Laser Skin Resurfacing

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Dr. Kalyam of the Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center provides a range of proven laser skin resurfacing treatments designed to improve the condition and appearance of the skin. The laser uses a beam of light energy to reduce the effects of acne, aging, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, scars or nutritional issues. When administered by extensively trained professionals, resurfacing laser treatments are safe and efficient, requiring little downtime to provide effective results.

Reasons For Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is available for a variety of reasons, all related to improving the appearance and texture of the skin to give a more youthful look. Laser resurfacing is most often performed to:

  • Decrease or eliminate wrinkles
  • Lessen the appearance of scars
  • Improve tighten skin
  • Remove age spots or spider veins on the face
  • Repair sun-damaged skin
  • Improve skin tone and the effects of melasma (a condition that causes discoloration or dark spots on the skin)
  • Decrease the size of enlarged pores

Types Of Laser Resurfacing

The two basic types of laser resurfacing treatments are CO2 and Non-Ablative:

CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 laser resurfacing is an ablative treatment that penetrates more deeply to induce collagen production while exfoliating superficial skin layers. Ablative resurfacing provides more dramatic results because it instantly removes several layers of the skin. However, that means it will require a longer period of healing and recuperation.

Non-Ablative Resurfacing

Non-ablative treatments, also known as photofacials, do not ablate skin, but use the laser’s light energy to stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying skin. Non-ablative resurfacing is gentler than the CO2 and requires no downtime, but will require more treatment sessions and may bring less dramatic results. You may use makeup to cover any redness immediately after treatment and return to your normal activities.

Dr. Kalyam uses the latest in Non-Ablative Laser technology because it gives her the flexibility to design the best treatment plan for each patient. The M22 Modular Aesthetic Laser Multi-Application Platform by Lumenisoffers 4 different modes of laser treatment. In addition, Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center offers Universal IPL, ResurFX, Multi-spotNd:YAG, QSwitched and Nd:YAG laser technology.

Risks Of Laser Resurfacing

Although laser skin treatment is considered safe, some of the risks of laser skin resurfacing may include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Milia (tiny white bumps on the skin)
  • Scarring

Recovery From Laser Resurfacing

Recovery from laser resurfacing procedures varies according to each procedure and the individual patient’s skin type. After laser resurfacing, every patient should use SPF 45 or higher at all times.