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How does co2 laser resurfacing get rid of wrinkles and dark spots? I understand that the co2 laser damages the skin and forces it to heal itself. But I don't understand exactly how that gets rid of wrinkles and spots..

How does co2 laser resurfacing get rid of wrinkles and dark spots? I understand that the co2 laser damages the skin and forces it to heal itself. But I don't understand exactly how that gets rid of wrinkles and spots..

This: This is a good question. Total fx laser resurfacing (co2 laser) vaporizes the soft tissues of the face to eliminate/reduce sun spots, decrease and remove lines and wrinkles as well as reducing pore size. This is through the production of a controlled injury to the papillary dermis (upper dermis), after which replacement of damaged tissues with new healthy, compact collagen takes place. One also sees a more homogenous complexion of the skin tone (color) and the reduction of telangiectasias (small red capillaries) due to this injury and tissue replacement. Optimal results are seen over a 90 – 120 day timeline.

Be healthy and be well,

james m. Ridgway, md. ...Read more

Age Spots (Definition)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a ...Read more


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Can you fade age spots by using a laser light?

Can you fade age spots by using a laser light?

Yes: Age spots can be treated with intense pulsed light. Multiple wavelengths of light and with a laser...One wavelength of light.

Best to see your cosmetic dermatologist for a consult. ...Read more

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What is the best (reasonably priced) way to fade age spots on my face. Tried laser and some creams. Spots, veins and ruddiness remain. I'm only 41! : (?

What is the best (reasonably priced) way to fade age spots on my face. Tried laser and some creams. Spots, veins and ruddiness remain. I'm only 41! : (?

Best spot treatment: Rather than shopping by price, you should look for someone who will give you some insight as to why these therapies have not met your expectations. Some expectations are simply unreasonable. Improvement is always the goal, not perfection. A good place to start is the dermatologist (i hope) who did your laser treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Are there any laser skin treatments for age spots? I'm looking for a way to get rid of the dark spots on my face for good. I stay out of the sun and exfoliate regularly, but nothing seems to help. I don't want a temporary solution. Would laser skin treatm

Yes: Intense pulsed light (ipl) is a quick and effective way to fade unwanted skin pigment with little downtime. Permanent removal of unwanted skin pigment is much more difficult without permanently affecting the rest of your skin's natural skin color. Ipl followed by good skin care, sun protection and use of hydroquinone can extend the results of treatment but periodic touch-ups will be necessary. ...Read more

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I am 61 years old and noticed age spots on my face. What is the best approach to get rid of them. Creams? Laser? Retin-a?

Check first: Have your doctor check them out at a routine visit. Your "age spots" may be evidence of sun damage which can be pre-cancerous. Choosing a treatment before a good evaluation can lead to trouble. ...Read more

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Does laser resurfacing remove pigmentation?

Does laser resurfacing remove pigmentation?

Yes but be careful: It helps to remove pigment but there are many side-effects that an experienced doctor needs to warn you about. It causes increased sensitivity to the sun so if you're not careful about sun protection afterwards you can actually get worse pigmentation in the long run. Noninvasive lasers may be a safer bet especially for ethnic skin because they do not have as many side-effects. ...Read more

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Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects?

Could laser resurfacing completely remove acne scars. Any side effects?

Not completely: But it's pretty good. There's also microsurgery and fillers. It's safe and not so bad. I'm sorry you weren't treated as you should have been when you had your acne, and I hope you get what you want. ...Read more

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Is laser resurfacing done by gyn too?

Is laser resurfacing done by gyn too?

Probably, but...: Unfortunately, many doctors are performing procedures for which they are not adequately trained. These are almost always cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance that require payment in advance. Your best bet is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience in laser treatment and the ability to handle any complications. ...Read more

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Who should go for laser resurfacing treatment?

Indications to treat: You are a candidate for laser resurfacing if you have fine lines, deep wrinkles, uneven skin texture, significant sun damage with actinic keratoses and uneven skin discoloration, acne scarring. It is also beneficial for the improvement of burn and surgical scars.
Your skin color, medical history, lifestyle are also taken into consideration in recommending the procedure. ...Read more

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Do I need a dermatologist for laser resurfacing?

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Do I need a dermatologist for laser resurfacing?

Laser: Dermatologist revolutionized the field. But other specialist may have some knowledge also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about laser resurfacing for scars?

Can you tell me about laser resurfacing for scars?

A gamble: Laser re-surfacing for scars really is not a reliable fix. I have revised many such scars that have been treated elsewhere previously with a laser. ...Read more

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What's involved in the aftercare of my skin after laser resurfacing?

Depends: There are a number of methods - so your surgeon will discuss it with you. I've tried a number of products over the years - all of them are soothing emollient ointments. Aquaphor is still a winner for this use. Apply it 4 to 6 x each day, until the lasered areas are healed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chemical peels, laser resurfacing & rejuvenation?

What is the difference between chemical peels, laser resurfacing & rejuvenation?

