What is laser skin resurfacing?
CO2 laser resurfacing and SmartSkin treatments help people to reduce the effects of aging by tightening the skin and reducing the effects of wrinkles. These treatments can re-tone the dark circles under the eye that are often difficult to conceal with the use of makeup. Chicago laser resurfacing is helping clients to turn back the hands of time and reclaim their eyes the way they fondly remember them.
Laser resurfacing utilizes the intense power of light to treat skin discoloration and other issues. Drooping under eye bags, acne scarring, and age spots are some of the most commonly treated skin conditions at our cosmetic center in Downtown Chicago, but there are many others.
Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Laser Skin Treatments
There are two different types of laser resurfacing treatments available at CCI: ablative treatment, which removes thin layers of the skin in the targetted area (invasive), and non-ablative, a less invasive technique that tightens the skin and stimulates the natural collagen production in the targeted area.
The primary difference is the level of intensity and invasiveness.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery Process
After CO2 laser skin resurfacing, you can expect the skin to feel like you’ve had a mild sunburn. There will be some redness and swelling present. Itching and mild stinging for a few days are also relatively common.
Depending on the intensity of the treatment, this “sunburn” effect could be mild or more severe. There can be some scabbing in these more severe cases of redness as the skin mends itself.
Healthy steps to follow during recovery from laser skin resurfacing:
- Clean areas two to five times a day. You will have to use either a saline solution or a diluted vinegar solution. Your plastic surgeon will direct you.
- Use protective skin care treatments as directed.
- Once the skin has fully healed, regular use of sunscreen is recommended. There are many lotions that contain sunscreen that you can use to soften as well as protect the skin.
The treatment area will often peel to make way for newer skin underneath to come to the surface. New skin will be a pink color, much like you’d see with a common scrape of the skin. The pinkness will go away with time and it is important to protect the new skin during this period. It could take up to a year for the pink skin to completely go back to a normal color.
Skin redness tends to last longer in fairer skinned people like blondes and red-heads.
45-year-old female client before and after an endoscopic brow lift for upper eyelids and her concerns of looking angry and tired. The “11’s” (lines between the brows) were treated with micro-fat injections.
Before & after improvement of lower droopy eyelid bags with a Juvederm injection to tear troughs. (Left View)
Before and after non-surgical forehead treatment and eyelid skin tightening with Botox and fractional CO2 laser treatment. There is improvement in the forehead lines and tightening of the upper and lower eyelid skin. For a more dramatic result, a surgical excision of the upper eyelid skin was another option.
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