What is it?

Laser skin resurfacing is a broad term which includes various type of skin resurfacing using various laser technologies. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Galanis uses fractional CO2, Erbium laser (also known as fraxel), as well as IPL (also known as fotofacial) lasers based on the needs of the patient. Lasers direct energy at different levels of the skin to stimulate collage growth and improve texture and elasticity. They are intended to leave the skin looking less blemished with a smoother, tighter, and refreshed appearance.

Who is a candidate?

  • Fractional CO2 laser is considered for:
    • Fine lines or wrinkles throughout the face, such as around the eyes, mouth or forehead
    • Acne scars
    • Sun damaged skin
    • Aging skin
    • Liver spots
    • Discolored complexion
    • Warts
    • Birthmarks
    • Enlarged oil glands
    • Skin resurfacing on other visible parts of the body, such as the hands
  • Erbium laser (fraxel) is considered for:
    • Acne
    • Acne scars
    • Fine lines
    • Wrinkles
    • Pigmentation disorders
    • Surgical scars
    • Liver spots
    • Birth marks
    • Warts
    • Enlarged pores
  • IPL (fotofacial) is considered for:
    • Sun-damaged skin
    • Fine lines
    • Wrinkles
    • Enlarged pores
    • Rosacea
    • Liver spots
    • Hyperpigmentation
    • Enlarged blood vessels

Technique

Laser treatment can last 30 minutes – 2 hours depending on laser selection and degree of area requiring treatment. Topic anesthesia may be used. It is performed in the office often accompanied with other surgeries to the face.

Recovery

  • Results: may require several treatments separated by at least several weeks; in situtations where only one treatment is indicated, benefits can be appreciated as early as a few days
  • Recovery/Downtime:
    • Fractional CO2: no longer than 2 weeks (skin will be red and may flake during that period)
    • Erbium (fraxel): minimal
    • IPL (fotofacial): minor redness, skin lesions for a few days
  • Pain: Minimal; topical creams are commonly used
  • Activity/Shower/Driving restriction: No restrictions
  • Time off work: May return to work immediately
  • Follow-up: You will be seen in office 2 weeks following treatment

If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing, please fill out our contact form and we will be happy to assist you! Alternatively, you can call to schedule a consultation to see Dr. Galanis in Beverly Hills (310-858-8930).  This service is not available at the Chicago location.