The aging process also affects the skin, fat, muscles and bone of the face, with the aggregate result being the sinking and sagging we notice in our face as we age. If the primary concern is the lines and wrinkles in the face, then laser resurfacing may be an option.
The natural color of the skin and tendency to burn when exposed to the sun is assessed (Fitzpatrick Scale 1-6), and depending on how fair or dark the natural skin color, there will be a thorough discussion of the “pros” and “cons” of laser during your in-office consultation. The more aggressive the laser settings, the deeper the removal of the upper layers of skin, and the greater the results. Unfortunately, with the more aggressive laser settings (more significant results), the risk for scarring is also increased.
One development in laser technology that has helped improve results while reducing risk and downtime is fractional resurfacing. Fractional resurfacing creates a pattern of small cylinders (holes) of deep laser surrounded by shallower laser removal of the upper layers of skin. With the fractional technique, many more of the skin cells that repopulate the skin remain untouched, resulting in quicker healing and less downtime.
Each patient is analyzed carefully and presents a different anatomic picture and requires a different set of tools for optimal, natural facial rejuvenation. You can be sure your treatment will be individualized to your particular needs.