Laser resurfacing uses a special intense beam of light (laser) to remove the outer layer of skin (epidermis) so that the new skin, which is smoother and tighter, can flourish and grow in its place.
The CO2 laser emits a colorless infrared light which is highly absorbed by the skin. This laser system can be used in several ways: “focused” for cutting skin without bleeding: “defocused” for superficially vaporizing skin: and “super pulsed” for facial resurfacing.
By delivering very powerful, rapid pulsing or scanning of the CO2 laser beam, Dr. Lawrence is able to peel and resurface the facial skin for cosmetic improvement without damaging or scarring surrounding skin. This technique removes fine lines and wrinkles of the face, smoothes acne scars and rejuvenated aging and sun-damaged skin as it gently smoothes and precisely contours the skin surface.
There are many different types of lasers, such as Intense pulsed light (IPL), Treat Vascular changes such as redness in the skin, broken blood vessels, and flushing symptoms of rosacea. Pigmentary changes such as brown spots, poikiloderma, and dyschromia. Also, IPL will treat non-facial photo-aging of the neck, chest, and hands.
Another is the V-Beam for Facial spider veins (or telangiectasia) occur on the nose, cheeks, and chin. These superficial veins have become permanently dilated and may be caused by heredity, sun exposure, injury, or by a disease called rosacea. When people with rosacea flush, the small vessels of the face get larger and eventually show through the skin. Many patients find these unflattering dilated vessels embarrassing and choose to seek treatment.
Our V-Beam laser (Pulsed-Dye Laser) is specially designed to treat spider veins and other vascular lesions of the face. This vascular laser targets the red vascular component of the skin. This state of the art laser is unique from previous vascular lasers because of its longer pulse widths, which minimize and often eliminate purpura, causing little or no bruising to the skin. If you are unhappy with broken blood vessels on your nose or other facial areas due to sun exposure or rosacea, this laser will afford a nice improvement.
The Smoothbeam is an advanced, multi-effect, non-ablative laser treatment that heats collagen, the upper dermis of the skin, and stimulates new collagen formation.
- Acne scarring
- Active acne
- Skin rejuvenation
- Sebaceous Hyperplasia
The Shearlight laser to remove unwanted hair.
At Cooper University Hospital, our dermatologists offer world class care and have extensive experience with laser resurfacing.
Understanding the procedure
Before the procedure, the face is thoroughly cleaned. A person may be given eye protection and their hair may be covered. The skin will be numbed with local anesthetics Depending upon the type of laser used and the level of treatment, a person may receive topical anesthesia, local anesthesia,. For extensive resurfacing, such as treatment to the whole face, Tumescent anesthesia is used.
The laser is moved precisely over the treatment area. Depending on the depth of the wrinkle, scar or discoloration, the laser may be moved over the area repeatedly. The number of treatments needed is dependent upon the reason for treatment and the individual response to treatment.
The laser penetrates and removes the number of outer skin layers necessary to uncover the layer not affected by imperfections. Once that layer is exposed, healing can begin to rebuild new skin.
Indications for the procedure
Good candidates for laser resurfacing are people with facial wrinkles localized around the eyes or mouth or acne scarring.
Departments Specializing in Laser Skin Resurfacing
Departments at Cooper where laser skin resurfacing is performed:
Physicians Who Specialize in Laser Skin Resurfacing
Our laser skin resurfacing specialists include: