About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Plastic Surgery Vegas is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure that utilizes pulsating beams of light to exfoliate dead and damaged skin one layer at a time. We offer several different types of laser treatments, including IPL photofacials, ActiveFX™ CO2 laser, and Cutera's Excel® V. Laser skin resurfacing is performed to reduce facial wrinkles and lines and to minimize skin irregularities, including acne scars, pigmentation, and other issues. Sometimes called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an ideal facial treatment for individuals desiring clearer, softer, and youthful-looking skin. Based on the condition of the patient's skin, the laser may be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time needed with most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any questions or concerns can be reviewed with our skilled team during your initial consultation at our Las Vegas office.
Types of Laser Treatments
Plastic Surgery Vegas has three types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on the condition of your skin. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, like a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that allows the laser technician to minimize skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for skin tightening, treating acne scars, and diminishing wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light creates micro-injuries to the skin to promote the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative treatments are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait several months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of ablative and non-ablative that make small holes in the lower layers of the skin. The body's automatic healing leads to tighter, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used for deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"Dr. Alison Tam and her entire staff are amazing! I have been dealing with rosacea for over 25 years and have never had it under control until Dr. Tam started treating me about a year ago. I had pain from the amount of capillaries that were at the surface of the skin on my face and chest. I couldn't even enjoy any activity outside in the sun because of my rosacea. I can't count the number of doctors and creams I have used in the past. Dr. Tam set a realistic plan and explained what I should expect with laser treatments. I completely trust Dr. Tam. Their office has the latest equipment and she thoroughly explains everything in great detail. I am so pleased with my results! I also decided to use the Active FX laser and get rid of some wrinkles too! The aftercare I received during all of my treatments was amazing. Her staff Julie, Gail, and Whitney all helped make sure I healed properly and Kelly made sure all my many appointments were scheduled conveniently. I then decided to use a small amount of fillers and botox with Kim. She has such an eye for detail that I assumed she was an artist. Kim listened to my wishes and helped me achieve the results that were right for me. At all times I felt I was being taken care of and treated with genuine kindness. I have not worn face make-up in 4 months. It's so nice not to feel the need to cover my face with layers of make-up. I started using the few products she suggested and I love them too! I know that I will always be dealing with roscea, but now I have a doctor who can help me keep it under control. Right now my skin feels and looks awesome!"- T.T. / Google / Dec 26, 2020
"Excellent customer service! What ever you need, they will coach you through it. I am starting my skin care journey! Lots and lots and lots of options. I can’t wait to share the before and after. My skin has not felt healthier!"- B.L. / Facebook / Dec 20, 2020
"It always a great experience when I visit Plastic Surgery Vegas for my skin care needs. The staff is professional and trained on the most effective and current skin care."- M.M. / Google / Mar 05, 2021
"I have worked with the skin care team at Plastic Surgery Vegas for almost 20 years and Seonaid has been a key member of that team. She has kept me looking fresh and on a proactive skin care routine to preserve my youthful skin as long as I can. She is my go to for Botox and I am in good hands with her experience. She is professional, personable, and open to discussing options or ideas with me. Seonaid stays up to date with new options and is very knowledgeable as she provides ideas to me. I am thankful for the excellent service Seonaid has provided me all these years."- L.P. / Google / May 21, 2021
"I highly recommend Plastic Surgery Vegas for any procedure you are considering. I trust, respect, and admire the expert team at Plastic Surgery Vegas. I have been a loyal patient for over 20 years because of their high quality service and results their team provides. In my opinion, their team has the most qualified, knowledgeable and reputable team available. I have had procedures with Dr. Higgins, all outcomes were so successful. He has a positive, scientific mind in conjunction with his creative talent and concern for his patients makes him the best surgeon. He pays such close attention to detail, which separates him from a good surgeon to a great surgeon. He is conservative and honest on all consultations in which I truly appreciate. I have also seen Dr. Tam for 10+ years for extensive sun damage to my skin. She has completely transformed my injured skin with her expertise, knowledge and knowing the best treatments for her clients' skin over several years. Dr. Tam is exceedingly talented and also pays such attention to the details of your skin and your desired outcome. She also cares that her patients are healthy and is always so thorough in detecting pre-cancer/cancer conditions. I have seen Dawn, the lead aesthetician for almost 20 years and she is such a sold member of the Plastic Surgery Vegas team. She is so knowledgeable about all aspects of the skin and provides great recommendations, skin care and maintenance necessary