Laser Resurfacing in Birmingham, MI
At Clarkston Dermatology, we know that you want to look and feel your very best. To do that, you need guidance, but you don’t know who to trust – which can leave you frustrated. We believe finding the help you need shouldn’t be difficult: that’s why we have a team of licensed professionals and innovative treatment options. We’re proud to offer effective laser skin resurfacing for patients in Birmingham, Troy, and the surrounding Michigan communities.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment that can effectively and safely treat a range of common skin complaints such as acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation using non-ablative fractional lasers. The non-ablative fractional lasers are able to treat a specific area – or fraction – of the skin without destroying or ablating the underlying skin cells.
How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost in Birmingham, MI?
The cost of laser skin resurfacing at Clarkston Dermatology depends on the most appropriate type of laser for your skin concerns and the number of sessions you need to achieve the results you are looking for. We strive to make treatment as affordable as possible with financing offered through CareCredit®. To find out your individual cost, please contact us to schedule a free consultation with our expert guides.
What Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing Are Offered?
There are two types of lasers that are most commonly used for laser skin resurfacing treatments. The CO2 fractional laser is typically used for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, warts, and scars. This ablative laser treatment can produce significant results in a single treatment, but it does come with some downtime.
Alternatively, the IPL® photofacial is a non-ablative laser used to treat sun damage and moderately deep wrinkles and fine lines located on the hands, face, neck and chest. While both lasers are absolutely safe to use, the IPL® photofacial produces more mild results and less damage to the skin than the CO2 laser does.
What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Laser skin resurfacing can be an effective and safe treatment for a number of conditions, such as:
- Acne scars and surgical scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun spots
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
- Poor skin texture
- Loose skin
While generally speaking, anyone can be a great candidate for laser skin resurfacing treatments, those with very dark skin or who are currently suffering from active cystic acne do not usually make great candidates.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
As mentioned previously, there are two main types of lasers that are most typically used in the laser skin resurfacing treatment. While both the CO2 fractional laser and the IPL® photofacial ultimately vaporize damaged surface level skin cells, each procedure is slightly different.
CO2 laser resurfacing: An older method than the IPL® photofacial treatment, the CO2 laser has been treating skin issues such as wrinkles and fine lines, warts, scarring, and more for many years. Fractionated CO2, the most recent method of CO2 laser resurfacing, makes use of incredibly short ultrapulse light energy or consistent light beams delivered in a specific scanning pattern that can, with minimal heat damage, be used to remove very thin layers of skin.
IPL® Photofacial: The IPL® photofacial is the gold standard for treating sun damage and facial wrinkles. Compared to the CO2 laser, the IPL® photofacial causes a minimal amount of burning to the surrounding tissues, and it causes fewer side effects than the CO2 laser too. Recovering from an IPL® photofacial usually comes with just mild swelling, redness, and sensitivity for a few hours.
What Is the Recovery Like from Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Depending on the type of laser skin resurfacing laser used, recovery times can differ. With the CO2 laser, recovery can take as long as three weeks. With the IPL® photofacial, however, recovery only takes a few hours with little more than mild redness and tenderness. With CO2 fractional laser resurfacing, the skin may be quite red and scab over during this time, and while you are free to go about your daily life, you’ll want to be careful to avoid any risk of infection.
Ready to see your most flawless skin yet and put your best face forward? At Clarkston Dermatology, our team of licensed providers are proud to offer the most innovative treatment options like laser skin resurfacing for our patients in Troy, Birmingham, and the surrounding Michigan communities. To learn more about laser skin resurfacing, contact us for a free consultation, meet your expert guides, and begin a tailored treatment plan.