You are still active and you feel great. But, the effects of time, sun, wind and toxins in our air have taken their toll on the appearance of your skin. It's not as smooth as it was when you were younger. You would like your friends and family to see you the way you feel inside. For many of us, this requires reversing the visible signs of aging, those years of fun in the sun and unprotected exposure to sun. Dr. Caglia performs fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing for patients from the Frisco area.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
In the past your options included chemical peels, dermabrasion or the use of temporary fillers. Now, Dr. Caglia performs CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing for patients from Frisco and throughout Texas to remove superficial and deep wrinkles around the eyes, lips, forehead and cheeks seen in aging skin as well as lax and loose skin. Facial acne scars, traumatic scars, burn scars and sun-damaged skin (actinic keratosis) are also excellent candidates for this treatment.
Many patients complain of those pesky under-eye bags or Festoons under their eyes that they have had for years and are getting worse over time in spite of the application of topical remedies. Festoons are mainly caused by excessive and unprotected sun exposure over the years. Festoons are swollen mounds that form on your cheek right under your Lower Eye Bag. Under eye bags and festoons make patients appear tired and much older than they are. As seen on the Dr. Oz show, Festoon Laser Treatment can tighten the skin removing the under eye bags and festoons giving a very youthful and rested appearance.
Laser skin resurfacing with other therapies such as SlimLipo Liposuction and Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers are other procedures that can enhance your skin rejuvenation giving you the ultimate naturally youthful appearance you deserve!
CO2 fractional laser resurfacing
Choosing laser skin surgery
You will want to explain to your physician the level of skin improvement you hope to achieve. The doctor will then review your medical history and examine your skin type and pigmentation to determine if you are a good candidate for laser skin surgery. Don't forget to mention any history of viral infections, sensitivity to the sun, or prior skin treatments such as skin peels, dermabrasion or Accutane treatments within the past 12 months.
Together you can discuss your options, evaluate your expectations and determine the best treatment for you.
What kind of results can I expect?
Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth are removed, while the deeper frown lines and grooves are softened. Once the outer layer of skin has been removed, the new skin beneath reveals a softer, smoother, more youthful appearance. Many patients say our laser can erase up to ten years in a little more than an hour.
Benefits of laser resurfacing over chemical peels and dermabrasion:
- The laser causes less scarring, bleeding and bruising.
- Laser surgery requires shorter recovery time than traditional treatments.
- A level of control can be achieved that is difficult with other treatments.
- Your physician can visually judge the effect of the treatment as it is performed.
- The treatment is more predictable and safer.
The laser gives your physician precise control over the natural exfoliation process as it gently vaporizes the outer layer of sun-damaged or acne-scarred skin to reveal the smooth, fresh skin underneath. Lines are removed in a precise, rapid, bloodless fashion, achieving excellent results.
Dr. Caglia performs laser skin resurfacing with local anesthesia if limited areas are treated, while full face resurfacing is usually performed with the administration of intravenous sedation by an CRNA (certified registered nurse anethetist). Both procedures may be performed in our doctor's office. With this new technology, treatment can be tailored to achieve our patients' expectations.
Generally, recovery time with laser skin resurfacing is rapid and gentle.
During the first few days after your procedure, your skin will weep, as new collagen is formed to rebuild the skin from the bottom up. Some crusting may develop as a new skin surface is formed. We will prescribe ointment to keep the treated areas moist, and in most cases, bandages will be required during the first 48 hours. Your new skin will have a reddish quality which fades in a few weeks. This redness can be covered with cosmetics until it completely disappears. Some temporary swelling may occur around the eyes, and there is some risk of pigmentation disturbance with darker skin types.
The full effect of your treatment develops over a few months following the procedure and can be expected to last for several years. As with any cosmetic procedure, the results can be expected to fade over time, at which time the procedure can be repeated.
Find out if you could benefit from Laser Skin Resurfacing in Frisco. Schedule your consultation with our office today.
[Page Last Edited on October 29, 2012]