Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview
DOT Therapy can help to reverse the effects and appearance of skin that is sun damaged or altered by acne scars, as well as smooth wrinkles and fine lines. At Prima Center for Plastic Surgery, our patients can look and feel renewed in a short amount of time by undergoing this short and harmless procedure, performed by one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons. With adjustable laser settings, the doctor is able to customize this laser treatment to specifically match the needs of your skin. This treatment is an outpatient procedure that helps rebuild the skin and restore it back to a vibrant, healthy looking appearance.
"Dr. Philip Nakano has a genuine personality! Excellent bedside manners and cares a great deal about his patients. His facial procedures are beautiful! I trust him."- C.E. / Facebook / Aug 25, 2015
"Dr. Nakano provided a strong and compassionate relationship at my visit. We worked together to determine my desired outcome and I trust him for all my future cosmetic needs. His skills are unparallel to any prior physician I have visited."- P. / Healthgrades / Jun 16, 2020
"Dr.Song is amazing at what he does! His staff is so sweet and very knowledgeable. I loved every bit of my experience so far with Dr.Song. He has wonderful bedside manner and he is easy to get in touch with if you have any concerns."- A.B. / Facebook / Apr 15, 2020
"I was very nervous going into my initial visit with Dr.Song. But he was extremely friendly, calm and understanding. During my virtual consult, he literally stayed on the phone with me for 2 hours and answered all my questions. I felt confident that he and I were on the same page in terms of the results I wanted. The staff, especially Adriana and Cindy were also incredibly helpful and sweet. I’m post op 1 week now and am thrilled with the results. I highly recommend this doctor and his team to anyone looking to get work done!"- S.7. / Google / Mar 17, 2020
"This place will always have a place in my heart, because of the wonderful Dr. Song.I first came here with my mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She came here for breast reconstruction. She had the TRAM flap.My mom was very nervous about having the surgery, but got excited when she found out that she was getting a free tummy tuck as well.My mom had a problem with anxiety, and Dr. Song helped her along the way.Dr Song is the most compassionate doctor that I have ever known. He made my mom feel like she took top priority. He took the time for her.Soooo, me being jealous of my moms perfect boobs, I just had to get mines done too! I was treated with the same importance as my mom. Dr Song explained to me the whole procedure in its entirety.He did a marvelous job! Unfortunately, three years later, my left breast deflated for some reason. I have saline, so it was ok. I called the office and made an appointment. When I went to this appointment, I was so emotional. I hadn’t been there since my mom had passed. Dr. Song saw me crying and started crying right with me.He told me that my boobs were still under warranty. He waived his fee, and said that I just had to pay for the fee for the surgery area and anesthesia! What an awesome doctor.Anesthesia is expensive and he asked if I wanted to do the reimplantation with only local. I said "yes."The day of surgery, I was numbed up and didn’t feel a darn thing! I was amazed!I LOVE this place. Absolutely a blessing to my family.Thank you Dr. Song for all that you’ve done and all that you do. You are amazing."- K.T. / Yelp / Mar 09, 2020
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Technique
Laser skin resurfacing uses controlled light beams with high intensity to vaporize and remove the upper layer of the skin. When the damaged, superficial skin is removed, it gives way for new skin to grow, which masks the face with a new layer of epidermis. Any pain during the procedure is managed with local anesthesia and/or sedatives to help the patient relax. The eyes will also be protected since lasers can be harmful to the patient’s vision. Laser skin resurfacing’s advanced technology allows accurate targeting of smaller areas so the surrounding skin is not affected. A session may take up to 2 hours depending on the patient’s skin conditions.
Ablation vs. Non-Ablation
Laser skin resurfacing may be aggressive, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. The more aggressive the treatment (which is referred to as an ablative procedure) the more it wears away the epidermis to let new skin regeneration begin. Recovery with this technique may take up to 3 weeks. The lighter treatment, or non-ablative laser, does not remove any skin. It stimulates deeper layers of the skin to initiate an increased growth of collagen. With this treatment, there will be no downtime for the patient. Both techniques help the skin regenerate. As new layers of skin are developed, skin problems such as wrinkles, mild scars and discoloration are minimized.
There are two types of laser skin resurfacing: the CO2 and Erbium lasers. CO2 is the most popular type in this procedure. It is an ablative method which wounds the epidermis to give way for new skin growth and improve collagen development. The intensity of the laser beams with CO2 is high. Erbium, on the other hand, is a more gentle procedure that only removes superficial skin layers so the recovery period is quicker. Depending on the patient’s skin condition and aesthetic goals, the doctor will recommend the laser that is more suitable for the patient to render better results.
Laser Skin Resurfacing During/After the Procedure
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. There may be pain during treatment, so local anesthesia can be used to minimize the patient’s discomfort. The doctor may also prescribe the patient a pain reliever after the procedure. The face may be bandaged after treatment. Since the epidermis is peeled away, the skin may appear red for several weeks. As it heals, crusting may be present. It is very important to follow the doctor’s advice on skin care to prevent any scarring. It may take a few days before the patient can resume normal activities. It may also be beneficial to use an extra pillow when sleeping to ease any discomfort.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,000 - $2,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Negative Effects on Skin?
Although the procedure will wear the skin surface away, there is a minimal risk of scarring, especially when post-treatment care is implemented. It is critical to find a reputable doctor or technician with comprehensive experience with laser skin treatments. It’s important for the surgeon to understand different technologies affect different skin types. When done correctly, the result is a long-lasting healthy skin effective in combating signs of aging and skin damage.
Aside from the natural effects of aging, personal habits and environmental factors, results can be long lasting. Maintenance treatments may be considered as signs of aging get more and more significant over time.
Ablative or Non-Ablative?
It depends mainly on the patient’s skin condition and cosmetic goals. Another factor to consider is how quick the recovery period should be or if there should be no downtime for the patient. The doctor will discuss each treatment in detail and recommend the best approach that matches the patient’s circumstances.