Laser Skin Resurfacing
Treating Advanced Sun Damage in Marco Island and Naples, Florida
Fractional lasers are ideal for use in anti-aging treatment plans, but advanced cosmetic sun damage requires a more dramatic solution: laser skin resurfacing. Naples and Marco Island-based Skin Wellness Physicians uses the more intense option for women and men who want significant improvement of their facial skin that has been impacted by ultraviolet radiation.
While collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin break down naturally over time, sunlight accelerates the destruction of these molecules that, when abundant, allow the skin to be flexible, pliable, firm, and smooth. Ultraviolet radiation can cause visible spots and wrinkles to form much sooner than they would otherwise, as well as make them appear more severe.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Since many cosmetic problems sit in the topmost layer of skin, the solution to softening and fading these unwanted lines and spots lies in removing that layer so a younger, fresher layer can be seen.
The dermatologists at Skin Wellness Physicians use an erbium or CO2 laser to ablate—or remove—the outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis. Not only does this remove the cells that show signs of damage and aging, it also prompts the generation of new collagen and skin cells.
What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for reducing the appearance of mild to moderate lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as tightening the skin so that it is not as loose. The treatment improves how the skin is "draped," which can positively impact facial contours in addition to tone.
What is a Laser Skin Resurfacing Session Like in Florida?
Erbium lasers are used for a more shallow treatment, while CO2 lasers can penetrate deeper in the skin for a more dramatic improvement. The intensity of the treatment and other factors will determine how long the treatment takes, as well as what sensations will be experienced during the laser skin resurfacing session. An anesthetic will be used. Talk to the dermatologist during an initial consultation to find out what specifically can be done to maximize comfort throughout the process.
What Happens After a Laser Skin Resurfacing Session?
In the days following a laser skin resurfacing treatment, the targeted area will appear red, feel sensitive, and will likely swell to some degree. In about a week, the skin will begin to peel, revealing fresher, smoother skin beneath. This younger skin should be moisturized and protected from UV exposure with an adequate sunscreen.
Note that the healing process for erbium laser treatments is shorter than with CO2 lasers.
Options Beyond Laser Skin Resurfacing in Florida
Fractional laser sessions can be used for anti-aging treatments that are less intense than laser skin resurfacing, making them more appropriate for minimal to mild sun damage. Skin Wellness Physicians also offers IPL (intense pulsed light) to fade sun spots, microneedling to stimulate collagen production, BOTOX® to smooth out dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers to address static wrinkles, and more.