About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at OneSkin Dermatology is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that uses pulsating beams of energy to exfoliate damaged surface skin cells one layer at a time. The procedure is great for correcting facial wrinkles and lines and for improving skin blemishes, like pigmentation, acne scars, and more. Sometimes called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered a great facial treatment for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of each patient's complexion, the treatment will be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time for most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Rachel Day, M.D., a Chambersburg, PA area board-certified dermatologist, will review any questions or concerns with you during your consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
OneSkin Dermatology can use three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures, depending on your skin's condition. Some treat milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that allows the laser technician to avoid damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for tightening skin, as well as correcting acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light creates micro-injuries to the skin cells to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative procedures are ideal for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait several months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that cause micro-damage in the lower skin layers. The body automatically heals, leading to tighter, firmer, and healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can be performed to treat deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation problems.
"I was so nervous and self conscious about going to the dermatologist for the first time and both Dr. Day and her staff were amazing! Dr. Day was super kind and easy going and professional which made the visit a wonderful experience. I love how thorough she is and how she takes time to explain information to you to make sure you understand. Highly recommend her for your dermatologic needs!"- H.R. / Google / Jun 26, 2020
"I cannot speak too highly of Dr. Day and her staff at OneSkin Dermatology. Everyone there is friendly, courteous, and helpful. I have been seeing Dr. Day for my annual checkup for several years and have been impressed with her thoroughness and professionalism. On an occasion when I needed minor surgery, she performed the procedure so quickly and deftly that she was done before I knew she had started. I also admire the confidence and determination she has shown to leave the big corporate healthcare world and start her own practice. In the past, I had tried several dermatologists before seeing Dr. Day. I am confident she is the finest dermatologist in this area."- D.N. / Google / Jul 03, 2020
"Dr day is absolutely wonderful I went in crying my skin was so terrible she got me right in and spent 45 min with me all the staff were incredibly nice and went above and beyond. My skin has started to clear already from severe rosacea which no one else diagnosed. She is compassionate and goes above and beyond my skin started to look less red and smoother within 2 days def have a ways to go but she does not try to sell you expensive washes or creams she is truly there for her patients. I cannot say enough about the team they have there so polite and understanding not like a reg doctors office very relaxed environment and she really takes her time to explain everything to you. If you haven’t been and need to see a wonderful dermatologist def go to her!!"- S.H. / Google / Jun 30, 2020
"Dr. Day is AMAZING!!! I had a baby in November and my skin took a huge toll. Acne flared up and I didn’t know what to do anymore. So I broke down and made an appointment with OneSkin Dermotology. When I first met Dr. Day I was excited, when you see a young doctor you think of new medicine and new treatments. So I was really looking forward to see what my treatment plan would be. Not to mention, the office is BEAUTIFUL and relaxing! She made a wonderful plan for my skin and recommended drug store products that work just as good as the expensive ones! So far we are about a month and a half in and my skin is night and day difference and I am so pleased! We still have some work to do, but it looks amazing! Thank you to Dr. Day and her wonderful and kind team! 100% recommend! Worth the money, but honestly the price is totally affordable!"- C.S. / Google / Mar 06, 2020
"Dr. Day is wonderful - thorough, personable, and she took her time with my visit. The office is beautiful and staff is friendly. I highly recommend it!"- C.M. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
Laser Skin Resurfacing Ideal Candidates
You have several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser treatment is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing can be for anyone who is unsatisfied with their general complexion. If you see sun damage, age spots, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness, laser skin resurfacing procedures can help address these cosmetic flaws. Laser skin resurfacing is also wonderful for patients whose skin has a rough texture, scaly patches, or other surface problems. This treatment isn't suggested for anyone with very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. It's important to be aware that there is a recovery period after laser peels. Some patients, based on their skin condition, may require 2 – 3 weeks for a full recovery.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Technique
When you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser resurfacing treatment, you may be given a retinoid cream to use for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser procedure. The retinoid cream helps prep the skin for better results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help minimize any pain for greater relaxation throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, local anesthesia may be applied to numb treatment areas. For more extensive or deeper laser procedures, a form of sedation may be used. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel the warmth from the laser followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also prompting natural collagen production.
What to Expect with Laser Skin Resurfacing
After light treatments, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may look pink, and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. If you are receiving a deeper laser peel, your recovery will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling side effects may be more intense. Pain medication can be prescribed to minimize these symptoms. The recovery time for a more intense laser peel may last several weeks. Every patient needs to reduce their UV exposure following their treatment and use sun protection frequently. For all peel intensities, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. In order to prevent scarring, it's vital to avoid manually removing the flaking skin and to shield the treated area from UV exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother and appear rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.
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Laser Skin Resurfacing A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Your laser skin resurfacing treatment can help give you a more youthful appearance. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment or want more information about this and other nonsurgical treatments OneSkin Dermatology performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Chambersburg, PA today to make your appointment with Dr. Day.