Rejuvenating Your Skin with a Laser
Your face projects an image of who you are. You want it to look as youthful as you feel. But over the years, skin ages. Wrinkles, lines, and age spots appear. Now, these telltale signs of aging can be smoothed out. Using a laser, your Detroit, MI doctor can restore a smoother, softer look to your skin.
What a Laser Can Do
A laser is a beam of high-energy light that can be precisely controlled. During resurfacing, a laser removes skin, layer by layer. The new skin that grows in is smoother and clearer. This means a laser can reduce most of the following:
- Crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes
- Creases and frown lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the nose and mouth
- Brown spots and other color changes
Your Laser Experience
Laser skin resurfacing is a quick and simple treatment. However, healing takes time. You won’t see the full results for several weeks to months.
What to Expect
Ask your doctor to explain the treatment and what to expect afterward.
Before Treatment. You will be given instructions for preparing your skin. Be sure to follow them carefully.
During Treatment. Laser resurfacing is done in the doctor’s office or at an outpatient surgery center in Detroit, MI. You’ll be given anesthesia or light sedation to keep you comfortable. How long treatment takes depends on what is being done.
After Treatment. For the first few days, your face may be protected with ointment or a dressing. You’ll have some swelling and discomfort, and the skin will weep as it heals. Your face will also look as if you have a sunburn. This can last for several weeks. However, the redness can be covered with makeup after 1 to 2 weeks. You must also wear sunscreen until the skin fully heals. You can return to work as soon as you choose.
Risks and Complications. These are rare, but can include lightening or darkening of the skin, infection, and scarring.
Is Laser Resurfacing for You?
Laser resurfacing can enhance your skin and leave it looking younger for years. There are some things to keep in mind, however. Fair skin responds best to laser treatment. Darker skin runs a greater risk of uneven color changes. And although the laser can make you look younger, it can’t remove all flaws or change your looks.
Talk to Dr. Masri First
Before you decide on laser resurfacing, talk to your doctor. Be honest about what you expect. Make sure you understand what will be done, what you need to do before and after treatment, how long healing takes, and what treatment will cost. Your doctor also needs to know if you take any medications or get cold sores or other skin disorders.
Looking Forward to Looking Younger
After laser resurfacing, wrinkles, lines, and brown spots fade. When the skin heals, it looks and feels smoother and tighter – giving you a fresher, younger appearance.
What’s the best treatment for broken facial capillaries? I’ve heard of electrocautery, IPL, and lasers. What do you typically recommend?
Erbium: YAG Laser is the preferred treatment for broken capillaries and is sometimes combined with IPL treatment, depending on the individual circumstances.
My friend had a fractional laser treatment a couple of years ago in Detroit that required some blue goo. Is this still required?
Complex Cu3 Intensive Tissue Repair Crème is formulated with Copper Peptide Complex which enhances tissue repair. Complex Cu3 Intensive Tissue Repair Crème is most effective when applied immediately after a procedure to ensure optimal healing by helping to hydrate the skin.
I’ve heard of light treatments like IPL and LED. How are these different from laser resurfacing?
IPL treatment improves the appearance of photo-aged skin, removes age spots (sun-induced freckles), most benign brown pigments, and redness caused by broken capillaries through a process called photo rejuvenation for face and body. The process is ideal for patients with active lifestyles because the procedure requires no downtime and has a low risk of side effects.
The gentle, non-ablative treatments use broad spectrum light to treat the face, chest, neck and hands—virtually anywhere that sun damage shows.
CO2 ultra-pulse, with this procedure, carbon dioxide or CO2 laser is used on a computerized scanning head to achieve tightening of the skin and eliminating deep creases, frown lines and other facial wrinkles. It is a great treatment for deep acne scars. This will result with growth of the more youthful deeper skin and shrinkage of the collagen fibers which are the building blocks of the skin resulting with a younger and smoother skin.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or under sedation, however for smaller areas like around the mouth or the eyelids, only local anesthesia is necessary. This type of laser provides depth control making the procedure much safer and requires shorter recovery.
I am 55 years old and have spider veins on my nose. It is very embarrassing for me because I know that people probably assume I am a drinker when I am not. I would like these veins treated. Is this done by injections? Does each vein have to be injected more than once to get the desired results? Are the results permanent?
Spider veins around the nose are treated with Nd:Yag Laser and /or IPL treatments and may require 2-6 treatments depending on severity of the condition.
I’m from Detroit and I have spider veins on the outside of both thighs as well as on my left calf. I am 43 years old but these veins make me look like my grandmother. Am I eligible for Sclerotherapy? Is this a permanent solution for this problem?
Sclerotherapy along with Nd:YAG treatments are used to treat veins of all different sizes. These treatments get rid of veins that are present, but cannot prevent them in the future.