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Laser Resurfacing

If you’ve ever wished you could have “new” skin, laser resurfacing may be just what you’re looking for. At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery near Providence, Rhode Island, laser resurfacing can rejuvenate your skin by removing the outermost layers, as well as firming up the underlying collagen. This treatment can achieve improvement for common concerns such as age spots, sun damage, and fine lines and wrinkles.

If you would like to learn more about laser resurfacing with Dr. Lori Polacek, request a consultation online or call us at (401) 331-0202 and we will schedule your appointment.

About Laser Resurfacing

We use a pulsed carbon dioxide (CO2) laser for laser resurfacing. This is an ablative laser that achieves remarkable results for many patients. For those who want an effective, non-ablative option, we offer Fraxel® Dual non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation.

Read more about Fraxel® Dual

The CO2 laser is safe and is less likely to cause unwanted side effects (such as scarring or skin discoloration) than other skin resurfacing options. The extremely quick, intense pulses of laser energy emitted by the laser vaporize the targeted skin cells. Dr. Polacek uses very precise settings to guide the depth of penetration and the width and pattern of the treatment area.

Dr. Polacek only treats the layers of skin necessary to correct the skin imperfections, leaving underlying tissues preserved. The CO2 laser is highly effective in treating:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Sun damage and discoloration

In addition to renewing the surface of the skin, the laser can actually stimulate and tighten the underlying collagen. This means that your skin will not only be smoother and more evenly pigmented, but it will also be firmer and more youthful.

Your Procedure

CO2 laser resurfacing of the face is performed at our surgical center under sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about an hour, and patients can be driven home shortly after. The recovery period for laser resurfacing depends on the area treated and the depth of penetration. Generally, you can expect to experience significant redness and peeling for 7 to 10 days.

Wrinkle reduction results will appear fairly soon after your skin heals, but will continue to emerge over several months. Changes in skin texture and coloration will emerge as the pinkness in your skin fades. Although the recovery is longer than with more superficial resurfacing treatments, results from laser resurfacing are typically more significant and lasting.

Dr. Polacek will review the pros, cons, and risks of this treatment, and help you to decide if laser skin resurfacing can help you to achieve the results you want. Many people who visit her from around Providence for plastic surgery choose this treatment to enhance their results. If you choose laser resurfacing, she will discuss pre and post-procedure care in detail so that you are fully prepared for your treatment.