Laser skin resurfacing is an advanced skin rejuvenation treatment that improves irregularities such as fine lines and blemishes. Dr. Jonov is proud to offer Fraxel for Seattle patients desiring a non-invasive laser procedure to address certain skin imperfections resulting from sun damage and aging. Laser skin resurfacing uses laser beams of light and heat to strip injured skin layer-by-layer with controlled precision. This procedure is also referred to as lasabrasion, laser vaporization, or laser peeling. Dr. Jonov uses Fraxel for a variety of treatment options. With over a decade of use, Fraxel is a proven science that gets real results.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"My recovery has been great and I have full confidence that I will have the results I wanted. Thank you Dr. Jonov and all at the Gallery!"- AJ / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"I am so glad I came to see Dr. Jonov for treatment for my face. I had co2 fractional done on my whole face and the results are amazing! I am a 52 year old women and had acne scars and facial lines. I can honestly say I look ten years younger and definitely have more self confidence. I'm very pleased. :)"- S. / Vitals / Mar 27, 2016
"I love coming here. I love feeling so pampered. I am very happy with all of the work I have had done here, all of my questions and concerns are always answered. I have been recently addressing some scars, and discoloration on my neck, thankfully Jeannette the lead Esthetician is getting all of that cleared up. I'm so happy!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 14, 2016
"Had a fraxil treatment , really great experience, happy with result, really loved the esthetician Jeanette , very knowledgeable I highly recommend"- R. / Healthgrades / Oct 19, 2016
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 45 minutes. A full-face treatment, or larger areas of skin, can take up to 2 hours. Multiple sessions are sometimes needed to attain the desired results.
Ablation vs. Non-Ablation@headingTag>
Laser skin resurfacing is either ablative or non-ablative. During an ablative procedure, an intense beam of laser light energy is directed at the skin, removing the outer thin layers. This process generally results in a longer recovery. The results, however, can be a bit more dramatic. A non-ablative laser does not remove any layers of skin. Instead, it stimulates the growth of collagen, which helps tighten underlying skin. This process offers a lighter recovery. Results will not be immediate, but will appear over the course of multiple appointments.
Considered the gold standard among many practitioners is CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser resurfacing. This is an ablative method, which removes both the epidermis and some of the underlying dermis to promote collagen growth so new, healthy skin can thrive. Examples include the Sciton Laser Skin Resurfacing System, the UltraPulse CO2 and the Fraxel re:pair (fractional CO2) lasers. These are newer generation lasers that deliver short-pulse light energy as well as continuous light beams to produce customized results for each patient’s specific needs.
During/After the Procedure@headingTag>
Some mild swelling will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It is common for the face to have crust and scaling as it heals. The treated area may appear red or pink for several weeks. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of weeks. Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy, yet sensitive, skin. It’s advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,000 - $2,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4-6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ’s@headingTag>
Can it Damage Your Skin?@headingTag>
This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and long-lasting.
While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be long-lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments.
Ablative or Non-Ablative?@headingTag>
While one is not better than the other, they have varying degrees of intensity and recovery. Both techniques provide nice results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which is best for you. Factors include the patient’s aesthetic goals, skin type and how much downtime can be tolerated.