About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to eliminate dead and damaged skin layers. The treatment is performed to address facial lines and wrinkles and for minimizing skin flaws, including acne scars, pigmentation, and other issues. Also known as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an ideal procedure for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition and type of skin, the laser may be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime required with most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen during your assessment and consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills offers three types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on your skin's needs. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers treat thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to reduce skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for firming the skin and treating wrinkles and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light simply creates micro-damage to the skin to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait 2 – 3 months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative and create small holes in the deeper layers of the skin. The skin's self-healing process then produces a tighter, firmer, and healthier complexion. Fractional lasers may also be performed to treat fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation issues.
"My experience with Dr. Timothy Katzen is wonderful. His surgical skills are top notch and he has great bedside manner. I have had 3 procedures with Dr. Katzen and happy with all three."- K.Y. / Google / Nov 05, 2019
"Dr. Timothy Katzen is well known and prominent in the weight loss community. When I was looking to get my body lift done, he was always at the top of my searches with very positive comments from his patients and more importantly, he has thousands of before and after photos. I was amazed. My body lift was no different. It turned out wonderful!!!! So grateful for a talented and kind surgeon. Thank you Dr. Katzen for everything!"- A.P. / Google / Sep 12, 2019
"The last 2 years has been life changing for me. I had the sleeve and lost over 130 pounds. I started to exercise and eat better. One of the best things about this transformation is meeting Dr. Katzen and having a thigh lift and body lift by him."- J.A. / Google / Jun 15, 2019
"Amazing experience, wonderful, attentive, caring staff. Great bedside manner. I felt like I was in great hands. So grateful for Dr. Katzen!"- E.K. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
"I had arms that flapped after I lost a significant amount of weight. I went to Dr. Katzen for an arm lift and you would never be able to tell I had anything done. Dr. Katzen placed the incisions carefully where you wouldn't see them unless I raised my arms. My scars are healing very well. I can't wait for my incisions to fade like many of his post ops that I met."- H.C. / Google / Oct 18, 2019
There are multiple factors to consider when selecting which laser peel procedure is right for your needs. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who are unhappy with their skin's appearance. If you have skin damaged by the sun, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, redness, or pigmentation troubles, a laser peel treatment can be helpful to improve these complexion blemishes. In addition, a laser peel often works well for those who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. Additionally, it is important to know that there is downtime associated with these laser treatments. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.
Before you have a deeper or more intense laser peel treatment, you may be asked to use a retinoid product for a few weeks before your laser peel. This helps prepare the skin for more effective results. Medication will be suggested prior to the treatment to help lessen pain for increased comfort during your session. If your skin requires only mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas the laser will target. For the full face or more intense laser treatments, some kind of sedation may be required. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, precisely targeting the necessary surfaces for rejuvenation. You will feel the heat of the laser followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also stimulating new collagen production.
What to Expect
Following lighter peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin, after which you can return home to recover. The skin will appear red, and there will be some irritation and swelling. This should subside within a couple of days and the peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are getting a more intense laser treatment, your recovery time will last longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling symptoms will be more intense. Medication can be prescribed to lessen these side effects. The recovery period associated with a deeper laser treatment can last up to 2 – 3 weeks. All patients should minimize their sun exposure after their session and apply sun protection throughout the day. For all laser peel treatments, the skin will naturally crust and flake away. It is crucial to avoid interfering with the healing process to prevent scarring and protect your skin from environmental exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel provides amazing results if you desire a younger-looking complexion. If you are curious about laser treatments and would like to learn more about them, as well as other nonsurgical procedures offered at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, we invite you to call our office in Beverly Hills, CA today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Katzen.
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