Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser treatment of wrinkles or scars. Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling.
Skin resurfacing uses fractional lasers, such as the Fraxel Laser and the Fractional CO2 Laser, to ablative and non-ablative and IPL type machines all improve the appearance of the skin’s surface. These lasers work by poking tiny microscopic holes in the skin, that stimulate the production of new and healthy collagen. This results in fewer fine lines, less wrinkles, improvement of acne scars, decreased pigmentation and reduction in the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Pigment changes of the skin, such as blotchiness or brown spots, may also occur with age or as a result of birth control pills, pregnancy or genetic factors. Prior acne may have made the surface of your skin uneven. These problems, as well as certain other skin conditions, may be improved by skin resurfacing.
In laser skin resurfacing a laser is used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer. The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially around the mouth and the eyes. However, it is also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation. Laser resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or in specific regions. Often, the procedure is done in conjunction with another cosmetic operation, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing delivers columns of light energy into the skin leaving tissue around the columns untouched for rapid healing and painless procedures. Little to no visible wound is created so you can apply your makeup (we suggest mineral only) immediately after the procedure.
After a few days, the top layer of treated skin starts to shed. Treatments usually involve 3-6 session depending on what you are treating (fine line wrinkles, spots or acne scars). Each session can be done about 2 weeks to 1 month apart.
For the full face, it is common to charge as much as$850 per treatment or a package of 3 for $2300. The average cost of laser skin resurfacing is $2,222 for ablative and $1,113 for non-ablative, according to ASPS 2012 statistics.
Removal of top layer of skin with abrasive treatment. Dermabrasion is a simple procedure. A small abrasive wheel or brush rotating at a high speed is used by the doctor to abrade or remove the skin with the wheel.
Dermabrasion is a mechanical procedure. Once the old skin is removed, new skin will form in some days. The new skin is without the earlier problems. The healing depends upon the area treated and the depth of the abrasion. This procedure may also swell your skin for some time, but slowly as the new skin forms, the problems go away and you can begin with your work again.
The average cost of microdermabrasion is $154. That is the national average surgeon/physician fee according to 2012 statistics from ASPS.
The cost of microdermabrasion may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, as well as geographic office location.