Laser skin resurfacing uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to help treat the visible signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance. At his Manhattan office, Dr. Roland uses the Lumenis Laser. This laser is equipped with multiple settings to allow for a superficial resurfacing of the skin or, if needed, a deeper penetration of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen. In fact, for suitable candidates, both modalities can be performed at the same time. The Lumenis Laser can improve brown spots, wrinkles and lines, skin texture, and skin laxity.
Dr. Roland will be happy to meet with you for a consultation at his Manhattan office to determine if you can benefit from laser resurfacing with the Lumenis Laser. While often performed on its own, laser resurfacing can be an excellent addition to other facial procedures like the facelift or blepharoplasty. The laser resurfacing procedure may take place at Dr. Roland's office or at one of the desirable hospitals or surgicenters in New York City. Local anesthesia is commonly used and procedure times last anywhere from several minutes to an hour depending on the area being treated.
Healing time following laser skin resurfacing with the Lumenis Laser is greatly reduced due to the laser's fractionated pattern. Some swelling and redness may result, and any discomfort that occurs can be relieved with medication. Patients generally find that they are able to return to work within one week. It is important that the treated skin be protected from the sun for at least six months.
Laser skin resurfacing improves many signs of aging including brown spots, wrinkles, lines, skin texture, and skin laxity. Using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the damaged outer layers of skin are removed to reveal a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Dr. Roland uses the Lumenis laser. This laser is equipped with multiple settings which allow for a more superficial treatment for milder conditions, to a more deeply penetrating treatment which can stimulate the production of new collagen. If warranted, both modalities can be performed at the same time. Laser resurfacing is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as the browlift and facelift.
The best candidates for laser resurfacing are looking to improve such visible signs of aging as brown spots, wrinkles, lines, skin texture, and skin laxity. Candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations that they have discussed with their plastic surgeon.
Dr. Roland performs laser resurfacing at his Manhattan office or at one of New York City's desirable hospitals or surgicenters. Smaller areas may take as little as several minutes to treat, while larger areas can take up to an hour. Local anesthesia is often used.
The recovery after laser resurfacing may involve some redness, swelling and discomfort. Medication can help to ease discomfort. The Lumenis Laser's fractionated pattern generally allows for a much shorter healing time.Dr. Roland will advise you when you can resume activities following your laser resurfacing as he monitors your recovery. However, patients are usually able to return to work one week postoperatively. It is important to protect the treated skin from the sun for a minimum of six months.
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