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Laser Resurfacing

Nothing reveals our age quite like our skin. Sometimes those facial lines, wrinkles, and color problems just don’t adequately respond to other treatments, especially when they are located in the upper layers of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel, is one of the most effective treatments for improvement of facial wrinkles,color problems, scars and blemishes. The Aesthetic Center of Connecticut is pleased to offer state-of-the-art resurfacing with the Sciton JOULE for safe and effective treatment of fine lines and deep wrinkles. Performed safely in our office without need for general anesthesia, each treatment is custom tailored to you. Whether it’s a gentle freshening Micro LaserPeel or treatment of those annoying lines around the mouth and eyes, we believe that no other non-surgical technology can turn back the clock as effectively as JOULE.

We’re fortunate to be able to offer the latest technology to rejuvenate your skin including both ablative and nonablative, fractionated laser treatments with Sciton’s ProFrational and Fraxel® Dual. To further expand your treatment options and enhance your results we offer skin rejuvenation with intense pulsed light, platelet rich plasma, as well as the revolutionary PicoWay picosecond laser from Syneron-Candela. As you can see, we’ve made a substantial commitment to skin care simply because it’s a vital component of your individualized rejuvenation and maintenance plan.

Sometimes the real power of non-invasive aesthetic procedures is found with combination therapy and at The Aesthetic Center we’ve taken the PRP-facial several steps further. Dr. O’Connell’s unique “PRP LaserPeel” begins with a gentle MicroLaserPeel to exfoliate within the epidermal layer followed by Sciton’s ProFractional resurfacing – PRP is then added to help build additional collagen and shorten the healing time. Best of all, your entire face can be treated with only topical anesthetic cream. It’s the latest, most high-tech solution for aging, sun-damaged skin.

Is Laser Resurfacing a good choice for me?

Laser skin resurfacing can improve facial flaws and manifestations of aging and sun damage such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles that result from the aging process and/or sun damage
  • Uneven skin texture and dullness
  • Scars from acne, chickenpox or other sources
  • Liver spots and other discolorations
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift
  • Warts
  • Wrinkled skin of the lower eyelids
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose
  • Some skin moles such as nevi

Laser resurfacing may not be the best choice if you have:

  • Sagging skin or soft tissue laxity
  • Darker skin type
  • Active acne
  • An inexperienced health care provider performing the procedure

How is laser skin resurfacing performed?

To help obtain the best results, patients are commonly started on a small number of topical creams to prepare the skin for the procedure and to minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation. A medication to prevent viral infection is also commonly prescribed.

At The Aesthetic Center, laser resurfacing is done on an outpatient basis and typically takes less than one hour. Laser services at our center are performed with only topical anesthetic cream with the exception of full field Sciton JOULE resurfacing which often requires lidocaine injections. A mild sedative can be given to help you relax and reduce anxiety.

Eye protection is used during laser procedures and following the procedure, topical creams and/or gels are applied as the skin heals. After healing is complete, patients are counseled on resuming their daily skin care regimens.

What is the recovery after Laser Resurfacing?

In general the length of recovery, as well as the amount of flaking and redness, is proportional to the depth of the resurfacing and type of laser used. Makeup can be applied once healing is complete. Expect some redness and swelling, and you may experience itching, stinging or the feeling of a sunburn following the procedure. Recovery is generally longer with CO2 resurfacing in comparison to erbium laser resurfacing.

For a superficial treatment such as a NanoLaserPeel™ or MicroLaserPeel the downtime is only slight redness for 1-2 days. ProFractional resurfacing involves about 72 hours of superficial peeling and flaking while full-field erbium resurfacing, such as that used to rejuvenate the lower eyelids and treat deep lines around the mouth, ordinarily requires about 7 days for full healing. Fraxel Dual typically involves about 72 hours of redness and swelling and some peeling/flaking may occur from day 3 through day 7. PicoWay rejuvenation typically produces mild redness only on the day of treatment.

What is a laser peel?

A laser peel is simply a very gentle and superficial laser resurfacing similar to a chemical peel or dermabrasion – except that it’s done with light. A pulsed light beam is used to remove the very upper most layers of the skin and the treated area heals with smoother, more luminous skin. Because it’s done with great precision we believe it provides greater evenness and safety when compared to chemical peels, dermabrasion and dermaplaning.

There are different types of laser peels offered at The Aesthetic Center depending upon depth and recovery such as the NanoLaserPeel™, the MicroLaserPeel and the PRP LaserPeel.

