Laser Resurfacing in New York City
with Dr. Shridharani
Our skin is the most obvious indicator of our age. Unfortunately, this outermost organ of the body is affected by everything it comes into contact with. From rays of sunshine to lotions to stress and biological aging, the skin will respond to various factors in a cumulative fashion. The effects of internal and external stressors can now be mitigated with therapeutic energies. We are proud to offer non-surgical skin rejuvenation using proven laser resurfacing techniques.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of skin texture and quality. While doing so, the laser also treats minor facial flaws by removing damaged superficial layers of skin. This allows new collagen and skin to form.
What Can Laser Resurfacing Treat?
Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent treatment for the cosmetic and dermatologic problems that occur over time. Because this treatment gently removes superficial skin cells that exhibit damage from UV exposure and other factors, it can improve a wide variety of conditions. Laser skin resurfacing can provide an all-over boost in the appearance of tissue on the face, neck, chest, back, and hands. Obliterating dead and damaged cells that adhere to the epidermis and provoking a collagen response in the immune system, laser treatment can decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dull skin tone, scarring, and age-related lines and wrinkles. The influx of collagen after treatment can smooth rough skin and further diminish the appearance of scars as well as stretch marks and sun spots. Whether you have a number of cosmetic concerns you wish to address or your interest lies in postponing the onset of age-related cosmetic decline, laser skin resurfacing may be an outstanding approach to achieve your goals.
Who Is a Candidate for Laser Skin Treatment?
Various patients present to Dr. Shridharani for laser resurfacing. Young men and women look for gentle skin refreshing while older patients look for deeper skin rejuvenation. Dr. Shridharani has successfully treated patients for fine lines and wrinkles around eyes, mouth or forehead as well as shallow and deep acne scars.
Patients who have active acne or very dark skin tones usually are not good candidates for laser resurfacing.
The Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient treatment conducted in our NYC office. A local anesthetic is applied topically and left on the skin for 30 to 45 minutes to soothe nerve endings before treatment. In some cases, our anesthesiologist will be involved in care to promote comfort during deeper ablative processes. Smaller treatment areas, such as around the eyes, may be treated in 15 to 30 minutes. Full-face treatments may take up to two hours, during which time the patient lies comfortably on the treatment table as we carefully pass the handheld device over the skin. Because tissue has been numbed, there should be no discomfort during treatment.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Used After Surgical Procedures to Improve Scarring?
Laser resurfacing may be performed to decrease the appearance of scars once incisions have fully healed after surgery. Our staff can discuss details of combined surgical and laser treatments during the consultation visit based on the desired procedure, the area of incisions, and cosmetic objectives.
Is Laser Resurfacing Painful?
Medication is often given to help the patient relax during the procedure and to reduce pain. Topical anesthetics are used to numb small treatment areas. For larger treatments or more intense deeper resurfacing, Dr. Shridharani and his anesthesiologist may use mild sedation.
Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Be Combined with Other Treatments?
Laser skin resurfacing may be combined with other surgical and non-surgical rejuvenating treatments as needed to achieve the desired outcome from care. Some patients choose to undergo laser skin resurfacing after a cosmetic lift procedure such as eyelid rejuvenation, a brow lift, or a full facelift. After the skin has healed from laser treatment, it may be possible to enhance rejuvenation with injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers.
Laser Resurfacing with Blepharoplasty
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Compare to Microneedling?
Laser skin resurfacing and microneedling are both popular methods of rejuvenating the skin. Both create an immune response in which collagen production increases. Laser resurfacing also vaporizes a percentage of the uppermost skin tissue using light energy. The ablation of laser resurfacing quickly reveals new skin cells that have been hidden. Microneedling does not remove tissue. Instead, this technique creates microchannels in the skin to provoke an influx of collagen and circulation to give the skin a nice glow. Microneedling can improve the appearance of some scars and may subtly improve the tautness of skin, but typically not to the same extent as laser resurfacing.
What Are the Side Effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is the minimal injury to the surrounding skin. This laser causes fewer side effects such as swelling, bruising, and redness. Because of this, your recovery time should be faster than with traditional CO2 laser resurfacing.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Aftercare
A bandage may be applied to the skin after treatment. If this is done, we will schedule a follow-up visit in a few days to remove the bandage. If a bandage is not applied, the skin will be coated with a generous amount of moisturizing ointment or cream. Patients may be prescribed pain medication or other drugs to facilitate healing and decrease swelling. Often, swelling and pain can be managed with over-the-counter medication and ice packs. Our staff will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the skin after laser resurfacing based on the extent of ablation we have performed. We are available to answer any questions that may arise during the initial recovery period.
Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing
One detail to know about laser skin resurfacing is that the effect of laser energy first worsens the appearance of the skin before improving it. The first three days after treatment, the skin may feel warm and tight, and will most likely look very red. Comfort and appearance usually improve significantly by day 4 or 5, though this may be the period during which skin flakes or peels. At this point, some patients feel comfortable resuming at least some of their normal activities, taking care to ensure an approved moisturizer is used several times a day to prevent dryness. Social downtime may continue for as long as needed to feel completely confident in the new look of the skin. Complete healing may occur closer to the 10-day mark.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are suffering from acne scars, starting to notice crows feet, or simply want to smooth out wrinkles laser resurfacing may be the treatment for you. Contact our Manhattan office today by calling (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation.