What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing at Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY, ranges from slight redness for treating mild skin flaws to thick crusting when treating those hated deep rhytides or facial lines. Both invasive and noninvasive cosmetic treatments uses beams of light to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The treatment is performed for reducing facial wrinkles and lines and for minimizing skin irregularities, such as acne scars, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, surgical scars, burn scars and more. Sometimes referred to as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered a great procedure for patients desiring natural, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition of the skin, the treatment will be adjusted accordingly. There is some recovery time associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with founding dermatologist Dr. Adam Bodian during your consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
Bodian Dermatology has three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are chosen based on your skin's condition. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive. To optimize your results, we can also combine treatments.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove the skin — the laser light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative laser facials are great for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles on those who are willing to wait a few months to see strong results. May be done on all skin types.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create small holes in the deep skin layers. The body's self-healing process creates firmer, healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be performed to help fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven pigmentation, surgical and burn scars.
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative laser treats layers of skin, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel with a high level of control that permits the Dr. Bodian to avoid skin damage. Ablative lasers are ideal for firming the skin and improving wrinkles, acne scars and deep facial lines.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"Best dermatologist I've ever been to! Dr. Bodian is extremely knowledgeable, patient and honest. He took his time to perform a thorough skin analysis on me and didn't try pushing a bunch of treatments on me. Another dermatologist recommended clear and brilliant for me and he told me it's not a good choice for someone with my complexion because it could cause hyperpigmentation. He takes his time to explain everything he's doing. I am so glad I found him! I've already referred my girlfriend to him. I will never go to anyone else."- J.D. / Yelp / Jul 17, 2019
"I had fraxel done by Dr Bodian. It's doctors like Dr. Bodian who remind you that your doctor cares about you as a patient. During the time he spent with me it was obvious that he cares about his patients and their treatments. He takes his time during every procedure and does everything he can do to make you comfortable in his office as well as help you find the best treatment possible with or without insurance. I would recommend him to anyone who asks for any procedure."- F. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2016
"Best dermatologist I’ve ever been to! Dr. Bodian is extremely knowledgeable, patient and honest. He took his time to perform a thorough skin analysis on me and didn’t try pushing a bunch of treatments on me. Another dermatologist recommended clear and brilliant for me and he told me it’s not a good choice for someone with my complexion because it could cause hyperpigmentation. He takes his time to explain everything he’s doing. I am so glad I found him! I’ve already referred my girlfriend to him. I will never go to anyone else."- J.D. / Yelp / Jul 17, 2019
"I’ve been seeing Myriam Castillo for electrolysis since May of this year.I’m loving the results thus so far.She is very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.Myriam is a professional and is amazing at what she does which is magic with skin.I would highly recommend giving her a try for your skin care needs.Her receptionist Elvira is also the sweetest."- S.N. / Yelp / Oct 07, 2021
Who Needs Laser Skin REsurfacing?
There are several factors to take into consideration when choosing which method of laser skin resurfacing procedure is best for you. Dr Bodiah does'nt rely on any single resurfacing laser but combines them for the most natural youthful outcomes. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have sun damage, acne scars, wrinkles and unwanted lines, surgical and burn scars, this is may be your ideal treatment. It is important to understand that there is a recovery period needed after some laser resurfacing treatments. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need as much as 3 - 4 weeks for recovery.
Our Laser Skin Resurfacing Technique
Dr Bodian likes to prepare your skin for laser resurfacing with a healthy skin treatment protocol that you begin applying a few weeks before your laser treatment. When you have a more intense or deeper skin resurfacing treatment, medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help minimize discomfort so you can relax throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb certain areas the laser will target. For more intense laser treatments, some form of sedation may be required. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser glides over your skin, precisely targeting the specific skin cells. The laser energy works to vaporize dead and damaged skin cells while also prompting natural collagen production.
What to Expect After Your Session
After milder resurfacing sessions, the treated skin may appear red, and there may be some swelling and irritation. This should subside in a few hours. If you are undergoing a more intense laser treatment, your downtime will last longer. Sometimes swelling, irritation, and a burning sensation may be experienced. Medication can be prescribed to minimize these symptoms. The recovery time associated with a more intense laser procedure can last several weeks. Every patient needs to limit their sun exposure following their laser skin resurfacing session and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity, the treated skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel off. It's vital to avoid picking at the skin during the recovery process to prevent scarring and to protect your face from UV exposure. After the healing process has finished, the treated skin will feel softer while also appearing younger, clearer, and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there anything I should avoid before laser skin resurfacing?
Yes, you should avoid sun bathing, tanning, and prolonged sun exposure. Use a medical-grade sunscreen on your face in the weeks leading up to your treatment and avoid any prescription medications that may increase sun sensitivity.
Will my laser skin resurfacing treatment be painful?
While the procedure can be irritating and mildly uncomfortable, pain is minimal and has be compared to the sensation of being popped by a rubber band.
How long will it take for me to heal after my treatment?
Your recovery time will vary according to the size and scope of the treatment area and the depth of the laser treatment. Most patients recover within 1 - 2 weeks of their treatment.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Bodian Dermatology laser skin resurfacing procedures offer excellent results if you want a natural younger-looking appearance. If you are considering a laser treatment and would like to hear more about the benefits, as well as other nonsurgical procedures at our Great Neck, NY location, we encourage you to call us today to make your consultation with Dr. Bodian.
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