brien will help you choose whether laser skin resurfacing, or a chemical fits your needs and goals. Although both rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien 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 and Dr. O'Brien choose 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 tell Dr. O'Brien about how frequently you want to return for appointments so he 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 their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical treatments St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery performs, we encourage you to contact us in St. Petersburg, FL today to make your appointment with Dr. O'Brien.