Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing in Portsmouth, NH With Dr. Anthony Wilson

Laser skin resurfacing offers a quick and easy way to minimize facial lines and wrinkles and remove scars, age spots and blemishes. The state-of-the-art laser technologies we use at AW Plastic surgery allow us to treat the skin with extreme precision. Matching the right laser treatment to the specific skin defect, we can make dramatic improvements in your skin’s appearance. We can also combine laser skin resurfacing with other skin-care treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox®, for even greater rejuvenation effects.

Dr. Anthony Wilson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with special expertise in facial treatments. He understands that every cosmetic procedure should be customized to the patient’s needs and preferences, and he takes the time to deliver compassionate, personalized service. Contact AW Plastic Surgery in Portsmouth, NH, today to schedule a consultation.

What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that uses precisely control beams and rapid pulses of laser light to improve skin texture and appearance.

Different types of lasers are used for different skin problems. Some, known as ablative lasers, remove the uppermost layer of skin. These are used to get rid of scars and warts. Others, called non-ablative lasers, target areas of discoloration, such as age spots, rosacea, and spider veins. All laser skin treatments also stimulate the production of collagen deeper in the skin, which works to improve the skin’s tone and texture.

At AW Plastic surgery, we offer different laser treatments to address all of your skin concerns. We are expert in working with the Ellipse Nordlys platform of laser technologies, which include:

IPL treats acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation/age spots, redness, and scars.

ND: Yag treats vascular lesions of the face and body. These include spider veins, sclerotherapy, and facial vessels that are too large for IPL alone.

FRAX 1550 stimulates collagen production without removing surface skin tissue. It provides excellent improvement in facial and body skin texture, reducing fine lines and wrinkles with minimal to no downtime.

The world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL), is revolutionizing resurfacing. HALO delivers non-ablative and ablative wavelengths to the same microscopic treatment zone, giving patients results they love without the discomfort or downtime they expect.

From superficial to deep peels, the unique Contour Tunable Resurfacing Laser enables exceptional, patient-tuned outcomes. Address a broad range of patient needs from the subtle to the dramatic, with superior uniformity and customizable thermal effects.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is used to treat a range of skin problems, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rosacea
  • Scars, as from acne or chickenpox
  • Mild or moderate sagging skin
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Warts
  • Enlarged oil glands

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

The treatment works by concentrating precisely focused pulses of light on irregular skin, burning it off, and by heating the underlying skin to stimulate the production of collagen and the growth of new tissue. The new, collagen-rich skin has younger properties. It is firmer and tighter, causing lines and wrinkles to disappear. Laser treatments focused on uneven pigmentation or surface blood vessels affect only the darker-colored tissue, eliminating those cells and enabling new and more even-looking growth.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing may be an ideal treatment for you if you have mild to moderate lines and wrinkles on your face, areas of uneven pigmentation, scarring from acne or chickenpox, or sun-damaged skin.

The treatment is not recommended for patients with deep wrinkles, excessively sagging skin, or active acne. Some forms of laser skin treatment may also be inappropriate for patients with very dark skin.

What Happens in a Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure?

Before your laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Wilson and his team will prescribe a course of skin treatments designed to optimize results and minimize the risk of complications. These typically start about 6 weeks before your procedure.

On the day of the procedure, the skin to be treated will be numbed with a topical anesthetic. The skin is then thoroughly cleaned. You may also be offered a sedative.

During the procedure itself, the laser is moved slowly over the area to be treated, with a precisely calibrated beam intensity and for precisely determined times. When laser resurfacing is finished, Dr. Wilson will apply dressings to protect the skin and promote healing.

The entire procedure usually takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you receive a sedative for the procedure you will need to arrange for a ride home.

What Can I Expect in Recovery?

Depending on the type of laser procedure you receive, you can expect your skin to be red and possibly swollen for a few days. Healing from a mild non-ablative treatment might take 3 days, while it can take 10 days to 3 weeks to heal from a more intensive ablative treatment. You won’t need to stay home for this entire time, but you should avoid places that might lead to infection, like the pool or the gym.

It’s typical to experience healing from laser skin resurfacing as you might from a mild sunburn, with some itching or irritation. You may experience some minor skin peeling. A more intensive treatment can result in more redness and swelling, sometimes with oozing or blisters.

You’ll be instructed to clean the treated area 2 to 5 times a day with a special saline or vinegar-based solution, not your usual facial cleanser, and to change the dressings.

Once the skin has healed, you’ll need to protect it from exposure to the sun for up to a year after the procedure. Sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is recommended.

The new skin will be pink at first, but over two or three months will gradually correct to your natural skin tone. Oil-free makeup can be used to hide this initial coloration.

Questions and Answers

Yes. At AW Plastic Surgery we are experts in combining treatments for optimal results. To reduce crow’s feet or lines around the mouth, for example, Frax 1550 laser treatment can be paired with a filler such as Restylane® Refyne. Depending on the location of the facial lines, Botox® may also be helpful. In your consultation, we can review all appropriate options.

It’s a common misconception that laser resurfacing is only recommended for people with light skin. It’s true that some types of laser treatment can result in discoloration of darker skin, but lighter-toned African-American, Hispanic, and Asian skin can be safely treated with other laser options. Dr. Wilson can advise you on which skin resurfacing method will be safest for your skin tone, whether that’s a specific laser treatment or an alternative such as radio-frequency or microneedling.

Most non-ablative laser procedures — the milder treatments designed to stimulate the growth of new skin rather than simply eliminate surface skin — require a series of treatments to produce the best results. These are also the treatments that take the least time in recovery. Results are long-lasting once the series of treatments is completed.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wilson in our Portsmouth, NH, office. He will examine you and discuss your goals for facial rejuvenation, and share his thoughts on the optimal treatment. He will also take the time to answer any questions or concerns you may have.