Procedures / Cosmetic / For The Face / Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Once your surgery is scheduled, you will be given specific instructions to prepare for your surgery including the guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and taking/avoiding certain medications or vitamins. You will also need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the surgery because you will not be able to drive home after sedation or general anesthesia.
 
A few weeks prior to your surgery you will be started on a skin care program. Our aesthetician will perform up to three micro peels on your face and you will also receive some products to use at home. This is done to give your skin the best preparation prior to surgery.
 
How is the surgery performed?
 
Laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of CO2 laser energy, which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. First the outer layers of damaged skin will be stripped. When your new cells form during your healing process, a smoother and tighter skin surface will appear.
 
The length of the procedure can be from one to two hours in length depending on whether you are having just a small area or your whole face treated. During the procedure, the activated laser is passed back and forth over the skin until Dr. Stroup reaches the level that will make the wrinkle or pigmentation less visible.
 
What will the healing period consist of?
 
The laser-resurfaced areas will experience mild swelling and discomfort following surgery. There will be a period of weeping and crusting lasting anywhere from 7-10 days. There will be a period of 2-3 weeks where the area will be dark pink. This will change to a lighter pink and eventually fade out altogether after 3-6 months. You will be instructed to use antibiotic ointment following your procedure. You will also need to use sunscreen and protect your new skin from sun exposure.
 
You will meet with our Skin Care Technician who will treat your skin following your surgery and she will also teach you to apply camouflage make up during the period where your skin is reddened. 
 
Laser resurfacing is a surgical procedure used to minimize fine line wrinkles, facial scars, and uneven pigmentation of the skin.
 
Are you a candidate for laser resurfacing?
 
Men & woman of all ages can benefit from laser resurfacing. Dr. Stroup will need to evaluate your skin tone and type to determine whether you are a suitable candidate. Also, active skin infections or the use of some medications may make you a poor candidate for this procedure. Laser resurfacing will not remove all facial flaws or prevent future aging, but it can minimize the lines that occur from smiling, squinting, blinking, talking, and chewing. Before you have surgery, you need to think carefully about your expectations and discuss these with your surgeon. Dr. Stroup will let you know what realistic expectations are and give you a basic idea of your expected outcome.
 
What are my risks?
 
With any operation, there are associated risks. Some of the risks associated with laser resurfacing include burns or other injuries from the heat of the laser energy, scarring, and hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation which is obvious darkening or lightening of the treated skin. Laser resurfacing can also activate cold sores if you are prone to them.
 
What does the consultation consist of?
 
At your initial consultation, Dr. Stroup will evaluate your general health, examine your skin tone & type, and explain the procedure to you along with the risks of the procedure. In addition, your doctor will review with you your options based on your particular situation.
 
At this time, your doctor will also discuss with you the types of anesthesia, risks involved, the estimated length of your surgery, and what your healing period will be like. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Dr. Stroup want to be sure you have a complete understanding of the information given to you so you can make the decision which is right for you.
 
After meeting with the doctor you will be offered a computer imaging session, which will help communicate to the doctor, the outcome and result you are looking for along with what Dr. Stroup thinks is a realistic expectation. Photographs will be taken and altered on the computer screen to give you an idea of what changes you can expect to see as a result of your laser resurfacing.
 
From that point, you will meet with our financial counselor who will give you the exact price quote for your laser resurfacing procedure. She will give you the options of the different facilities where you can have your procedure done along with their fees for anesthesia and the use of their facility. We do have a financing company with which we work closely, and if you are interested in this, you will be instructed how to apply for a loan. The criteria for this are about the same as being eligible to take out a car loan. We also accept cash, checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.
 
You may want to schedule your procedure at this visit or you can contact our surgery scheduling department Monday through Thursday. At the end of your visit, the financial counselor can answer any additional questions you may have thought of, or you can meet again with your surgeon.
 
What will I need to do to prepare for surgery?
 
Once your surgery is scheduled, you will be given specific instructions to prepare for your surgery including the guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and taking/avoiding certain medications or vitamins. You will also need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the surgery because you will not be able to drive home after sedation or general anesthesia.
 
A few weeks prior to your surgery you will be started on a skin care program. Our aesthetician will perform up to three micro peels on your face and you will also receive some products to use at home. This is done to give your skin the best preparation prior to surgery.
 
How is the surgery performed?
 
Laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of CO2 laser energy, which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. First the outer layers of damaged skin will be stripped. When your new cells form during your healing process, a smoother and tighter skin surface will appear.
 
The length of the procedure can be from one to two hours in length depending on whether you are having just a small area or your whole face treated. During the procedure, the activated laser is passed back and forth over the skin until Dr. Stroup reaches the level that will make the wrinkle or pigmentation less visible.
 
What will the healing period consist of?
 
The laser-resurfaced areas will experience mild swelling and discomfort following surgery. There will be a period of weeping and crusting lasting anywhere from 7-10 days. There will be a period of 2-3 weeks where the area will be dark pink. This will change to a lighter pink and eventually fade out altogether after 3-6 months. You will be instructed to use antibiotic ointment following your procedure. You will also need to use sunscreen and protect your new skin from sun exposure.
 
You will meet with our Skin Care Technician who will treat your skin following your surgery and she will also teach you to apply camouflage make up during the period where your skin is reddened. 

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