Laser Resurfacing | Milwaukee, WI
Sun, environmental hazards, and normal aging of the skin can cause it to wrinkle or look older than we’d like. That is why we at Quintessa Medical Spa offer our clients several different options to improve skin texture and appearance using advanced laser therapy.
Laser resurfacing, often referred to as a "laser peel", is a superb skin resurfacing option which often offers better results and shorter down time than other modalities. Laser resurfacing can improve a variety of skin concerns including facial scars, wrinkles and blemishes. During treatment, the laser sends short, concentrated pulses of light at irregular skin, precisely removing the damaged outer layers of skin. At the same time, the laser energy heats the underlying skin, or the dermis, thus stimulating the growth of new collagen. The result is smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin.
Candidates for Laser Resurfacing
Candidates for laser resurfacing are generally looking to improve aging skin conditions, sun damage and other skin imperfections, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, chickenpox, age spots, sun spots, liver spots, yellowish or graying skin tones, warts, and certain birthmarks. As with other cosmetic procedures, patients should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improvement. Patients with active acne, very dark skin, deep wrinkles or excessive or sagging skin may be better candidates for other treatments.
Laser Resurfacing Treatment and Recovery
Laser resurfacing is typically performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. This can be combined with a sedative if needed. For extensive resurfacing, general anesthesia is sometimes used. Depending on the size and number of treatment areas, laser resurfacing can take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to complete. Two types of lasers commonly used include the CO2 laser and the Erbium laser. CO2 lasers can treat a variety of skin conditions by vaporizing thin layers of skin while also sending heat into the deeper tissue. Erbium lasers are 10 times more efficient at vaporizing the layers of the skin, and therefore prevent the significant amount of heat that goes into the deeper tissues. Without the heat, the risks of loss of pigmentation, prolonged redness, and even scarring are greatly reduced. Essentially, the Erbium laser can be used with extreme precision that the CO2 laser just can’t match. Deep lines, acne scars, pigment and texture can all be improved all while minimizing the risks and downtime. That’s why we only have Erbium lasers at our Quintessa Medical Spa locations.
Your healing time will vary depending on how deep the laser peel is. Your skin will feel swollen and tight immediately after the peel and you may experience a warm, tingling sensation. Depending on the depth of the peel, recovery can take from a few days up to a week. Pinkness can last from a few days to months, but eventually disappears. Our trained experts at Quintessa Medical Spa can advise you on the best makeup techniques and products to use to cover any pinkness that is still present after your skin has healed.
Laser Resurfacing Benefits
Laser resurfacing offers many benefits. Patients will see some immediate improvement in the skin after treatment with continued improvement for up to a year afterward. The skin will appear smoother, firmer and more youthful looking with improvement in facial scars, wrinkles and blemishes.
Laser Resurfacing Cost
The cost of laser resurfacing will vary based on many factors. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the average cost of ablative skin resurfacing in 2012 was $2,672. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the national average surgeon fee for laser skin resurfacing in 2011 was $2,169 for ablative laser resurfacing and $1,223 for non-ablative laser resurfacing (Fraxel, etc.).
Laser Resurfacing FAQs
What is a laser peel?
The laser peel, also known as laser resurfacing, is a skin resurfacing treatment which uses laser energy to remove damaged outer layers of skin and rebuild the naturally occurring collagen. Laser peels help restore skin elasticity by smoothing out the skins surface and rebuilding your skin's support structure. They can improve common skin conditions like facial scars, wrinkles and other blemishes.
Is laser resurfacing painful?
Laser resurfacing is performed with local anesthesia, which may be combined with sedation, and this keeps patients comfortable during treatment. General anesthesia may be used for very extensive resurfacing. Patients are also prescribed pain medication and antibiotics for their recovery.
How much downtime can I expect after my laser peel?
Recovery and downtime will vary depending on the depth of the laser peel. Patients undergoing milder laser peels may need only a few days to recover while deeper laser peels may require up to a week of recovery time.