Laser Treatments: IPL (Intense Pulse Light) and No Downtime Facial Rejuvenation

Laser Skin Resurfacing

As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements of the decade, laser technology is currently utilized throughout the healthcare community. Dr. Cimino uses one of the newest lasers available to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles, and scars in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing.

What is a Laser?

The word “laser” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is performed in Chicago Surgical Specialists’ state-of-the-art surgical center. After laser treatment, patients are left with more natural looking skin.

What areas can be treated through laser resurfacing?

The laser is used to reduce tiny wrinkles, acne scars, and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne-scarred skin, problems that often cause concern to both men and women.

Benefits of Treatment

Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical peel and dermabrasion. The benefits of laser resurfacing are less pain and a faster recovery time. In most cases, laser treatments are also less costly.

Before Surgery

Prior to surgery, Dr. Cimino will discuss your goals for facial improvement. After determining the appropriate procedure, we will fully describe the procedure, what results you can expect, and treatment costs. The skin is usually pretreated prior to laser treatment to improve healing time.

The Procedure

A local anesthetic is given to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The area is cleansed and draped. Dr. Cimino directs the laser beam toward your skin imperfections. The laser quickly and accurately vaporizes the outermost layers of skin just four or five cells in thickness.

Recovery: What to Expect

In most cases, only one treatment is needed. The initial redness fades in a few weeks to light pink; this can be concealed with makeup. Remaining discoloration typically disappears in one to three months.

The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance facial appearance. Patient expectations must be realistic, and results should be anticipated as improvements rather than total corrections. Results depend on many factors such as the size, shape and location of the imperfection and the patient’s heredity, age, and general skin condition.