The collagen wake-up call to more beautiful skin.
Once in our 50s, we’ve entered the decades when collagen production lessens, leaving our skin drier and less resilient. Lines, creases and skin laxity start to show, as do dark spots and blotchy discoloration, our penance for being sun lovers in the past.
Faithful use of hydrating moisturizers, anti-oxidant serums, and retinoid or glycolic acid creams can be effective in fighting off these signs of aging… to a certain point. When these products no longer provide the results you’d like to see, it might be time to think about laser skin resurfacing, the next step to achieving your most beautiful skin.
Laser skin resurfacing –– the jumpstart to collagen production
Many facial cosmetic surgeons, including face and neck rejuvenation specialist in Cincinnati OH, Dr. Robert J. Smyth, recommend laser skin resurfacing for patients whose skin needs more than topical creams to regain its youthful texture, softness, and overall better quality.
While laser skin resurfacing cannot remove excess, sagging or loose skin, its ability to cause new collagen to form and new skin to develop leaves the skin glowing unlike any other treatments available. It is highly effective for treating the entire face or just an area of the face (such as around the mouth).
How laser skin resurfacing works
Many types of lasers are available today. Dr. Smyth uses the Fractional CO2 laser to remove the dull, thickened layer of dead, damaged cells on the skin’s surface and at the same time stimulate the collagen underneath for new cell/skin growth, improved skin elasticity and resiliency.
Unlike lasers of the past, the Fractional CO2 laser allows for a less invasive (faster healing) treatment but with equally effective results. Dr. Smyth uses local anesthesia to numb the skin for the patient’s comfort. He then artfully uses the laser to perform a controlled penetration of the skin’s surface going just deep enough to treat the damaged cells.
What is the healing process?
Typically lasting 7 to 10 days, the healing process involves redness and the patient’s faithful application of ointment to keep the skin lubricated and protected until fully healed. Minor discomfort is not unusual for the first few days (think “bad sunburn”) but can be resolved with the patient taking Tylenol in most cases. Some patients may also experience a slight amount of swelling for a few days post-treatment. After treatment, patients should be consistent in their use of sunscreen and in wearing a hat or visor when outdoors for any length of time.
Trust only an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser resurfacing treatment in order to achieve smooth texture and even coloration and to avoid any scarring. Be sure to discuss expectations, the healing process and proper after-care of your skin so that you get the finest results.
Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH has performed more than 3,000 minimally-invasive facelifts and thousands of other surgical and non-surgical, anti-aging, facial cosmetic procedures, including brow lifts, laser skin resurfacing, chin implants, injectables (dermal fillers) and Botox. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one, complimentary, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Smyth to discuss today’s finest solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger-you” look you deserve, call 513.201.8490.