Do you stand in the mirror with your hands on your face pulling back and up imagining your face with no wrinkles? Is a facelift something you dream about but at the same time, know that it is a procedure you would never undergo due to downtime and general anesthesia risk? Do you have acne scars that daily affect your self-image and dream of one day doing something about them?
Dream no more. Laser Resurfacing is a safe laser skin treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as acne scars. The procedure directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing the skin layer by layer. This technique creates micro-perforations in the skin which stimulates your skin to start its own healing response. The healing response of the skin produces new collagen in the skin which fills in lines and irregularities and stimulates fibroblasts that tighten the skin renewing the skin surface.
There are several types of CO2 laser resurfacing. The oldest and most aggressive form is referred to as CO2 or Fraxel resurfacing. This type of resurfacing is usually done in one treatment, but due to the high energy used requires general anesthesia and weeks of downtime. The newest and more moderate form of CO2 laser resurfacing is performed with an FDA-approved Fractional Non-ablative 1540nm Laser. Patients can get the same amazing results as Fraxel resurfacing with topical anesthesia ointment and no more than 1-3 days of social downtime.
At Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, IL, they are now offering Fractional Non-ablative 1540nm Resurfacing. “This procedure is extremely popular with our patients because in 3-6 treatments, with little or no downtime, they can shave years off their appearance. Our skin resurfacing patients will have lasting results for years to come as long as they take good care of their skin and avoid the sun. Since time does not stand still and we all continue to age, some patients choose to have a yearly resurfacing touch-up which also prolongs their results,” Dr. Norris suggested.
When a patient has Non-Ablative Fractional 1540nm Resurfacing done, they must avoid unprotected sun exposure 2-4 weeks before and after the procedure. On the day of treatment, topical numbing cream is applied before the laser treatment and eye protection is provided. The laser treatment takes about 30 minutes. Patients find the treatment very tolerable and report a sensation of a mild sunburn during the procedure that goes away in the first 4 hours they are home with ice and topical calming cream.
Dr. Norris recommends all patients avoid make-up for approximately 3 days after the procedure to ensure healing and prevent infection. According to her, “For some patients, who do not wish to leave their home without make-up, this could result in 3 days of social downtime.”
If you have an abundance of lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, or other facial scarring that bothers you, consider this revolutionary laser treatment to give you a refreshed, youthful glow and best of all, a feeling of renewed confidence. If you are interested in learning more, call Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, Illinois for a laser consultation at 815-780-8264 or visit their website, NicoleNorrisMD.com.