Fortunately, today there are many options to restore and rejuvenate your skin without conventional plastic surgery. With the advances in Laser Skin Resurfacing, you can achieve amazing results with little downtime and modest discomfort. Of course, we cannot stop the clock, but we can turn back the clock with simple procedures and treatments.
Signs of Aging
No one can avoid the visible signs of aging. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic, causing wrinkles and sagging. Loss of skin tone and firmness results from a breakdown in your own skin’s collagen. Overtime, wrinkles begin to form, becoming noticeable in one’s 30’s and 40s. (Static wrinkles are visible all the time, and do not change with facial expression; dynamic wrinkles are those deep expression lines that appear with facial movement and deepen over time.)
Sun exposure is the primary cause of premature aging, which causes brown spots; freckles and uneven skin tone as a result. Spider veins and dilated capillaries appear. Fine lines and wrinkles develop from a breakdown in collagen. At some point the signs of aging cannot be ignored. But, you can minimize the appearance of aging and damaged skin, improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and refresh and rejuvenate your skin with laser resurfacing.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing can diminish wrinkles and scars and improve the texture and tone of your skin with precision, even in delicate areas.
- Renewing aged and sun damaged skin
- Treats acne and other scarring
- Improves large pores and reduces oil production
- Treats redness/rosacea
- Evens out skin color (treats age spots and evens pigmentation)
- Removes or diminish lines & wrinkles/improves skin texture
Laser Skin Resurfacing – How it works.
To prepare you for resurfacing, Dr. Miller will create a customized treatment regimen based on your skin type, to minimize complications and obtain the best results.
Ablative Fractional Resurfacing (AFR)
Before Laser Treatment / 4 months after one Laser Treatment
With AFR, the laser energy is distributed in a pixelated or grid pattern, vaporizing tiny columns of skin while leaving the skin between these columns (or “holes”) uninjured. The skin immediately contracts around these holes, providing immediate tightening. The heat injury from creating the hole triggers new collagen production which continues for 6-12 weeks after the laser procedure. Because the majority of the surface skin is unaffected by the laser, healing is rapid and it is safe and effective for all areas including the neck and chest. Dark skin types can be safely treated (for example: acne scarring) with minimal risk of pigmentation problems.
After the treatment, you will feel as if you received a mild sunburn. There will be redness, swelling and oozing for a short time (1-2 days). Crusting resolves in 4 -5 days with full healing at one week. Minor redness may take 2 -3 weeks to resolve. Minimizing sun exposure and using sunscreen daily will improve your results. You will see an immediate improvement, and your skin will continue to improve for several months. The results are long-lasting but it will not stop normal aging process.
Am I a good candidate?
If you have elastotic (sun-damaged) skin that is not prone to scarring and are healthy you are a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. The only way to know for certain if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller. He will evaluate your skin, review your medical history, listen to your goals, and answer your questions. He will present and discuss your options, the risks and benefits, and make his expert recommendations to meet your specific needs.
Laser skin rejuvenation is effective for lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation/age spots, and superficial scars. It is safe and effective when performed by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Miller.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are unhappy with your aging, damaged skin, new lasers are available to address your concerns. Dr. Miller offers all the most up-to-date technologies and techniques to perfect your skin, enhance your appearance, and keep you looking good! Appearance is critical to happiness and success. So go ahead and smile. Dr. Miller has a passion for excellence and will work with you to achieve your goals. In the South Bay area or Santa Clara County, give us a call today.