CO2 Lasers and Chemical Peels
Skin care has transformed from the days of soaps, exfoliations, toners and moisturizers to medical grade skincare. It is no longer common for aging women and men to be satisfied with the results provided by over-the-counter skin care products. Today, people can choose from advanced skin care products that are not found at local department stores. They can achieve rewards from laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels that take exfoliation to the next level to improve fine lines and produce soft, tightened, healthier looking skin.
CO2 Lasers: CO2 Lasers are one of the longest standing types of lasers which have passed the test of time for laser skin resurfacing. CO2 Lasers are extremely beneficial for improvement of skin texture, fine lines, aged spots, bumps, and scars. The Co2 laser also promotes the production of collagen which is slowed through the natural aging process. Collagen is responsible for providing shape and strength to the skin. As collagen production slows in the body, wrinkles and lines appear. Using CO2 Laser skincare therapy regularly over the course of a year can bring greater elasticity to the face.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are a tradition for many women today. Chemical peels vary in type and strength. There are primarily three types of chemical peels: Alphahydroxy acids are comprised of glycolic, fruit, and lactic acids. They are the gentlest form of chemical peel to improve the texture and elasticity of the skin, especially in cases of sun damage. Trichloroacetic acid is the next deepest level peel to improve fine lines, blemishes and some pre-cancer spots. Phenol is of the greatest strength to improve very rough, sun damaged skin, blotchy skin, age spots, and pre-cancer spots. Chemical peels offer an advanced exfoliation process. Exfoliation naturally occurs but the process is slowed with age. Chemical peels result in renewed, healthier looking, tightened, and refined skin.
Considering CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peels?
Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are often part of the regular skin care regimen for aging women and men to maintain benefits. Depending upon the extent of facial rejuvenation required, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing or both types of procedures are necessary to produce a positive outcome. Laser skin resurfacing may be used in conjunction with Injectible fillers and face lifts to produce fully satisfactory results. At Dr. Kapoor’s practice in Beverly Hills, California, he will review many considerations at the time of an initial consultation to decide on the best approach to medical grade skincare, including:
- Patient medical history and health, including the presence of skin infections and pre-cancerous spots
- Patient goals
- Patient age
- Degree of skin sagginess
- Degree of skin damage
- Skin texture
- Extent of fine lines
- Number of age spots
- Presence of skin conditions
- Degree of skin elasticity
- Other imperfection of the skin
Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peels: The Procedure
Laser skin resurfacing may be performed at our state of the art facility and may be performed in a hospital if it is being performed in conjunction with a face lift or requires the strongest level of intensity to improve the skin. Chemical peels are most often performed at our facility. Both types of procedure will involve the use of a local anesthetic and possibly IV sedation, in cases of deep chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.
In laser skin resurfacing, a laser beam of light will be applied to the face and may be targeted to specific problematic areas. During chemical peels, the chemical peel is applied to the surface of the skin and remains there for a period of time that depends upon the extent of damage.
Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peel Recovery
Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peel patients return home within one to four hours of the procedure. The level of discomfort that results from a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing depends upon the extent of treatment and the type of skin. The skin may be reddened, peeling, burning or irritating after the procedure. This subsides over time. The procedures are usually repeated on a quarterly basis to maintain the benefits. Patients should refrain from wearing make up and stay out of the sun for up to two weeks following a laser skin resurfacing procedure and approximately five days following the mildest chemical peels. Every patient will have specific instructions about the time period to avoid activities and the type of skin care program that will be necessary following the procedure.
If you would like to work with Dr. Kapoor, contact the practice of Dr. Kapoor today.