Laser skin resurfacing has come a long way in the relatively short time since it was first introduced to the cosmetic surgery market. Early laser procedures were relatively invasive, resulting in more discomfort and longer recovery times after the procedure. While this approach may still be the first choice for patients who want more dramatic results, additional options have come on the market that allow a doctor and patient to work together to customize treatment to a patient’s specific needs and expectations.
With many more options in laser resurfacing, NYC residents will want to brush up on the latest trends in this procedure to find the best treatment for them.
Also referred to as CO2 laser resurfacing, this treatment is one of the first to be offered in the area of laser skin rejuvenation. The laser is used to vaporize (or ablate) the outer layers of skin. As the area heals, new skin develops in the area, which is typically smoother and softer than the original skin. Wrinkles are minimized, as well as other imperfections, such as age spots, hyperpigmentation and shallow scarring.
The results of ablative laser skin resurfacing can be dramatic, but some patients are hesitant to have the procedure because it typically requires general anesthesia and a longer recovery time.
Non-ablative laser resurfacing is a relatively new cosmetic procedure that allows the physician to improve the appearance of the skin without invasive procedures. Instead of vaporizing the outer skin layer, this procedure uses heat to target the underlying skin layers, which stimulates collagen production for a prettier complexion from the inside out.
The most popular type of non-ablative procedure is fractional skin resurfacing, which targets specific areas of skin, leaving nearby areas untouched for faster healing time.
Many cosmetic surgeons, including Dr. Loeb, use the Fraxel laser for fractional skin resurfacing. This device is considered one of the best in the industry today for non-ablative laser resurfacing, offering consistent results with minimal downtime. The Fraxel laser can be used to treat sun damage, fine lines, pigment and texture irregularities, and shallow acne scarring.
Another option for skin rejuvenation is fractional skin resurfacing using radio frequency treatment, rather than laser procedures. Touted as the latest in skin resurfacing, Fractora fractional skin resurfacing works on a wide range of skin issues, from fine lines and wrinkles to pigment irregularities and shallow scarring.
Fractora may be used for both ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing, and may be used on the entire face as well as targeted areas.
Dr. Loeb offers private consultations at his Manhattan office to help patients learn more about their laser resurfacing options and to determine the best treatment for their specific needs. For more information about laser skin resurfacing in New York, contact Dr. Loeb’s office at 212-327-3700 to schedule your private consultation.