• Board Certified
    Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon

1919 Greentree Road Suite C  | 
Cherry Hill  |  New Jersey 08003

Laser Skin Resurfacing Philadelphia

Lasers are currently one of the most effective tools for eliminating wrinkles from patients who live in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey community. The lasers’ unique advantage over other resurfacing methods is their ability to tighten the skin. A successful procedure can make patients look 10 to 20 years younger, and the results can last for up to a decade.

Lasers affect the skin in two important ways. First, their pulses penetrate the skin quickly vaporizing water and surface skin while not damaging the deeper layers, allowing a new layer to grow. Second, the laser delivers enough heat which causes remodeling of collagen fibers, restoring some elasticity to the skin, and providing tightening.

The Fractional CO2 laser is the newest and currently the most effective laser for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne scars, and pigmentation issues. It resurfaces the skin much like the traditional ablative CO2 lasers, but with much less recovery time or risk of side effects. The Fractional technology provides patients with excellent results after only a few treatments.

Fractional resurfacing means that only a portion of the skin is treated by the laser beam. By leaving small “bridges” of untouched skin, the healing process is faster and patients can return to normal activities sooner. CO2 resurfacing not only results in improved skin aesthetics, but also results in clinically and microscopically healthier facial skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Facts

Surgical Goals:

To correct fine lines, wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.

The Procedure:

The laser is sequentially passed over all areas to be resurfaced. Depending on the type of resurfacing desired, difference energies and densities are utilized. Immediately after the procedure cold compresses are applied to the face to allow for skin cooling.

Anesthesia:

The procedure is performed using topical and local anesthetic. Oral sedation is also provided for further patient relaxation.

Length of Time:

The procedure takes between 15 minutes to one hour depending on the number of regions treated.

After the Procedure:

All patients are sent home that day after their procedure, and are given a set of post procedure instructions to follow. The patient will follow up the next day for a post procedure check, and again on the seventh day after the procedure.

Recovery:

Immediately following treatment you can expect to experience some moderate swelling and mild discomfort. However, this can usually be controlled with the use of ice packs and prescribed pain medications. Your skin will have a bright pink to red appearance that will fade more with each passing day. Within 24 hours following your treatment, you may experience some drainage or weeping of the skin. This is part of the natural healing process and generally subsides very quickly. Your skin then tends to become dry and it may peel, similar to what you may experience after a sunburn. During this phase of healing, it is very important that you not pick at your skin or scarring may result. My staff will provide you with instructions on how to gently wash and care for your healing skin. Most patients are generally much improved by about 4 to 5 days after the procedure, however redness may persist for a little longer. Make-up can generally be resumed after 10-14 days.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

In most cases, the best candidates for laser resurfacing are men and women with mild to moderate facial wrinkles. Good candidates for this treatment also include patients with mild to moderate sun damage, moderate to severe acne scars or un-even pigmentation. Patients with olive skin, brown skin, or black skin may be at an increased risk for pigmentation changes no matter what resurfacing method is recommended. Furthermore, an individual must be in good health, and not have any active diseases or pre-existing medical conditions.