What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a comprehensive and custom skincare procedure harnessing the power of light to create an even skin tone, while stimulating the natural healing and regenerative abilities. It is an effective way to reduce the appearance of:

  • Age spots
  • Sun spots
  • Trauma scars and acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet around your eyes
  • Sagging skin
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough skin
  • Oily skin

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

Laser skin resurfacing can be performed in two different ways, each of which is best suited to addressing unique skin troubles:

Ablative skin resurfacing

With ablative skin resurfacing, we carefully remove the top layers of damaged skin cells while intentionally heating the lower levels to stimulate collagen production to enhance firmness and elasticity. This is an ideal technology for improving skin tone, reducing the appearance of blemishes, and restoring even, glowing skin.

Non-ablative skin resurfacing

Non-ablative skin resurfacing is a gentler technology in which we remove deeper layers of skin in columns – leaving intact, healthy skin between them. This has the advantage of a shorter recovery time and is highly effective at producing firmer, more youthful, and smooth skin.

Am I a candidate?

As with any medical procedure, the best way to determine candidacy is with an in-person evaluation and consultation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Antunes will review your current skin condition, your goals, your skin color (which often determines which type of laser will be most effective), and your medical history. We will recommend the best possible treatments to achieve the results you envision, which may include either ablative or non-ablative laser skin resurfacing.

Why choose us?

While there many clinics in Austin that offer laser skin resurfacing, few (if any) have the qualifications and experience of Dr. Marcelo Antunes. He is an award-winning, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon who has a reputation achieving natural-looking results that exceed expectations.

We believe that there are no shortcuts to quality and are dedicated to creating lasting relationships with our patients. We can help you with the exact treatments you need to achieve the results you envision, all with an unparalleled level of comfort.

What to expect with laser skin resurfacing

A single laser resurfacing treatment usually takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on which areas you are having treated. While your treatment will be 100 percent customized and tailored to you, there are several basic steps that every treatment follows:

  • Anesthetic: As the first step, we will apply a topical numbing gel to both increase your comfort and enhance the efficacy of the treatment.
  • Cleansing and preparation: Your skin will then be thoroughly cleansed to remove any toxins, oils, and bacteria that may be on the surface.
  • Treatment: The selected laser treatment will then be performed on the targeted areas by moving the laser slowly over the designated areas. 
  • Protection: Once complete, we will wrap your skin to help protect it during the initial healing phase.
  • Recovery: Depending on the intensity and size of your treatment, you can expect the recovery to take anywhere from four days to three weeks. You will need to stay out of the sun and follow post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and maximize your results.

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