About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing with a laser at Basile Plastic Surgery is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes pulsating beams of energy to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells layers. The procedure is used for addressing facial wrinkles and lines and for minimizing skin flaws including pigmentation, acne scars, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an ideal procedure for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin type, the treatment may be customized for best results. There is little recovery time required for most laser skin resurfacing facials. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with Naples, FL aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Basile during your assessment and consultation.
Types of Laser Treatments
Basile Plastic Surgery offers three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected depending on your skin's condition. We will use the fractional YAG laser to administer the treatment. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers treat thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to reduce damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for firming the skin as well as treating acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin cells to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait 2 – 3 months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that make small holes in the deeper skin layers. The body's self-healing process leads to tighter, firmer, and healthier skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be performed to treat fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
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"First I want to say Dr. Basile’s assistants, Marisa and Ashley are sweet and welcoming. They are always there for you and make you feel important and that you matter. Dr. Basile is an amazing surgeon. He takes his time, explains every procedure and process in laymen’s terms and genuinely cares. I was referred by a friend and have referred friends myself. I had a major procedure and he was there with many follow-up appointments to oversee my progress. I highly recommend him and the whole practice!"- B.H. / Yelp / Jul 28, 2022
"If you’re looking for exceptional work in a welcoming and professional atmosphere, Basile Plastic Surgery is the office for you. After working with Dr. Basile for almost ten years in the operating room, I opted for his level of expertise when I decided to have three different surgical cosmetic procedures by him over the last three years. I’ve worked with several plastic surgeons in my profession and I chose Dr. Basile based on his dedication to his patients, his genuine concern for our well being, his experience, outstanding outcomes, and his bedside manner. Ashley and Marissa are kind and compassionate and he couldn’t have a couple of better ladies to greet and help care for his patients. They all make you feel like you’re their priority."- K.S. / Yelp / Jun 03, 2022
"A Doctor Who Shines Above the Rest - Wonderful experience with Dr. Basile. I met with three doctors prior to my breast augmentation and Dr. Basile made me feel the most comfortable and addressed my specific needs better than anyone. He will not try to sell you something you are not looking for. His explanations of expectations are so thorough it made me feel at ease and confident in the procedure. 10 years later I'm still in love with what he did for me and the service I received. I did under muscle incision at crease. I've breastfed two babies since and I'm so happy I didn't wait to get them done until after kids."- I. / RealSelf / May 10, 2021
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You have multiple factors to think about when selecting which laser peel procedure is best for your needs. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for people who are unsatisfied with their skin's appearance. If you see skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines, pigmentation, or redness troubles, a laser peel procedure may be helpful to improve these complexion blemishes. Also, a laser peel is wonderful for those who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it's important to know that there is a recovery period needed after laser treatments. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for their skin to normalize.
Before you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser peel treatment, you may be given a retinoid product for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser peel. The retinoid helps prep the skin for more effective results. Medication may be suggested prior to the procedure to help lessen any pain for increased comfort throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a kind of sedation may be required. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in an accredited surgical center while the laser handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the needed surfaces for rejuvenation. You may sense the heat of the laser and then cool air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to remove damaged and dead skin cells while also prompting new collagen production.
What to Expect
Following light peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may look pink and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are getting a deeper laser peel, your recovery time will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling symptoms may be stronger. Pain medication can be prescribed to lessen these symptoms. The recovery period for a more intense laser treatment may last several weeks. Every patient needs to minimize their UV exposure following their laser peel and use sun protection throughout the day. For all laser peel treatments, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's crucial to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield your skin from environmental exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.
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A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Your treatment with laser skin resurfacing provides amazing results if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are curious about a laser treatment and want to hear more information about their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical procedures Basile Plastic Surgery performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Naples, FL today to make your appointment with Dr. Basile.