Laser Skin Resurfacing Port Jefferson Station, NY
Modern technology provides a variety of successful laser resurfacing treatments for improving the condition of the skin. Laser skin treatments employ focused beams of light energy to counteract the effects on the skin of acne, aging, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and scars. Resurfacing laser treatments are safe and efficient.
Much less invasive than dermabrasion and chemical peels, laser treatments remove damaged skin and rejuvenate the patient's appearance. Most of the time, such treatments are sought for the face, but may also be performed on other parts of the body.
What can lasers do?
Patients seek laser resurfacing for a variety of reasons, all related to discontent with their appearance. Laser resurfacing may be performed for any of the following reasons:
- To decrease or eliminate wrinkles
- To diminish the appearance of scars
- To remove age spots or spider veins
- To improve sun-damaged skin
- To remove warts or birthmarks
- To decrease the size of enlarged pores
- To improve skin tone due to melasma, sun sports, or other causes
- A non surgical option for rejuvenation
Non-ablative treatments, are preformed by our Medical Aesthetician. Non-ablative treatments leave the outer layer of skin intact, but use laser energy to stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying skin. Non-ablative resurfacing is gentler than ablative and requires no downtime, but may necessitate more treatment sessions and may yield less dramatic results.
In general, non-ablative laser treatments are used when the repair needed is less extensive. Also, non-ablative treatments are recommended for people of color for whom ablative resurfacing may be more likely to cause changes in pigmentation.
Recovery from Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing
Recovery from laser resurfacing procedures varies according to the particular procedure undergone and the individual patient's skin type. In all cases, however, patients who have undergone these treatments should avoid sun exposure wherever possible.
After treatment, patients may experience redness or peeling at the treated site as the skin heals. The duration of these side effects varies, but is commonly several days. Ice packs may ease discomfort and improve appearance. Normal activities can be resumed during healing, and makeup may be applied to camouflage any unwanted, evidence of treatment.
Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Ablative laser treatments are preformed by our Plastic Surgeons. The laser light penetrates more deeply to vaporize the outermost layer of skin. Ablative resurfacing provides more dramatic results and requires only one session as compared with the non ablative, but also requires a longer period of healing.
Recovery from Ablative Laser Resurfacing
After ablative laser resurfacing, the treated skin will temporarily be red, swollen, and crusty. After treatment, an ointment will be applied to the affected area. Ice packs and pain relievers may be recommended for symptom relief.
Cosmetics may be applied to conceal any residual redness which may persist for a few months. When healing is complete, the skin's appearance will be dramatically improved in tone, texture and tightness.
The Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Laser treatments for skin conditions are performed in our office and typically take around 30 minutes to perform, depending on the size and location of the treated area.
Risks of Laser Resurfacing
Although laser skin treatment is safe for most patients and is typically performed with no long-term complications, there are certain risks associated with any type of medical procedure. While considered rare, risks may include:
- Pigmentation changes