What is a NanoLaserPeel™?

At The Aesthetic Center, we’re pleased to offer the NanoLaserPeel™ from Sciton. This procedure takes approximately 15 minutes with a recovery period of just 1-2 days of slight redness. You can have your appointment on Friday, recover over the weekend and show off your new glowing skin on Monday. The NanoLaserPeel™ can be customized for you and it’s a great complement to BOTOX®or filler injections to smooth wrinkles around your eyes and mouth or to restore a fresh glow to your entire face. Only topical anesthetic cream is needed.

What is a MicroLaserPeel?

A MicroLaserPeel is a slightly deeper laser treatment than a NanoLaserPeel™. Recovery involves a few days of flaking and redness and only topical anesthetic cream is needed. MicroLaserPeels can be combined with other laser treatments as well as intense pulsed light and when it’s combined with Sciton’s ProFractional therapy and platelet rich plasma the procedure is known as our PRP LaserPeel.

What is the cost of Laser resurfacing?

Costs of laser resurfacing will depend upon the laser used, the depth of resurfacing and the size of the area treated. Other factors that can affect price can be the expertise and training of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure being performed, the anesthesia technique and the geographic location of the facility.

A superficial laser peel can cost just a few hundred dollars, while a deeper, full face resurfacing can cost upwards of $3,000.

When choosing a plastic surgeon, remember that your satisfaction involves more than a fee – your final result, comfort and safety are more important than the cost of the procedure.

What are the Laser resurfacing risks?

Like all aesthetic treatments, laser resurfacing carries uncertainty and risks of potential complications.

Possible complications of laser resurfacing include:

  • Prolonged redness
  • Swelling
  • Patients with darker skin tones are at greater risk of healing with darker pigmentation
  • Milia – these small white bumps can be removed by gentle cleansing
  • Activation of cold sores. It is important to discuss your history of cold sores with your plastic surgeon prior to laser resurfacing
  • Bacterial or fungal infection
  • Acne flare
  • Scarring – this is rare but always possible

Laser skin resurfacing words to know

Erbium: a type of laser commonly used for laser skin resurfacing.

Carbon dioxide: another type of laser commonly used for laser skin resurfacing. Generally carries higher risk of hyperpigmentation, prolonged redness and late hypopigmentation.

Milia: small white bumps in the skin resembling white heads that can form following resurfacing.

Laser Peel: a superficial resurfacing with a brief recovery period.

Dermabrasion: a procedure where the top layer of the skin is removed with a type of sanding wheel.

Dermaplaning: a procedure where the top layer of the skin is removed with a surgical scalpel.

Chemical peel: a procedure where the top layer of the skin is removed with a chemical.

PRP LaserPeel: Dr. O’Connell’s unique resurfacing procedure that combines a Micro LaserPeel with ProFractional treatment and platelet enriched plasma

Ablative: A treatment that works from “outside in” by treating the skin from the outermost layer to the deepest point of the treatment

Non-ablative: A treatment that treats the skin but bypasses and preserves the outer layers of the skin. Examples of non-ablative treatments would be Fraxel Dual and PicoWay skin rejuvenation and also intense pulsed light therapy.

Fractional resurfacing: A fractional of fractionated treatment involves many separate laser micro-beams that provide the therapeutic effect with preservation of adjacent tissue (think of aerating your lawn).

ProFractional: An erbium-based ablative fractional treatment from Sciton

Laser Resurfacing FAQs

  • What is laser resurfacing?

    Laser skin resurfacing is simply removing the top layer or layers of the skin using beams of light. It’s similar to chemical peels, dermaplaning and dermabrasion except that concentrated beams of light remove the unwanted, damaged skin in a more precise and controlled way. But…there’s significantly more to resurfacing – new resurfacing technology like ProFractional actually stimulates growth of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate your skin from within and the technologies can be combined for added effectiveness. Laser light is used to remove the skin’s outer layers and to heat the underlying skin to help shrink loose, wrinkled tissue and stimulate growth of new collagen. As the treated areas heal, the new skin that forms is smoother, firmer and tighter.

  • What types of resurfacing lasers are used at The Aesthetic Center?

    All resurfacing at The Aesthetic Center is performed with erbium based technology in order to minimize the risks of lightening the skin and prolonged redness following the procedure. We also offer skin rejuvenation with Fraxel Dual with both Erbium and Thilium laser beams and also PicoWay which utilizes an Nd:YAG lasing source.