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Laser Skin Resurfacing "The Laser Peel"

As we age, our facial skin experiences a profound decline in its texture and quality. Excessive sun exposure, personal lifestyle choices, and hereditary factors all contribute to our facial appearance. This can result in a more wrinkled and sun-spotted appearance. While minimally invasive lasers and superficial chemical peels can provide impressive results initially, their effects are often expensive and short-lived.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or ablative lasers have revolutionized our ability to rejuvenate sun-damage and wrinkled skin. They can improve your skin texture, decrease wrinkles, make acne scars less visible, and dramatically tighten your skin. The final result is a smoother, more vibrant, and youthful appearance. The most commonly requested areas are the larger lines of the forehead, midface, and the superficial lines around the eyes.

Laser skin resurfacing is frequently performed in combination with other complimentary cosmetic surgery procedures, such as facelifts, facial liposuctioning and facial fat grafting to improve the overall aesthetic result.

To learn if you are a candidate for the Laser Skin Resurfacing procedure, contact board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hoefflin for a complimentary consultation.

About the Procedure

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hoefflin performs laser skin resurfacing as an outpatient procedure, using local anesthesia in combination with orally- or intravenous deep sedation, administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Individual areas or a full-face treatment can be performed.

What to expect after surgery

Patients are discharged home with specialized light dressings, which are removed after several days. Slight to moderate swelling is common for one week. Once removed, moisturizers are applied for several weeks.

The laser skin resurfacing procedure will leave your face with a similar appearance to a mild sunburn for a week or so. Patients may reengage in social settings after one week. The newly revealed skin will appear softer and more pink than usual for two to three months. It is imperative that patients apply daily SPF to protect their skin from the effects of sunlight. Liberal moisturizer application is also recommended after healing. Patients may resume application of Retin-A and/or glycolic acid products around six weeks after the procedure or as directed by Dr. Hoefflin.

Possible Complications

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the risk of serious problems after laser skin resurfacing or laser peel are rare. Most complications are minor and temporary, and can be easily resolved with conservative treatment and time. Specific risks and the suitability of breast augmentation procedures for a given individual can be determined at the time of consultation. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.

To learn if you are a candidate for laser skin resurfacing, contact board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hoefflin for a complimentary consultation.

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