Blotchy pigmentation, fine lines and dull crinkly skin texture are the hallmarks of the facial aging process. Without youthful and smooth skin texture and even skin tone, skin tightening surgery cannot fully achieve the youthful appearance we aim for when considering facial rejuvenation.
ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing can restore your skin with fresh new skin cells triggered by the laser process. This process can improve aging changes or the uneven skin surface caused by acne scarring. Because the treatments are fractional (only a percentage of your skin is treated each time) using a random overall pattern, you can heal from each treatment rapidly and avoid a tight or overdone look, or the prolonged redness so common with aggressive CO2 laser resurfacing.
Dr. Mary C. Herte has been providing fractional laser resurfacing for her patients at her Las Vegas cosmetic surgery practice since the first fractional laser was developed and FDA approved for use. She has invested in the newest technology and now offers the customization options of the revolutionary Lumenis M22 ResurFX® for her patients. ResurFX® is highly effective for all skin types and safe enough to use on the neck and chest as well as body areas.
You can’t go back and un-live your years of sun exposure (whether from actual sun bathing, beach life, boating, hiking or other sports and athletics like tennis and horseback riding). But ResurFX® can reduce the damage that those hours in the sun have produced on your face. Softening the lines, freshening and brightening the complexion and evening out the skin pigmentation, ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing can reduce the visible signs of sun damage and aging, giving you healthier and younger looking skin.
Preparing For Your ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing Procedure:
Avoidance of exfoliating treatments or products (like Retin A or retinol) is essential prior to your ResurFX® procedure. Because the stratum corneum layer of the skin (the protective dead cell layer) acts as a “bandage” after ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing, it is important that this layer is undisturbed in the 2 weeks prior to each ResurFX® treatment.
In addition, Dr. Herte may prescribe the use of medical-grade skincare products which incorporates a bleaching agent (hydroquinone) to reduce pigment cell activity for several weeks prior to ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing to minimize your skin’s response to the laser treatment. This is particularly important in skin types with blotchy pigmentation, freckling or easy ability to tan. This bleaching treatment program should be continued after each ResurFX® procedure as directed by Dr. Herte.
The ResurFX® Procedure
ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing is performed in our office laser procedure room under a topical anesthetic. The cream is left on for approximately one hour. This reduces the discomfort of the laser procedure. In addition, Dr. Herte recommends that you take an oral sedation medication to relax you during the procedure to ensure that we can use the most effective laser settings and strength to give you your best results.
The ResurFX® Laser scanner is set to select a random pattern and then lays down laser pulses automatically over the treated area as the hand piece is placed over the skin. Laser technology is based on the effect of heat directed to the depth of the skin, so the feeling produced is “hot and prickly”. With mild sedation, most patients tolerate this level of discomfort without problem.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Herte recommends the full 5 treatment program (the most common approach) or a more limited 2-3 treatment booster program.
Your Recovery after ResurFX® Treatment
After a treatment you may be red and swollen for a few days. Your skin will be fragile and sensitive for a few weeks after each ResurFX® session, so careful treatment and sun avoidance is essential. Special treatment products for your skin type will be recommended for enhancing your recovery.
Schedule a Skin Rejuvenation Consultation in Las Vegas
ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing can smooth and restore your skin with a healthier and fresher complexion. If you would like to find out how ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing or other options for skin rejuvenation can improve your skin, we welcome you to contact our Las Vegas cosmetic surgery center today, and speak to our knowledgeable and caring staff. With an in-depth consultation, Dr. Mary Herte will discuss whether ResurFX® Laser Resurfacing is your best choice to give you a beautifully fresh and healthy complexion. Schedule your consultation today.