About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing by Sciton® 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 type of laser used will be determined 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 Lasers
Our Houston, TX plastic surgery office is proud to offer state-of-the-art laser treatments for our area patients. Our advanced Sciton treatments are suitable for the face and body and may include the combination of technologies to treat a number of skin issues. This unique approach is effective and preferred by many patients because it cuts down the downtime associated with 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 Sciton laser treatments we offer include:
Halo™ – As the world's very first hybrid fractional laser, Halo delivers non-ablative wavelengths to provide patients with dramatic results without discomfort or downtime. Halo targets the surface and subsurface of the skin to reduce brown spots and improve skin texture and tone.
Contour™ – Widely regarded as one of the safest laser skin resurfacing treatments, Contour's energy can be customized to the depth needed to achieve your aesthetic goals. By stimulating the production of new collagen, Contour treats moderate to deep-seated wrinkles, scars, solar spots, and poor skin tone.
Profractional Peel™ – Profractional laser energy creates thousands of micro-injuries in the skin, which work to stimulate the production of collagen. As the body heals, the skin is smoothed and plumped and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. Most areas on the body or face can be treated with this laser peel.
MicrolaserPeel™ – This procedure removes a very thin layer of skin on the outermost parts of the treatment area with great precision. Using a beam of light that is scanned over the treatment area, MicrolaserPeel reduces wrinkles, improves tone, and rejuvenates the skin for a clearer, firmer complexion.
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.
Our laser skin resurfacing treatments 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
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"I had such a wonderful experience at Nouveau Plastic Surgery and Med Spa!! The staff is beyond spectacular. From the hands on (and handsome ladies/ gentlemen) owners Randy Rakes and Dr. Edward Lee to the nurse, injectors and Esthetician's (Alonah rocks!!).... Everyone is very informative, well trained, kind, knowledgeable, and on point. I've never felt in more capable and experienced hands. They have all the newest and greatest technology to aid in skin rejuvenation. And if you need a little help beyond that (which I did), Dr. Lee is one of the absolute best plastic surgeons in town. He is meticulous in his art. I would trust him with any procedure I decide to have done in the future and I feel completely confident in recommending him to any of my friends, family, or acquaintances. If you're looking for a wonderful med spa, Nouveau Plastic Surgery and Medspa is hands-down one of the best I've ever been to. Trust me! You'll love it there! It's amazing!!"- P.G. / Yelp / Aug 01, 2018
"Dr. Cheng was great to me. I went for laser treatments to help my rosacea. Her bedside manner was very gentle and I always felt like she was an expert in treating me. The office was clean and convenient."- J.C. / Google / Apr 04, 2011
"Top notch and extremely professional environment and staff!!!! I am a return patient/client and highly recommend Nuveau for all your cosmetic procedures. Nuveau maintains my botox and fillers plus check out the laser treatments."- S.M. / Google / Aug 11, 2020
"I would recommend a facial from Teta! She is amazing and took care of my skin issues before I got married. I received a series of chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and of course purchased every product she recommended! I received so many compliments on my skin! Alonah is an angel who performed my Halo treatment and some other laser treatments in removing unwanted spots here and there. Johanna is very patient and took her time. She called the next day to check on me after receiving filler and Botox. Dr. Lee is is friendly, professional and thorough. He solved a skin issue for me that had gone unresolved after seeing and receiving treatment from two other doctors. And last but not least Randy is like a long lost family member who will take you under his wing and guide you in the right direction with concerns and issues you may have."- R.R. / Google / Aug 08, 2020
"I have been going to Nuveau Plastic Surgery forever and if i could give them 6 stars I would. Dr Lee is super qualified and his credentials are stellar. He graduated from Baylor, was asked to teach and worked in South Korea /Asia where customers are super demanding and its so hyper competitive (plastic surgery capital of the world). He also volunteers to help children in need by fixing their cleft lip/palate as part of doctors without border type program. Randy Rakes is amazing. His background in medspa practice and his passion for bringing the latest technology to bear has helped the practice be leading in technologies and services to help me look my best. Halo, CoolSculpt, Ultherapy, Micro needling ...Joanne is the nurse practitioner in charge of botox, fillers and lasers and she is both medically trained but also has the artist's touch of using the menu of services to make sure you look beautiful, fresh and radiant and not overdone. She is amazing. Most importantly they are customer service oriented and lead with love and kindness. Run don't walk to make an appointment....Give them a chance to make this your best "looking" life."- H.L. / Google / Aug 24, 2020
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.