Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is an effective, clinically proven, and long-lasting treatment for skin rejuvenation. With “fractional” technology, laser energy is delivered to the skin creating microscopic holes, leaving intact skin between these treatment points. This pattern of treatment allows for a quicker recovery with less downtime. After laser resurfacing, fine lines and wrinkles fade, new collagen forms, and skin pigmentation becomes more uniform. Dr. Chung utilizes the fractional carbon dioxide laser, the industry gold standard, for her procedures.
Am I a good candidate for fractional laser resurfacing?
You may be an excellent candidate for fractional laser resurfacing if you wish to treat:
- the overall appearance of the skin
- skin laxity, especially around the eyes
- fine lines and wrinkles on the face, especially around the mouth and eyes
- uneven pigmentation and age spots
- wrinkles and uneven texture on the chest
- precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses
What happens during fractional laser resurfacing?
Before laser resurfacing, the treatment area will be cleansed and outlined with a surgical maker. A topical anesthetic is applied; local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, may also be used to decrease any discomfort. As the laser moves across the face, you will feel slight heat and tingling. The procedure takes 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the areas treated. After the procedure, an ointment will be applied.
Some patients may choose to have 3-5 sessions with minimal downtime and recovery in between treatments. Others choose to have a more extensive treatment in one sitting. Dr. Chung will adjust the laser settings to deliver the amount of energy your skin needs for optimal results, taking into consideration the amount of time that you have for recovery and the desired results. She can adjust the treatment parameters to deliver a deeper or lighter treatment.
What should I expect after laser skin resurfacing?
Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be warm, as if you had a sunburn. The skin will be pink and swollen. Because Dr. Chung has the ability to adjust the laser settings to suit your needs, you may be pink for 3-5 days with a light treatment or may possibly be red for one month with a deeper treatment. Most patients choose the lighter treatments and are able to use makeup and return to work in 3-4 days.
What will I look like after fractional laser resurfacing?
You will have smoother skin that will continue to improve for months. Laser resurfacing delivers heat to the skin which will remodel collagen for up to 6 months. With the use of good skin care products and sun protection, you will maximize the results from your procedure.