Are you considering laser skin resurfacing in San Antonio? Laser skin resurfacing has become quite popular in recent years as more patients wish to enhance their appearance without surgery and extensive downtime. Laser treatments utilize pulses of light to treat an array of skin imperfections caused by sun damage and aging. Whether performed as a solo treatment or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift or eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing can create a younger-looking and more attractive appearance.
When performing laser skin resurfacing, experience is key. San Antonio facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jose Barrera, MD is the trusted choice for San Antonio patients seeking laser resurfacing. In fact, he has been named a top doctor in laser resurfacing by RealSelf.com and has completed extensive Master Laser Training with the Department of Defense. Dr. Barrera has published several book chapters and articles on laser resurfacing for cosmetic, scar, and ethnic patients. Over the years, Dr. Barrera has successfully treated hundreds of patients of different ethnicities and skin tones.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Today’s lasers can be used to safely treat various skin types and tones. Dr. Barrera uses only the latest and most advanced laser systems to treat his patients. He will customize your laser treatment to address your skin concerns without harming your skin.
While there are several laser skin resurfacing techniques available, they all share the same basic principle of sending short pulses of light into the inner layers of the skin. The laser light creates tiny injuries on the treatment area, which triggers the body’s collagen regeneration process. The result is healthier and fresher skin. Depending on your skin care needs, Dr. Barrera may utilize one of the following laser techniques:
Ablative lasers administer pulses of light to remove the outermost layer of old or sun-damaged skin, revealing healthier, fresher skin underneath.
Non-ablative lasers target the deeper layers of the skin by creating heat, promoting the production of fresh collagen.
Fractional lasers create tiny holes in the treatment area, leaving surrounding areas intact; the skin tightens by “connecting the dots,” or regenerating collagen through intact skin bridges.
Among two of the most popular non-ablative, fractional lasers are the M22 with ResurFX and the Fraxel laser system. Both lasers are Erbium Glass lasers, which remove a thinner layer of tissue, emit less heat and cause less thermal damage to the skin and tissue than CO2 lasers do. The ResurFX only recreates a single pass for full penetration, which minimizes patient discomfort and reduces recovery time. Fraxel lasers may require six to eight passes. In addition, the ResurFX laser has a chill tip, which reduces or eliminates the need for numbing gels or external cooling systems during treatment. CO2 lasers emit beams of energy that heat and vaporize tissue instantly. Because of their precision, CO2 lasers do not affect the surrounding tissue, making them ideal for small and delicate skin areas such as the eyelids (to treat wrinkles). CO2 lasers are also commonly used to treat dyschromia, facial wrinkles, facial scarring and acne scarring. Laser treatments are safe and can be used effectively in combination with other facial aging procedures such as facelift, brow lift and perioral rejuvenation of the eyelids.
Laser skin resurfacing is non-invasive and involves minimal downtime. The results of your treatment will become visible within a few days, as your skin gradually heals itself and reveals fresher and healthier skin. To maintain your results, Dr. Barrera recommends undergoing repeat sessions. He can advise you on a treatment plan during your consultation. In addition, proper skin care is equally important in the pre and post laser treatment period.
What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Laser skin resurfacing can be performed alone or in conjunction with another facial rejuvenation procedure such as facelift or Botox to achieve more comprehensive and rejuvenating results. During your consultation, Dr. Barrera will examine your skin type and needs to determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Lasers can be used to treat the following:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dyschromia (age spots, brown spots, sun spots)
- Keloids and hypertrophic scarring
- Unwanted body hair
- Rough, dry skin
- Brown spots and age spots
- Vascular abnormalities including telangiectasias, port wine stains, and cherry angiomas
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing or other facial rejuvenation procedures Dr. Barrera offers, please schedule a personal consultation. Contact Dr. Barrera’s San Antonio practice by calling (210) 468-5426.