Laser Skin Resurfacing in Providence Rhode Island
As we age our skin naturally loses elasticity and structural integrity. The result: deep lines and wrinkles. This is compounded by repeated long-term exposure to the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays and tanning, leading to irregular dark splotches and skin cancers. At our practice in Providence, Rhode Island, laser skin resurfacing is a popular treatment to help rejuvenate the skin. Our goal is to keep you looking youthful and healthy utilizing the most effective and safest techniques available. Below, we provide information about laser treatment options to improve the appearance of your skin. If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation, please contact us today.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Years of exposure to the sun and the ticking of our internal clocks combine to create the characteristic signs of aging on our faces. Many patients think they need a surgical procedure, such as a facelift, to regain their youthful appearance. Contrary to popular opinion, facelifting does not improve your skin texture and complexion and does not get rid of wrinkles. The safest and most effective method to rejuvenate your facial skin (and also other areas such as the neck, upper chest, and hands) is laser skin resurfacing. We offer the Fraxel Restore and carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers for skin rejuvenation, which both produce fantastic results. During your consultation, we’ll provide you with our expert recommendations on which laser is right for your aesthetic goals.
Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing include:
- Patients who have wrinkles on their face, neck, upper chest, and hands.
- Patients who have scarring (such as from acne).
- Patients who have hyperpigmentation (brown spots), typically caused by sun exposure.
What are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There are great benefits from laser skin resurfacing. This non-invasive treatment can help rid your face of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and brown spots. Many of our patients receive laser resurfacing treatments on a regular basis, such as annually, in order to combat the ongoing natural and photoaging processes.
What are the Potential Complications from Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Any medical procedure has the potential for undesirable outcomes, and laser skin resurfacing is no exception. Some can be minor and temporary, such as a bruise, prolonged swelling, or redness. But others can be more serious, such as injury to eyes or teeth, fire, scarring, infections, or even change in skin color (lighter or darker) that does not resolve over time. Dr. Enzer will review these potential problems with you during your consultation and customize your treatment to maximize your outcome and at the same time minimize your risk for these types of problems.
What are the Laser Skin Resurfacing Options?
Fraxel – Solta Medical revolutionized skin laser resurfacing when they first brought the Fraxel laser to market. They developed the concept of fractionated laser delivery wherein microscopic columns of laser energy are applied to the skin while leaving the surrounding areas intact. Studies found these patients had nearly the same results, but with much less pain, less infection risk, and faster healing times. The controlled injury to the skin promotes new young healthy collagen and elastin fibers, which in turn helps to improve skin tone and texture while diminishing wrinkles, sun damage, irregular pigmentation, and other signs of aging.
Treatment with Fraxel® takes less than an hour and is comfortably performed right here in our office in Providence, Rhode Island. The end result is skin that looks younger and more refreshed, without having to take a lot of time out of work or your social life. Expect a little swelling and redness to the treated area for a few days, but no major interruption to your daily routine. We can control the intensity of the laser from mild to moderately strong, which in turn determines your recovery as well.
CO2 – Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are the gold standard of skin resurfacing lasers. They possess the strongest power for skin rejuvenation of any device or procedure on the market while at the same time maximizing safety to avoid complications. Recent developments in technology have made these lasers even safer and more effective with the advent of fractionated laser delivery. CO2 lasers deliver an intense beam of light to precisely heat and vaporize layers of skin without harming surrounding healthy tissue. The results are incredible – the skin’s tone and texture are noticeably improved, and brown spots, freckles, scars, wrinkles, and irregular pigmentation are diminished, if not completely corrected.
Dr. Enzer uses both the Lumenis and Candela carbon dioxide Lasers and has treated hundreds of patients. And with over thirty years of laser experience, there are very few, if any physicians more qualified to perform your facial skin rejuvenation. Although the CO2 laser is performed as an outpatient procedure and has a moderate amount of downtime, just one treatment gives you results that will last for years to come.
Laser-Assisted Drug Delivery (L.A.D.D.)
This is a relatively new concept for enhancing laser resurfacing results. The Fraxel and carbon dioxide lasers create thousands of microscopic channel openings to temporarily break down our skin barrier. This allows medications to enter the skin much more effectively than normal. Dr. Enzer has used this technique to eliminate brown age spots and irregular pigmentation on the skin and improve scars in hundreds of patients, and with excellent results. Trials are ongoing to also help restore pigment after it disappears (vitiligo)
Recovery after Laser Skin Resurfacing
Your recovery will in large part be determined by the intensity of your laser treatment. Most Fraxel patients have 2-3 days of redness and mild swelling, and their skin feels rough for about five days before the smooth skin emerges. Carbon dioxide laser is usually a more aggressive treatment. These patients are advised to stay indoors for at least SEVEN days after their treatment. They will have significant redness and swelling the first week, and we give you a strict skin care regimen with moisturizers and cleansers to promote healing and prevent infections. Usually, the skin heals by 5-7 days, after which we will provide you with a new customized skincare regimen to complete the healing process, maximize your results, and prevent complications. Typically, discomfort is minimal after these treatments, and well-controlled with ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol). It’s important to refrain from scratching and picking at your face.
How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing cost in Rhode Island?
The cost of laser skin resurfacing in Providence Rhode Island can vary depending on the type of laser being used, the targeted area, the location of the treatment (office vs. outpatient surgicenter), and the number of treatments necessarily needed for the desired outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Enzer will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with each treatment.
Why choose Enzer & Associates, PC?
Enzer & Associates, PC is a medical practice located in Providence, RI, and remains dedicated to helping patients all over Rhode Island with surgical and non-surgical treatments. Based on 113 reviews on Doctor.com Dr. Enzer has five stars and remains one of the most highly sought out physicians on the east coast. When selecting Dr. Enzer for your laser skin resurfacing treatment, you’ll have the confidence knowing that you’ll be in exceptional care and in the hands of an expert.
Schedule Your Consultation
Laser Skin Resurfacing at our boutique practice in Providence Rhode Island is an excellent way to take years off your face and give your skin a healthy glow. The first step is reaching out! Our compassionate team will schedule a consultation for you to come and meet one-on-one with Dr. Yoash Enzer. Once you let us know your aesthetic goals, he’ll give you his expert recommendations, and create a unique treatment plan specifically for you.