Laser Skin Resurfacing in Denver & Boulder
Sun exposure, lifestyle habits, and aging can cause your skin to lose its youthful tone and smooth texture.
Laser skin resurfacing is a precise tool used to remove the outer, damaged skin layers. As it rejuvenates your skin, it treats wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. It is a brilliant way to reduce signs of aging without the hassle of surgery or long downtimes. As you remove signs of facial aging, you will see a more vibrant and lively face looking back in the mirror, a face that matches how you feel inside.
At the McCracken Eye and Face Institute, we believe that there is a way to age gracefully. Modern medicine allows you to retain a youthful appearance that matches your inner self. No incisions. No lengthy downtime.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview
State-of-the-art laser technology can achieve results with more precision than chemical peels or older laser technologies. The traditional CO2 laser gave excellent results, but it came with some downsides. Now, newer technologies offer less chance of scarring or hypopigmentation and quicker patient recovery times.
Dr. McCracken uses a fractional CO2 laser to increase patient safety and decrease recovery time. It works by removing an outer damaged layer of skin and encouraging healthier skin to replace it. It can treat damage from a variety of causes, including:
- Sun exposure
- Minor Scarring
The laser energy encourages your body to develop new, healthier skin from the inside out. It promotes the production of collagen. This is a protein vital to giving your skin a youthful structure and firmness.
About the Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure
As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. McCracken can use laser resurfacing to rejuvenate your facial area. Laser resurfacing in Denver and Boulder can take two forms.
- It can treat the area around the eyes or mouth in the office.
- Or the entire face can be treated at the surgery center with the patient under general anesthesia.
During your consultation, Dr. McCracken will work with you to decide which type is best for you. Each patient has their unique goals, so we match each plan to your needs.
The length of the procedure and recovery times vary depending on your treatment. Superficial treatments will be shorter, while deeper, fuller resurfacing procedure may take longer.
After Your Treatment
Patients will experience peeling of the treated skin for about a week after the treatment. This is entirely normal. It is your body releasing old, damaged skin to replace it with fresh skin. There can also be redness that can last a few days for more superficial treatments. For deeper treatments, it may linger for up to a month.
Any discomfort can be managed easily with medication. After your treatment, you will typically be able to return to your daily routine. However, Dr. McCracken will provide you with instructions to ensure your healing goes smoothly.
We are with you every step of the way. If you have any questions during this time, call us and we will gladly answer them.
Benefits of Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing can help restore the look of young, refreshed skin by removing the damaged outer layers of skin on the face. Laser skin resurfacing can also:
- Smooth lines and wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of age spots and blemishes
- Treat uneven and blotchy skin
- Promote healthy and radiant looking skin
Unlike surgical procedures, laser skin resurfacing takes little time out of your schedule. You can see transformative results without the need to undergo extensive surgery. However, some patients may benefit more from a surgical procedure. During your consultation, Dr. McCracken will help you decide which options are best for meeting your cosmetic goals.
How can I learn more about laser skin resurfacing?
Boulder facial plastic surgeon Dr. McCracken will meet with you to assess your individual situation and discuss laser skin resurfacing. Request an appointment online or call the McCracken Eye and Face Institute today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Michael McCracken.
Dr. McCracken describes the signs of aging and procedures such as laser skin resuracing that can rejuvenate the face.
FAQs About Laser Skin Resurfacing
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is the use of laser energy to remove the surface layer of the skin and promote collagen production to tighten the skin.
What conditions does laser skin resurfacing treat?
Laser skin resurfacing is used to tighten the skin, reduce fine wrinkles, treat acne scarring, and lighten age spots. It delivers younger, fresher looking skin with a vibrant feel.
What is fractional laser skin resurfacing?
Fractional resurfacing leaves segments of normal tissue in between the treated areas. This allows for faster healing and more noticeable results.
Is skin resurfacing painful?
Laser skin resurfacing is usually well tolerated after the application of numbing cream. Afterward, the skin may feel like it has a sunburn for several days. Our goal is patient comfort every step of the way.
What is recovery like after resurfacing?
Expect the skin to be slightly red and swollen for the first week. There is often some drainage during this period. For the first month, there may be a pink tone to the skin. This can be covered with makeup.
In September I had an accident which vertically split my upper right eyelid. Dr. McCracken’s office made room to see me on an emergency basis and scheduled me for surgery a few days later…