Resurfacing of the skin with a laser has replaced procedures done years ago like Dermabrasion and Deep Chemical Peels. Much of the concept remains the same. By creating a controlled injury to the skin surface we promote healing in a very predictable way. What the laser adds is a level of accuracy that never before existed.

Laser Resurfacing of the Skin- How Does It Work?

As I said, laser resurfacing works by creating an injury to the skin. While at first that sounds like a bad thing, it really isn’t. This is the philosophy behind many skin-care treatments and cosmetic pharmaceutical products. The major advance of the laser is the level of accuracy that lets us now not just effect changes to the skin in general, but to change specific issues about the skin with precision that was never before available.

Lasers are used for a variety of purposes in medicine. To simplify the concept, lasers give off light energy at specific wavelengths. Different tissues absorb energy at particular wavelengths better than others. Some of the skin lasers use a wavelength specifically absorbed by water. As the skin is about 97% water these lasers basically heat up the skin by heating up the water in the skin. The precision of the laser allows us to only affect the water on the surface or at any particular depth we desire.

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What Conditions are treated with Laser Resurfacing?

Some wavelengths like the one used in one of the current Fraxel lasers does not penetrate very well- so the results are limited to the very surface of the skin. This laser is perfect for complexion issues like age-spots, sun-damage and fine lines in the skin. Other lasers like Erbium or CO2 lasers penetrate deeper and can help affect deeper structures within the skin like deeper wrinkles and pore size. Even very deep skin issues like acne-scars and benign moles can be treated with these lasers.

What is Dr. Newman’s Experience with Lasers?

Dr. Newman is one of the most experienced Plastic Surgeons in the New York area using a variety of lasers and other technology-based devices in his practice. The Laser Center at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center is one of the most extensive centers in the region.

It is important to note that, just like anything else a surgeon uses, a laser is just a tool. Different people can use the same tool and get very different results. Dr. Newman and his staff have been using lasers for skin resurfacing since 1998 when Dr. Newman was one of the first doctors in the country using technology including CO2 lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The ability to get a good result is as much dependent on experience as it is on the device that’s used. The same hammer that can put a big hole in the wall can be used to very delicately tap in a small nail. The marketplace has become flooded with lasers and they are now commonplace in spas and clinics where no qualified person is involved. Just as lasers can effect a wonderful change when used well, they can create significant problems when used inappropriately.

Dr. Newman is happy to review your options with you in the Manhattan, Westchester, or Roslyn, New York offices. There is a great advantage having every mode of available technology available in the practice. Done properly, the results of laser skin resurfacing and other rejuvenation procedures, are fantastic. A plan should be individualized for you and sometimes combining specific procedures yields even better results.