Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a state-of-the-art solution for skin that has weathered time, the elements and even lifestyle challenges. It uses cool, focused laser energy to smooth skin, erase imperfections and soften the signs of aging. Below, experienced Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach outlines the ways advanced fractional lasers can renew your facial skin, restoring its original beauty.
In 2008, Dr. Barach became the very first surgeon to offer Fraxel laser treatment to patients in upstate New York. This advanced laser works by removing a thin layer of the skin surface, revealing newer, undamaged cells below. The Fraxel laser also stimulates production of collagen, the natural protein that adds strength and flexibility to skin.
The laser targets fine lines, minor wrinkles, age spots, sun spots and other blemishes, and may improve skin tone, reduce the size of pores, fade some types of scars and restore an even, youthful appearance to the face. Patients report a dramatic improvement in color and texture, as marks and discoloration are improved or entirely erased.
Focus on Renewal
The Fraxel laser disrupts a portion of cells while leaving others untouched. This has the effect of reducing recovery time, while still serving the essential function of removing the thin outer layer of skin and agitating deeper layers of tissue. As collagen rebuilds the foundation below, new and vibrant skin cells become the new surface.
There is little pain with this quick and convenient in-office procedure. With local topical anesthetic, the only sensation you are likely to feel is intermittent pressure that is similar to that of a rubber band snapping lightly against the skin. Deeper imperfections may require two to five repeat visits. Mild redness and some swelling may persist for 2-5 days, but recovery is generally well-tolerated.
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing, we invite you to schedule an appointment by contacting Dr. Barach’s Albany practice today.