Laser Skin Resurfacing
For patients who are concerned with wrinkles, sun damage, or other signs of aging, Frank W. Shagets, M.D. offers laser skin resurfacing at his accredited surgical center. He uses the highly advanced Lumenis CO2 laser to help patients safely and effectively achieve a more youthful appearance. This precise, state-of-the-art technology removes the top layer of skin, which stimulates collagen production, as well as, tightening and softening skin. At Facial Aesthetics and Laser Centre in Joplin, MO, Dr. Shagets can perform this procedure on the entire face or in specific areas, such as around the eyes and mouth, to address cosmetic concerns.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing removes the damaged, outer layers of skin with carbon dioxide lasers to regenerate and replenish healthy tissue. This treatment is often chosen as a less invasive alternative to facial cosmetic surgery to treat fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation or discoloration, sun damage, and acne or other types of scars.
If you are looking for a nonsurgical and less invasive approach to repairing fine lines and wrinkles, you may benefit from laser skin resurfacing.
CO2 lasers use pulsated light beams to dramatically reduce and reverse the signs of aging. The system has settings that range from fractionated laser resurfacing to fully ablative resurfacing in order to address an array of skin issues and concerns. Patients who undergo fractionated treatments can typically benefit from a series of 2-4 treatments, spaced apart by six to eight weeks. For fully ablative procedures, Dr. Shagets can provide results lasting years.
It is important to note that patients with darker skin tones are not good candidates for this procedure due to the increased risk of hyperpigmentation. Although this treatment can address acne scarring, patients currently experiencing outbreaks or any other sort of blemish will need to have skin issues treated before undergoing this procedure. If you smoke or use tobacco you may not be a candidate for laser resurfacing.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Dr. Shagets will first meet with you to discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations to determine if laser treatment is right for you. Six weeks before the procedure, he will recommend that you start a detailed, personalized pre-laser skin care regimen to follow for optimal recovery
At the procedural appointment, one of our nurse anesthetists will administer anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. For less invasive, fractionated treatments, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. If you are undergoing a fully ablative procedure, you will typically receive general anesthesia.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Shagets will very carefully remove pre-determined layers of tissue. Depending on the extent of treatment, healthy, younger-looking skin generally resurfaces five to seven days after treatment. You may experience pink or red skin for the first few weeks after lasering, but this usually fades over the next four to six weeks and can easily be concealed with makeup.
You can return to normal daily activity 24 hours after a fractionated procedure. However, if you undergo a fully ablative procedure, recovery generally lasts two weeks and redness may persist for three to six months. After the procedure, you will be given antibiotics and antivirals to minimize the chance of infection. You may experience skin peeling and inflammation for the first few weeks.
Side Effects and Aftercare
Possible side effects after laser skin resurfacing include hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, bruising, swelling, scarring, infection, discomfort, and prolonged redness. However, with a qualified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Shagets, your risks will be dramatically reduced. Within four to six weeks you will notice smoother, younger-looking skin. If you follow a good skincare regimen, wear sunscreen, and avoid extensive sun exposure, you can maintain results for years.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are looking for a nonsurgical and less invasive approach to repairing fine lines and wrinkles, you may benefit from laser skin resurfacing. Contact our office online or call (417) 623-5111 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shagets.