Laser resurfacing is the gold standard in skin rejuvenation. MaxFX™ CO2 laser skin resurfacing in Tucson, Arizona, at Skin Spectrum can renew your skin’s texture and make it look years younger. Our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Comstock and Dr. Pai, have extensive experience performing laser treatments and were among the first specialists to use lasers for skin renewal and treatment of skin conditions.
I have a red nose and don’t want to develop my father’s red, bulbous nose. Can I do anything to prevent or treat this?
– EDWARD, Phoenix
The condition called rosacea is frequently seen in multiple family members and is common to fair individuals. Rosacea may consist of central facial acne, redness and/or flushing. It may be exacerbated by foods (spicy, tomatoes, citric acid) and with coffee and alcohol. Some people will get enlarged and textured nose skin with chronic inflammation. If you already have broken blood vessels or texture changes, lasers can erase and lighten the color. Early treatment can prevent the undesirable skin changes.
from Dr. Pai
What conditions can laser resurfacing treat?
The experienced medical professionals at Skin Spectrum use laser resurfacing to provide a wide range of improvements, including:
- – Softening both fine and deep lines, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and pucker lines around the mouth
- – Tightening the eyelid area
- – Fading brown spots and uneven pigmentation
- – Correcting acne scars
- – Removing pre-cancerous areas
- – Improving texture
- – Tightening the skin
- – Rejuvenating neck skin
- – Treating scar tissue and stretch marks
How does the laser work?
The newest generation of the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser delivers short bursts of extremely high-energy laser light to the skin. This immediately vaporizes the aged, damaged skin, one layer at a time, to be replaced by new skin as it heals. This procedure offers a controlled depth of penetration of the skin surface, allowing treatment of even the most delicate facial areas.
Who will perform my laser resurfacing?
One of our board-certified dermatologists, either Dr. Jody Comstock or Dr. Tina Pai, will perform your laser resurfacing procedure. Since results are technique-sensitive and entail an artistic component, it is important to select a dermatologist with demonstrated laser experience.
What can I expect?
Discomfort is usually minor during the procedure and your doctor will discuss the administration of any pain medication prior to treatment. Typically, a topical anesthetic and oral sedative medications are administered. The procedure is performed in our procedure room at Skin Spectrum.
What can I expect after treatment?
Following skin resurfacing, frequent cleansing and application of a healing ointment are done during the healing period of approximately 5 to7 days. During this time, the skin is typically red or pink and may be covered with a fine crust. The treated sites must be protected from sunlight after the procedure, and once the skin has healed, sunblock should be applied daily. In most cases, the skin will remain pink for several weeks; however, makeup can be applied once the skin has healed (usually 5 to 7 days out), to conceal this pinkness.
Are there side effects or complications?
At Skin Spectrum, laser resurfacing is one of our most popular procedures. Significant complications are rare, and the risk of scarring is low. Some patients may be at risk for varying degrees of pigment loss or infection. Common side effects may include crusting, mild swelling, and brown discoloration at the treatment sites. These risks are minimized by careful surgical techniques and the proper pre- and post-procedure regimens.
What are the limitations of laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is not a substitute for a facelift, nor can the procedure eliminate excessive skin or jowls. However, by tightening loose skin, laser resurfacing can improve certain folds and creases. In most cases, wrinkles will improve significantly, but will not be removed completely. The goal is to improve the appearance by giving a smoother, tighter, and more even-toned complexion. In many cases, patients will simultaneously receive fillers, volumizers or neuromodulators just prior to the laser procedure on the same day.