What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that uses a combination of Erbium, CO2, Halo™, PiQo4, and Infini™ RF microneedling to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells. The procedure is used for addressing facial wrinkles and for minimizing skin flaws including pigmentation, acne scars, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an ideal procedure for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin type, age, and extent of sun damage, the treatment may be customized for best results. There is little recovery time required for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with Dallas, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe during your assessment and consultation.
What are the Types of Laser Treatments?
Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery offers three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected depending on your skin's condition. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers treat thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to reduce damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for firming the skin, as well as treating acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait 2 – 3 months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that make small holes in the deeper skin layers. The body's self-healing process leads to firmer skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used to help fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
Can Laser Treatments be Used on the Face?
We offer a unique combination of facial laser skin resurfacing treatments including:
- Trifecta Facial Laser Resurfacing – Erbium CO2, Halo, PiQo4, Infini RF microneedling
- MicroLaser Peel – light unfractionated Erbium
- Nonsurgical Eyelid Tightening – fractional Erbium, fractional CO2
- Perioral Resurfacing – full-field and fractional Erbium, fractional CO2
What Are the Benefits?
At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, we know that with age, the skin might become increasingly dehydrated, dull, and expressionless. With laser skin resurfacing technologies, we can give our Dallas, TX patients an opportunity at revitalized skin with a procedure that provides many impressive benefits:
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Reduction of pores and patchy skin surface
- Decreased appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation
- Improved confidence and self-esteem around your skin's looks
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"I’ve been seeing Amanda for my skin treatment for the last year and a half and have seen incredible changes in my skin - specifically with regard to texture and brightness. I already was blessed with fairly clear skin and little acne, but working with Amanda has completely changed my life and helped me level up my skin. In preparing for my wedding, Amanda came up with a monthly regime to prepare for the big day, complete with treatment timeline and take home products to prolong the results of the bi-monthly facials. Amanda is always continuing to educate herself on the latest products and techniques so we updated my skin regime with new products recently released by SkinMedica and she even recommended some products to immediately start with over others to help me with budgeting (amazing!). I’ve worked with countless other esthetician’s but have NEVER seen results like Amanda’s. She really is a Godsend and one of a kind. If you’re looking for someone to help you with your skin, Amanda’s your girl. Zero hesitation in recommending this lady. She will help you to achieve your best skin no matter your budget, timeline, or previous skin damage you may have. Hands down - best skincare and laser treatments ever! Thank you Amanda!!"- R.V. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2022
"I’ve been seeing Amanda for my skin treatment for the last year and a half and have seen incredible changes in my skin - specifically with regard to texture and brightness. I already was blessed with fairly clear skin and little acne, but working with Amanda has completely changed my life and helped me level up my skin. In preparing for my wedding, Amanda came up with a monthly regime to prepare for the big day, complete with treatment timeline and take home products to prolong the results of the bi-monthly facials. Amanda is always continuing to educate herself on the latest products and techniques so we updated my skin regime with new products recently released by SkinMedica and she even recommended some products to immediately start with over others to help me with budgeting (amazing!). I’ve worked with countless other esthetician’s but have NEVER seen results like Amanda’s. She really is a Godsend and one of a kind. If you’re looking for someone to help you with your skin, Amanda’s your girl. Zero hesitation in recommending this lady. She will help you to achieve your best skin no matter your budget, timeline, or previous skin damage you may have. Hands down - best skincare and laser treatments ever! Thank you Amanda!!"- C.C. / Google / Jan 31, 2022
"My skin was so bad I sometimes did not want to leave my house. I had fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and no glow. I was ready to give up and felt there was nothing I could do UNTIL I met with Kylie! She recommended a Halo treatment stating it would really help. Although I was hesitant as to the results, I went ahead with the procedure. After just two weeks the change in my skin is absolutely amazing.. My fine lines and wrinkles are so much better and my dark spots have basically disappeared. Not only do I have a glow to my skin but now I am happy to get out and about. Kylie is so knowledgeable, kind and patient. She can answer any questions you may have whether it be a procedure or any type of skin care. When meeting with her you can truly tell that this is her passion. The skin regime she recommended to me is perfect. My skin will continue to improve over the next several months and I can’t tell you how pleased I am and thankful for Kylie. I 100% recommend Kylie."- S.P. / Google / Aug 19, 2022
Am I a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
You have multiple factors to think about when selecting a laser peel procedure that is best for your needs. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who are unsatisfied with their skin's appearance. If you see skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, pigmentation, or redness troubles, a laser peel procedure may be helpful to improve these complexion blemishes. Also, a laser peel is wonderful for those who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it's important to know that there is a recovery period needed after laser treatments. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.
How is a Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Performed?
Before you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser peel treatment, you may be given a retinoid product for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser peel. The retinoid helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication may be suggested prior to the procedure to help lessen any pain for increased comfort throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb the treatment area. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the needed surfaces for rejuvenation. You may feel the heat of the laser followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also promoting new collagen production.
How Long is Recovery from Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Following light peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may look pink and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are getting a deeper laser peel, your recovery time will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the swelling, burning, and irritation symptoms may be stronger. Pain medication can be prescribed to lessen these symptoms. The recovery period for a more intense laser treatment may last several weeks. Every patient needs to minimize their UV exposure following their laser peel and use sun protection throughout the day. For all laser peel treatments, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's crucial to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield your skin from environmental exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing clearer, rejuvenated, and younger.
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Your laser resurfacing cost will depend on the treatment you get. During your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe will ask about your skin problems and wants before reviewing the types of laser resurfacing available. After this, he will help you decide on your resurfacing method and talk to you about costs. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages so ask about current promos in your appointment.
What's the best type of resurfacing for me?
Dr. Dauwe can help you choose which resurfacing option will best meet your concerns and goals in your initial consultation. What treatment is best for you will depend on the condition of your skin, complexion issues, and the depth you want your treatment to reach. The length of recovery time might also be an important consideration when you create a treatment plan. If you are unsure, it is better to select a milder treatment, then assess your outcomes and decide if you want something stronger for your second appointment.
How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Dr. Dauwe or someone on his staff will discuss ways to speed skin healing following your treatment. The top rule is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can create long-term damage like scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest cream to help soothe treated areas.
Should I get laser skin resurfacing or BBL?
Once he has listened to your problems, Dr. Dauwe will help you choose whether laser skin resurfacing or a BBL will achieve your goals. Although both rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. In your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe will review each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment plan.
How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Based on the laser resurfacing options you and Dr. Dauwe choose for your procedure, you might need to wait several weeks or even a few months between treatments. Deep laser treatments will give you results that last a long time; however, they do require a lengthy recovery period. You should tell Dr. Dauwe about how frequently you want to return for appointments so he can consider this when choosing a treatment plan in your initial consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 6 – 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 1/2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Day 1, Week 2 & 6
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get a Softer, Clearer Complexion
Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing provides amazing results if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are curious about a laser treatment and want to hear more information about their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical procedures Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery offers, we encourage you to contact our office in Dallas, TX today to make your appointment with Dr. Dauwe.