Laser skin resurfacing can reduce or eliminate many skin problems such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, redness or rosacea, blotchiness, brown spots, sunspots, and pigment problems. The tremendous advances in medical laser technology over the past years have made a clearer, healthier complexion attainable for thousands of people. At The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™, laser skin resurfacing performed by Dr. Stuart Baker has helped many Decatur, Champaign, and Springfield, Illinois-area residents improve the appearance of their face, neck, chest, and body areas with this comfortable and effective treatment.
Who is a candidate for laser skin resurfacing?
Candidates for laser skin resurfacing can be of almost any age. The skin imperfections that can be successfully treated with laser skin resurfacing include:
- Sun-damaged skin
- "Crow's feet" lines
- "Lipstick lines" — vertical wrinkles around your mouth
- Acne or chicken pox scars
- Redness or "flushing"
- Brown spots, age spots, sunspots
- Pigment changes or uneven pigmentation
- Wrinkling of the upper eyelids
- Some skin growths
- Some superficial scars from a past injury
Lasers remove these skin imperfections by vaporizing them. More than one type of laser can be used for skin resurfacing. Dr. Baker will evaluate your skin and discuss the appropriate laser for your unique case in a personal consultation. If you look forward to having your skin problem improved with laser skin resurfacing and you are a Decatur, Champaign, or Springfield, Illinois-area resident, contact The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™ today for a private appointment with Dr. Baker.
What can I expect during and after laser skin resurfacing?
In a laser skin resurfacing treatment, a medical laser is used to remove the outer layers of damaged or wrinkled skin, and to rejuvenate the collagen under the skin's surface. New skin cells form during the healing period, resulting in smoother, even-toned and tighter skin. The resurfacing can be done for the whole face or in specific areas of the face, neck, or body. Laser skin resurfacing can also be done in combination with another cosmetic procedure such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvéderm™, Radiesse®, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or facelift.
Local anesthesia is an option, as is medication simply to help some patients feel comfortable. However, the laser procedure itself is virtually painless. After the treatment, redness and irritation are common. The treated skin may be covered with a petroleum jelly ointment. For some patients, dressings or a bandage may be applied, and the skin may take a few days or weeks to recover to its new, natural-looking condition.
The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™ offers laser treatments with two types of lasers:
Schedule a Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultation
If you would like to find out more about how your skin problem can be corrected by laser skin resurfacing and you are in the Decatur, Champaign, or Springfield, Illinois area, contact Stuart Baker, M.D. for a private consultation at The Center for Cosmetic Medicine™ today.