to maintain healthy skin. Dawn always goes above and beyond to try and accommodate her patients needs. She also has a sincere concern about her patients well being and works hard to accommodate her patients. Dawn is so knowledgeable well beyond her field of expertise. Shona is also an expert in her field. I have seen Shona for over 10 years and have been so satisfied with her recommendations and results. She is so talented and knowledgeable regarding her area of expertise. All my experiences with Shona have been superb. I have never had a negative experience and feel like she does such an amazing job every time I see her. All Plastic Surgery Vegas Doctors, aestheticians, and administrative team are extremely hard working, have a superb work ethic and truly care about the patients in their practice. I admire how effective they coordinate with one another to offer the finest service available to their patients. I highly recommend any Plastic Surgery Vegas expert based on my results over the past 20 years. I am 60 years old and don' t want to look 45 - I just want to look and feel the best I can for 60 years old. Thank you Plastic Surgery Vegas."- J.K. / Google / Aug 09, 2021
There are several factors to consider when choosing which laser procedure is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation issues, a laser skin resurfacing procedure may be helpful to improve these cosmetic flaws. In addition, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for those who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel is not suggested if you have very dark skin or active acne. Also, it's important to know that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Some patients, based on the condition of their skin, may require up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
Laser skin resurfacing
Before you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser treatment, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your session. This helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help lessen any pain for greater relaxation throughout your session. If your skin needs mild improvement, local anesthesia will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. For the full face or deeper laser treatments, a kind of sedation may be necessary. During the procedure, you can relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, directly targeting the specific sections for improvement. You will feel the warmth from the laser followed with cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to destroy dead and damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen production.
After your treatment
After light laser treatments, a healing ointment will be smoothed over the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin may look red, and there may be some irritation and swelling. This should subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are getting a more intense laser treatment, your recovery time will take longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings, and the burning, irritation, and swelling symptoms will be more intense. Medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The recovery time for a more intense session can last 2 – 3 weeks. All patients need to limit their sun exposure following their treatment and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the laser skin resurfacing, the dermis will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It is vital to avoid interfering with the healing process to prevent scarring and to protect the treated area from sun exposure. After the peeling is completed, your skin should feel smoother while appearing clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
Laser skin resurfacing FAQS
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Our team can help you decide which laser skin resurfacing option will best meet your needs and goals in your initial consultation. The best treatment for you will depend on the health and condition of your skin, your unique dermal concerns, and how deep you want your treatment to go. The length of recovery time might also be a consideration when choosing your treatment type. If you are in doubt, it's better to try a lighter treatment to see how you like your outcomes and decide if you want something stronger for your next appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
We will give you tips on how you can help your skin heal after a laser resurfacing treatment. The most important rule is to not peel or pick off flaking skin. This can cause long-term damage, including scars. You should skip all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which means no waxing, shaving, or hair creams. We can recommend an ointment to help soothe treated areas.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel?
Once our team has listened to your concerns, we will help you decide if laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel will achieve your goals. Although both of these rejuvenate your skin, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. In your consultation, we can explain each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment.
How often should I get laser skin resurfacing treatments?
Depending on the laser resurfacing method you select for your treatment, you might need to wait weeks or even a few months between appointments. Deep treatments will give you results that last a long time but will require more time for recovery. You should talk to our team about how often you are willing to come back for appointments so we can take this into account when recommending a type of resurfacing during your initial consultation.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing treatment provides amazing results if you are looking to get a younger-looking complexion. If you are considering a laser treatment and would like to hear more about their benefits, as well as other nonsurgical treatments Plastic Surgery Vegas offers, we invite you to call our office in Las Vegas, NV today to schedule your consultation with our skilled team.