About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing with a laser at Refine Medical Spa is a non-invasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy light to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The procedure is performed to reduce fine lines and to diminish skin irregularities, such as pigmentation, acne scars, blemishes, and other flaws. It also helps to significantly improve the texture and tone of the skin. Sometimes referred to as a laser peel, our Southlake, TX medical spa offers ResurFX by Lumenis, which is a non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin, the treatment can be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. We invite you to call Refine Medical Spa and schedule your skin assessment and consultation to learn more.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected, depending on your skin's condition. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers remove thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to minimize damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for skin tightening, as well as removing acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light simply creates micro-injuries to the skin cells to promote natural healing. Non-ablative treatments are best for removing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait a few months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that make tiny holes in the deep skin layers. The body's natural healing process leads to tighter, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used to treat fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation.
Our Southlake, TX medical spa offers non-ablative, fractional resurfacing, which offers results without any downtime. By using ResurFX, this treatment assists to even out skin tone, smooths fine lines, and increases collagen production for an overall rejuvenated appearance.
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"My experience at Refine was as perfect as I would expect for my first time ever getting botox and fillers. The staff at Refine offer top notch customer service, and are very knowledgeable about the products. As a first timer, I had a lot of questions, and Anne was more than happy to answer all my questions and address all my concerns. Same goes for Jana - Jana administered my lip filler and I could not be happier! You are certainly in good hands with the staff at Refine. I believe the products and services are fairly priced and they offer great specials!"- A.B. / Facebook / Jan 14, 2019
You have many factors to consider when choosing which laser peel is best for you. Laser skin resurfacing is geared toward patients who are unsatisfied with their overall complexion. If you see sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, fine lines, and light/moderate wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness issues, this procedure may help correct these imperfections. Also, it is a great treatment if you have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks.
If you are scheduled for a laser skin resurfacing treatment at Refine Medical Spa, you may be given a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser treatment. This helps prep the skin for maximum results. A topical numbing ointment may be given prior to the procedure to help reduce any discomfort so you can relax throughout your appointment. During the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over the skin, directly targeting the designated areas for improvement. You may feel the heat from the laser followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to destroy damaged skin cells while also promoting new collagen growth.
What to Expect
For light peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin, and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may look pink, and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are undergoing a deeper laser peel, your downtime will take longer. Our in-house laser allows us to change the depth and speed of energy that is delivered to the skin based on the patient's specific and unique needs. Every patient needs to limit their UV exposure following their laser treatment and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's important to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield your face from sun exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing younger, clearer, and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Your laser skin resurfacing cost will depend on the condition of your skin and how many treatment sessions will be needed to attain the results you desire. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns and assess your skin before explaining how a laser peel works, and we will then detail a custom treatment plan specific to you. Refine Medical Spa regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages so be sure to ask about specials we may have when discussing overall costs.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
We will explain ways to speed skin healing following your treatment. The most important rule is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can cause long-term damage, like scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest creams to help soothe treated areas. In addition, it is important to avoid sun exposure so that your skin remains clear and healthy.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
Once we have listened to your concerns, we will help you choose whether laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, or a chemical is best for you. Although all three rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. Laser skin resurfacing often has longer and more dramatic results than a chemical peel or a type of dermabrasion. This varies by the patient and the needs that are being addressed.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
The average laser skin resurfacing treatment, when performed in a non-ablative manner, can be done every 4 - 6 weeks until the desired results have been achieved. We recommend having a laser peel during the year to complement your ongoing daily skin care routine.
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A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing can provide outstanding results if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are considering a laser peel and want to hear more information about its benefits, or about additional nonsurgical options Refine Medical Spa performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Southlake, TX today to make your appointment.