About Skin Resurfacing
If you’re unhappy with the look or texture of your skin, and want a softer, more supple look, we can help. Chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing are all treatments that can restore your skin to its full health.
Types of Resurfacing Treatments
Laser resurfacing, sometimes called a “laser peel,” involves a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser or Erbium Laser to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer.
The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and lines, especially around the mouth and the eyes. However, it is also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation and precancerous lesions.
Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion
Chemical peels and dermabrasion are two other treatments to resurface and change the overall appearance of your skin. The strength of the peels used and the depth of dermabrasion provided at Athré Facial Plastics are drastically different than what is provided at a day spa-type facility. Physician-grade resurfacing can rejuvenate skin, remove acne scarring, and remove age spots and freckles.
Skin Resurfacing Procedure
Laser Resurfacing Process
Laser resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or in specific regions. Often, Dr. Athré performs the procedure in conjunction with another cosmetic operation, such as eyelid surgery or a facelift.
Laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. Laser resurfacing may offer a number of advantages over other resurfacing methods, namely, precision, little (if any) bleeding, and less postoperative discomfort. Many people who have had a facelift maintain the results of their surgery with laser treatments.
Dermabrasion and Chemical Peel Process
Dermabrasion involves the gentle exfoliation of the skin in order to remove the top layer and encourage new collagen growth for smoother skin. A chemical peel is dermabrasion with the addition of acid-application in order to remove the damaged, top layer of skin. The skin will then generate new collagen in order to heal, and the result is beautiful, rejuvenated skin.
Skin Resurfacing Recovery and Results
In today’s environment where laser procedures and other skin resurfacing procedures are commonly done at spas and salons, it is important to find a practitioner who is skilled and experienced in laser procedures.
Dr. Athré has performed countless cases using many different types of lasers and peels on many different types of skin. His training as an aesthetic facial plastic surgeon allows him to tailor each procedure to the patient’s individual needs, skin type, skin color, and skin texture.
How much is a skin resurfacing procedure?
A skin resurfacing procedure costs anywhere from $50 to $2,500.
How long is recovery after skin resurfacing?
After skin resurfacing, patients typically have a recovery time of three to 10 days.
Is skin resurfacing permanent?
No aesthetic treatment of the face is permanent. However, skin resurfacing encourages new, fresh growth of collagen (i.e., a sort of “blank slate”).
Is skin resurfacing painful?
Skin resurfacing causes little to no pain, especially with the application of a topical anesthetic.
“Wonderful bedside manner, great experience from start till finish. Dr. Athre is very confident puts you at ease, tells you exactly what will take place and is excellent at what he does. Has an eye for what will work best for you and just is the best experience and best results I have had.”