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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Beverly Hills, CA

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

How do you prepare for laser skin resurfacing?

The best way to prepare for laser skin resurfacing is to consult with a professional who has experience with the procedure. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills advises patients to avoid sun exposure for several weeks before laser skin resurfacing and to use broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect their skin. We may also recommend avoiding blood thinners to reduce your risk of side effects.

Do results from laser skin resurfacing look natural?

Laser skin resurfacing can provide natural-looking results. However, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results of your procedure. Most patients see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their skin, but it may take several weeks or months for the full effects to be seen.

Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?

Most patients report that laser skin resurfacing in Beverly Hills, CA is relatively painless. However, some people may experience discomfort during the procedure based on their individual tolerance levels. The good news is Dr. Katzen or a member of our team will provide a topical numbing cream to help minimize any discomfort you may feel.

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what is 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.

am i a candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

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.

how does laser skin resurfacing work?

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.

how long is recovery after laser skin resurfacing?

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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