Depth of treatment: There are several types of chemical peels (some deeper than others) and laser peels/resurfacing. They both are removing the top layers of skin. The deeper you peel the more effective at removing pigment, fine lines, and some tightening. The downside is that the deeper peels take longer to heal and have more downtime. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Do dermatologists give a free consultation if you're going in for laser resurfacing?

Varies by doctor: The offer of a free consultation fee will vary by surgeon and procedure. ...Read more

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I was on Accutane 80mg for 9 months. How long should I wait to get laser resurfacing?

I was on Accutane 80mg for 9 months. How long should I wait to get laser resurfacing?

6 months: Most doctors and laser companies recommend waiting about 6 months. Some doctors may treat sooner. Important to stay out of the sun and get adequate sun protection. ...Read more

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What is the best laser resurfacing tx for very sensitive skin? And who should perform the procedure?

What is the best laser resurfacing tx for very sensitive skin? And who should perform the procedure?

Derm: See a board-certified dermatologist. Laser resurfacing treatment probably should not be done on very sensitive skin. Talk to the dermatologist about options. ...Read more

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How effective is laser resurfacing on ice pick scars?

How effective is laser resurfacing on ice pick scars?

Fractional CO2: Ice pick scars are notoriously resistant to treatment. Co2 laser or fractional co2 with deepfx seems to work the best. ...Read more

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Can I get laser resurfacing on my face, even though I have vitiligo?

Can I get laser resurfacing on my face, even though I have vitiligo?

Yes, but...: Laser resufacing is intended to smooth the contours, but may commonly cause irregular or splotchy pigmentation. Vitiligo may be aggravated, so do a test area first before committing to the whole face. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is safe to use laser resurfacing while still having acne?

Please explain if it is safe to use laser resurfacing while still having acne?

Laser Resurfacing: If you have an active acne outbreak this should be treated and resolved prior to facial laser resurfacing to minimize the risk of infection and scarring after the laser procedure. ...Read more

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Have breakouts from rich face cream. Should I get laser resurfacing on my face?

Have breakouts from rich face cream. Should I get laser resurfacing on my face?

Not at first: I would first recommend you stop the face cream, and switch to an acne-control regimen. Retin-a, or other retinoids, are very helpful for this. Then, you can better assess what the next step should be. ...Read more

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Is laser resurfacing covered with medical insurance or is it cash pay?

Is laser resurfacing covered with medical insurance or is it cash pay?

Cash: With rare exceptions, laser resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure, not covered by any insurance. However, if you have a health savings account (hsa), you might be able to use that money to pay for it. Laser resurfacing is a medical procedure. ...Read more

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Is face laser resurfacing effective?

Is face laser resurfacing effective?

Yes: Very effective for removing wrinkles and sun damage (sun spots), smoothing out irregular texture, and helping with scarring. Important to see a doctor very experienced with lasers who can properly educate you on all the various options, benefits, side-effects, and risks. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of skin laser resurfacing?

What are some benefits of skin laser resurfacing?

Numerous: Laser resurfacing has made some major advances in the last few years. Fractional laser resurfacing with a co2 or erbium laser can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, remove pigmented spots, improve skin texture and even tighten loose skin. The fractional technology has reduced the down time to about a week. ...Read more

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What is the financial cost of getting laser resurfacing?

Several thousand: Cost depends on the type of laser used, skill and experience level of the doctor, and geographic location. Experience is the most important criteria in your search. If you call around your area and find that most doctors are charging within a certain range but one doctor is much lower, I would be very leery. Laser resurfacing requires a lot of skill and experience to perform well--do not go cheap! ...Read more

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Can I have laser resurfacing treatments after artefill?

Can I have laser resurfacing treatments after artefill?

Yes: The laser treatment will not interfere with your previous artefill treatment. ...Read more

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How do I cover up uneven skin pigmentation after laser resurfacing?

How do I cover up uneven skin pigmentation after laser resurfacing?

IPL vs. Topicals: At times, a gentle ipl treatment can help to expedite the resolution of post treatment redness and blend any areas of hyperpigmentation. I would combine this with topical therapy with hydroquinone +/- Retin-A or other available herbal skin lighteners. There are a variety of mineral based make-ups that can serve as cover-up in the short term as well. ...Read more

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Is it effective for a african american person get laser resurfacing done?

Is it effective for a african american person get laser resurfacing done?

Effective, yes. But: Laser resurfacing can cause lightening and a mottled colored pattern creating light and dark areas and not a smooth colored pattern. This especially true in dark skinned people. Be careful. ...Read more

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Total fx laser resurfacing is safe for indian skin type or non-ablative is better and safe?

Total fx laser resurfacing is safe for indian skin type or non-ablative is better and safe?

May be risky: This may be risky and result in an increased rate of variable pigmentation. ...Read more

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I have scars (ice pick scars) still remains. Can laser resurfacing decrease both type of scars?

I have scars (ice pick scars) still remains. Can laser resurfacing decrease both type of scars?

Yes: Laser resurfacing can help, I especially like fraxel for this type of problem. You will need several treatments and I would recommend using plasma at the same time. ...Read more

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Laser Resurfacing (Definition)

Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives ...Read more


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Laser (Definition)

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