About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Los Angeles, CA can significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration, and acne scars. Utilizing pulsating beams of energy to exfoliate damaged surface skin cells one layer our ablative CO2 laser will encourage the regeneration of new, healthy skin. Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to avoid damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for tightening skin as well as correcting acne scars and wrinkles.
This is an anti-aging procedure that can be performed on its own, or in combination with other facial procedures as part of a comprehensive skin care plan. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, during your consultation.
"I chose Dr. Keyes after looking for the best plastic surgeon in California for my daughter’s rhinoplasty. From the very first appointment, I felt she was in the right hands. He showed us exactly what he was going to do and what we could expect and sure enough, that’s what he delivered. She had very little pain and her nose looks amazing. I’m so glad we selected Dr. Keyes and Kimberley to care for my daughter. I highly recommend Dr. Keyes and staff!"- M.G. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Finding Dr. Keyes was fate. After having one of the worst rhinoplasty consultations from a top plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (that quoted me an obscene amount),I was kind of unmotivated and scared to keep looking. Out of nowhere, Dr. Keyes showed up at my workplace. I remember thinking how kind and welcoming he was in our interaction. When I found out he was a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty I knew this was meant to be! He answered all my questions right then and there and told me to call his surgical assistant and manager, Kimberley, and let me tell you...Kimberley is AMAZING!!! Not only did Kimberley answer the phone immediately with the most comforting voice but she scheduled a consultation based on what worked best for my schedule. The consultation was so easy. I didn't even have to wait. They brought me in the room, took photos of my nose and next thing I know Dr. Keyes was in the room showing me what my nose could look like. He listened to what I had to say, what I was self conscious about, and really incorporated me into the treatment and what I could get out of it. Dr. Keyes and Kimberley made me feel welcome, comfortable, excited, and confident about my decision on getting my nose done. Scheduling my surgery was crazy because of my schedule at school and work. Kimberley always answered my calls and answered my concerns about rescheduling my surgery which made it very convenient for me. Surgery day was nerve wracking but exciting. The anesthesiology nurse even called me a few days before to make sure I was aware of the process and what would happen, addressed my concerns about surgery, and eased my nerves. Dr. Keyes, Kimberley, and all the nurses made sure I was okay, talked me through the process, and kept me updated on what was happening next. Next thing I know, I was waking up with Dr. Keyes and Kimberley by my side. They called that night to make sure I was okay and scheduled a time for me to come in the next day.From the time I woke up from surgery, I had barely any pain! Besides the swelling and bruising(which is expected), recover was so easy. I was up and about within a few days. The bruising and swelling went down within 5 to 7 days but that's patient specific.When I finally got my cast off, I couldn't believe how amazing my nose looked! I couldn't help but cry my eyes out. It was just what I wanted for sooo long. To this day, I still look at myself in the mirror and get all giddy inside. The best part is how NATURAL it turned out. I still look like ME and I LOVE it. People that knew me before the surgery just look at me and tell me something as changed but they can't pinpoint it. If you are looking for a natural looking nose that compliments your face and who you are as a person then Dr. Keyes is your guy!I have never felt so confident and beautiful in my life. I owe it all to Dr. Keyes and Kimberley!!!"- L.F. / Google / Jun 14, 2019
"Dr. Keyes and Kimberley are amazing! They treated me with respect and provided incredible care before and after surgery. I am 3 weeks post op from rhinoplasty surgery. The swelling has gone down tremendously and will continue to do so. I am thrilled with how it looks so far and I know it’ll only get better!"- A.W. / Google / May 22, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr Keyes for over 17 years now and I highly recommend Dr Keyes. Over that period of time I have had breast augmentation, brow and lid lifts, nose job, lipo and botox treatments. I have been completely satisfied with the results and have always received professional and caring service from Dr Keyes, Kimberly, and staff. I recommended Dr Keyes to a college friend of mine years ago and she is also very happy with her breast augmentation from Dr Keyes. Unlike some cosmetic surgery offices, Dr Keyes will not comment on a body part unless YOU ask first. Check out his impressive credentials and go visit him for a consultation !"- I.G. / Google / May 22, 2019
"After interviewing three other Doctors for my girlfriends augmentation, we decided to go with Dr.Keyes. From his office, to his staff, Kimberley is amazing, we felt comfortable from the get go. We always felt he cared about us as people and the surgery was a marvelous success, he is a talented sculpture and he had had us following up with visits for months now just to make sure the healing is going along as it should. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!"- D.S. / Yelp / Feb 26, 2019
You have several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unsatisfied with their general complexion. If you see sun damage, age spots, acne scars, lax skin, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness concerns, your laser skin resurfacing may be needed to address these cosmetic flaws. Also, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for a rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Also, it's important to be aware that there is a recovery period needed after laser skin resurfacing. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.
When you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser resurfacing treatment, you may be given retinoid cream for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser procedure. The retinoid helps prep the skin for better results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help minimize any pain for greater relaxation throughout your appointment and at home in recovery. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a topical anesthetic may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a form of anesthesia may be used. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser hand-piece passes over your skin, directly targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel a warmth from the laser followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also prompting natural collagen production.
What to Expect
After your laser skin resurfacing with our CO2 laser, your treated skin will look irritated, pink, and swollen for several days. You will most likely need to take a few days off of work so that you can recover in the privacy of your home. The deeper your laser peel goes into your skin, the longer your recovery will last. We will teach you how to care for your skin. You will need to protect your facial skin and change out bandages if needed. Pain medication may be prescribed to minimize your symptoms. The recovery time for a more intense laser peel may last several weeks.
For all peel intensities, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's vital to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield the treated area from UV exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, younger, and clearer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Your laser resurfacing cost will depend on the treatment type you choose. During your initial consultation, Dr. Keyes will assess your skin issues before discussing the types of laser resurfacing available. After this, he will help you select your resurfacing treatment and talk to you about costs. Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages, so ask for more information in your appointment.
What is the best type of resurfacing for me?
Dr. Keyes can help you choose which resurfacing option fits your concerns and goals in your initial consultation. What treatment is best for you will depend on the health of your skin, any skin problems, and the skin depth you want your treatment to reach. The length of recovery time might also be an important consideration when you create a treatment plan. If you are unsure, it is better to try a milder treatment then assess your outcomes and decide if you want something stronger for your second appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Dr. Keyes or someone on his staff will give you tips on ways to speed skin healing following your treatment. The number one rule is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can lead to long-term damage like scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest cream to help soothe treated areas.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Based on the laser resurfacing method you and Dr. Keyes choose for your skin, you might need to wait a few weeks or even a few months between treatments. Deep laser treatments will give you results that last a long time; however, they do need more time for recovery. You should tell Dr. Keyes about how frequently you want to return for appointments so he can consider this when suggesting a treatment plan in your initial consultation.
Invest in Your Complexion
Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing provides excellent results if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and want to hear more information about their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical treatments Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Los Angeles, CA today to make your appointment with Dr. Keyes.