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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Ablative and Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing (Las Vegas, NV)*

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Overview

Laser skin resurfacing uses energy from lasers to remove the top layer of skin and stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. New laser systems allow Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi to remove one layer of skin at a time until the patient’s skin concerns (wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and more) are removed or greatly minimized. Dr. Khorsandi uses various laser systems for skin resurfacing at his office, depending on the patient's skin condition and aesthetic goals. Laser skin resurfacing is safe and efficient, and because so many men and women have unique needs, Dr. Khorsandi can choose which system will offer the patient the most optimal results.

Ablation vs. Non-Ablation

Laser skin resurfacing may be aggressive or mild, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. The more aggressive the treatment (which is referred to as an ablative process) the more it wears away the epidermis to let new skin regeneration begin. Ablative procedures are generally reserved for patients who have severe sun damage, deeper lines and wrinkles, and other skin irregularities that would not benefit from a milder approach. Recovery from laser skin resurfacing using an ablative method may take up to 3 weeks, or in some cases, longer. Dr. Khorsandi is proud to offer the following state-of-the-art ablative lasers for patients who qualify:

  • Fraxel Repair CO2
  • Syneron CORE CO2
  • Venus ViVa RF

The lighter treatment, or non-ablative laser, does not remove any skin. While it does disrupt the surface, patients will leave our office with skin that appears pink and slightly swollen. The milder, non-ablative laser stimulates deeper layers of the skin to initiate an increased growth of collagen. With this treatment, there will be minimal to no downtime for the patient. Patients will notice a healthy glow within several days and many will have several treatments to attain the right results. We offer the following non-ablative lasers for patients:

Clear and Brilliant

  • Fraxel Dual
  • PicoFocus
  • Revlite SI
  • EliteMPX

Both techniques help the skin regenerate. As new layers of skin develop, skin problems such as wrinkles, mild scars, pigmentation, discoloration, sun spots, age spots, and freckles are minimized.

Procedure Technique

The procedure process will vary depending on whether the patient is having an ablative vs. a non-ablative laser treatment. Patients who have minimal sun damage and mild to moderate surface irregularities will not require anesthesia. A numbing ointment may be used prior to the treatment to help reduce discomfort, but for the most part, the laser treatment itself does not cause pain. On the other hand, the ablative approach may require a form of anesthesia depending on what is being addressed and the level of aggression used during the treatment. With the ablative approach, controlled light beams with high intensity are used to vaporize and remove the upper layer of the skin. When the damaged, superficial skin is removed, it gives way for new skin to grow, which masks the face with a new layer of epidermis. The patient will have noticeable redness, swelling, patchy areas, and possibly light scabbing as the skin begins to work itself through a natural removal process.

For both non-ablative and ablative techniques, laser skin resurfacing’s advanced technology allows accurate targeting of smaller areas so the surrounding skin is not affected. A session may take up to 2 hours depending on the patient’s skin conditions, the size area being treated, and the overall approach taken.

Expected Cost

The average price for laser resurfacing ranges from $1,000 to $2,500. The range depends on the type of laser used and the size of the treated area. Additional costs include medications, doctor and facility fees, or any additional treatments needed. Insurance companies rarely cover any treatment that is cosmetic in nature. If the total cost is more than expected, it may be worthwhile to check other financing options the clinic may offer.

During/After the Procedure

Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. There may be pain during treatment, so local anesthesia can be used to minimize the patient’s discomfort. The doctor may also prescribe the patient a pain reliever after the procedure. The face may be bandaged after treatment. Since the epidermis is peeled away, the skin may appear red for several weeks. As it heals, crusting may be present. It is very important to follow the doctor’s advice on skin care to prevent any scarring. It may take a few days before the patient can resume normal activities. It may also be beneficial to use an extra pillow when sleeping to ease any discomfort.

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Average Cost  
$350 - $2,000
Recovery Time  
1-7 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

Negative Effects on Skin?

Although the procedure will wear the skin surface away, there is a minimal risk of scarring, especially when post-treatment care is implemented. It is critical to find a reputable doctor or technician with comprehensive experience with laser skin treatments. It’s important for the surgeon to understand different technologies affect different skin types. When done correctly, the result is a long-lasting healthy skin effective in combating signs of aging and skin damage.

Long Term?

Aside from the natural effects of aging, personal habits and environmental factors, results can be long lasting. Maintenance treatments may be considered as signs of aging get more and more significant over time.

Ablative or Non-Ablative?

It depends mainly on the patient’s skin condition and cosmetic goals. Another factor to consider is how quick the recovery period should be or if there should be no downtime for the patient. The doctor will discuss each treatment in detail and recommend the best approach that matches the patient’s circumstances.

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To learn more about all of the amazing lasers and laser skin resurfacing treatments offered by Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, call VIP Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consult. We pride ourselves in offering something for everyone, regardless of your skin type or overall cosmetic goal. We look forward to meeting you!

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