About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to remove damaged skin layer by layer. The treatment is performed to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, as well as diminish skin irregularities, such as acne scars, blemishes, pigmentation, and other flaws. Also referred to as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for patients desiring a softer, clearer, younger complexion. Depending on the condition of the skin, the laser can be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments, which can be discussed during the initial consultation with Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Lee.
Our in-House Laser
Our Houston, TX plastic surgery office is proud to offer the state-of-the-art Sciton Halo hybrid fractional laser. This advanced treatment is suitable for the face and body and combines both ablative and non-ablative laser therapy to treat a number of skin issues. Halo’s unique approach is effective and preferred by many patients because if cuts down the downtime associated with a full ablative laser treatment but is more effective than the non-ablative method, which in many cases can take multiple treatments for patients to see lasting, noticeable results. The Halo hybrid fractional laser can correct:
- Uneven skin tone
- Poor texture
- The appearance of fine lines
- Sun damage
- Visible signs of aging
- The appearance of stretch marks
- The appearance of scars
- Sun damage located on the chest or other body parts
- Age spots
In the past, patients either had to have numerous treatments to see results or suffer through a lengthy recovery to attain results with one treatment. With Halo, you get the best of both worlds: gorgeous, natural results with minimal recovery and downtime. Halo offers a synergistic effect, combining deep dermal revitalization with epidermal renewal.
There are many factors to consider when choosing which laser peel is right for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unhappy with their overall complexion. If you have sun-damaged skin, acne scars, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, redness or pigmentation issues, this treatment can help correct these imperfections. In addition, it works great if you have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. In addition, it is important to understand that there is downtime associated with this laser therapy. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
"Dr. Lee is very personable! He is always very thoughtful and kind. If you are looking to get a procedure done, he will be able to kindly guide you through the process. Very seldom do you meet a doctor who is as considerate and relational as Dr. Lee!"- J.B. / Facebook / Mar 12, 2017
"Dr. Lee did an AMAZING job!!!! The office is very clean and nice. I’m very happy with my results and will be coming back in the future!"- J.F. / Google / May 02, 2019
"I had a tummy tuck with a hysterectomy, at age 58. I never would have thought of doing anything for myself, on the suggestion from my gyn I saw Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee did an excellent job and above all of my expectations. I am ever grateful for Dr. Lee, the TT has been life changing for me. My only regret is I didn’t do it sooner. He will be my doctor for any future procedures."- D.C. / Google / Apr 25, 2019
"Dr. Lee took care of the follow-up excision of a mole my derm had removed for a biopsy. He and his staff were friendly, personable, and I felt well-cared for. They all made sure I knew what was going to happen during the procedure, and ensured I was comfortable the entire time. Dr. Lee will be my go-to plastic surgeon from now on!"- L.M. / Google / Apr 11, 2019
"Dr Lee is very calm, with exceptional listening skills. He performed a small surgical procedure ( the tiniest incision ever) I could not be happier with the direct honest way of managing the expectations. A a lot of plastic and cosmetic surgeons are overselling / overpromising their results but not dr. Lee- a refreshing find. Highly recommend."- C.M. / Yelp / Mar 31, 2019
Plan Your Procedure
If you are undergoing a deeper or more intense laser peel, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for a few weeks prior to your laser treatment. This is usually the case if the laser is targeting an area of the face where the skin tends to be more sensitive. This helps prepare the skin better for the effects of the laser. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair, and the laser will glide over the skin, precisely targeting the designated areas for improvement. You will feel heat followed by coolness from the built-in cooling system of the device. The laser works to destroy damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen growth.
What to Expect
After your laser skin resurfacing treatment, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will appear red, and there will be some irritation and swelling. This subsides within a couple of days and the peeling process will begin over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are undergoing a more intense laser treatment, your downtime may be longer. The downtime associated with a deeper peel can be 2 – 3 weeks. All patients should limit their sun exposure after their laser treatment and apply sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is important to not assist this process to both avoid scarring and to protect your face at all times from sun exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
Laser skin resurfacing for the face and body offers outstanding results for patients who want a younger-looking complexion and to treat certain skin imperfections. If you are considering a laser peel and would like to learn more about them, as well as the other nonsurgical options we offer, we invite you to call Nuveau Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics in Houston, TX to schedule your consultation.