Inside, you are ebullient, full of life, and just as enthusiastic and driven as you were as a teen. Outside, your skin looks dull, rough and droopy. And your previously spotless complexion is marred by sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and creases.
You don’t want a facelift. But you don’t want to succumb to the ravages of time, either.
Luckily, laser resurfacing can rejuvenate your face by stimulating your skin to act and look younger. These powerhouses can do everything from removing sun spots to creating a nonsurgical facelift.
Julio Garcia, MD, specializes in Las Vegas cosmetic surgery and laser rejuvenation. Using high-powered laser energy to resurface the face and body is a specialized skill that requires knowledge of anatomy, aesthetics, and laser wavelengths. In addition to his medical training as a surgeon, Dr. Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History. His heightened understanding of the principles of aesthetics, including proportion and harmony, means he brings an artist’s eye to every laser procedure he performs.
Laser Therapy Is Fast and Virtually Pain Free
Unlike surgery or more aggressive ablative lasers, non-ablative laser therapy requires no general or local anesthesia. Most patients do not need any kind of numbing gel, either, although it is available upon request.
During your treatment, you and the staff wear protective eye gear to ensure your safety. Dr. Garcia prefers the MedLite nonablative Q-switched Nd:YAG laser because its precision-beam technology allows the laser energy to be focused directed on troubling lesions, wrinkles and scars. Because it stimulates the skin without removing any layers, there is no downtime after MedLite laser treatments.
The MedLite laser sends energy to your skin in high-powered pulses that last only five to 20 nanoseconds each. Most people describe the sensation of laser therapy as a slight tingling or stinging.
Treating your face can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Adding in the neck takes another 20 to 30 minutes. You can resurface other areas of your body, too, including:
After your laser therapy, Dr. Garcia’s staff moisturizes your face. You will be given instructions on how to keep your face clean and moist in the post-procedure period. Your face will probably be pink and perhaps swollen for a day or two.
Most patients need anywhere from four to six or more treatments to get the maximum effect. You need to leave about a month to a month and a half between treatments so that your skin can heal.
Following are some of the most exciting uses for laser therapy in the aesthetic rejuvenation of the face and body.
Remove Brown Spots
The MedLite laser uses high-powered photoacoustic energy to target the dense melanin and hemoglobin in hyperpigmented lesions including:
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Hori’s nevus
- Nevus of Ota (blue pigmentation)
- Café-au-lait lesions
- Solar lentigines (liver spots)
MedLite features a flat-top beam profile that delivers energy without creating hot spots. This allows the laser to fragment the excess pigment in your lesions without affecting the surrounding skin. Several days after treatment, your complexion will look smooth and even.
Calm Down Rosacea
Lasers target excess pigment — including the hemoglobin-rich red, spidery veins and lesions of rosacea. Laser therapy can help restore your skin to normal, healthy hue.
Peel Away Wrinkles
When nonablative lasers are used to resurface the skin, they penetrate the dermis with intense pulses of light. The heat from the laser stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin — a process called remodeling. The addition of more and better collagen and elastin adds plumpness and elasticity to your skin, making it behave and look younger. The new strands of collagen can help to fill in shallow wrinkles, rendering them less visible or fading them altogether.
If you have deeper wrinkles, you may need treatment with an ablative laser. This more aggressive therapy actually removes the top surface of your skin. It has a downtime of about 2 weeks, but you only need one treatment.
Smooth Out Acne Scars
Scars can be difficult or impossible to remove entirely, but shallow scars from acne or chicken pox can be improved with laser therapy. By stimulating the skin to produce a stronger matrix of collagen and elastin, the scars are filled in with newer tissue and the surrounding skin is strengthened and thickened.
The heat from laser therapy causes the collagen that’s already present in the skin to contract. This creates a tighter grain to your skin, minimizing the look of pores.
Create a Nonsurgical Facelift
Between contracting the existing collagen in the dermis plus creating new, longer strands of collagen and elastin, lasers not only make the skin thicker and more elastic, they tighten it, too. While no nonsurgical procedure can match the dramatic rejuvenation of a facelift, laser treatments done early enough can significantly tighten and lift the face. Touch ups every few years can help extend the benefits over the long term.
Dr. Garcia can also use the MedLite remove any tattoos you no longer wish to have. The MedLite’s photoenergy can be modified to different wavelengths that target colors from yellow to red to black.
Make Your Skin Act Look and Act Younger Now
No matter what laser therapies you have done on your face and body, the stimulation of collagen and elastin in the treated areas not only makes your skin look better, it acts younger, too. Your skin will continue to produce more collagen and elastin over the coming months. That means, you continue to see more benefits and changes over time.
On the outside, your skin looks smoother, more evenly toned, plumper, stronger, and more brilliant. On the inside, your skin will have longer and stronger strands of collagen, more elastin, a stronger supportive matrix, and will continue to create more collagen — just as your younger skin did.
When you’re ready to make your skin look as good as you feel, contact Dr. Garcia for a cosmetic surgery consultation and find out if laser resurfacing is right for you.