Although we are born with perfectly smooth, gorgeous, blemish-free skin, each year of our lives, stressors such as gravity, time, toxins and exposure to the elements gradually erode that pristine radiance. In our older years, we may be left staring at our wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, skin sagging and acne scars, wondering how we can possible begin to mitigate the damage.

Laser skin resurfacing restores a healthy, youthful brilliance to the skin by gently removing marred layers with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency. As a result, a glowing new layer of revitalized cells emerges that is both firmer and tighter. Laser skin resurfacing is compatible with many other treatments including dermal fillers, facelifts and other laser treatments.

Below is an overview of the most popular and successful methods of laser skin resurfacing. Upon consultation, your doctor will help decide the best approach for your cosmetic and lifestyle needs. Browsing through before and after photos can be especially helpful in understanding the outcomes you can achieve with the different types of laser treatments.

Fraxel laser treatment in Charlotte, NC

Recently approved by the FDA, fraxel laser treatment is one of the most exciting new therapies for aging skin. It has replaced outdated technologies such as CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers, requiring next to no downtime and no anesthesia. Additionally, fraxel boasts almost zero instances of complications. Fraxel lasers are unmatched in treating all types of scars, stretch marks, sun spots, pigmentation inconsistencies, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, pre-cancerous growths and uneven skin textures.

Key benefits include…

  • Appropriate for use in all areas of the body
  • Spares healthy skin tissue while eliminating complexion flaws
  • Quick, convenient outpatient procedure, usually 30 minutes or less
  • No need for anesthesia and no downtime
  • Safer and less invasive than ablative laser treatments
  • Long-lasting results up to six months
  • Stimulates collagen

How does the fraxel technology work?

This groundbreaking laser procedure involves ultra-precise beams of energy that target limited microscopic regions of the skin, abolishing ailing cells and triggering the growth of new ones. Fraxel’s high degree of accuracy makes it ideal for use in the most delicate areas of the face and body. Further securing its reputation for safety, fraxel laser treatment is typically computer-assisted, eliminating the likelihood of human error.

The following videos will assist you in learning more about your Charlotte NC Fraxel laser treatment:

Pearl Skin Resurfacing

Clients in Gastonia, Shelby, Hickory or Charlotte, NC seeking a safe, gentle and effective method of eradicating the signs of aging need look no further than the remarkable laser technology of Pearl resurfacing. FDA-approved in 2007, the innovative Pearl YSGG treatment from Cutera rapidly banishes wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin textures and has been heralded as a more evolved incarnation of the chemical peel. The outcome resembles the luminous, elegant surface of a precious pearl.

During the procedure, the epidermis receives quick blasts of thermal energy that remove the outer damaged skin layers. Like fraxel laser treatment, only very select regions of the skin receive the beams at any one time, ensuring the protection of surrounding healthy tissue. After the laser completes its work, a protective skin shield then forms, which can be peeled away within several days to reveal a new layer of fresh, rejuvenated cells.

Advantages of the Pearl technique include…

  • Only 1-2 treatments needed for optimum results
  • Little to no side effects
  • Requires only topical anesthesia
  • Treatment takes less than one hour
  • Limited downtime, usually 3-7 days depending on treatment
  • Triggers collagen growth
  • Safe for all ages
  • Appropriate for pairing with Botox, Juvederm and other injectables

What is Your Skin Type?

Your skin type, color, and condition are unique to you. The general skin types are normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive – and all skin types are appropriate for laser resurfacing. It is always important to understand all you can about any dermatological procedure you are planning to undergo, and to have realistic expectations regarding recovery and the final outcome. Laser resurfacing has been proven to be capable of achieving truly remarkable results.

No matter what your skin type, this innovative procedure functions to rejuvenate your skin, even out your skin tone, and handle discolored areas, fine lines, age spots, acne scars, skin texture problems, pore size, as well as significantly reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. The pearl laser system, as well as the Fraxel laser system, are from the latest generation of laser resurfacing processes, and we are proud to offer our patients this cutting-edge technology, as they are each highly-effective treatments for a range of common facial skin problems.

Rejuvenate Your Facial Skin: Dramatic Results with Pearl Laser Resurfacing

The advantages of laser skin resurfacing include the general need for only one or two treatments and a very short recovery time. The process restores a fresh, more youthful appearance to the skin on the face, including around the eyes. Skin texture is softer and improved in overall quality and appearance. Fractional skin resurfacing refers to the ability to selectively removes specific tiny columns of skin, leaving the tissue surrounding the area intact. The heat of the laser creates tiny holes, deep within the skin, removing any sun-damaged tissues. It is effective in stimulating new growth of healthy skin, and the new skin is plumped from below, effectively repairing sun damage and a wide range of other facial skin imperfections.

Laser Skin Resurfacing: The Procedure

The process is completed in only about 30 minutes. The sensation associated with the procedure is described as feeling similar to hot pinches. Patient comfort is very important to us, and we apply a cream that numbs the skin prior to treatment in order to reduce any discomfort in the procedure. Other types of numbing processes may be used, based upon the individual needs of the patient.

Recovery from Laser Skin Resurfacing

After your Charlotte NC laser skin resurfacing is complete, your skin will appear to be sunburned, and some degree of swelling is not uncommon. Any discomfort is generally very minor, and many patients feel no discomfort at all. During your recovery from the procedure, which is only a few days, you will apply a specific ointment to the area for a period of four to five days, and can typically begin applying makeup after five days. It is important that any cosmetics used during this period are freshly purchased and hypoallergenic so that your newly revealed skin is not irritated. Ensure you avoid exposing your face to the sun throughout the recovery period. The results of laser skin resurfacing start to become apparent in about one week from the time of treatment, and continue to improve, with maximum results achieved in most cases within one to three months.

Customized Treatments to “Refinish” Facial Skin

Some patients will achieve more dramatic results with a combination of treatments. We advise those who are interested in laser resurfacing in Charlotte, NC to have a skin consultation from professionals at our clinic. It is possible that a combination of treatments will be effective for you. Thankfully, this laser resurfacing procedure can be safely combined with other treatments when needed.

Laser skin resurfacing is performed as an out-patient procedure, and you are free to go once it is complete — but arrange someone to drive you home. As with any surgical technique, it is important that you follow our doctor’s orders carefully, as we want you to gain the full benefit of the treatment and have the shortest recovery time possible.