How can I dramatically improve my skin’s appearance and discover more youthful-looking skin?
For decades, men and women around the world have asked this question in their quest to maintain a more vibrant and youthful appearance because let’s face it, there are very few people that enjoy the effects of aging, especially as it relates to our face and skin. As we age, our skin gets damaged from the effects of our daily environment, including the sun.
Many people seek treatments that will reverse the process of aging, eliminate the signs of exposure to the elements, such as sun spots, or remove skin irregularities, like acne scars. The market for these kinds of treatments has never been bigger, with thousands of products and services advertised as the most effective solution.
Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, it is now possible to slow the signs of aging and to regain your youthful appearance. A treatment which can help you achieve a more desirable look is available at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery with laser skin resurfacing.
What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?
Dr. Marashi and Dr. Ricciuti can dramatically improve your skin’s appearance on virtually any area of your body. The use of laser skin resurfacing can reduce
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scarring and acne scars
- Uneven pigmentation
- Rough textured skin
Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery utilizes Fractional CO2 Laser Technology to help you achieve amazing results in a very short period of time.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Many people don’t realize that their skin has two functional layers, the epidermis and the dermis, both of which play a role in the gradual aging process of the skin. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin that you can see and feel while the dermis is the inner layer of skin that can only be seen during the time of trauma. The outer, visible layer of skin acts as a protective barrier, shielding the body from external elements such as the sun. The inner layer provides structural support to the outer layer, helping skin stay tight and firm.
Many treatments only target the outer layer of skin, the epidermis. However, using the CO2Fractional Laser, energy can be delivered to both layers of skin. By delivering energy to both layers, the production of collagen is stimulated, which triggers skin cell turnover. During CO2 laser therapy, the outer layer of damaged skin will begin to separate from the underlying healthy skin and peel away like skin does when you get a sunburn. The damaged skin is removed and patients are left with a beautiful new layer of healthy, vibrant skin.
What can I expect before and after treatment?
During treatment, many patients describe the procedure as receiving pulses of warm energy on the skin, followed by an immediate tightening. It is not uncommon for patients to look and feel as though they have a sunburn after treatment. This feeling typically only lasts a few days and the severity depends on the depth of the treatment. Much like a sunburn, patients can expect peeling in the area of treatment. Your doctor may recommend topical anesthetics or other cooling devices which can be applied to reduce any discomfort following treatment.
Within just a week following your treatment, you can expect to see immediate results! You can expect to see the following differences:
- Younger, healthier, more radiant-looking skin
- Fewer wrinkles
- Reduction in skin irregularities
Once the damaged layer of skin peels away, patients enjoy the benefits of laser skin resurfacing for years to come!
Am I a good candidate for laser resurfacing?
Many people are excellent candidates to receive laser resurfacing treatments. If you have fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes or mouth or on your forehead, shallow scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift, then you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. If you have active acne or if you have very dark skin, you may not be a candidate. This technique is also not recommended for stretch marks.
If you would like to know if laser resurfacing is the right procedure for you, we encourage you to contact one of our offices in Charlotte, NC, or Fort Mill, SC, or Gastonia, NC, and schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Marashi or Dr. Ricciuti. He would be happy to discuss your individual needs to recommend the treatment that will give you optimal results.