Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing – Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment in Paramus at Art Plastic Surgery

Aging, excessive sun exposure, smoking, and acne can all take a toll on your skin. Whether you’re concerned about fine lines, areas of dark pigmentation, scars, or textural problems, laser skin resurfacing can help. Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel or laser vaporization, can treat a wide range of superficial blemishes without the use of surgery or harsh chemicals.

At Art Plastic Surgery, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons uses the state-of-the-art Alma Pixel CO2 laser to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. In the state of New Jersey, this highly specialized procedure can only be administered by physicians, so it’s important to choose caring, qualified providers. Visit Dr. Luis A. Zapiach and Dr. John D. Cozzone for laser skin treatment in Paramus.

WHAT SKIN PROBLEMS CAN LASER SKIN RESURFACING TREAT?

Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat:

  • Fine lines or wrinkles, such as the ones that develop around or under your eyes, forehead, or mouth
  • Acne scars
  • Chickenpox scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Skin damage from smoking
  • Age spots (liver spots)
  • Sagging skin
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Scars from injuries or surgery

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

During laser skin resurfacing treatment, a medical laser is used to gently exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin, called the epidermis, while also heating the underlying skin, called the dermis. This process removes dead and damaged skin cells and speeds up the rate of cellular renewal, stimulating the growth of a fresh layer of skin.

One of the key restorative compounds in this renewal process is collagen. This protein keeps the skin strong, supple, and hydrated. Declining production of collagen as we age is responsible for many of the visible signs of aging, such as loosening, sagging skin, and wrinkles. By stimulating collagen production, laser skin resurfacing improves the overall firmness and elasticity of the skin, making it look and feel youthful. After treatment with our fractional CO2 laser, the damaged skin cells that make up fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and areas of rough or “crepey” skin are gradually shed and replaced by healthy new cells.

The technology of laser skin resurfacing is continually improving, allowing doctors to treat skin problems with ever-greater precision and effectiveness. Our fractional CO2 laser splits the light beam into multiple tiny beams, which vaporize microscopic columns of skin, leaving adjacent tissue untouched. These untreated areas generate healing collagen which speeds up the rejuvenation of the treated tissue.

THE BENEFITS OF LASER SKIN RESURFACING

Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a wide range of skin problems, from scarring to coarse, sun-damaged skin, with minimal risk and inconvenience. Treatment with the Alma Pixel CO2 laser offers some distinct advantages when compared with other skin resurfacing methods:

No harsh chemicals are used during the laser skin treatment, so there’s no possibility of an allergic reaction. Laser skin resurfacing is performed by Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Zapaich to minimize the risks of scarring. Since it is performed by a physician, it can be used on the eyelids and the skin around the mouth safely.

Unlike other lasers, the Alma Pixel CO2 laser doesn’t remove the entire top layer of the skin. Instead, it makes a series of tiny perforations in the skin. This is enough to stimulate cellular renewal while also limiting discomfort and downtime.

The Alma Pixel CO2 laser can be used on a wide variety of different skin tones and types. When performed appropriately, its specialized method of skin resurfacing will not lighten dark skin or cause hyperpigmentation.

Laser treatments can be used to target specific blemishes, like dark spots, scars, skin tags, and benign skin tumors, without touching the surrounding tissue.

To learn more about how laser skin resurfacing can help you achieve youthful, blemish-free skin, contact Dr. Cozzone and Dr. Zapiach to arrange a consultation. You can also review the information provided in the FAQ below.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ

Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure, performed in our office in Paramus. Before the procedure, the doctor will numb your skin with a local anesthetic. If a large area of skin will be resurfaced, such as your entire face, you may be sedated. During the procedure, a laser beam is directed at the skin to be treated and moved in precisely calibrated stages to cover the treatment area. The procedure usually takes between thirty minutes and two hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.

Laser skin treatments can be adjusted to suit each patient’s preferences. Deeper treatments can be used to produce dramatic results quickly, but they typically require five to seven days of healing time. Superficial treatments usually heal within just two days, but patients may need multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. If you’re treating a specific blemish, like a single scar or age spot, you probably won’t need to take any time off work to rest.

After having a laser skin treatment, you may experience mild redness, irritation, swelling, and itching. These symptoms usually wear off in one to two weeks, but very deep laser treatments may create residual redness that lasts for up to two months. You will be given a medicated healing cream to use while you recover to limit discomfort and speed healing.

Once the initial reactions to the procedure wear off, you will notice an immediate improvement in your skin quality and appearance. This will gradually improve even more as your skin responds to the procedure over the next several months with an increase in collagen production.

Most patients have laser skin resurfacing performed on their face. However, this versatile treatment can also be used on other areas of the body where scars or signs of sun damage are present, such as the neck, chest, arms, and legs. We also frequently use our Alma Pixel CO2 laser to remove surgical scars.

Yes. We often incorporate laser skin resurfacing into our non-surgical facelifts, along with Ultherapy®, dermal fillers, and Dysport®. Laser skin resurfacing is also a great way to enhance the results of facial surgical procedures, like the Silhouette InstaLift. We also use it to enhance our surgical procedures.

The beneficial effects of one laser skin treatment are permanent, though your skin will continue to age and change. How your skin changes over time will vary, depending on your lifestyle and your unique aging process. To extend the lifespan of your results, you should avoid smoking, protect your skin from UV radiation, and try to maintain a stable weight. Many laser resurfacing patients choose to repeat the treatment in two to three years.

Arrange a Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultation in Paramus, NJ

Whether it’s used as a standalone procedure or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, laser skin resurfacing can dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin. If you’d like to discover the benefits of fractional CO2 laser treatment for yourself, contact Art Plastic Surgery in Paramus online or by phone at: (201) 251-6622.

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