Bring new life to your aging skin. For common age-related skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, broken blood vessels, or sun damage, laser skin rejuvenation is one of the most effective treatment options available in Birmingham, AL. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Clinton, has been using laser technology throughout his 25+ year career and is well known for achieving some of the best laser rejuvenation results in the area. Call us at 205-408-9787 and harness the power of lasers for your best skin.
At Clinton Plastic Surgery, we believe in revealing beauty, not creating it. Our laser treatments do just that. They help patients to achieve their best skin, by removing and smoothing imperfections so healthy, youthful skin can shine through.
What Is Laser Rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation refers to the use of lasers and other non-laser energy sources to reduce the evidence of sun damage and aging. This can range from wrinkle removal to the correction of severe redness, prominent blood vessels and uneven pigmentation. These techniques can be effective on the face, neck, chest, hands and various other body sites. Often times there is little to no recovery involved. The results of laser skin rejuvenation, depending on the particular device being used, can be either immediate or gradual over several weeks.
We use many different laser and light devices, each with distinct treatment benefits. Dr. Clinton enjoys sitting down with first-time laser rejuvenation patients to discuss the process, evaluate goals, and create a treatment regimen.
A fractional CO2 laser treatment is one of the most effective and advanced options available for treating deep wrinkles, skin texture changes, scarring, and sun damage. Results are dramatic and long lasting, typically with a single treatment. With proper skin care after your laser treatment, results can last for years.
This is a fractional treatment, meaning that the laser only treats a fraction of the skin. Healthy skin surrounding the treated tissues are left untouched, boosting the body’s healing response.
Recovery after a fractional CO2 treatment usually involves swelling and at-home skin care for 5-7 days. Staying out of the sun is critical, as the skin will be very sensitive after this treatment. Dr. Clinton will provide detailed recovery instructions after your treatment. Primary smoothing results are apparent at one week, while secondary dermal thickening is usually visible by 4-6 weeks. As the body produces new collagen, results continue to improve for weeks and months after treatment.
IPL, short for intense pulsed light, is a time-tested treatment for redness, prominent blood vessels, and uneven pigmentation. Our 540/AFT device is the modern-day version of this classic procedure and offers some of the best IPL results we’ve ever seen. It works by using intense light to break up pigmentation and blood vessels.
IPL is downtime-free, but you will notice a few changes to your skin while you heal. An initial darkening of the treated brown spots is common and usually lasts for 10-14 days. Results are usually apparent in 4-6 weeks. An average of 1-3 treatments is required for optimum results. Fees are quoted per treatment and we’ll give a better idea of how many treatments will be needed when we meet with you.
For non-ablative skin tightening, few devices can compete with the Q-Switched YAG Pixel laser by Alma Laser. This laser treatment is non-ablative which means that it heats and treats the skin with significantly less damage. This means an easier recovery, and in the case of our Q-Switched YAG Pixel, no downtime. This technique has been described as “painless” by our patients.
The primary post-treatment side effect with this treatment is some initial pinkness. This usually resolves in less than a day. Although there are usually visible results after one treatment, expect the need for multiple sessions and maintenance for optimal results.
The Importance of Skin Maintenance After Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing corrects sun damage and improves the quality of the skin. However, the same factors that caused your initial damage can cause skin damage to return after treatment. Sun, environmental factors, and time will continue to age and damage the skin.
To help your laser skin resurfacing results to last, proper maintenance is essential. Dr. Clinton provides all laser patients with detailed recovery and after care instruction. Reach out to a member of our friendly staff if you have questions or concerns regarding the post-treatment skincare recommendations.
How can you keep your skin at its best after a laser rejuvenation treatment? These simple steps can dramatically increase the longevity of your treatment results:
- Use Sun Protection- Sun and skin don’t mix. Dr. Clinton recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis, rain or shine. This is critical immediately after treatment while you’re healing, but for best results, should be continued indefinitely. If you’re spending a day in the sun, reapply sunscreen often, cover up with a hat and layered clothing, and stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Maintain Your Results- Occasional touch-up treatments will help your cosmetic laser results to last. We’ll help you create a maintenance schedule so you never miss a treatment.
For a lifetime of beautiful, healthy skin, you’re going to need help. The skincare experts at Clinton Plastic Surgery and MedSpa are ready to help you enhance and revitalize your skin through laser rejuvenation in Birmingham, AL. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Clinton by calling our office today.