Skin Resurfacing

Our skin resurfacing laser treatments include options for full resurfacing, fractional resurfacing, and laser peels for tunable laser therapies customized for each patient, to accomodate desired recovery timelines, and to deliver results.

Conditions treated

  • Fine lines, deep wrinkles, and poor skin texture
  • Photodamage
  • Actinic keratoses, and seborrheic keratoses
  • Adnexal tumors
  • Scar revision
  • Rhinophyma
  • Epidermal Nevi
  • Solar Lentigines

Individual results may vary.

  • ProFractional for wrinkles

    ProFractional four weeks after first treatment.

  • ProFractional and MicroLaserPeel™ for wrinkles

    ProFractional and MicroLaserPeel™ thirty days after first treatment.

  • Contour TRL for crows' feet and wrinkles.

    Contour TRL for treatment of crows' feet and wrinkles.

  • Contour TRL for wrinkles.

    Contour TRL for wrinkles five weeks after first treatment.

  • MicroLaserPeel for dark spots

    MicroLaserPeel for dark spots after five treatments.

  • MicroLaserPeel for wrinkles

    MicroLaserPeel for wrinkles ten months after first treatment.

  • MicroLaserPeel for red and brown spots

    MicroLaserPeel for red and brown spots after two treatments.

Consultation

A consultation is necessary to assess your own goals and unique needs. A consultation fee of $100 is applied to your visit and can be immediately transferred to your customized treatment plan.

Contact our office to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

Full resurfacing, fractional resurfacing, and laser peels

Laser resurfacing is one of the leading cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The procedure utilizes a specialized kind of laser to improve the overall look of your skin. Commonly treated conditions include fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun spots, and uneven skin tone and texture.

Full resurfacing

The laser used in resurfacing has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied, it ablates (vaporizes) a layer of skin to a depth controlled by the technician. The high water attraction allows the laser to ablate blemishes, wrinkles and damaged skin very efficiently, which makes it both safe and effective. As your skin heals, a new layer of fresh, healthy skin replaces the old damaged skin. Additionally, laser resurfacing stimulates the formation of new collagen, leading to a stronger dermal foundation and noticeably firmer skin.

Fractional resurfacing

A tiny laser beam is used to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. The laser used in this system has a very high attraction to the water in your skin. When the laser energy is applied, it ablates (vaporizes) a layer of skin to a precisely-controlled depth. Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. This body's wound healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.

Laser peels

A laser peel is an outer- to mid-epidermal laser peel that precisely removes a thin layer of skin to a selectable depth. A laser peel is an advanced clinical method to improve skin texture, tone, and luminosity, and is easily customizable to each patient's individual goals. Because only a thin layer of skin is removed, healing times tend to be very rapid. The procedure uses a laser wavelength that is preferentially absorbed in the water of the epidermis. The laser instantaneously heats the water to a high temperature causing it to vaporize or ablate the skin, anywhere from 4 to 50 microns deep (a micron is very small - e.g., a fine human hair might be around 40 microns thick). Ablating the top layer of the epidermis removes old, tired-looking skin and depending on depth, will remove some light blemishes such as sun spots and pigment irregularities. During the healing process new, healthy cells re-grow, generally improving the overall appearance of the skin. Laser peels can be repeated approximately every 4-8 weeks.

Who should consider laser resurfacing?

Any patient looking for a visible moderate to dramatic improvement in their skin's appearance should consider laser resurfacing. Especially those who have deep wrinkles in typically difficult-to-treat areas such as around the mouth and eyes have found laser resurfacing to be the very best treatment for these types of conditions.

What areas can be treated?

Laser resurfacing is most commonly performed on the face. It can be very effective at eliminating the wrinkles that occur around the mouth (e.g. lip lines) and eyes (e.g. crow's feet), as well as improving the overall skin tone, texture and color anywhere on the face. Other popular treatment areas include the neck, chest and hands.

What will happen during the laser procedure?

The skin in the treatment area will be cleansed and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser handpiece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the laser energy is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds as the computer-guided handpiece scans the laser beam over the treatment area. The handpiece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire desired area has been covered. The procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area and the depth of your treatment.

Will it be uncomfortable?

It is widely regarded as a comfortable procedure, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream or a local anesthetic, depending on the depth of treatment.

What should I expect after treatment?

Your physician has designed an after-care regimen to address the common side effects associated with laser resurfacing and will include specific instructions to minimize these effects and hasten your healing. Localized swelling may be present in the treated area and can be addressed with cool compresses and keeping the area elevated. Redness may persist for several days, depending on the depth of the treatment, but will resolve over time. It is important that you avoid sun exposure, especially while your skin is healing. If you must go outdoors, it is recommended that you cover your treated skin, wear a hat and use sun block of SPF 30 or higher after skin has healed.

What aftercare do I need?

You may be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use sun block to avoid solar damage and premature aging of your skin.

How long will it take to recover?

Your healing time will depend on factors such as treatment depth and post-treatment care. Healing time may also vary between individuals. As a general rule of thumb, the deeper the treatment, the longer the healing time, but the more dramatic the results. Dr. Saucier can provide realistic expectations of downtime based on your specific treatment as well as answer questions about temporary changes to your skin color and provide suggestions on how they may be camouflaged.

When should I expect results?

Your results will vary depending on the severity of the conditions treated and the depth of treatment. Usually you will be able to see immediate visible results such as elimination of sunspots, wrinkle reduction and skin texture improvement as soon as the skin heals. Additionally, you may notice gradual firming of the skin over the next several months as the skin's healing and rebuilding response stimulates collagen remodeling and production, leading to healthier, and more supple skin. It may therefore take several months to see maximum benefit from your treatment.

Are there any risks with the procedure?

Laser resurfacing is widely regarded as a safe procedure. One of the best ways to reduce the possibility of complications is to follow the after-treatment care instructions and follow-up schedule provided by Rockwall Dermatology. Doing so will help reduce the possibility of infection and ensure proper healing.

How many treatments will I need?

Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment, though the number of treatments may vary from patient to patient. Some patients seek the minimal downtime advantages of very conservative treatments and choose to extend their therapy over several sessions. Others desire more rapid results and are able to tolerate longer downtime, and thus pursue a more aggressive single treatment.

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