Who doesn’t want smooth, youthful-looking skin? Especially during the winter months, when our summer glow is fading and the dry air has us reaching for all the lotions and moisturizers we can get our hands on.
We often spend hours plucking, shaving, exfoliating, slathering on anti-aging creams and face masks, waxing, and threading in an attempt to look our best. There has to be a better way, right?
If you’re not familiar with laser skin treatments, you may be wondering what they can do for you and your skin. Let’s take a look at some of the ways they can bring out the best of your beauty.
How does it work?
It’s all about light! Our plastic surgeons use a laser to send short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. This removes the unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner, one layer at a time.
The laser beam used in laser resurfacing removes your outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. At the same time, it heats up the underlying skin, called the dermis. These actions work together to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, new skin forms, but this skin is smoother and firmer. Put simply, laser skin treatments have the ability to improve minor facial flaws, such as:
- Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Liver spots
These treatments also have advantages over alternative approaches, many of which may cause discomfort, bleeding or bruising. Not only are these uncomfortable, they also equal a longer recovery time. The good news is the lasers we use now are gentler and safer than lasers have been in the past, which means more comfort and less downtime for you!
What we offer
Laser Hair Removal
Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis offer laser skin treatments that can permanently remove hair. Shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, threading – hair removal often feels like a tedious and never-ending chore. And that’s before we talk about all the shaving nicks, painful waxing appointments, and expensive threading sessions. Stop wasting your time and money!
Our surgeons use Lumenis LightSheer® and the Lumenis family of permanent hair reduction products to offer unparalleled treatment speed and efficiency, while offering optimal comfort. LightSheer® offers a unique and effective solution for permanent hair reduction, pairing optimal results with maximum comfort. With LightSheer®, your treatment sessions are minimal, so it hardly makes an impact on your busy lifestyle.
Additionally, LightSheer® is more than 75% faster than the average hair reduction session. This treatment also features the unique HIT™ and ChillTip™ technologies for pain relief. LightSheer® is a smart economical choice, too, saving you all that money you’d normally spend on repeated temporary hair removal solutions.
Laser Skin Treatment
Would you like to even your skin tone? Reduce the appearance of old acne scars? Tone down those stretch marks, or get rid of that regrettable tattoo? At Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, we use the Lumenis M22, a modular multi-application platform which treats over thirty different skin conditions.
The M22 has four versatile modes, each one providing different functions and benefits.
- Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™)
- Single handpiece with changeable filters and lightguides
- For IPL skin treatments using photorejuvenation
- The only true fractional non-ablative, with CoolScan™ scanner
- No disposables
- For skin resurfacing
- The only laser with Multiple Sequential Pulsing (MSP)
- 2 sized lightguides, changeable in seconds
- For treatment of leg veins and vascular lesions
- Homogenous beam profile for enhanced treatment safety and efficacy
- For skin toning by treatment of pigmented lesions, dark tattoos removal, and combination treatments
As you can see the Lumenis M22 is extremely versatile!
What to expect
Laser skin treatments are generally an outpatient procedure. Our surgeons may treat individual wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead, or treat your entire face depending on what you’ve discussed. Small areas will be numbed with a local anesthetic, or your surgeon may choose sedation. General anesthesia might also be an option if your whole face is being treated.
If you’re only having parts of your face treated, the procedure will take about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment can take up to two hours.
Following laser skin treatments, your surgeon will bandage the treated area. About 24 hours after treatment, you will need to start cleaning the treated area four or five times a day. You’ll need to apply an ointment, like petroleum jelly, to prevent scabs from forming. This wound care is to prevent any scab formation. Usually the areas heal in 10 to 21 days, depending on what you have treated.
Some swelling after laser skin treatments is normal. You may be prescribe steroids to manage swelling around your eyes. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night to elevate your head can help ease swelling. Ice packs on the treated area also help reduce swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours.
Schedule a consultation
At Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, we offer multiple laser devices and state-of-the-art laser skin treatments that deliver incredible results. If you’re ready to roll back the years, give us a call or fill out our contact form and book a consultation with us today!