Lasers resurface the skin by removing wrinkles, discolorations, age spots, damaged skin, and other imperfections. For those patients interested in skin resurfacing, lasers are a less invasive alternative to deep chemical peels or dermabrasion. Lasers stimulate the production of collagen as they gently peel away the top layer of your skin, releasing the skin's natural healing abilities. The result is a new, healthy looking layer of skin.
For laser surgery, Dr. Toriumi uses the minimum laser intensity possible, so some cases require more than one laser treatment. This will preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.
Before the procedure begins, your skin is thoroughly cleansed and a topical or local anesthetic is applied to keep you comfortable. Dr. Toriumi will then use a high-energy laser to expose the deep layer (dermis) of your skin to heat. The heat will gently peel away the outer layer of your skin (epidermis) and stimulate collagen formation. This triggers your skin's natural healing abilities so that a new layer of skin is generated. The new layer of skin will appear smoother and firmer than before with improved elasticity and composition.
Following treatment, an ointment is applied for one week to help your skin heal. It is important that during this time you use sunscreen to protect the new layer of skin. You will notice gradual improvements in your skin. Typically, the results last for several years.
Laser surgery may not be an option if you:
- are prone to keloids (raised scar tissue or growths that form on the skin after an injury)
- suffer from hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin)
- suffer from hypopigmentation (loss of skin color)
- do not react well to burns
- scar excessively
- have darker skin
If this applies to you, Dr. Toriumi will suggest other options.