Skin and laser resurfacing is a process that works well for those who have wrinkles, pigmentation, and/or other signs of photo-aged skin. The recovery period for this treatment is roughly 10 days, and the results are excellent.
Dr. Larrabee performs laser resurfacing with the Coherent CO2 Ultrapulse laser. As a pioneer in laser resurfacing, Dr. Larrabee has been involved in research and teaching during the evolution of this technology. His extensive hands-on experience gives him the perspective to maximize results and prevent complications. We have available both the more superficial Active FX laser resurfacing and Deep FX laser resurfacing. These are used separately or combined to give the best individualized results. Because the laser places small “dots” of laser and leaves normal skin between the complication rate is extremely low.
Laser resurfacing is effective for both the pigmentary and other signs of photoaged skin as well as the wrinkles (rhytids) that develop over time. Not every wrinkle can be removed, but overall results are consistently excellent. Pretreatment of the skin results in a very low rate of pigmentary complications and improved outcomes.
The healing period is about 10 days and makeup can be used as soon as basic healing is complete. Laser resurfacing is often combined with other surgical procedures, Botox or Dysport, and injectable fillers for optimal results.
For some patients, chemical peels or dermabrasion are recommended as resurfacing procedures in specific situations. They can provide good results and can be performed without anesthesia in many cases.