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Ablative Laser Resurfacing Specialist

Ablative laser resurfacing can address problems like sun damage, fine lines, and pigmentation issues. This type of skin resurfacing can treat issues that Botox┬« can’t resolve effectively because the damage is so advanced. Dr. Evan Ransom at San Francisco Cosmetic Laser Institute in San Francisco, California offers eCO2 laser from Lutronic resurfacing for patients who want a significant change in skin tone, texture, and pigmentation.

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Ablative Laser Resurfacing Q&A

by Evan Ransom, M.D.

What type of issues can ablative laser resurfacing help with?
eCO2 laser from Lutronic San Francisco, CAAblative laser resurfacing can be a highly effective way to deal with fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and acne scars. Tiny blood vessels (telangiectasias) can also be treated effectively with ablative laser resurfacing. When patients have facial folds due to age related volume loss, ablative laser resurfacing can help. It stimulates the deeper layers of skin, which triggers new collagen creation. The new collagen fills in folds, scars, and wrinkles.
How many treatments are needed?
This varies by patient. A single ablative laser resurfacing treatment can be done if the patient is able to devote the necessary time to recovery. The treatment can also be spaced out over multiple sessions in a 3-6 month period.
Who is a good candidate for ablative laser resurfacing?
People who have skin issues like fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, acne scars, and poor skin texture can all be excellent candidates for ablative laser resurfacing. Patients who have had previous laser treatments that left scars or patients with darker skin pigmentation are typically not good candidates for this type of skin resurfacing, as it can cause unwanted color or texture changes in the skin. A Medical-Grade skin care regimen is often recommended before treatment begins. This skin care regimen can prepare skin for the treatment and may also help patients to get the best results from the treatment.
What kind of anesthesia is used in ablative laser resurfacing?
There is a range of anesthesia options available, including local anesthesia, light sedation, and general anesthesia. In the majority of cases, ablative laser resurfacing can be done with a combination of topical anesthetic cream and local anesthesia. In deeper treatments, light sedation is often used as well. Light sedation medications may be administered orally or through IV. Dr. Ransom will help each patient determine the best anesthesia option for them.
How much recovery time is needed after ablative laser resurfacing?
This can vary based on many factors including the depth of the laser, the intensity of the treatment, the area treated, the patient’s skin type, and the patient’s ability to heal. Topical emollients and soaks are used to help speed up healing, which allows most people to have less than a week of downtime. Some people even return to their regular routine after just 3 days.


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