Laser Energy, Dramatic Results

Genetics, age, environmental toxins, and sun exposure can lead to various skin conditions, including brown spots, pigmented lesions, poor texture, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity. Dr. Thompson customizes treatments with laser technology to provide various benefits for these and other skin conditions. Lasers are used to create a controlled, superficial injury in the skin. This triggers the production of collagen, and the new skin forms smoother and tighter as you heal.

The result is the removal and reduction of unwanted age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and scars from acne. Since no two patients have the same skin condition, a treatment plan can be tailored to your unique needs. 

Is Laser Resurfacing Right for Me?

Laser treatments are often used to treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Brown spots
  • Large pores
  • Acne scars
  • General skin imperfections

Ideal skin resurfacing candidates are healthy adults who are nonsmokers and want to improve the appearance of their skin. The best candidates are proactive and diligent with their post-treatment skincare and have realistic expectations.

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Laser Resurfacing for All Skin Types

Dr. Thompson recommends the best resurfacing option for each patient’s skin condition and skin type. There are safe and effective resurfacing options for multiple skin tones and colors. However, some treatments have been known to create pigment irregularities in dark skin. In certain situations, Dr. Thompson may recommend a different treatment for patients with darker skin tones. He has experience working with every skin type and recommends the safest and most effective treatment options for each patient.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ

What is the cost of a laser resurfacing procedure?

Are there any associated risks with laser resurfacing?

Are the results permanent?

What is the cost of a laser resurfacing procedure?

The cost of laser resurfacing varies widely, depending on the resurfacing procedure, the number of treatment sites, and the patient’s goals.

Are there any associated risks with laser resurfacing?

Ablative laser resurfacing uses light energy to eliminate the upper reaches of the skin and can lead to unwelcome consequences such as redness, itching, and swelling. There are risks associated with the procedure, which may include bleeding, infection, changes in skin color, and scarring. Non-ablative laser resurfacing, which does not remove the outer layers of the skin, can also cause side effects, including skin color changes, mild swelling, and redness. Individuals with an autoimmune disease, a tendency to form scars, or a history of cold sores, as well as those with a darker skin tone, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding, might not be the best candidates for laser skin resurfacing. However, there are other effective treatment options that you can discuss with Dr. Thompson.

Are the results permanent?

Reducing signs of aging and improving your skin’s youthful appearance can be achieved through laser skin treatments. However, the natural aging process will continue after treatment, and you may develop new lines or pigmentation over time. Proper sun protection will help preserve results over a longer period of time. During your private consultation, Dr. Thompson will explain the anticipated results and the aftercare requirements.

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Your Initial Consultation

During a private consultation with Dr. Thompson in Denver, CO, patients can share their concerns and desires for their treatment plan. He will then review your medical history and examine your skin to determine the best treatment options for clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin. Patients who want quicker, more dramatic results may benefit from resurfacing the deeper layers of the skin. Patients who require shorter recovery time and are willing to wait for progressive improvement may benefit from gentler resurfacing treatments instead. Dr. Thompson creates a plan that’s tailored to your unique needs. 

Preparing for Laser Resurfacing

In preparing for the treatment, patients should avoid sun exposure before the treatment and wear broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily to protect their skin. Patients who have a history of cold sores will need to begin taking medication the day before the resurfacing procedure. Strong skin products, such as retinoids, should be stopped before the treatment, and self-tanning lotions must be exfoliated away the week before the procedure. Dr. Thompson will provide a full list of pre-care instructions, which may vary based on the treatment plan.

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The Day of Your Procedure

Given that the treatment process varies depending on your plan, Dr. Thompson uses local or general anesthesia when needed to make the treatment comfortable and safe. More powerful treatments penetrate deeper to remove the outer layers of the skin and result in more dramatic results. Each treatment is adjusted according to the skin's sensitivity in the target area.

During the months following the treatment, the body promotes collagen growth to improve the skin's texture and fill in lines. Lighter treatments provide significant benefits with less recovery but typically require multiple procedures to achieve optimal results.

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Recovery and Results

Laser resurfacing treatment recovery time varies depending on several different factors. Non-ablative treatments may not require any downtime, but ablative lasers involve a longer healing process depending on the depth of the procedure. Dr. Thompson will provide each patient with laser aftercare instructions.

Depending on the treatment, daily care may include the application of cool compresses, ice packs, healing ointment, skin soaks, avoiding heavy exercise, medication to relieve discomfort, and antihistamines to calm itching. Patients are not restricted to bed rest, but their skin may be initially red or scabbed, depending on the treatment details. Patients are to avoid makeup, sunblock, or other products besides those listed in the aftercare instructions until the doctor sees them for their follow-up appointment. Many patients modify their activities to avoid certain social situations until their skin shows improvement and the redness has faded or can be concealed with makeup.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Thompson is a widely-respected, board-certified plastic surgeon based in Denver. He approaches all procedures with a compassionate and considerate mindset, prioritizing your needs and striving to achieve natural and authentic results. You can have confidence in Dr. Thompson's commitment to exceptional care and meticulous attention to detail throughout your treatment.

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