Laser Resurfacing in Manhattan, NY
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure that uses laser technology to rejuvenate the skin. Laser resurfacing reduces the appearances of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities and acne scars, making the skin look more even, tighter, plumper and younger. Treatment areas can include the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
Typically, there are two types of laser resurfacing treatments: non-ablative and ablative. Non-ablative treatments are recommended for patients who want to improve their skin’s overall texture and tone. Ablative treatments are recommended for patients who want to see a more dramatic reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Both treatments promote collagen growth and a more youthful appearance.
During the laser resurfacing procedure, a topical anesthesia is applied to the treatment area and the patient may be given an oral anesthetic to further minimize discomfort. The laser is then rolled over the skin, releasing concentrated pulses of light energy to heat the layers of the skin. How deep the laser penetrates into the skin depends on the patient’s skin and the type of treatment desired. For non-ablative treatments, the heat from the laser penetrates into the dermis layer of the skin, tightening the underlying skin and promoting collagen growth. For ablative treatments, the top (epidermis) layer of the skin is targeted and removed while also heating the dermis layer of the skin to promote collagen growth.
Immediately following treatment, patients can experience redness, itchiness and swelling. Symptoms are more intense following an ablative treatment compared to a non-ablative treatment because the skin is raw after an ablative treatment. Following an ablative treatment, the doctor will apply a topical ointment and bandages accordingly. Following a non-ablative treatment, a topical ointment will also be applied but bandages are not necessary. Keeping up with topical ointment applications and icing the areas at regular intervals are recommended after both treatments. Over-the-counter drugs can also be taken to relieve any discomfort during the healing process.
It is important to note that the skin needs time to heal after both treatments. The heat from the laser stimulates new collagen growth which occurs over time. Patients can expect to see gradual and continued results weeks following treatment. It is also important to remember to wear sunscreen and moisturizer to maintain the results of the treatment. As we age, the effects of sun damage and environmental toxins accumulate on our skin. Laser resurfacing cannot prevent this from happening but keeping up with treatments will help maintain the skin’s texture and tone.
At his New York City office, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank offers three different kinds of laser resurfacing treatments: Fraxel Repair, Fraxel Restore Dual, and Clear Brilliant. The type of treatment and the recommended amount of treatments varies from patient to patient, depending on the individual’s skin type and desired results. Dr. Frank will talk in-depth with the patient about his/her individual treatment during the initial consultation.
Dr. Frank’s Manhattan office is open Monday-Friday. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank, please call the office at (212) 327-2919 or fill out the contact form on the right side.