Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scarring and Sun Damage is a stand alone procedure or it is done in conjunction with a facelift. As we go through life, our faces are exposed to the elements constantly. We not only loose soft tissue volume under the skin, but the skin undergoes changes as well. Elasticity and dermal support is decreasing, creating breaks in the skin or wrinkles. We normally talk about two kinds of wrinkles; one is the result of the underlying muscle activity with animation and the second is a result of exposure to the elements. The later, also known as extrinsic wrinkles, are the finer criss-cross lines of the face, neck and chest. These wrinkles can be erased with the laser. The intrinsic wrinkles caused by the repeated muscle activity is best treated with a combination of laser resurfacing and Botox. The laser treatment leads to a thickening of the dermis and increase in elastic fibers, giving you a smoother, younger looking skin and appearance.
The latest addition we have at Bellevue Plastic Surgeons is the SideLase 800. This is an excellent treatment of the perioral lines or smoker's lines, skin tightening of the neck and jowls. This is a minimal downtime, scarless, incisionless treatment. I do this together with a facelift or as a stand alone procedure. It can be done awake under local anesthesia only.