Laser Skin Resurfacing
Minor imperfections in the skin, such as brown spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage can be improved with SmartXide Tetra fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing. At Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, and double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, laser skin resurfacing is provided along with other advanced cosmetic treatments for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Brevard County, and surrounding areas in Central Florida.
HOW CAN LASER SKIN RESURFACING IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF MY SKIN?
Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective office treatment that reduces imperfections on the face, neck, chest, hands and forearms, such as wrinkles, discoloration, surgical or traumatic scars, and acne scars. The SmartXide Tetra CO2 laser is one of the most advanced CO2 technologies available with the ability to perform a broad range of treatments. We select the precise settings needed to customize and optimize treatments to fit each patient’s expectations.
HOW DOES SMARTXIDE TETRA FRACTIONAL CO2 LASER SKIN RESURFACING WORK?
The Tetra CO2 technology uses a scanner that divides the laser beams into precisely controlled shafts of light. These shafts of light penetrate through the epidermis and introduce heat into the sub-dermal layers of the skin. This heat causes skin cells to reproduce more rapidly to heal thus stimulating collagen, reducing wrinkles, removing surface pigmentation, and improving texture. The energy is completely customizable to address a range of severity of aging concerns.
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED WITH SMARTXIDE TETRA FRACTIONAL CO2 LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
Laser skin resurfacing produces lasting, visible results that significantly improve the health and appearance of your skin. Laser skin resurfacing should be performed in a medical practice by a specialized team. Laser skin resurfacing specifically treats the following conditions:
- Acne scars
- Sun spots, precancerous keratoses, and discoloration of the skin
- Lines and wrinkles
- Aging eyelids and skin under the eyes
- Surgical or traumatic scars
- Aging and sun damage of face, neck, and chest
- Aging and sun damaged hands
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMARTXIDE TETRA LASER RESURFACING?
Laser skin resurfacing is recommended for healthy adults who want to improve lines and wrinkles, sunspots, scars, or other skin imperfections and is safe and effective for adult men and women of any age. Patients should not have any active infection or inflammation at the time of treatment. It is critical to inform us if you have a history of herpes (cold sores or fever blisters). We sometimes advise to avoid laser resurfacing if your skin tone is of a darker complexion due to higher risk of post procedure discoloration. We often prefer alternate methods of treatment for darker brown and black skin types so please ask for a personalized consultation.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY SKIN RESURFACING TREATMENT?
Laser skin resurfacing takes about a half hour to an hour to complete after preparation time. The skin being treated will be cleansed thoroughly, and a topical anesthetic will be applied for approximately an hour prior to treatment to ensure your comfort. Additional medications can be prescribed for comfort and relaxation as needed, and we also can offer Pronox for any procedural anxiety.
While the procedure itself is very comfortable, you may have a warmth sensation in the treated area, similar to an intense sunburn, that typically lasts 1-3 hours from the time of procedure. Immediately post procedure our skilled team will apply your post procedure skin care such as Alastin Skin Renerating Nectar, or your very own plasma rich fibrin (Selphyl PRF) if you have selected this option to promote healing.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
You will apply our post care skin regimen including Alastin Skin Regenerating Nectar which accelerates your skin’s healing abilities, and Alastin Soothe & Protect Balm which adds a protective hydrating barrier. It is critical to keep the skin hydrated while it heals and strictly avoid any sun exposure. Your skin will be mildly to moderately red and swollen. Within a day after laser treatments, the skin may begin to slough off in tiny pixels, a process that may take about five to seven days, depending on treatment area. (Chest skin typically takes twice as long as face to completely heal). After the initial healing phase your skin may appear pink for up to one to two months as new collagen is forming. This is typically completely concealable with our post-procedure choices of sunscreen: SkinMedica Tinted Essential Defense SPF, or Colorscience All Calm SPF. With laser resurfacing, patients can resume wearing makeup after about 7 to 10 days, and must refrain from shaving the treatment area for about 7 to 10 days following the procedure.
Please refer to our full pre and post procedure instructions here!
COST OF SMARTXIDE TETRA FRACTIONATED CO2 LASER SKIN RESURFACING IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
The cost of laser skin resurfacing treatment varies according to the size of the treatment area and a number of sessions required to complete treatment. Typically, the cost to treat a face is $2500. Most patients achieve full results after a single session, while others may require multiple treatments. Financing with Alphaeon Credit or Care Credit is available, and our office accepts a variety of payment methods for your convenience.
Laser skin resurfacing can repair damaged skin and erase surface imperfections. Residents of Melbourne, Viera, Merritt Island, Brevard County, the beaches, and surrounding communities in Central Florida who want to improve their appearance through laser skin resurfacing can contact Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by Drs. Anita Saluja and Rebecca Novo. To get started with your consultation, contact our office at (321) 395-3298 or contact us online. Our experienced team of cosmetic professionals will help guide you through the process in a thorough consultation to ensure you have the safest and most effective care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can co2 laser cause scarring?
Typically scars would occur from infection or improper post treatment
Can I drink alcohol after co2 laser?nScreen reader support enabled.?
We do not recommend drinking alcohol post procedure, it increases bleeding and swelling, and diminishes much needed hydration for healing.
Can laser resurfacing remove acne scars?
It can improve them, but not remove them. The amount of improvement also depends on the severity of the scars.
Does co2 laser cause hyperpigmentation?
A CO2 laser candidate needs to have a consultation with the Physician or who is performing the laser to make sure they are a candidate. Skin type is important to assess and ensure proper pre and post procedure medical grade skin care is used to minimize any chance of hyperpigmentation.
Does co2 laser remove scars?
It can improve the appearance of scar, but not remove them. The amount of improvement also depends on the severity of the scars.
Does co2 laser thin the skin?
It thickens the skin by stimulating replenishment of collagen.
How can I speed up healing after co2 laser?
Using recommended skin care and following pre and post instructions.