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What Skin Imperfections Are Improved with Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Dr. David M. Hartman | 10/21/2021

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Whether it’s fine wrinkles or surgical scars, laser skin resurfacing can resolve imperfections as well as thicken and rejuvenate skin for a brighter look. Dr. David M. Hartman of Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dover, OH offers the latest technology in facial rejuvenating treatments, such as EndyMed, microneedling, as well as laser skin resurfacing, for patients near Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron, OH, or Pittsburgh, PA.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing, which has grown to become one of the most popular non-surgical skin rejuvenation interventions, uses controlled laser beam energy that’s directly emitted into damaged or aged skin. Dr. Hartman specifically uses pixel CO2 laser skin resurfacing, which is just one of the many mediums of laser resurfacing being used today. CO2 creates energy beams that are attracted to the liquid in the skin, or the epidermis, which better tightens and smoothens the skin.

Laser resurfacing energy beams thousands of tiny holes in the skin while leaving the skin around each tiny hole untouched. This means that when the laser beams hit the skin, there is an “injury,” which helps stimulate the skin’s natural response to heal and to produce fresh collagen or the protein which gives skin its strength and flexibility. This organized production of new collagen creates skin that is tighter, softer, and smoother than before.

Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?

Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient, virtually pain-free procedure. For smaller skin imperfections, anesthesia is not usually required. Dr. Hartman offers topical anesthetics or injectable lidocaine for larger skin areas to be treated. For patients who have increased anxiety or unique pain management needs, Dr. Hartman can provide PRO-NOX™ or a calibrated mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide to ease any discomfort.

What skin imperfections can laser skin resurfacing treat?

Pixel CO2 laser skin resurfacing is an appropriate procedure for any of the following skin conditions:

  • Acne and scars from acne

  • Post-surgical scars

  • Scars from trauma

  • Wrinkles and lines

  • Dullness

  • Uneven skin texture

Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery commonly uses the Pixel CO2 laser skin resurfacing intervention for scars and aging skin along the neck, face, décolleté (lower neckline), and for scars from breast and abdominal surgeries.

Is there a recovery period?

Pixel CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a same-day, outpatient procedure that takes just under an hour to complete. Most patients will notice some slight puffiness and/or pinkness to the treated skin up to a week after the procedure. There may also be microscopic scabbing along the treated skin surface, which often goes unnoticed. Patients can return to their regular daily activities almost immediately after the procedure.

How long does it take to see the results of laser skin resurfacing?

Once the postoperative pinkness to the skin subsides, patients will see results gradually develop over the next 90 days. Dr. Hartman will follow up with each patient approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the initial procedure for further skin assessment.

Get started for a laser skin resurfacing procedure today

If you are in reasonably good health and are looking for innovative, non-surgical methods to rejuvenate your skin, contact Dr. David M. Hartman at Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Dover, OH and schedule an appointment today to discuss laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Hartman provides services for patients near Cleveland, Akron, or Canton, OH, or Pennsylvania.

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