Laser Skin Resurfacing
There are numerous uses for and applications of lasers in medicine, and they have proved an invaluable asset to the area of skin rejuvenation. Although the specific technology differs, lasers may target different skin components such as pigment and water content, are effective at differing depths into the skin, and have various frequencies, amplitudes and intensities.
Lasers used for skin resurfacing aim to tighten skin and remove wrinkles. They are most often either Erbium or CO2 lasers. Recently, fractionated laser technology has allowed CO2 lasers to produce similar results to their earlier conterparts in terms of skin tightening and wrinkle eradication but with fewer side effects and quicker recovery.
Lasers are most often used on the face either as full face resurfacing or in target areas to tighten tissues and smoothe out wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Some lasers are also effective to tighten loose skin and reduce wrinkling in the neck.
Laser skin rejuvenation may be combined with other facial beauty and youth enhancing procedures such as Botox®, facial fillers and fat injections, and facial surgical procedures including blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), facelift and neck lift surgery.
Although lasers provide an excellent additional treatment option for skin rejuvenation in some patients, not everyone is a candidate. Skin characteristics such as thickness, color, pigment and sun damage as well as previous treatments performed on the skin influence the decision making process in terms of appropriateness of laser resurfacing. In addition, patients must be made aware of recovery time and possible complications from these procedures.
Dr. Hutchinson performs Micro Skin Repair and laser skin resurfacing as well as aesthetic plastic surgery procedures in her AAAASF certified Operating Room at her office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and at the hospitals with which she is affiliated in NYC. She personally examines and evaluates each of her patients in order to design a treatment plan which addresses all of their concerns.
With time, skin ages and loses collagen and elastin, resulting in wrinkling and laxity. In addition, sun damage contributes to additional wrinkling and hyperpigmentation. There are numerous possible treatments to combat and reverse the signs of aging, including at home and in office procedures.
Dermabrasion is a proven effective minimally invasive non-surgical procedure that produces significant improvement in wrinkle reduction and skin resurfacing. It may be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift, microsuction, and fat injections.
Best results are obtained when dermabrasion is used for:
- Perioral resurfacing to reduce vertical wrinkles of the upper and lower lips and around the mouth
- Scar resurfacing to minimize acne or post traumatic scarring
- Removing solar and actinic keratoses, or other pigmented lesions
- Treating rhinophyma
Dermabrasion is usually performed under local anaethesia with sedation, in our Operating Room. It may require pre-operative prophylaxis with an anti-viral medication in patients who have a history of herpes or cold sores.
Dr. Hutchinson will discuss possible alternatives for skin rejuvenation and whether dermabrasion is the best treatment option for you.