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
"Looking for the FLAT SIDE!!! - Where do I start now...I stalked Realself when I had my breast done. I heard great things about doctors in Miami (as long as you can withstand the wait times). Now I'm baaaack for a tummy tuck!! I wanted to go to Dr. Hunsaker (or however you spell it) at C.G. Cosmetics. However, I have heard so many horror stories where patients needed to go back to their original doctor due to whatever complications they were having. That's an 11 hour drive for me and I wouldn't be able to stay more than 5 days. Soooo I researched doctors in Atlanta, GA and found quite a few but none with CONSISTANT work! That was very important to me. That's how I found Dr. Song. I came across a few reviews from women who had seen him and I was always looking at their pics like "WOW"!! I even went to the website and pulled up Tummy Tuck before and after pics of his and his colleagues and let me tell you, Dr. Song can work miracles!!! Now I'm a thick chick weighing in now at 215 lbs so I thought I wasn't even going to be a candidate. I am 5'4", so I'm thick and short LOL!! I was nervous to even reach out to a doctor because I felt I would be rejected and be turned away due to my BMI being over 30. Not Dr. Song. When I have my verbal consultation with him on yesterday 10.1.2020, he made me feel so comfortable. I sent in my pics to his office last week and got contacted by his PA Cindy (who is sooo lovely and sweet). I paid the $75 consultation fee after completing paperwork with her and sending pics. (sorry for being all over the place). Buuut back to speaking to Dr. Song. The call lasted about 10 mins and he discussed the procedure in great detail. Everything from the cut and lipo and his expectations. He can see my true figure under these layers of blubber and he advised me that he can meet my expectations. The only extra thing I would have to work on is this bra roll. Ewww I hate that about my back but I really started working out and jogging again very recently. I just gotta keep it up. I got my quote this morning and there are a few things I want to discuss before I post the quote. I'm looking to get snatched in January 2021 (my birthday month). I'll post updates once I make some calls to the office and discuss some thangs!!"- P. / RealSelf / Oct 16, 2020
"In December 2019, Dr. Stephenson was my surgeon for a breast reduction. He provided excellent care throughout the entire procedure. He always informed me about what I needed to do and what was coming up.. I highly recommend Dr. Stephenson and Prima Center for Plastic Surgery."- R.S. / Google / Oct 09, 2020
"They are the BEST! I truly cannot say enough about this practice. I went in for a consult with Dr. Song, and his calm energy immediately dissipated any of my concerns. He listened to my areas of concern and explained the best options for me. Never did he "suggest" an area to correct or imply that I wasn't perfect as is. I decided on a tummy tuck and lipo. Not only did he meet my expectations, I can truly say he exceeded them! I have my 18 yo tummy again! woo! As a health professional myself, I was given the utmost pre- and post-operative care. This brings me to his surgical technologists, Adriana + Kate. Well, let me just say that I trust them with my life! They, as does Dr. Song, have the kindest bedside manner, attention to detail, and true attentiveness to my concerns and needs. I always felt like I was priority, even though I know they have other patients! You can tell the practice has exceptional staff, leadership, and they are happy. Every step of the process-- from consultation to billing to scheduling to surgery to post-op and so on-- was seamless. I commend Prima Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Song, Kate, Adriana, and the staff for a refreshing and exemplary model of medical care. 5 stars all the way!"- N.M. / Google / Oct 01, 2020
"Exemplary Model of Patient Care - They are the BEST! I truly cannot say enough about this practice. I went in for a consult with Dr. Song, and his calm energy immediately dissipated any of my concerns. He listened to my areas of concern and explained the best options for me. Never did he "suggest" an area to correct or imply that I wasn't perfect as is. I decided on a tummy tuck and lipo. Not only did he meet my expectations, I can truly say he exceeded them! I have my 18 yo tummy again! woo!As a health professional myself, I was given the utmost pre- and post-operative care. This brings me to his surgical technologists, Adriana + Kate. Well, let me just say that I trust them with my life! They, as does Dr. Song, have the kindest bedside manner, attention to detail, and true attentiveness to my concerns and needs. I always felt like I was priority, even though I know they have other patients!You can tell the practice has exceptional staff, leadership, and they are happy. Every step of the process-- from consultation to billing to scheduling to surgery to post-op and so on-- was seamless. I commend Prima Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Song, Kate, Adriana, and the staff for a refreshing and exemplary model of medical care. 5 stars all the way!"- N. / RealSelf / Sep 30, 2020
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.
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.
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