About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Every day your skin is exposed to environmental elements such as ultraviolet radiation, free radicals, and pollution. While proper skin care is essential for helping the skin look its best, laser skin resurfacing at Charles P. Virden, MD for patients in the Reno, Nevada and Tahoe areas can enact meaningful, lasting changes in your skin health. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Virden uses precision, accuracy, and state-of-the-art equipment in order to effectively take years off a person’s appearance without harming these delicate skin tissue. The Sciton JOULE ProFractional laser remains the gold standard for ablative skin resurfacing. Laser treatments can be used on the entire face or to target specific areas such as “crow’s feet,” the glabella area between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and mouth lines. Pigment damage normally seen with the outdated CO2 laser is not seen with the Sciton laser.
Patients who will get the most benefit out of laser skin resurfacing will want to:
- Reduce or remove facial wrinkles, creases, and lines
- Improve sun-damaged skin
- Correct pigmentation problems and spots
- Treat scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos
- Tighten skin that has lost elasticity due to aging
What to Expect
Laser skin resurfacing can be performed in the office with no downtime. Avoiding the sun after this procedure is critical and patients should get 5 – 8 treatments for best results. Generally, post-treatment instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up healing and shorten recovery time. Ointment is applied to the affected area immediately following surgery to aid with the healing process, minimize swelling, and control the risk of infection. The skin will be red and ooze for about 7 – 10 days; however, there is little discomfort with the laser resurfacing process. Any pain associated with the surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-treatment instructions. Recovery time varies with the extent of the resurfacing and the number of areas treated.
Usually the first week after the treatment is labor intensive. Patients are advised to wash the lasered areas regularly every few hours to facilitate healing. At about 7 – 10 days, the beautiful new skin appears and the healing process gets much easier. At this point, mineral make-up and moisturizers can be applied to the skin. A pink tint or red color to the skin is normal for about 3 weeks – 3 months. This coloring is caused by blood vessels that are laying down “new” collagen. A reduction in the appearance of wrinkles will take approximately 3 months.
Plan Your Procedure
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Dr. Virden has successfully performed over 5,000 laser skin resurfacing procedures to remove deep wrinkles, liver spots, and sun damage. With his experience and skill, you can be sure that your skin treatment at his office in Reno, NV will be safe, effective, and thorough.