Skin Resurfacing St. Louis - Skin Rejuvenation Missouri
Laser resurfacing is an effective way to improve the texture of the skin which has been damaged by aging, acne or the sun. Skin resurfacing can be accomplished in many different ways. Prescription – strength cosmetics , such as those from Skin Medica, and chemical peels can help improve the skin appearance and texture in patients with mild to moderate skin changes. In patients with more severe skin irregularities, Dr. Cabbabe recommends CO2 laser resurfacing.
Laser resurfacing may be done as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other procedures such as face or neck lift surgery or eyelid surgery.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive facial plastic surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result.
Preparing for the Procedure
Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, plavix, Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner. Dr. Cabbabe will prescribe an antiviral medication prior to the procedure. He will also prescribe pain medication to be taken before the procedure to minimize any discomfort.
Most of the procedures are done in the office unless a more significant procedure is being done in the operating room simultaneously. Topical anesthetics are used for approximately 30 minutes prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort. Protective eyewear is worn. A laser is used to treat the desired area(s). One or two passes with the laser is done. Most of the discomfort comes from the laser and the heat it produces. A cooling device is used minimize the discomfort from the heat produced. The procedure lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Recovering from Surgery
Redness may be present on the face from 1-3 weeks, depending on the depth of laser penetration related to the severity of the skin condition and the desired result. Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you keep ice on the surgical site to decrease this. He will also ask you to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling. Pain medication may be prescribed as well as a steroid and antiviral. Skin care will be recommended which will include the use of Aquaphor for the first week. Patients are able to shower the next day.
Hypo- or hyper-pigmentation may result long – term from changes in the skin melanocytes, particularly patients with darker skin. Some patients may require or desire a second treatment depending not the severity of the skin and the desired result and recovery.