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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Philadelphia

Lasers are currently one of the most effective tools for removing wrinkles from patients who live in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey community. Lasers have the unique advantage over other resurfacing methods of being able to tighten the skin. A successful procedure can make patients look ten years younger, and the results can last for many years.

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 and allowing a new layer to grow. Second, the laser delivers enough heat to cause 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. Fractional technology provides patients with excellent results in as little as one treatment. “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 clinically and microscopically healthier facial skin.

Removing damage from age and sun exposure

Laser skin resurfacing works by removing the skin layer by layer to provide a healthier, younger-looking appearance. If you are interested in improving scars, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, or blotches, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option for you. 

Collagen and youthful skin: Laser skin resurfacing in Philadelphia

Laser skin resurfacing has the added benefit of increasing natural collagen production. The increase of collagen deep within your skin causes it to continue to improve in the weeks and months following your treatment. You will see your skin becoming firmer, more supple, and more youthful as the days pass. Many of Dr. Corrado’s patients choose to undergo a series of laser treatments to achieve the most dramatic improvement in skin quality, tone, and appearance.

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Facial skin resurfacing and skin tone

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.

Acne scar and facial scar removal

Laser skin resurfacing can leave scarred skin looking smoother and healthier. If you had acne breakouts that left you with uneven skin texture or darkened areas, you can achieve a smoother, more even skin quality with custom laser skin resurfacing treatment.

Why choose Dr. Corrado for laser skin resurfacing?

Dr. Anthony Corrado has garnered a reputation as being among one of the most talented anti-aging experts in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, he has an extraordinary understanding of facial skin and tissue and can advise you if laser skin resurfacing is right for you. His practice was built on integrity, honesty, and for consistently achieving superior results.

Dr. Corrado has achieved widespread acclaim for his work in facial rejuvenation, both in surgical and non-surgical treatments, including custom laser skin resurfacing. You can be confident that you are in the best hands with Dr. Corrado.

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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 uneven pigmentation.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Facts

The surgical goal is 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, different energies and densities are utilized. Immediately after the procedure, cold compresses are applied to the face to allow for skin cooling. A healing ointment is then applied to the resurfaced areas to allow for satisfactory healing. 

Anesthesia

The procedure can be performed using topical and local anesthetic for mild resurfacing procedures. Procedures which require more aggressive resurfacing are generally performed under sedation or general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.

Length of time

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

After the procedure

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

The Deka Smartxide™ Laser

The Deka Smartxide™ Laser, our laser of choice, utilizes fractional CO2 technology that allows treatments to range from a light peel to more aggressive skin rejuvenation. Patient with minor skin flaws, as well as those with more significant signs of facial aging, can be effectively treated with this laser.  The fractional CO2 laser technology scatters the laser resurfacing sites, treating thousands of microscopic areas of the skin, while maintaining normal bridges of skin between treatment sites which allows for rapid healing and collagen production.  The versatility of the Deka Smartxide™ Laser provides the ability to resurface other skin areas beyond the face. The neck and chest are other problem areas for patients.  Patients complain of excess wrinkles and sun damage in these areas.  Now, the neck and chest can be resurfaced allowing for beautiful skin rejuvenation.  The hands are also an area which can visibly display one’s age.  The Deka Smartxide™ Laser can also be used to resurface the hands creating a smoother and more youthful appearance.

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 over the counter pain medication. The skin will have a bright pink to red appearance that will fade more with each passing day.

Within twenty-four 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. A customized skincare regimen will be provided to you to optimize your healing.  During this phase of healing, it is very important that you do not pick at your skin. Doing so may cause scarring.

Our 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 five to seven days after the procedure; however, redness may persist for a little longer. Makeup can generally be resumed after seven days.

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