Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center Newport Beach laser resurfacing, is a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatment that diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and surface irregularities on the skin, such as blemishes, age spots, discoloration, or acne scars.

Our skin is not only our largest organ; it is also the organ that protects our inner organs from the effects of the elements, and the first organ that begins to show the signs of aging.

Environmental toxins, and exposure to extreme temperatures, as well as to wind, and sunlight, take a toll on our skin, and particularly upon our facial skin. This is why the visible signs of aging begin to show up on our facial skin early on. Fortunately, much of the damage caused by environmental exposure affects the outermost layers of the skin long before damage begins to penetrate into the deeper layers.

What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Achieve?

Laser resurfacing can effectively produce facial rejuvenation by stimulating the production of collagen, which over time yields a more youthful appearance.

Laser resurfacing treatments may also diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face, and produce a smoother and more even skin tone and complexion. Laser resurfacing is an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of sunspots and acne scars, as well as hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. By gently sloughing off the outermost layer of skin, laser skin rejuvenation treatments can keep skin looking fresh and youthful.

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

During treament for Laser resurfacing Newport Beach based Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center operates a device that directs short, intense pulsating light beams directly at irregularities on the skin’s surface, carefully and precisely removing the skin in the treatment area layer by layer. Laser skin rejuvenation treatments vary. The most common types of laser skin resurfacing treatments are performed as follows:

  • Ablative laser: This type of laser provides the most comprehensive and lasting treatment and uses a wounding laser that removes the outermost layer of skin, known as the epidermis, while heating the underlying skin or dermis, stimulating collagen production. As the surface layer of skin heals and regenerates, the treated area develops a smoother and tighter skin tone. Ablative treatments may be performed using carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers, erbium
  • Non-ablative laser: Non-ablative laser treatments are similar to but less invasive than ablative laser treatments. For this reason, non-ablative laser treatments require a shorter recovery period, but the results may be somewhat less dramatic and not as long-lasting. Non-ablative skin resurfacing may be performed using various types of lasers or using intense pulsed light (IPL) devices. Non-wounding non-ablative laser treatments stimulate collagen growth, improving skin tone and texture over time.
  • Fractional laser: Fractional laser devices were developed to make laser resurfacing treatments less invasive and more comfortable for the client, as well as reduce recovery time and diminish the risk of side effects. Fractional lasers may be used to deliver both ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing treatments.
  • Dr. Hendricks offers all of the above treatments for your skin and he will choose the appropriate treatment based upon the amount of environmental damage and your treatment goals.

What types of cosmetic injectables are available?

Although laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive treatment, it must be performed by a qualified clinical practitioner and may not be suitable for everyone. Laser skin rejuvenation may not be recommended for you if any of the following apply to you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are prone to cold sores or diagnosed with the herpes virus
  • Are of a darker complexion
  • Are prone to keloids or scars
  • Have an autoimmune disease or a weak immune system
  • Have taken the acne medication isotretinoin (Claravis, Myorisan, Zenatane) during the previous year

Additionally, while laser resurfacing Newport Beach produces some plumping of skin cells by triggering collagen production producing a smoother skin tone. In many cases, patients can get significant skin tightening especially around the eyes and midface, however, it does not replace facelift is skin laxity is extensive. A skin tightening treatment might be more appropriate to address those particular concerns.

A consultation with a qualified health professional such as Dr. Douglas Hendricks at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in Newport Beach, California, will help you to better understand whether laser skin rejuvenation might be appropriate for you.

Preparing For Laser Skin Resurfacing

During your initial intake interview, Dr. Hendricks will examine the condition and quality of your skin and determine whether laser skin resurfacing is appropriate for you. If so, then the two of you will discuss your expectations, as well as the potential risks and post-op care that will be required after the treatment. Typically, you will need to do the following to prepare for laser skin resurfacing treatment:

  • Quit smoking. Smoking is one of the most harmful things you can do for your skin, and one of the fastest ways to encourage premature aging, so stopping will provide a lot of benefits. But in order to heal properly from a laser skin rejuvenation treatment, you must not smoke at all for at least two weeks prior to and two weeks after the treatment.
  • Alter Your Medications. Depending on your condition, you may need to suspend certain medications in preparation for a laser treatment, or you may be advised to take preventative medication to protect you against a possible viral outbreak if you are prone to cold sores.
  • Avoid sun exposure. It is always important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but in preparation for a laser resurfacing treatment, you should avoid unprotected sun exposure for two months prior to the procedure to avoid the possibility of irregular pigmentation occurring in treated areas. Following the procedure, you should always use a good sunscreen product whenever you go outdoors, even while driving.
  • Arrange for a ride home. Typically, you will be sedated during your laser resurfacing treatment, so make sure to arrange to have someone drive you home after your treatment.

Consultation for Laser Skin Resurfacing in Newport Beach, CA

If you’re looking for a reputable plastic surgeon to perform your laser resurfacing in the area of Southern California, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Douglas Hendricks, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of plastic surgery experience, with the last 20 years at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in Newport Beach. Dr. Hendricks has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures, achieving beautiful, natural-looking results, and is highly respected by both his patients and peers in Newport Beach and nearby communities in Southern California.

Why Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center?

When you visit our relaxing Newport Beach office, you will receive the best of care. Dr. Hendricks is a dedicated surgeon who is triple board-certified in general, hand and plastic surgery. Dr. Hendricks is regarded among the most experienced and skilled Newport Beach Laser Skin Rejuvenation providers.

Since opening Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in beautiful Newport Beach 20 years ago, he has transformed his patients’ lives providing gorgeous, lasting results. Dr. Hendricks and his staff work hard to provide a customized plan with the best solution to your specific needs. We will help restore your beauty by recapturing and rejuvenating your true aesthetic. Dr. Hendricks also offers Botoxdermal fillers and other minimally invasive procedures.

Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing

During your initial intake interview, Dr. Hendricks will examine the condition and quality of your skin and determine whether laser skin resurfacing is appropriate for you. If so, then the two of you will discuss your expectations, as well as the potential risks and post-op care that will be required after the treatment. Typically, you will need to do the following to prepare for laser skin resurfacing treatment:

Your skin will feel red and sore immediately after the treatment. After five to seven days, your skin may begin to peel as it does after a sunburn. Depending on your condition and the extent of your treatment, the healing process may take anywhere from 10 to 21 days. Once your skin is fully healed, you may use oil-free makeup to camouflage any lingering redness, which typically fades away on its own over the course of two to three months.

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