We often consider our eyes to be our most important or most attractive facial feature, and there’s no doubt that those who we interact with spend a good deal of time looking into them. Yet, for many people the eye area is also the first part of the face to show visible signs of aging. From crow’s feet and wrinkles, to dark, deep bags, to wrinkled, crepe skin under the eyes, a variety of aging signs may present themselves. Thankfully, recent developments in the field of laser technology have brought us safer and more effective ways to do laser resurfacing, through use of specialized metal eye shields, erbium lasers that are now tunable, and P.R.P. (platelet rich plasma) to assist in healing. Erbium Full and Fractionated laser resurfacing is an amazing procedure which is used to rewind the effects of aging on the skin on the face and especially around the eyes.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective treatment which is used to tackle skin texture problems, uneven tone and deep wrinkles. The treatment involves the precise application of a laser beam to the skin, which removes the superficial layers of skin and stimulates the production of a new, healthier layer of skin which leaves patients looking visibly younger. The application of the laser is precisely controlled, so there is no risk of the laser penetrating beyond a certain depth in skin tissue. Only the outermost, sun-damaged layers of skin are removed, leaving the deeper skin (dermis) to produce a new, collagen-rich layer of skin above with improved elasticity, tone and texture.
Types of Resurfacing Treatments Available
Generally, dermatologists use either carbon dioxide or erbium laser treatments. Both are effective for the removal of the top layer of damaged skin, with erbium treatments being safer to removing deeper lines and wrinkles. Erbium laser treatments generally cause less damage to the surrounding areas and so come with fewer side-effects and a quicker recovery time. Another factor which differentiates laser treatments is the extent of the treatments. Full laser resurfacing targets the entire surface of a particular skin area; whereas fractional resurfacing only targets narrow channels of tissue and is intended to boost the production of collagen and elastin. Fractional resurfacing has a much shorter recovery time and surrounding tissues experience minimal damage however the results are not as impressive as full resurfacing where 100% of the skin is treated. At Siperstein Dermatology Group we treat using both full and fractionated treatments to get the best results for our patients.
Laser Skin Resurfacing for the Eye Area
The laser resurfacing treatment is particularly effective for treating aged and damaged skin around and under the eyes. Fine lines, deep wrinkles or crow’s feet, and thin, crepe skin under the eyes, can all be treated by the erbium laser. After the resurfacing has been completed, the skin under the eyes will begin a process of cellular regeneration, leaving skin looking tightened, toned and rejuvenated. A comparison of before and after photos of recipients of laser skin resurfacing clearly demonstrates the significant improvements which result after the application of the treatment. If you’re considering laser treatment for the skin on your face and or around your eyes, a consultation with a dermatologist who is an expert in laser treatment will help you to determine which type and extent of laser resurfacing will be best suited to your skin and the results which you want to achieve.
Advantages of Laser Skin Resurfacing
While many patients who want to turn back time think that this can be achieved with the use of night and eye creams, the reality is that only the removal of old and damaged layers of the top layer of skin (epidermis) will give your skin the opportunity to regenerate properly. Laser treatment may sound intimidating, but it is a far simpler and safer procedure than cosmetic surgery. Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure which does not require patients to undergo general anesthesia. No incisions are made on the skin, and patients experience minimal discomfort throughout the process. Depending on the depth of the treatment and the area targeted, recovery time may vary from a few days to a few weeks.
Better Dermatologists; Better Results
Laser skin resurfacing is a technique-dependent procedure, which means you’ll want to ensure that you’re receiving your laser treatment from an experienced dermatologist who is skilled in the application of laser treatments and who provides excellent post-procedure care and follow-up. If you’re unhappy with the wrinkled, tired skin around your eyes and desire a younger, healthier look, consult the experts at the Siperstein Dermatology Group to find out what laser skin resurfacing can do for you.