Laser Skin Resurfacing
At our practice in Dallas, Texas, men and women alike come to us for help with skin concerns caused by lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors. Wrinkles, discoloration, and scarring, as well as other skin conditions, may be improved by laser resurfacing. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel offers both fractional and erbium laser treatments to meet the varied needs of his patients. These procedures are safe for people of all different skin types and colorations, and can lead to an overall improvement that lasts.
Am I a candidate for laser resurfacing?
"Laser resurfacing" is a general term that encompasses a wide swath of procedures. Dr. Kenkel offers procedures with both fractional and erbium lasers — 2 different types of devices that can treat different concerns.
Fractional lasers allow for deep treatment of specific, targeted concerns, without the downtime associated with full, ablative treatments. This makes them ideal for reducing acne scars and, in some patients, fine lines, and wrinkles. It softens the damage caused by the sun, aging, and other factors, and gives skin a healthier, younger appearance. Fractional lasers are often used in conjunction with at-home skin care products to maintain results.
Erbium lasers have been in use at our practice since 1999. In addition to reducing scars and signs of aging on the face, erbium laser resurfacing can be performed on the neck and hands — other common sites of age-related skin changes. Our erbium laser can be calibrated specifically for your needs, with adjustments made to the intensity and depth of the treatment as needed. In general, the best candidates for laser resurfacing have fair, healthy, non-oily skin and are bothered by wrinkles around the lip, eye and cheek areas.
What should I expect from my consultation?
A consultation is necessary prior to scheduling your laser resurfacing treatment. The consultation allows Dr. Kenkel to determine your skin type, the appropriate laser necessary for your treatment, and whether or not this would be the best treatment for your particular skin condition. You may find, during your consultation, that other treatments available in the clinic, such as photorejuvenation, may be more suitable for your skin condition. Some procedures may also require a specific skin care regimen before treatment. The only way to determine if this is necessary is by having the initial consultation with Dr. Kenkel.
In this quick video, watch Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel perform a laser skin resurfacing procedure on a patient.
What happens during treatment?
Laser treatments are typically performed here in our office on the campus of UT Southwestern. We offer local anesthesia to enhance your comfort, and the treatment typically takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to complete.
During the treatment, Dr. Kenkel passes the laser handpiece over your skin, focusing on special areas of concern. Laser resurfacing disrupts the surface of the skin, stimulating it to heal itself and produce an abundance of collagen. This collagen leads to smoother, brighter, more toned skin.
When more aggressive treatments are necessary, we elect to perform these procedures in our Outpatient Surgery Center. These procedures often take less than an hour.
What should I expect during recovery?
Different treatments have different recovery guidelines. Some may allow you to return to your regular activities immediately, while others may require a couple of days to a week of resting at home while your skin heals. During your consultation, Dr. Kenkel describes your anticipated recuperation in detail so that you may plan accordingly.
In any case, you will be instructed to avoid sun exposure for several weeks after treatment. As the skin heals, it's especially susceptible to burns, so it's very important to protect it with sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, or by simply staying indoors when the sun is at its most intense. As the weeks and months progress, you'll see your ultimate results taking shape as redness and peeling fades and reveals a smooth, healthy-looking glow.
Patients feel that the results are definitely worth waiting for and, in the case of deeper treatments, the benefits are relatively long-lasting. Your skin will continue to age and the wrinkles made when your face animates will reappear. Some wrinkles may recur sooner than others, depending on their location as well as the type and extent of your resurfacing treatment. You can expect that improvements in skin quality and texture achieved by resurfacing will make your complexion appear younger and fresher for many years to come.
How much does laser resurfacing cost?
Laser resurfacing is a highly individualized procedure, making it difficult to offer a figure over the internet. Instead, during your consultation, we'll offer you a written quote that reflects the specifications of your procedure.