Skin Resurfacing & Rejuvenation

Skin irregularities on the face and elsewhere on the body are caused by the sun, skin disorders, aging and even heredity. If you’re beginning to feel self-conscious about wrinkles, acne scars or hyperpigmentation, maybe it’s time you consider skin resurfacing. 

WHAT IS SKIN RESURFACING?

skinSkin is complex and unless you are trained to evaluate and treat skin we do not expect you to have all the answers.  We want to take confusing out of the scenario and help you with your specific skin care needs.   Choosing a laser is a very personalized decision and depends on your individual skin condition, how much improvement you want and how much recovery time you can afford.  Dr. Aguilar’s office has the ability to recommend a skin care plan that benefits your specific skin and meets your desired expectations.

Laser resurfacing can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles of the entire face, or those that develop in specific regions of the face, such as the upper lip and around the eyes. Laser and light treatments, or specially formulated chemical peels, resurface the skin to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and sun and age spots.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 laser resurfacing has been used for years to treat various skin concerns including wrinkles, scars, warts, birthmarks, enlarged oil glands on the nose, skin cancer and other conditions.

CO2 laser resurfacing uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams delivered in a scanning pattern to very precisely remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures.

Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest. One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes minimal side effects, such as swelling, bruising and redness, so recovery time is one week in most cases.

PREPARING AND PLANNING FOR YOUR SURGERY

skin2First, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Aguilar. You will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and the results you would like to achieve. Dr. Aguilar will work with you to reach an understanding about what you can expect from this procedure and what long-term benefits you will experience. Every patient is different and we will choose the surgical technique and treatment plan that’s right for you during your initial consultation. You will be asked for the following:

  • Complete medical history including previous surgical procedures, past and present medical conditions and all medications or herbal supplements that you’re taking.
  • Except Dr.Aguilar to evaluate your skin and underlying bone.
  • Photographs will be taken for your medical record
  • Be prepared to discuss possible risk and complications of the procedure.

Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications, but please ask Dr.Aguilar for financing options.Current or past use of AccutaneT, as well as Retin-A, and other topical skin preparations, must be reported to your surgeon. Also keep in mind that absolute sun protection is essential for the first year after any of these resurfacing treatments to prevent irregular pigmentation. Diligent sun protection for life will help to maintain your new, younger, smoother skin.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

When your procedure is completed, you will be instructed on how to care for the treated skin by Dr.Aguilar. More often than not, patients will produce redness and swelling to varying degrees. You will be advised about cleansing your skin, as well as if and when you should apply any ointments. About seven to ten days after the procedure, a new skin will have begun to form. After the initial redness subsides, your skin may be pink for several weeks to months.

WHAT TO EXPECT (BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS)