Laser Skin Resurfacing in Great Neck, NY

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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.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

At Bodian Dermatology, we know that with age, the skin can become increasingly dry, flat, and expressionless. With laser skin resurfacing technologies, we can offer Great Neck, NY individuals new skin with a treatment that provides many impressive benefits, including:

  • Reduced look of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Minimization of pores and inconsistent skin texture
  • Reduced appearance of scars and sun damage
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem about your skin's aesthetic

Am I A Candidate for 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. Bodian doesn't 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.

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

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 Laser Skin Resurfacing

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.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ

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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