Say “So Long” to Wrinkles & Scars
Laser skin resurfacing with our Sciton laser, considered by experts as the gold standard in resurfacing technology, is an effective treatment for scars, sun damage, and signs of aging. The state-of-the-art technology combines the traditional “full field” resurfacing, removing imperfections from the outermost layers of skin, with a “Pro-Fractional” approach, reaching deeper into the skin layers to stimulate the body’s healing response. This results in a highly-effective treatment with gratifying outcomes, while limiting the extent of post-procedure recovery and “down-time”.
Benefits of erbium laser skin resurfacing:
- Improvement of wrinkles and scars
- Improvement of uneven pigmentation
- Improvement in skin tone and texture
- More comfortable and more precise than CO2 laser resurfacing
- More effective than light peels or micro-dermabrasion
The procedure often brings a dramatic improvement of fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth and the eyes. Brown spots may be diminished or disappear as well, leaving you with skin you will be proud of.
What to Expect During Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Treatment with the Sciton laser involves the application of scanned laser energy over the facial skin, customizing the laser settings to address the individual needs of each part of the face. Some lighter peels can be comfortably performed with a topical anesthetic gel and without sedation. We suggest light sedation for a more comfortable experience with deeper treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
While good results can be achieved with just one treatment, some patients may benefit from additional resurfacing procedures, depending on skin type and thickness, and the depth of the scars or wrinkles. The flexibility and precision of this laser allows us to offer various levels of treatment: a series of lighter treatments vs. fewer, more aggressive treatments.
Before and After Laser Resurfacing
Prior to the treatment, your skin will be prepared with a 3 to 6-week skin care protocol, by one of our skin care specialists, to ensure optimal healing.
Post-procedure discomfort is moderate and typically resolved after the first couple of days, although care is sometimes needed for a few days until the treated areas have healed. The extent of the recovery is directly related to the aggressiveness of the treatment.
Patients having lighter treatments should be able to return to work and regular activity within 1-4 days after treatment. The treated skin will exhibit redness that resembles sunburn and possibly some mild swelling. Within a week, the skin on the treated area will peel, revealing brighter and clearer skin.
Deeper or more aggressive treatments will require up to 7-10 days for full healing, and may be associated a temporary ‘raw’ appearance. Your post-procedure care will be explained to you in detail, and will include gentle washing and the use of gels, creams and lotions to promote optimal healing.
We offer a variety of skin renewal procedures at Boston Plastic Surgery’s Skin Wellness center. If you are unsure about which treatment is best-suited to your individual needs, contact us to schedule a consultation to help determine how your goals can be best achieved in light of your lifestyle and schedule requirements.