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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Las Vegas, NV

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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing with the Phoenix CO2 laser at Platinum Plastic Surgery is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of energy to exfoliate damaged surface skin cells one layer at a time. The treatment is great for correcting facial lines and wrinkles and for minimizing skin blemishes, including pigmentation, acne scars, and more. Sometimes called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is considered a great procedure for patients who want softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Based on the needs of the skin, the laser may be customized accordingly. There is some recovery time needed for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any concerns or questions may be reviewed with Dr. Chris Costa during the assessment and consultation at our facility in Las Vegas, NV.

Am I a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

You have several factors to consider when selecting whether or not laser skin resurfacing treatment might be best for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward people who are unhappy with their overall complexion. If you see skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness concerns, a laser skin resurfacing treatment can be needed to address these imperfections. Also, it works well if you have scaly patches, rough texture, or other skin surface problems. Laser skin resurfacing isn't suggested if you have very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. In addition, it is important to be aware that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Some patients, depending on their skin condition, may require up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.

How is Laser Skin Resurfacing Performed?

When you have a deeper or more intense skin resurfacing session, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser procedure. This helps prepare the skin for better results. Medication will be given prior to the treatment to help reduce discomfort for greater relaxation throughout your session. If your skin needs mild correction, a local anesthetic may be used to numb certain areas of the face. For the full complexion or deeper laser procedures, a kind of sedation may be required. During the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the Phoenix CO2 laser handpiece glides over the skin, directly targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel the heat of the laser followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser energy works to eliminate damaged and dead skin cells while also prompting new collagen growth.

What Results Can I Expect from Laser Skin Resurfacing?

After lighter resurfacing procedures, an ointment will be applied to the skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin will appear red, and there will be some swelling and irritation. This should subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. If you are undergoing a more intense resurfacing procedure, your recovery time will last longer. The treatment areas will most likely be covered by dressings, and the burning, irritation, and swelling side effects may be stronger. Medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The recovery period for a more intense resurfacing procedure may last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients need to minimize their sun exposure following their laser skin resurfacing session and use sun protection frequently. Regardless of the intensity, the treated skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel off. It is vital to avoid picking at the skin during the healing process to prevent scarring and to protect your face from UV exposure. After the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel smoother while also appearing clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Platinum Plastic Surgery laser skin resurfacing sessions using the Phoenix CO2 laser offer excellent results if you want a more youthful appearance. If you are considering a laser treatment and want to learn more about them, and about other nonsurgical procedures at our Las Vegas, NV office, we invite you to call our team today to make your appointment with Dr. Costa.

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