As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements of the decade, laser technology is being utilized throughout the health care community. Dr. Cuzalina uses a carbon dioxide laser to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles, and scars in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing.
A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a device that produces a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled, and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and it is performed right here in our office, under light sedation. As a result of this treatment, you are left with more natural-looking skin.
Lasers are also used to reduce tiny wrinkles, acne scars, and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne scarred skin–problems that often cause concern to both men and women.
Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical peel and dermabrasion. The benefits of using this technique are that there is less pain and a faster recovery time. In most cases, it is also less costly.
Prior to surgery, our surgeons will discuss the goals for facial improvement. After determining the appropriate procedure, we will fully describe the procedure, what results to expect, and the cost. The skin is usually pretreated with certain skin creams prior to surgery to improve the healing time.
A general anesthetic will be used to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The surgeon directs the laser beam toward your skin imperfections. The laser quickly and accurately vaporizes the outermost layers of skin to leave you with smoother, younger looking, more refreshed skin.
Call Tulsa Surgical Arts for more information about the exciting advances now available in laser skin treatments.