The Weekend Peel – Superficial Skin Resurfacing
What is a MicroLaser Peel?
A MicroLaser Peel is an erbium laser peel which removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It can be thought of as a middle ground between microdermabrasion/light chemical peels and full skin resurfacing. It provides superior results because it can be administered with great precision of depth. At his practice in New York City, Dr. Schwartz can custom tailor the treatment to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome.
How does MicroLaser Peel work?
The MicroLaser Peel’s beam is scanned over a treatment area to remove a very thin layer of skin. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged cells that can give skin a tired, aged look. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved color evenness. Patients often comment that their skin went from looking tired to vibrant.
What conditions can the MicroLaser Peel treat?
The conditions that are treated with a MicroLaser Peel are mild wrinkles, scars, keratosis, sun damage (ie, freckles), and pigment irregularities. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, though some people also choose to treat the chest and hands.
How many treatments will I need and how long will each treatment take?
Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment; however, the number of treatments needed may vary from patient to patient. Most patients achieve their goals after two to three treatments spaced two to three months apart. At his practice in New York City, Dr. Schwartz can personalize a plan based on your specific needs and may chose to combine MicroLaser Peel with other aesthetic procedures to further customize your treatment. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts from 15 to 30 minutes.
Will it be uncomfortable?
One of the primary advantages of MicroLaser Peel is that it causes little pain because it does not penetrate very deep into the skin. For most patients, a topical numbing solution is all that is needed. During the treatment, cold air is gently blown against the skin to facilitate your comfort. Since everyone has a different threshold for pain, Dr. Schwartz may suggest an oral pain medication for sensitive patients at his office in NEw York City.
How long will it take to recover?
Healing takes just three to four days. The procedure can be performed on a Thursday or Friday so you can return to work the following Monday. Immediately following the procedure you will notice that the skin resembles a sunburn. You will have minor sloughing on the second day. Redness will begin to fade by the third day and can be easily covered by makeup on the fourth day.
What aftercare do I need?
You will be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to sunlight after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. At his practice in New York City, Dr. Schwartz recommends that you always use some type of solar protection to avoid sun exposure and premature aging of your skin.
When should I expect results?
Because only the outer layer of skin is treated, most patients notice an obvious improvement in tone, texture, and color evenness once the skin heals in approximately three to four days.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark H. Schwartz or to find out more about MicroLaser Peel.