Laser Skin Resurfacing in Los Angeles, CA

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Procedure Technique

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.

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