Skin resurfacing is one of the most popular types of non-surgical rejuvenation we offer at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center. Using tried-and-true techniques and advanced technology, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Alexander Ereso, MD, has helped countless patients enhance the aesthetic quality of their skin with the treatments explained below.
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Fraxel® DUAL Laser Treatment
The Fraxel® Laser has been used for skin resurfacing for several years. This revolutionary innovation can allow the areas treated to exhibit better skin texture, more even pigmentation, less wrinkling and fine lines, and some degree of tissue tightening. In most cases, we feel it is the treatment of choice for age spots on the face and hands, as well as melasma and freckling. The procedure does not usually require extensive downtime, general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation, making it an ideal option for many San Jose and Bay Area residents.
The Fraxel® Laser treatment concept is ingenious. For every square inch of treated area, approximately 30-50% (or “fractions”) of the tissue is actually exposed to the laser light, which can produce heat and tissue changes to the deeper structures without injuring the skin surface. Most of the area surrounding the lasered tissue is left undisturbed, allowing for rapid healing and minimum downtime.
One of the most exciting aspects of this laser treatment is that almost any area of the body (most often the face, neck, chest, hands, or feet) can be treated. Another fabulous advantage of the Fraxel® Laser procedure is that skin of “all colors” may be treated (i.e. patients of Asian, Mediterranean, Hispanic, African-American, and Caucasian descent).
We ask that you arrive at the plastic surgery center one hour prior to your scheduled Fraxel® Laser session. A topical anesthetic will be liberally applied to the planned treatment areas and removed approximately 45 minutes later. The laser will then be used to thoroughly treat all of the planned areas.
You may feel some heat during the procedure, but this side effect can usually be minimized by a chilled spray. Iced compresses and elevation can also significantly reduce discomfort. Redness usually disappears in several hours but may last for one to three days. Normal activities may usually be resumed in less than 24 hours.
You should expect to see improvement in the texture, color, and fine lines in the treated areas over a period of one to three months. Clinical improvement may not be apparent until two to three treatments have been completed. The treatments are best if spaced at least four weeks apart.