Throughout our lives we all get a lot of sun exposure, especially those of us who are active and spend more time outside. While the sun feeds our energy and our bodies it can also damage our skin over time. Whether you’re experiencing sun damage in the form of wrinkles, lines, or pigmentation issues, the Beauty Now team has the solution: laser skin resurfacing.
Laser skin resurfacing is an ideal treatment for sun-damaged skin thanks to the short amount of down time you will experience (usually 5-10 days) and the cost effectiveness of the treatment, thanks in large part to the fact that we can do these treatments in our office rather than an operating room. Dr. Mobley will see you for a consultation to determine the areas that need treatment and then will administer the treatment himself (no techs). Oral sedatives along with topical and/or local anesthetic is used to make sure you are completely comfortable during the procedure, which will last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the areas being treated.
The Beauty Now team uses two types of lasers to treat sun-damaged skin, the Erbium-YAG laser and the Fractionated CO2 Laser. The primary advantage of the CO2 laser is that Dr. Mobley can adjust the pulse rate of the laser based on the condition of your skin and the amount of downtime you can allow for, ensuring that your specific needs are perfectly cared for. The Erbium-YAG is a gentler laser especially good for skin pigmented areas. It can be used alone or as a complimentary adjunct to CO2 laser resurfacing.
Sheila is a master aesthetician, having graduated from the Skin Works School of Aesthetics in 2006. As part of Dr. Mobley’s Beauty Now team, Sheila works directly with patients in all aspects of aesthetics and skin care, specializing in the Obaji Skin Care line. She also acts as the practice manager for Team Mobley, expertly handling day-to-day operations and acting as the go-to for high-level patient concerns. She prides herself on her rigorous work ethic, her personal concern for each and every patient, and her eye for detail.
When she’s not providing top-of-the-line skin care treatment and advice she is taking care of her beloved family and dreaming about traveling the world and partaking in some of the finest food and wine across the globe.
The best candidate for laser skin resurfacing is a physically healthy woman who is realistic in her expectations and interested in improving the appearance of facial wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. Full-face laser resurfacing is not typically ideal for men, though some men are candidates for use of the laser on specifically targeted facial areas, such as around the eyes. Some of the reasons for skin resurfacing include:
The procedure may be performed in the office or an outpatient surgical center. Laser resurfacing can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour and a half to complete, depending on the size of the area treated. Local anesthesia combined with sedation is most often used, though more extensive resurfacing procedures may be performed with general anesthesia.
Laser resurfacing is not particularly painful, but it will require a recovery period of ten days to two weeks, during which your participation is necessary. By the end of your second recovery week, hypo-allergenic make-up can be worn and most people will feel comfortable returning to their daily social activities. Following the immediate post-operative period, your new skin will have a pinkish hue which, along with your wrinkles, will diminish over the next three months as your skin continues to rebuild new collagen. To maintain the healthy benefits of the regenerated skin, patients should dedicate themselves to an extended skin care program that includes sunscreen, is mandatory in the postoperative period and a good habit to continue. Our certified aestheticians (skin care specialists) will advise the best long-term treatment program for maintaining your new, healthy skin.
To experience laser skin resurfacing on the entire face, plan on spending about $2500. You can save a great deal by treating just one smaller area, like the area around the mouth, or under the eyes, for just $400 per treatment area.
Ask one of our experts to recommend treatment areas for you.