What is Skin Resurfacing?
This procedure smoothes fine wrinkles and removes damaged skin on the face using a carbon dioxide, erb yag, or sciton laser. A beam of laser energy vaporizes damaged skin at controlled and specific levels of penetration.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
Individuals with light skin who have not taken accutune in the past 12 to 18 months are the best candidates. As with any resurfacing method, individuals with brown, black or olive skin color may have an increased risk for pigmentation changes. For a private consultation, please call Dr. Bradley at 618-355-0993.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
As wrinkles most commonly form around the eyes and mouth, the laser can be controlled to target these specific areas. Wrinkles are minimized. Some individuals with mild to moderate acne scarring will also benefit from laser resurfacing.
How long does the procedure last?
Depending on the amount of surgery being performed, the procedure may take from 5 minutes to 1 ½ hours.
How do I prepare for surgery?
To prepare your skin for the procedure, you may be required to pre-treat your skin with Retin A, bleaching cream and/or gycolic acids for a month prior to surgery. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun for at least 4 weeks prior to laser resurfacing. Dr. Bradley will not perform laser resurfacing on anyone who cannot stop smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery and 4 weeks following the laser resurfacing. Make sure you have someone to drive you home, as you will be under a sedative for the procedure.
What does surgery involve?
You will be sedated with general anesthesia. Dr. Bradley will pass the laser beam carefully over the imperfection until he reaches a level where the wrinkle or scarring is less visible.
Will I spend the night in your facility or be released after surgery?
Almost all skin resurfacing is done on an outpatient basis.
When can I return to my normal lifestyle?
You can return to your normal lifestyle soon after surgery. While Dr. Bradley recommends you always protect yourself from the sun, it’s mandatory to remain out of the sun for several months for optimal results and to avoid hyperpigmentation of the treated area.
Will I need a follow-up visit?
With every procedure, Dr. Bradley strives to provide a personal follow-up visit to monitor your progress and answer any post-operative questions.