Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling. Pigment changes of the skin, such as blotchy or brown spots, may also occur with age or as a result of birth control pills, pregnancy or genetic factors. Chicken pox scars may have made the surface of your skin uneven. These are just a few of the skin problems that may be improved by skin resurfacing.
You may also be a good candidate if you any of the following conditions:
Dr. Lopes uses the latest technologically advanced Contour Laser from Sciton to improve your skin’s overall appearance and texture on your face, neck, chest or hands. This procedure is a combination of new and unique laser technologies that gives you customized treatment optimized to your skin type and condition. The laser light is absorbed by the water in your skin and instantaneously vaporizes a very small amount of tissue. The treatment varies according to the skin type, the degree of sun damage and the severity of the wrinkles. With Contour, you can obtain the results you want while minimizing the erythema (redness of skin), giving you a much more uniform and consistent result and an easier recovery period.
Post-operative Procedures & Recovery
Laser skin resurfacing will produce redness and swelling to varying degrees. Healing times will vary depending upon the actual treatment depth and the individual. However, using Contour, the erythema should be reduced from months to weeks. In the case of men who have undergone resurfacing procedures, shaving must be delayed for a while. The top layer of your skin will re-grow and be ready for makeup in approximately one week. We will prescribe skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Proper aftercare will minimize the risk of infection and ensure the shortest healing time.
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early period following your skin resurfacing procedure. Generally, you should be able to return to work within a week or two. Exercise or other strenuous activities may need to be delayed a few weeks longer.
Your new skin will be sensitive to the ultra-violet rays of the sun and it is recommended that you do not go out in the sun. If you have to go out in the sun, cover up, wear a hat and apply a good sun screen.
Despite the natural effects of aging, you can expect that improvements in skin quality and texture achieved by resurfacing will make your complexion appear younger and fresher for many years to come.
New Procedural Video
Click on the photo box below to view this informative, procedural presentation including an introduction, an overview with illustrations indicating incisions and how the procedure is performed, how best to prepare and what to to expect, and how to take care of yourself after the procedure.
Call our office today at (757) 497-5400 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. JoAnne Lopes.
Information provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
*Price range: Partial $1800-$2000 Full Face $4500-$5000