The idea of lasers on your skin may seem futuristic, but they’re highly effective tools used by Dr. Patrick Obasi at Noble Cosmetic Surgery to help you achieve healthy skin. CO2 laser resurfacing uses pulses of concentrated light to stimulate collagen and repair damaged skin. As one of the many services offered by Dr. Obasi in his Plano, Texas office, you can leave with a healthy glow and years erased from your face.
Laser Resurfacing Q & A
What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing works by vaporizing damaged skin cells. The result is a fresh layer of new skin and the disappearance of fine lines, scars, or pigmentation. It’s a quick, virtually painless procedure.
Am I a candidate for laser resurfacing?
In Dr. Obasi’s experienced hands, laser resurfacing is a safe, effective treatment option for most patients. If you have one or more of these conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for this treatment:
- Blotchy pigmentation
- Rough skin texture
- Fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes or mouth, or on the forehead
- Enlarged oil glands
- Shallow acne scarring
- Non-responsive skin following facelift surgery
Sometimes laser resurfacing can be combined with other treatment methods, such as a facelift, dermal fillers, or dermabrasion. Dr. Obasi will customize a unique treatment plan for your needs. If you’re getting multiple treatments, he’ll most likely space them out, so your skin has time to heal in between procedures.
What is the treatment like?
While the CO2 laser delivers high-intensity energy, treatment is carefully controlled, and your well-being is a top priority. Usually, only local anesthetic is needed. Oral sedation is an option to help you relax if you’re very nervous about the procedure.
Dr. Obasi cleanses your skin and provides you with the appropriate eye protection. He then preps the laser ― which is delivered via a hand piece ― and passes it in a pattern over your skin. Laser resurfacing takes about 45 minutes for a focused area, and up to two hours for full face treatment.
What happens after treatment?
The treated area is bandaged. Dr. Obasi gives you detailed instructions for aftercare to minimize the risk of complications and to speed healing. Some swelling and redness are normal. With careful cleansing and use of topical ointments, you should be able to avoid scabbing.
Sun protection and moisturizer are necessary during the healing period of 10-21 days. You may begin wearing oil-free makeup as your skin heals. Then, simply enjoy your softer, smoother, more youthful complexion.