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 surrounding delicate skin tissue. 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, as well as the neck and chest.
Our in-House Lasers
Dr. Virden is proud to offer his clients the latest state-of-the-art laser treatments by Sciton. The JOULE remains the gold standard for ablative skin resurfacing and is used on patients with more severe skin damage. In addition, we also offer the Sciton Halo, which provides outstanding results with minimal downtime. Using the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, our Reno, NV staff uses the Halo laser to deliver both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to target specific microscopic treatment zones on the face and body to provide outstanding surgical-like results without the downtime associated with a surgical procedure.
"I came in from out of state to have my procedures done with Dr. Virden. He is extremely personable, knowledgeable and confident in what he does. On the day of my pre-op, as I was flying into Reno, my flights were diverted and delayed and I didn't get in until late. Dr, Virden went above and beyond to meet with me outside of normal office hours to make sure I was ready and confident for surgery the next morning. He is caring and attentive and checked in on me over the weekend after the surgery. I'm extremely happy with my results. My breasts look amazing and my tummy flat! I have had minimal pain after surgery and I attribute that to having an extremely skilled surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Virden!"- Google User / Google / Nov 22, 2016
"CHANGED MY LIFE!I whole heartily recommend Dr. Charles Virden for a procedure. I had two consults a couple of years apart for an abdominoplasty. He sat with me and asked, “what has changed”? This led to a wonderful, caring discussion on what had changed in the two years since my first consult. (loss of almost 100lbs) Dr. Virden became as excited or more excited as I was to the prospects of how this procedure would change my life. He was so caring and enthusiastic to do the procedure. As I lay in recovery, he threw back the curtain and said (with the largest smile I have ever seen), “Hello skinny, I’ll see you tomorrow.” I can only say, I wish I had done it sooner…it has Changed My life! Thank you, Thank you. Patty"- P.B. / Google / Oct 02, 2019
"Prior to having Dr Virden correct 2 botched surgeries I had given up on all hope of looking normal. The plastic surgeon that did my previous surgeries had me on a pump for a year then made me pay full price for a revision that was worse. Dr. Virden never had a doubt he could fix it and that gave me hope. I can honestly say I had given up on anyone fixing it, but he did! I am 3 weeks out from surgery and I feel like I did in my 20's! Seriously this isn't an exaggeration. I would refer my friends and family to Dr. Virden and his staff. His positive attitude and professional but kind bedside manner is comforting. I honestly can't say enough about my experience and how happy I am. If you're thinking about changing something please talk to him first. After all I have been through I can honestly say he comes through and has an eye for detail. Thank you Dr. Virden and staff for giving me a new outlook on myself."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 12, 2019
"I've been going to see Leah S. for a few years now for a variety of things and she's the absolute best! I live in NYC and always make it point to book an appointment whenever I go back to visit family in Tahoe. She's incredibly knowledgeable, makes you feel comfortable and all her work is amazing. I would highly recommend Leah and even got a few friends and family members to start seeing her!"- K.O. / Google / Aug 27, 2019
"I saw Aleah Hartung the P.A. In Dr Virdens office for a skin tag removal. I didn’t have to wait months to get in to see her as if I had to see a dermatologist in any other office. I got in, in less than a week. Her technique was amazing, I didn’t feel a thing. I was very impressed. I highly recommend anyone who needs their skin looked at for any suspicious lesions, moles or any skin concerns."- N.T. / Google / Aug 07, 2019
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.