Indications for Laser Surgery, Laser Resurfacing
Damaged skin with textural changes, fine lines, sun damage, pigment irregularities, and acne deformities and facial scars. Patients are prepared pre -operatively with an aggressive skin care program and educated in proper skin care by our full time esthetician.
The carbon dioxide (C02) laser is the most effective laser for skin resurfacing. We utilize the Coherent ultra pulse C02 laser. Frequently performed in conjunction with a blepharoplasty, facelift, or brow lift. Time 1-2 hrs.
Surgery is done in our office which is conveniently located in Schenectady, NY, just outside of Albany. It is performed with local anesthesia and sedation or a general anesthetic at the hospital. Patients return home the same day unless done in combination with the more extensive procedure.
Temporary, swelling, sun sensitivity, and milia (small whiteheads) are common. Healing takes 7-10 days with redness persisting 6-12 months camouflaged with make up as necessary.
Although complications are rare, infection, scarring, and cold sores can occur. Preventive antibiotics and antivirals are used routinely.
New skin forms in 7-14 days, but full healing and maturation of the skin color requires 6 months. Optimal results are achieved when used in conjunction with a structured skin care program.