The summer sun, smoking, stress, acne and even just the natural effects of aging can leave your skin looking tired and worn. To keep your skin refreshed and make it look and feel younger, one of the best treatments is laser skin resurfacing. It uses what is called a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. It is an ablative laser, so called because it ablates or removes the top layer of skin. By vaporizing the old top layer, it stimulates collagen production and allows new skin to emerge that appears younger and renewed with phenomenally reduced lines, wrinkles, a more even skin tone, and tightening of the skin.
The Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure
Local anesthesia and relaxing medicine may be used for the procedure. Then the hand-piece that produces the high energy, amplified light waves will be glided across the skin. Depending on the area being treated, the procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to complete. Depending on the desired results and consultation with the Dr. Donath the regiment may call for more than one treatment. The time between treatments will also be directed by the doctor.
After the procedure redness, swelling, and crusting will occur. The new skin will show after a week or two and will look pink and smooth. The redness/pinkness can be easily covered with makeup and will fade after three or four weeks. The treated skin will need to be protected from the sun and extreme temperatures. Most patients return to work and regular activities within a little over a week.
See some of the patients that we have treated here in our before and after gallery.
For more information, or to make an appointment, you can contact Dr. Donath and the staff of Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 513-891-LIFT (5438) or 877-416-FACE (3223), or by email. We have offices conveniently located in Cincinnati and Centerville. Dr. Alexander S. Donath, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board certified surgeon specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery. Descending from many generations of medical professionals, Dr. Donath is a proud native of Cincinnati and has traveled extensively to train with the best surgeons around the world. His pursuit of excellence has led to many and continued honors and commendations from his peers.