Laser Skin Resurfacing in Liverpool, NY

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing at Housel Dermatology, P.C. is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes excel V and Icon lasers, which emit pulsating beams of energy to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells. The procedure is used to address facial wrinkles and lines and to minimize skin flaws, including pigmentation, acne scars, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is considered an ideal procedure for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin type, the treatment can be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time required for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with Liverpool, NY area board-certified dermatologist Joseph P. Housel, M.D. during your assessment and consultation.

Types of Laser Treatments

Housel Dermatology, P.C. offers non-ablative laser resurfacing skin procedures. Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light from excel V and Icon simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait for 2 – 3 months to see strong results.

Ideal Candidates

You have multiple factors to think about when selecting the procedure that's best for your needs. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who are unsatisfied with their skin's appearance. If you have skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, pigmentation, or redness, a laser peel procedure may help improve these blemishes. A laser peel is wonderful for those who have rough-textured skin, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't recommended for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it's important to know that there is a recovery period required after laser treatments. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.

Procedure Technique

If you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser peel treatment, you may be given a retinoid product to apply for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser peel. The retinoid helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication may be suggested prior to the procedure to help lessen any potential pain and for increased comfort throughout your appointment. If your skin only needs mild improvement, local anesthesia may be applied to numb treatment areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, sedation may be required. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the needed surfaces for rejuvenation. Excel V uses two wavelengths to target redness and deeper coloration. The Icon laser targets scars and other marks to smooth out your skin. You may feel the heat of the laser followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also prompting new collagen production.

What to Expect

Following 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 getting a deeper laser peel, your recovery time will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings, and the swelling, irritation, and burning symptoms may be stronger. Pain medication can be prescribed to lessen these symptoms. The recovery period for more intense laser treatments may last several weeks. Every patient needs to minimize their UV exposure following their laser peel and use sun protection throughout the day. For all laser peel treatments, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's crucial to avoid peeling off the flaking skin yourself in order to prevent scarring and to shield your skin from environmental exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Your laser skin resurfacing treatment with excel V and Icon lasers can provide amazing results and give you a more youthful appearance. If you are curious about laser treatments and want to hear more information about their benefits or about additional nonsurgical procedures Housel Dermatology, P.C. performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Liverpool, NY today to make an appointment with Dr. Housel.

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