Everyone would like to stay looking younger, longer. As plastic surgery has advanced, we have gained a greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in facial aging and this understanding, when combined with ongoing advancements in technology and facial rejuvenation techniques, has made it possible to address the signs of facial aging earlier, alleviating the damage caused by time and environmental factors and maintaining a fresh and youthful appearance. The use of non-surgical cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedures now can often forestall the need for more comprehensive surgical procedures down the line by minimizing the effects of facial aging.
One of the key maintenance techniques in the modern plastic surgeon’s tool box is laser skin resurfacing. Simply put, laser skin resurfacing treatments use focused, high intensity light to revitalize the skin of the face in one of two ways. Ablative lasers gently exfoliate the upper, outermost layers of damaged skin while lower power, higher frequency, non-ablative lasers pass through the skin’s upper layers harmlessly and heat the deeper layers, stimulating collagen growth and tightening the underlying skin from within. These two approaches offer distinctly different advantages in treating a number of different specific skin conditions.
Ablative laser systems work like a chemical peel, removing the outer to mid-epidermal layers of skin in order to improve the skin’s overall texture and tone. The laser beam can be scanned across the entire treatment area, precisely removing a layer of skin, or targeted to remove pinpoint columns of skin, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This allows ablative lasers to treat broad area skin conditions, like pigment irregularities, acne scarring, and wrinkling or highly localized blemishes like sun damage, keratosis, or surgical scars. As the skin heals, the natural increase in collagen production grows vibrant, new skin cells that improve skin texture and tone. The fine precision of the laser allows the treatment to be customized to each patient’s individual skin and needs, so it can safely treat even sensitive areas like the face and neck.
Using higher frequency wavelengths and lower power, non-ablative laser systems make it possible for laser light to bypass the outer layers of the skin entirely and heat the deeper layers, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. This reverses the tendency of the skin to droop and sag and stimulates deep collagen production. The newly growing tissue strengthens and revitalizes the outer layers of skin, relieving the appearance of acne, uneven skin texture, and skin discoloration. While the results are often more subtle than those achieved with ablative laser systems, the procedure is less invasive and requires less recovery and downtime.
If you are interested in learning more about a plastic surgery procedure that I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, today. Additionally, Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.