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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Jacksonville, FL

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what is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing with Cynosure at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to exfoliate damaged surface skin cells one layer at a time. The procedure is great for correcting facial wrinkles and lines and for improving skin blemishes, like pigmentation, acne scars, and more. Sometimes called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered a great facial treatment for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Our Contoura fractional laser treatments, which use combined non-ablative and ablative technology, cause micro-damage in the lower skin layers to stimulate new growth. The body's automatic healing leads to firmer skin. The treatment can be customized according to the unique needs of your skin for the best possible results. There is little recovery time needed for most laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with Ponte Vedra Beach, FL plastic surgeon Dr. Roberto Garcia during your consultation.

is laser skin resurfacing right for me?

Cynosure fractional laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unsatisfied with their general complexion. If you see sun damage, age spots, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness concerns, laser skin resurfacing can help to address these cosmetic flaws. Also, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for patients who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Also, it's important to be aware that there is a recovery period needed after laser peels. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.

how does laser skin resurfacing work?

For a fractional laser resurfacing treatment, you may be given a retinoid cream for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser procedure. The retinoid helps prep the skin for better results. Medication may be prescribed prior to the procedure to help minimize any pain for greater relaxation throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. If your entire face is receiving treatment, a form of sedation may be used. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our comfortable treatment chair while the Cynosure laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel the warmth from the laser, followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. Cynosure laser energy is designed to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also promoting natural collagen production.

What to Expect after laser skin resurfacing

After your laser peel, an ointment will be smoothed over your treated skin, which may also be covered with dressings. You will return home for your recovery immediately following. Depending on your unique needs and skin condition, your healing could occur within a 3 – 5-day period or over the course of a few weeks. Every patient needs to reduce their UV exposure following their treatment and use sun protection each time they will be exposed to the sun. As your skin heals, the treated areas will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's vital to avoid peeling or scratching this skin, which will disrupt the recovery process and cause scarring. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing clearer, rejuvenated, and younger.

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How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on the size of the treatment area among other details. During your initial consultation, Dr. Garcia will assess your skin issues and aesthetic goals before recommending a treatment plan. After this, he or a member of the Contoura team will be able to discuss costs. Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages so ask for more information during your appointment.

How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Dr. Garcia or someone on his staff will discuss ways to speed skin healing following your treatment. The number one rule is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can lead to long-term damage, like scars. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest creams to help soothe treated areas.

Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
Once he has assessed your skin, Dr. Garcia will help you choose whether laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, or a chemical peel best fits your needs and goals. Although all three rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. During your initial consultation, Dr. Garcia will discuss each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment plan.

How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Based on the extent of your treatment, you might need to wait a few weeks or even a few months between treatments. Fractional laser treatments will give you results that last a long time; however, they do need more time for recovery. You should tell Dr. Garcia about how frequently you want to return for appointments so he can consider this when suggesting a treatment plan in your initial consultation.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Fractional laser skin resurfacing by Cynosure provides excellent results if you are interested in a more youthful appearance. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and want to hear more information about their benefits, or about additional nonsurgical treatments Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery offers, we encourage you to contact our office in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL today to schedule your appointment.

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