Laser Resurfacing Questions

Q – What is a laser face peel?
The laser face peel offers you an alternative to surgery to make your skin more youthful. The face peel, performed by Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi, is an advanced technique for rejuvenating your skin which utilizes specific lasers to treat different lesions. After treatment, the skin peels by itself like after a sunburn. A few days later, a younger and smoother skin replaces the previous damaged skin.

Q – How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a laser face peel?
Anyone with skin imperfections should consider this treatment. Early sun damage is easier to correct. As soon as the effects of photoaging become apparent, with fine wrinkling, irregular pigmentation and enlarged blood vessels appearing, it is time to think about a Peel. The treatment is individually designed to meet the needs of each patient for the best possible results.

Q – Where do Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi perform the laser face peel?
The laser face peel is performed in our state-of-the-art surgery and laser center. After the procedure, you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.

Q – What form of anesthesia is used for the laser face peel?
Sedation is used for the laser face peel.

Q – How is the laser face peel performed?
The laser face peel is individually designed to meet the needs of each patient. The treatment utilizes specific lasers to obtain the best effect for each lesion. For example, enlarged blood vessels are first selectively erased. Then, precancerous lesions and wrinkles are removed with a Feather Touch carbon dioxide laser. Each laser is so specific, allowing the best result to be accomplished. In some cases, a chemical called TCA is added to perfect the results. After treatment, your skin peels by itself, like after a sunburn. A few days later, a younger and smoother skin takes the place of the previous damaged skin.

Q – How long does the laser face peel take to perform?
The laser face peel takes about one hour to perform.

Q – Can I drive myself home after my laser face peel?
When undergoing sedation for the laser face peel, patients will need to arrange for someone to drive them home.

Q – What can I expect of the recovery after the laser face peel?
You will be able to recovery in the comfort of your own home after the laser face peel. The skin will peel much like a sunburn after treatment. Several days later, the new younger and smoother skin will emerge. The time for recovery will vary according to the intensity of skin damage present. Patients undergoing treatment for early sun damage can often return to their normal activities within one week. Patients with more severe skin damage will require a longer recovery of up to two weeks. The results of the face peel can be preserved by following the prescribed regimen for daily skin care and by avoiding sun exposure. A mild peel can be repeated every two to three years if necessary.

Q – When can I return to work after undergoing a laser face peel?
The recovery time will vary according to the degree of skin damage being treated. Patients can typically return to work within one week after treating early sun damage. In more severe cases, work may be resumed after two weeks.

Q – Is the laser face peel covered by insurance?
When the laser peel is performed for medical reasons, such as the treatment of pre-cancerous skin growths, insurance may cover part of the cost of the procedure. We will assist you in checking with your insurance carrier.

Q – How long do the results of the laser face peel last?
The results of the laser face peel can be long lasting if patients follow a prescribed daily skin care regimen and avoid sun exposure. A mild peel may be performed if necessary every two to three years.

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