Laser Skin Resurfacing by Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi
Also serving Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, and Santa Barbara
Surgery on the underlying structure of the face can reverse sagging and the common signs of aging. However, surgery does not correct signs of aging on the overlying skin caused by sun damage, including brown spots, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation. Skin resurfacing is the most important procedure for dramatically correcting signs of aging and rejuvenating the face. Skin resurfacing also treats acne scars and pre-cancerous lesions.
Dr. Tansavatdi performs two types of non-surgical skin resurfacing procedures, chemical peels and ablative lasers, at her Westlake Village facial plastic surgery practice.
For more information on skin resurfacing, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi by calling her office at (877) 278-0280.
What Can Our Thousand Oaks Skin Resurfacing Accomplish?
Dr. Tansavatdi offers both fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing and medium and deep chemical peels for resurfacing the skin and removing problem spots, lightening pigmented skin, and diminishing wrinkles. Both techniques can tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, and even out the skin’s texture and color. They can also be used to even out acne scars so they become less visible and remove pre-cancerous lesions. The deeper and more extensive the peel or laser treatment, the longer the healing time and length of lingering redness – but the greater the improvement in wrinkles, color, and skin texture.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Before & After Photos
Skin Resurfacing Candidacy
The ideal candidate for skin resurfacing is determined by skin type, which correlates with one’s ability to tan or burn in the sun. A person with a lighter skin type more easily burns in the sun but is more likely to receive excellent results with skin resurfacing, and fewer complications. A thorough medical history is vital to determine candidacy. It is important that you provide any previous history of poor scarring or keloid formation, prior use of oral tretinoin (Accutane) for acne treatments, any previous resurfacing treatments or surgeries, and any history of lip or mouth sores. During the consultation Dr. Tansavatdi will determine what level of treatment you need based on your goals, your skin type and color, thickness of skin in certain areas of the face, and your likelihood of poor healing or scarring.
How Is Skin Resurfacing Performed?
Both laser skin resurfacing and medium or deep chemical peels can cause considerable discomfort during the procedure. The procedures are performed under mild sedation by Dr. Tansavatdi at an accredited outpatient surgical facility or hospital. In most cases, Dr. Tansavatdi will inject a local anesthetic underneath the skin and/or perform a nerve block to numb the treated area or the entire face. Topical anesthesia may be applied to the face as well. The skin will then be cleansed and any skin oils removed prior to treatment. For laser resurfacing, the eyes are covered for protection from the CO2 laser. Several passes at different settings may be made to reach the desired effect for each region of the face. For chemical peels, separate regions of the face will be treated with different concentrations given the differences in skin thickness throughout the face. A barrier cream or dressing will be applied after the treatment is complete. Post-treatment care instructions will be given before you leave and it is important you follow these carefully.
Recovering From Skin Resurfacing
Time of healing after skin resurfacing depends on the depth of treatment. You can expect redness to last anywhere from a few weeks to three months. Pain is usually quite limited if the after-care instructions are followed. There may be initial pain on the first day and during the week when washing the face. Blisters may appear on the face and these should be left alone to open and peel away on their own. Some facial swelling and bruising at the injection sites is common and disappears within a few days. New red skin will appear within five to ten days. You can return to work after this new skin has appeared. To prevent problems with irregular pigmentation, it is important that you strictly avoid any sun exposure in the first three months. Dr. Tansavatdi and her team will closely monitor your progress and guide your after care to help you achieve the best results.
Contact Dr. Tansavatdi
Dr. Tansavatdi is a skilled female facial plastic surgeon offering the most advanced facial cosmetic procedures for the aging face, including blepharoplasty and facelift surgery in Westlake Village. For more information on skin resurfacing, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi by calling her office at (877) 278-0280.