Laser Skin Resurfacing Dallas

Restore a more radiant complexion and youthful appearance to your skin with laser skin resurfacing in Dallas. To learn more about what laser resurfacing with today’s technologically advanced lasers can do for you, set up an appointment with us by calling (214) 821-9662, or request your consultation online. We look forward to welcoming you to our office in downtown Dallas and introducing you to our services.

CO2 Laser

The carbon dioxide laser is used for laser resurfacing of the facial skin. It not only improves the texture and smoothness of the skin surface, but it also stimulates a beneficial tightening. Before and after biopsies of aging, sun-damaged skin show collagen realignment in the intermediate dermal layers. These biopsy findings are reflective of younger, healthier skin with no secondary damage or thinning. Fair complexions susceptible to sunburn are the best skin types for laser resurfacing. Olive complexions, which tend to brown rather than burn when exposed to the sun, are poor candidates for laser resurfacing. Hyperpigmentation is a common complication in these skin types. Other complications may include hypopigmentation and scarring. Erythema, or redness, is an expected occurrence following laser resurfacing and lasts from 4 to 12 weeks. Treatment with the CO2 laser is very effective. It does, however, require significant healing time and post-procedure care both in the office and at home. Pre- and postoperative skin care is essential to safe, uncomplicated healing.

I used the Sciton laser (combination erbium and CO2) for about three years as an adjunct to facelift procedures. However, for the past three years, I have been using the croton oil peel with what I believe are better results.

Erbium Laser

The newest laser for resurfacing is the erbium. It removes ultra-thin layers of skin with each pass and applies very little heat to the tissues. It is touted as being the “lunchtime laser” because it induces little redness and minimal pain, and healing occurs within 5 to 7 days. Careful follow-up studies reveal little to no long-term effect from these superficial treatments. In general, depth, redness, and long-term results are directly related. Because the erbium laser puts out little to no heat, dermal shrinkage (skin tightening) does not occur. Currently, its principal use is in combination with the CO2 laser or as an ablative laser for correcting acne scarring.

Pulse-Dye Laser

By controlling the wavelength in pulse-dye lasers, selective treatment of superficial capillaries and veins is now possible. Laser therapy is an exciting alternative to sclerotherapy, or vein injection, for these problems. The procedure can be performed in the office by a trained nurse or technician. Pain is easily controlled with a topical anesthetic cream. Areas most often treated include facial capillaries, telangiectasias, and leg veins. After-procedure care for leg treatments involves ACE™ wraps or other compression dressings for 24 to 48 hours depending on the extensiveness of the treatment. Patients are asked to keep the legs elevated on the evening following treatment. Hot tubs, hot showers, and hot baths should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment. Makeup, cleansers, and moisturizers should be avoided until the following day for treatment of facial capillaries. Sessions last 15 to 20 minutes each. Targeted areas usually require 2 to 3 treatment sessions, which may be scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart.

Laser skin resurfacing treatments are performed at EpiCentre, our medical spa devoted to the latest in cosmetic medicine and laser technology.

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    Dr. Steve Byrd

    Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

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    9101 N Central Expy #560
    Dallas, TX 75231

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