CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Improve Tone, Texture, and More with a Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment in Thousand Oaks
There are two very significant factors that rob us of valuable collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and more: time and the sun. Aging and ultraviolet radiation both cause beneficial molecules to break down in the skin, leading to wrinkles, spots, laxity, and other cosmetic problems. Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing at Thousand Oaks’ Pierre Skin Care Institute is designed to address all of these—and in a way that’s vastly improved over CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments of the past.
What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Accomplish?
Laser energy from a fractional resurfacing treatment is ideal for improving tone and texture by reducing the appearance of pores, smoothing fine lines, treating sun damage, fading acne scars and other scars, evening out discolorations, and even causing some tightening effects—all without significant down time.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
As the name implies, laser skin resurfacing creates a new surface for your skin. The treatment is ablative, meaning that it physically removes cells. The laser energy rapidly heats up water in the skin, which vaporizes thin layers of tissue. This exposes younger cells beneath, as well as triggers a natural healing response. Repairing what are essentially “wounds” involves creating new collagen, stimulating beneficial blood flow in the area, encouraging cell turnover, and other processes that benefit the overall look and health of the skin in the entire treatment area.
What Is Different About Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Years ago, patients who wanted to encourage new cell and collagen production would head to a dermatologist for the carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing treatments available at the time. While the device would take 10 to 15 years off of the skin’s appearance, it also required IV sedation and two to three weeks of down time for healing after.
Essentially, this laser skin resurfacing was a controlled burn. Over time, patients began to see that although the skin on the face improved, the treatment left a noticeable difference in the texture of facial skin compared to the neck and chest. This difference could actually accentuate signs of aging by calling more attention to the areas that looked older than neighboring regions.
Today, patients get optimal results from DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) therapy. This improved laser skin resurfacing treatment makes use of fractionated light. Instead of the steady skin-burning light beams of the past, DOT therapy breaks up the beam to create microscopic holes surrounded by healthy tissue. Since healing begins with healthy skin, the new laser skin resurfacing strategy carries less risk of side effects and requires far less down time.
How Is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Administered?
Because DOT therapy does not require sedation, the procedure is much safer than older methods of laser skin resurfacing. Treatments take place in the Pierre Skin Care Institute office and typically take less than an hour.
A laser skin resurfacing session begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to improve comfort during the procedure. Dr. Peterson Pierre customizes the treatment with precise adjustments as needed for each patient’s unique situation.
While you sit comfortably, Dr. Pierre moves the fractional laser over the skin to create microscopic perforations. In just a few minutes, you are on your way to more youthful, vibrant skin on your face, neck, chest, and hands.
Why Choose Pierre Skin Care Institute for Laser Skin Resurfacing in Thousand Oaks?
As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Peterson Pierre has focused on skin care for years. He routinely seeks out the latest technology in order to maximize both cosmetic impact and patient safety. With this tech comes rigorous training, in order to ensure he understands the nuances of the devices and the best ways to apply them to generate customized results.
Dr. Peterson Pierre
As a Stanford Medical School graduate and dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Peterson Pierre ("the Gentle Injector") is a highly respected leader in the industry with a reputation for exceeding patient expectations.
What Laser Skin Resurfacing Side Effects and Results Are Expected?
After a laser skin resurfacing treatment ends, your skin will appear red, as if you spent a day out in the sun. Dr. Pierre may apply a compress for cooling. Within a few days, the treated skin will begin to slough off, as a new healthy layer emerges. By day 10, you will love your skin within!
What Other Laser Treatments Are Available in Thousand Oaks?
Lasers can be powerful tools for cosmetic change, which is why Pierre Skin Care Institute uses them for a range of services, including laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, and redness diffusion and spot reduction with Cutera® Excel V and Laser Genesis. Dr. Pierre also offers Clear + Brilliant for large pores and signs of aging, as well as LaseMD skin resurfacing, which is similar to fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, but is non-ablative.
Call (805) 496-9190 or send an online message today to arrange a consultation to discuss laser skin resurfacing cost, results, and other details in Thousand Oaks at Pierre Skin Care Institute, serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, all of Simi Valley, and beyond.