Laser Skin Resurfacing
You can turn back time…
Look, and feel, years younger with a Sciton Contour™ Laser Skin Peel
Afterglow's state-of-the-art laser skin resurfacing technology is the industry "gold standard". It has proven its effectiveness over time for treating the following conditions:
- Deep Wrinkles
- Epidermal Nevi
- Acne Scars
- Solar Lentigines
- Actinic Keratoses
- Hypertrophic Scars
- Surgical Scars
- Crepiness of skin
The procedure is a very precise, controlled, physician administered treatment where thin sections of skin are removed, layer by layer, which is replaced by younger skin growth. The physician uses a controlled beam of energy allowing for exact penetration of depth into the dermis in order to vaporize the damaged cells. The most popular treatment areas are the face, neck, chest and hands, although most skin areas can be treated.
By removing the outer layers of skin to the level of the papillary dermis "reepithelialization" is induced as is new collagen formation, which creates a smoother, pinker, and more youthful appearance.
In order to achieve dramatic improvements, higher energy settings are used for deeper resurfacing. Downtime, therefore, usually lasts at least 10days. Healing time will depend on the depth of the treatment
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- Deep wrinkle reduction
- Scar revision
- Sun damage reversal
- Texture improvement
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- Acne Scars
- Large Pores
- Crepiness of skin
- Neck Rejuvenation
- Lines around the mouth
- Lines around the eyes
Book your complimentary laser skin resurfacing consultation. In Vancouver, call (604) 980-3993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laser Resurfacing FAQs
What can be treated with a laser peel?
A ProFractional and Micro laser peel is an effective treatment for:
- Sun damage (freckles, rough texture, dark spots)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Stretch Marks
Dr. Ebrahim personalizes each laser peel to treat the specific needs of the patient.
How does an ablative laser peel work?
Energy from the laser ablates or removes a superficial layer of skin creating a smoother surface which new skin will regenerate. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged cells that give skin a tired, aged look. As the skin heals fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier, vibrant skin with reduced wrinkles and improved color tone.
Will an ablative laser peel hurt?
Oral pain medications, numbing cream and nerve blocks are recommended for optimal comfort during the procedure. The treated area will radiate heat for the next several days, similar to a deep sunburn.
What can I expect during the next 5 days?
Oozing and weeping of the skin, slight bleeding, swelling, bruising and itching can be expected and differ from each patient. Swelling will peak at day 2-3. Following the post laser protocol regime is crucial for a successful recovery.
When will the treated area look normal?
The laser areas will crust and peel like a deep sunburn. Regenerated new skin requires increased blood flow causing initial redness which fades to pink and finally normal skin color over a period of 4-8 weeks. Cleanser, post laser dressing, moisturizer and sunscreen is mandatory for optimal post care. Most patients can return to normal social activities within 5-10 days. We recommend mineral make-up to camouflage any residual redness.
Does laser resurfacing remove all wrinkles and sun damage permanently?
A successful laser treatment can “reset the clock” back several years especially if proper skin care is initiated to protect the treated skin from further damage. Fine lines and wrinkles will improve, skin texture will be smoothed and sun damage will diminish. Patients with severe wrinkles and sun damage may need more than 1 treatment. Normal signs of aging will occur over the years.
Normal Side effects
Discomfort and itching occur for several days and may be treated with iced compress, post laser dressing, Tylenol and Oral Benadryl. (Prescription pain medication may be prescribed).
Swelling occurs for several days. Swelling can be eliminated by keeping head elevated, using cold compresses and/or oral anti-inflammatory when recommended by the physician.
Hypo pigmentation is extremely unusual with the Erbium laser.
Hyper pigmentation is rare and usually occurs in darker skin individuals and patients who are exposed to significant sun within the first few months of the peel.
Redness although this eventually goes away, sun exposure causes a delay in resolution.
What medical conditions or medications would prevent laser resurfacing treatment?
Accutane and Pregnancy
Infections or viral outbreaks
What follow-up appointments are necessary?
The following day of treatment our Practitioners will cleanse your face and perform an oxygen facial. Post care products and instructions will be covered in this appointment. A post treatment appointment with Dr. Ebrahim will be made 3 days after the laser peel. Post appointments for laser peel patients will be scheduled according to the particular procedure.