Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful non-surgical treatment that can help you look years younger, all without surgical procedures and incisions. Deep wrinkles, age spots, and scars are significantly improved, taking years off your appearance so you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. If you want to look younger without facial surgery, laser skin resurfacing in Tampa with Dr. Stephan can provide the results you’re looking for.
To schedule your laser skin care procedure at Stephan Surgical Arts, contact our office today to speak to a member of our team!
Which Laser is Best for Skin Resurfacing?
There is no shortage of technology on the market for creating younger-looking skin and diminishing blemishes and uneven pigmentation. With all this saturation, it’s difficult to find the right treatment and professional to provide it. Laser technology has evolved as well, creating improved results with fewer treatments.
Ideally, patients want dramatic skin improvement in as few sessions as possible. Some lasers treat superficial layers of skin, which makes for short recovery but may not create the desired outcomes. These may require repeat visits to achieve the desired aesthetic. For many professionals, and especially our cosmetic surgeon Dr. Brad Stephan, CO2 lasers are the preferred choice, as they penetrate to deep levels of the skin to target hyperpigmentation and can create the most significant results in just one appointment.
Anti-Aging with Laser Skin Resurfacing in Tampa
Stephan Surgical Arts uses the Syneron Candela CO2 Laser for skin resurfacing (unfractionated and fractionated, depending on where it is used) to target the following:
- Hyperpigmented lesions
- Age spots
- Uneven tone and texture
In trained hands, this laser provides incredible results and is considered the gold standard for skin resurfacing. Dr. Stephan can target both the superficial and deep levels of skin with this laser, which is why so many patients love this treatment; it can comprehensively correct multiple aesthetic problems with fewer touchups. Facial laser resurfacing is often provided on its own, or in combination with lower blepharoplasty to effectively firm and tighten the delicate lower eyelid skin.
Visit Stephan Surgical Arts for Laser Skin Resurfacing
We begin your treatment by cleansing the skin and applying a topical anesthetic, ensuring you are comfortable during the resurfacing process. Eyes are usually protected with special goggles or eye shields. The laser handpiece is passed over the skin in sections, to target irregular patches, scars, and other aesthetic concerns.
The laser is calibrated to affect certain levels of skin, depending on what you would like to improve. As deeper levels of the skin are heated, and surface cells are removed, natural collagen production is encouraged, helping you look younger after the healing process is complete.
The formation of new skin and the creation of collagen are responsible for the beautiful results provided by the CO2 laser. Overall treatment can take about an hour, but some patients’ appointments may be up to two hours if their concerns are more comprehensive.
Recovering from CO2 Laser Skin Treatment
Compared to other laser treatments, like IPL and some fractioned lasers, recovery after therapy with CO2 lasers is a bit longer. Patients can expect a total recovery to take around two to three weeks. It’s important to understand that the most visible benefits of laser procedure require targeting deeper layers of skin, beyond merely the surface. The more aggressive the process, the longer the recovery time, but the better and longer-lasting the results. The wait is well worth the payoff, however, as patients report significantly improved skin tone and a youthful appearance – all without surgery.
While the treatment area heals, you will need to use a heavy moisturizer, recommended by Dr. Stephan, to ensure skin is hydrated. Blistering and peeling is common after your procedure but will fade as skin heals and new tissue layers form. Avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen every day is vital, as this protects skin from damage. Gentle cleansing is necessary several times a day. Dr. Stephan and his team will provide a full list of instructions to help you properly care for your skin while you recover.
Meet Dr. Stephan
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