Laser Resurfacing Conveniently located to serve Kirkland and Bellevue
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Remington is a top provider of laser resurfacing in Kirkland. He offers personalized skin rejuvenation treatments with advanced laser devices to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, even out pigmentation, and reduce enlarged pores.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing devices emit concentrated beams of light energy to achieve improvements in skin texture, firmness, and tone. The laser heat works to stimulate increased collagen production and exfoliate damaged skin cells to lift pigmentation and brighten the complexion.
There are many types of lasers used to improve the discoloration and/or wrinkling of the skin. The first laser used for the skin was the CO2 laser that removed a fair amount of the skin layer, which was good to reduce the wrinkles, but also left the patient to recover with a red face for many months. The other concerns were a demarcation line between the treated and untreated areas and possible hyperpigmentation (dark areas) or hypopigmentation (light areas). Better lasers have been developed, namely erbium lasers and fractionated CO2 lasers. These lasers offer a good compromise between wrinkle and coloration differences of the skin and rapid recovery time. Recovery is typically 3 to 10 days with very nice results.
Good Candidates for Laser Resurfacing
If your skin concerns include sun damage, mild acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and/or uneven skin texture, you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin treatments can resolve mild to moderate signs of aging. However, plastic surgery is likely a more suitable intervention for patients with advanced signs of aging, such as considerable skin laxity, drooping tissue, and/or severe facial creases.
Thanks to advancements in cosmetic laser technology, patients of many skin types and skin tones can benefit from this treatment. However, specialized pre-treatments may be necessary to prevent hyperpigmentation in patients with darker skin tones.
Candidates must be physically healthy with no known history of keloid scarring. Patients with certain skin conditions and/or an active skin infection may be better candidates for alternative skin treatments.
Dr. Remington can determine whether laser skin resurfacing is an ideal treatment for you during your consultation. In order to confirm your compatibility for a laser procedure, Dr. Remington will physically examine the areas you want to treat and review your medical history.
Be prepared to discuss any underlying conditions or illnesses that could get in the way of your healing. It is important to advise Dr. Remington of any prescription medications, supplements, and vitamins you are taking as well.
The Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Laser resurfacing treatments start with cleansing the target areas. A numbing agent can then be applied to the skin to provide a more comfortable treatment experience.
The laser device will be used to deliver controlled pulses of light energy across the surface of the treatment area. After the laser treatment is complete, a protective dressing may be applied to the treatment area.
Laser Resurfacing Aftercare and Healing
The length of your recovery will depend on how aggressive your laser resurfacing procedure was. Non-ablative laser devices typically require minimal downtime. A more significant period of healing is necessary after ablative laser treatments that remove the outer layer of skin.
You will be given personalized aftercare instructions, so you can properly care for your skin and support optimal final results. Be sure to follow Dr. Remington’s directions for cleansing the treatment area, restoring moisture, and avoiding sun exposure, so you can achieve maximum improvements from your laser resurfacing procedure.
Laser Resurfacing Cost
The cost of a laser resurfacing treatment reflects the size of the targeted area(s) and the number of treatment sites. Additional factors that impact the price of laser skin rejuvenation include the type of laser used and the complexity of accomplishing the patient’s desired improvements.
A consultation with Dr. Remington is the best way to learn more about the benefits of laser resurfacing in Kirkland and how this treatment can reverse early signs of aging and resolve many other common skin concerns. Contact Remington Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation!