Laser Skin Resurfacing

A fresh, smooth complexion is one of the secrets to a youthful appearance. The quality of one’s facial skin can be the difference to looking younger than your true age. Wrinkles around the mouth and eyes can be the first sign of facial aging. Years of sun damage or smoking can lead to visible patches of uneven pigmented skin, small skin growths, age spots, scars, and of course, wrinkles. Many people are also bothered by years of acne scars. All of these problems can be treated or improved upon with Laser Skin Resurfacing in Beverly Hills by a highly skilled, well trained, Board Certified Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr. Lent.

To best understand all of your options, a full consultation with Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Warren Lent is recommended. For further details on each aspect of Laser Skin Resurfacing, Dr. Lent invites you to visit his collection of articles in the Laser Skin Resurfacing Information Center to help you understand the laser skin resurfacing procedure.

The two most common problems, wrinkles and scars, suffer from the same problem; an uneven skin surface. As light shines across this uneven surface, shadows are created in their depths. It is the shadowing, which is most evident and makes the wrinkles or scars standout. The goal of Laser therapy is to smooth the skin by vaporizing the raised areas, thus balancing out the uneven surface. This induces an inflammatory response by the body, which then brings in new collagen as part of the process, thus improving the skin’s quality. There are two Lasers that are most appropriate for this form of treatment, the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser and the Erbium Laser. Both Lasers are highly effective and the decision on which to use is often dependent on the extent of the patients problem, their skin type, and skin color.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Warren Lent, has one of the country’s largest experiences with the use of Lasers for the treatment of facial aging. He has been a pioneer on the forefront in the development of this technique and has performed several thousand Laser procedures with excellent success.

People who should consider Beverly Hills Laser Skin Resurfacing are those who have:

  • Sun damaged facial skin
  • Wrinkled or crepe-like skin of the face
  • Wrinkles around the mouth and eyes
  • Uneven brown patches
  • Small skin growths or sun induced skin changes
  • Acne scars
  • Superficial scars of the face

In Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeons can perform this procedure with the patient completely awake, sedated or under full anesthesia. If the patient chooses to be fully awake then a layer of topical numbing cream is applied to the face approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the procedure. The numbing effect may be supplemented with facial nerve blocks, if needed. The procedure consists of treatment of the individual wrinkles or scars, followed by treatment of the entire face for proper blending of the facial skin color. The procedure usually takes between 45 and 90 minutes to perform. The initial healing phase, whereby the new skin comes in, usually takes between 7 and 10 days. This is followed by a period of pink coloration to the skin, which lasts from several weeks to several months and is usually easily camouflaged with make-up. The procedure is generally considered to be safe, but like all forms of medical treatment there are certain risks, which include the risk of scarring, loss of color, extended periods of increased color, bleeding, infection and the risk of anesthesia. In the hands of a highly skilled, well trained, Board Certified Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr. Lent, great effort is made to minimize these risks.

Laser skin resurfacing should be considered as part of a total plan of facial rejuvenation. There are usually two components to the facial aging process, the loss of skin quality and an increase in skin quantity that leads to sagging facial skin. Laser skin resurfacing in Beverly Hills is ideal for improvement of facial skin quality. Treatment of the excess quantity of facial skin is best treated with procedures such as, a Facelift, Laser Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) and a Forehead/Brow Lift. A well thought out treatment plan that offers some combination of these procedures with Laser Skin Resurfacing can lead to optimal results. The results of Laser Skin Resurfacing can bring immense satisfaction as it seems to erase those years of wrinkling, especially when performed by highly experienced Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Warren Lent.