To address the root causes of aging, you need to delve deep within the skin. It’s sometimes not enough to lift, pull and tighten; to get true rejuvenation, the skin needs to be revived and restored to its most youthful form. When patients need to rebuild their skin, Dr. Hershcovitch offers laser skin resurfacing, a treatment that rejuvenates with no downtime or recovery period. By using laser energy, laser resurfacing can rejuvenate the skin without invasive mehtods; there’s no incision or sutures required.
To ensure the best outcomes and the most comfortable treatments possible, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch makes a point to use the most advanced, medically proven technology. It’s why he’s proud to offer fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing, which delivers quicker recovery and a more comfortable treatment than traditional laser surfacing methods.
Learn more about laser skin resurfacing in West Hills and Westlake by contacting our offices today for your consultation.
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
What’s the Science Behind Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Fractionated laser skin resurfacing is one of the most efficient forms of laser resurfacing. At its most basic concept, this technology works by eliminating the outer layers of the skin, almost like exfoliation, delivering a controlled “wound.” The body reacts by triggering healing, collagen production and the growth of new skin cells. The result is new skin that’s younger-looking, tighter, firmer, and free from blemishes.
A fractionated ablative laser is a laser that only “wounds” a fraction of the skin so that the surrounding tissue remains untouched. Specifically, the fractionated CO2 laser works by delivering narrow columns of heat into the skin; all the columns of heat are all precisely spaced out, leaving large spaces of unaffected skin. The skin still reacts to the micro wounds, but since a majority the skin is left alone, fractionated laser skin resurfacing results in a shorter and more comfortable recovery.
Patients might not see an immediate improvement after the treatment, but over the following weeks they should gradually see tighter, smoother, and clearer skin. Wrinkles will eventually soften in the appearance, the skin should become more evenly toned, and patients should see a healthier glow from the fresh new skin.
If you’re in the West Hills and Westlake Village areas and have any questions about laser skin resurfacing or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hershcovitch, please call our office at 818-888-7878.
What Can Laser Resurfacing Treat?
This procedure can be used for a variety of skin conditions:
- Brown spots
- Dull skin
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
And unlike other laser systems, fractionated CO2 technology is gentle enough to be used around delicate areas like eyes; this makes it an optimal treatment for common signs of aging. That gentle quality lends this laser system versatility, allowing it to work effectively on a diverse range of areas.
Recovery from Laser Skin Resurfacing
There is a short recovery period that lasts for around 5-7 days. Patients will experience some mild side effects like swelling, irritation, peeling, and redness during that period—almost like a bad sun burn. It’s crucial that patients care for their skin during their recovery by regularly moisturizing the treated area. Patients can also minimize swelling by keeping their head elevated during the first few days of the recovery. After 3-5 days, patients will also experience some mild peeling as the older damaged skin sloughs off. There is a mild pink glow that can last up to 2 weeks.
During their recovery, it’s essential that patients limit their exposure to UV Rays; sun exposure could lead to hyperpigmentation that could compromise their results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Skin Resurfacing
There is some preparation required for the procedure. Patients should discontinue all medical skin care treatments a week for the procedure such as Retin-A or Accutane. Patients should also refrain from treatment if they have a sun burn or an infection in the area.
Treatment can work on patients of all skin types. However, patients with cold sores cannot complete this procedure. If you have a history of cold sores, please alert Dr. Hershcovitch so you can be treated effectively.
Because of the fractionated laser’s unique mechanism, many patients report that the treatment is comfortable. If the patient needs it, we can apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area.