Laser Light Treatment / Skin Resurfacing

Learn More About Laser Light Treatment and Skin Resurfacing at Aurora Health Care

 

What is Laser Light Treatment / Skin Resurfacing?

Laser light treatment, or laser skin resurfacing, is a nonsurgical treatment that can reduce facial wrinkles, scars, some types of skin damage and blemishes. Skin resurfacing using lasers is also known as laser light treatment, laser skin rejuvenation, laser peel, laser vaporization and lasabrasion. Newer laser technologies offer precise control in laser skin resurfacing, which allows extreme precision during the procedure.

Why Consider Laser Light Treatment / Skin Resurfacing?

If you’re unhappy with wrinkles and lines, such as crow’s feet or laugh lines on your face, laser light treatment to resurface your skin may be a good option for you.

At Aurora Health Care, we perform fractional resurfacing with two types of fractional lasers – a  CO2  laser called Encore Active and Deep FX by Lumenis and the Fraxel laser, which is a non-ablative laser. Blood vessel lasers are also available.
 
Laser procedures have many benefits. For example:
  • They’re noninvasive, clinically proven to be safe, and easily managed into your routine
  • They offer real change you can’t get from lotions and creams
  • They provide a simple, effective treatment that truly reverses signs of aging on your face
Laser light treatment can remove or improve:
  • Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead and mouth
  • Scars from acne or chickenpox
  • Sun- or age-damaged skin
  • Pigmentation changes, such as age or liver spots
  • Your complexion (if you have yellowish or grayish skin tone)
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks, such as linear epidermal nevi
  • Enlarged oil glands on your nose

How is Laser Light Treatment / Skin Resurfacing Performed? 

All laser treatments are performed in the doctor’s office on an outpatient basis, so you can go home the same day. If you and your doctor elect to use anesthesia (other than a local anesthetic), you will need to make arrangements for someone to pick you up.

The number of treatments required will depend upon the skin condition you’re having treated and the type of laser being used. Most lesions will only require one to four treatments, but some, like port wine stains, may require as many as twelve treatments. The time between treatments will vary as well, but usually, it will be four to six weeks. Before your treatment begins, your doctor will discuss the details with you.

On the day(s) of your treatment(s), you will come to our office. One of our staff will prepare your skin for the laser treatment. Preparation may include cleansing or application of an anesthetic cream. Once your skin is ready, your physician will guide the laser over the affected area(s). The procedure shouldn’t be painful, but the impact of the laser has been described as feeling like the snap of a rubber band. Most people do not require any anesthesia, but some people may find treatment uncomfortable enough that they want something to help reduce their discomfort. Your doctor will work with you to make sure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. 

Once the treatment is over, your skin may be bruised or darker for one to two weeks. The sun can cause serious damage to treated areas, so you must take care to avoid the sun for at least a week after therapy. Your doctor will let you know how long you’ll need to stay out of the sun and cover up the treated areas.

Fraxel Laser

The Fraxel laser stimulates the body to replace skin that is damaged, scarred or aged. An excellent option for many skin types, iIt’s a non-invasive, non-ablative laser that offers the benefit of quick recovery and greatly reduced downtime. The Fraxel laser works by treating just a fraction of the skin’s surface, which allows the skin to heal itself quickly after treatment. After the procedure, you should expect to experience a bit of redness around the treatment areas for about three to seven days; you may also notice peeling skin or swelling. If you have questions about the healing process, feel free to contact one of Aurora’s plastic cosmetic physicians. 

The Fraxel laser can effectively treat sun damage, wrinkles and skin discoloration. At Aurora, our physicians may also choose the Fraxel laser to treat acne scars and some other types of scars on the face, chest and back. Some damaged areas of the arms and legs may also improve with treatment, depending on the type and extent of skin damage.

Most people will only need two to five treatments, but deep wrinkles and extensive skin discoloration or damage may require additional treatments.  

CO2 Laser (Carbon Dioxide Laser) Encore Active and Deep FX

At Aurora, we use a carbon dioxide laser (CO2 laser) called Encore Active & Deep FX, manufactured by the company Lumenis. This type of fractional laser can improve tone and texture, as well as tighten loose skin. The laser uses an ablative technique that basically vaporizes scarred and damaged skin to reveal smoother, refreshed skin underneath. It’s a precise and long-lasting method of laser skin rejuvenation. 

The CO2 laser passes over the entire surface of your skin, but it is “smart” enough to only treat a portion of the skin, leaving areas of untreated skin, which promotes faster healing. You will start to see results immediately, and for six months following the procedure, your skin will produce new collagen, so your skin texture and complexion will continue to improve. What’s more, most people only require one treatment to achieve the youthful, younger-looking skin you desire.

Blood Vessel Laser

At Aurora, we use other types of lasers, including blood vessel lasers. These lasers pinpoint blood vessels that are causing skin discoloration and destroy them, keeping the skin around the vessels healthy. This procedure removes the red or purple color out of the skin and restores a more even skin tone. The most common conditions we treat with blood vessel lasers are rosacea, angiomas, port wine stains, acne scars and other birthmarks.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Laser Light Treatment/Skin Resurfacing?

When you choose Aurora for your cosmetic procedure, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than one procedure. Our multidisciplinary team of doctors work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition, including:

  • Experience: Aurora skin laser specialists perform hundreds of laser light treatments each year.
  • Expertise: At Aurora, laser light treatment / skin resurfacing is performed only by board-certified doctors or advanced practitioners trained in laser treatments.
  • Advanced technology: Aurora uses the safest and most-advanced laser systems available.
  • Attention to you: Your laser specialist will take time to discuss options with you, and answer your questions before your treatment begins to give you peace of mind.

Is Laser Light Treatment/Skin Resurfacing Covered by Insurance?

Most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are considered elective procedures, and thus are not often covered by insurance. However, there are some exceptions. If you have questions about whether your laser light treatment/skin resurfacing would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.

Make an Appointment Today

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center, please call 855-254-2733.