Laser skin resurfacing, commonly called a laser peel, removes the outer, damaged layer of skin to reveal a smoother, younger look. Laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven pigmentation and superficial scarring on the face. A carbon dioxide laser beam of precisely focused light shrinks fine wrinkles and refinishes areas of damaged skin to reveal the fresher, younger skin layer beneath. Procedure time varies depending on the size and condition of the area being treated.
Good candidates for laser resurfacing have one or more of the following conditions:
- Fine lines, especially around the eyes
- Vertical lines around the mouth
- Facial scars from injury
- Acne scars
- Areas of uneven pigmentation, such as "age spots"
- Lines on the cheek from sun damage
Before the laser resurfacing procedure, Dr. Funt will fit you with special eyewear that protects the eyes from the laser light. Under local anesthesia and mild sedation, the procedure will then begin. The laser is then passed over the problem areas until the wrinkles or discoloration improve in appearance. More than one treatment may be necessary to achieve complete resurfacing.
A bandage or ointment will be used after laser resurfacing to protect the sensitive skin. Some mild to moderate swelling is common and can usually be relieved with ice packs or medication. For about three weeks, the skin will be pink as it heals and new collagen forms. The redness will begin to fade within a month. To prevent uneven sun-related darkening of the skin, patients should use a strong sunblock (SPF 15 or higher) and sunglasses with UVA and UVB filters until the entire face has returned to its normal color.
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Photofacial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable new technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL Photofacials can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea and brown spots on the face, hands and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
The IPL Photofacial handpiece is gently pressed to the skin and painless pulses of light are emitted. Usually 4-6 treatment sessions lasting about 20 minutes each will provide you with beautiful results.
There is no recuperation time – with an IPL Photofacial you can return to work or resume your normal activities on the same day. You will notice a gradual, natural-looking improvement in your skin with time. IPL is a safe solution tailor-made to your skin type and condition.
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Acne is the term for the blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Seventeen million Americans currently have acne, making it the most common skin disease in the country. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some form of acne, adults of any age can have it. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress.
Sebaceous glands are attached to hair follicles in the skin on the face, neck, back and chest. They produce an oily substance called sebum, which normally reaches the skin surface through the opening of the follicle (pore). When follicles become plugged, sebum cannot reach the surface of the skin. This blocked sebum promotes the growth of bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes) beneath the skin, which in turn produce chemicals and enzymes that attract white blood cells, causing inflammation. Eventually the follicle wall breaks down and the sebum, skin cells and bacteria erupt to form lesions or pimples. These are the visible effects of acne.
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severity of lesions, skin type and the patient’s age and lifestyle, but on average results are visible in six to eight weeks. Options include:
- Laser resurfacing
- Soft tissue fillers and fat transfer
- Punch excisional surgery for deep "ice-pick" pitted scarring
- Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion
Patients with mild acne can supplement treatment at home by washing with warm water and a mild soap twice a day and/or using a topical over-the-counter acne medication.