Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is used to rejuvenate aging skin and to battle cumulative photodamage or sun exposure that leaves most patients with wrinkles and blotchy pigmentation. Dr. Shadfar evaluates each patient based on their sun exposure history, skin type, and degree of skin damage and tailors the treatment individually to minimize risks while accomplishing an effective result.

The Technique

There are various laser technologies available. Dependent on the area treated and depth of resurfacing, most procedures can be performed in the office using topical anesthetic creams. For those patients with more pronounced skin damage and wrinkling, a deep sedation or general anesthetic will be required. Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure.

M22 Universal IPL

M22 Universal IPL is a state-of-the-art Intense Pulsed Light technique developed by Lumenis® – a leading manufacturer of minimally invasive aesthetic technologies. Equipped with advanced Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT), the Universal IPL treatment can be customized to improve the appearance of over 20 skin issues and concerns, including vascular lesions, unwanted hair, hyperpigmentation, and active acne. During the IPL procedure, OPT makes it possible for an equal distribution of energy to be delivered during one or sequential pulses, helping to enhance the control, safety, and efficacy of treatment. In addition, the M22 Universal IPL applicator has three interchangeable SapphireCool lightguides that provide contact cooling for maximal patient comfort based on the size of the targeted region. Depending on the specific condition being addressed, Dr. Shadfar can seamlessly adjust the settings of the M22 Universal IPL device to deliver precise treatment and optimal results.

The Recovery

The amount of downtime associated with laser skin resurfacing will depend on the depth of treatment. More superficial or mild laser resurfacing patients have minimal downtime. Medium depth laser resurfacing patients can expect 5-7 days of recovery, while deep laser treatment patients will have 8-12 days of downtime. The morning after the deep laser treatments, Dr. Shadfar will see the patient in clinic and check all treated areas. Dependent on the depth of treatment, the patient may experience tightness to the face, skin discomfort similar to a sunburn, as well as facial swelling. The patient will use cool compresses, keep the head elevated, and continue with local wound care measures until the skin has completely healed. We ask those patients traveling from out of town to stay for routine checks during this time period.