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Laser Resurfacing in Staten Island, NY

Dr. Decorato offers laser skin resurfacing treatments to patients throughout New York and New Jersey, including Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy.

Laser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation technique that uses lasers to sand away the outer layers of the skin, revealing smoother and healthier-looking layers. The laser light used for this procedure also stimulates collagen growth deep within the skin, improving the skin’s structure and elasticity. Laser resurfacing can be used to treat sun damage, wrinkles, and skin laxity caused by aging. Laser skin resurfacing may be used to treat the entire face or only specific portions of it. 

Is Laser Resurfacing Right for Me?

Laser resurfacing is sought by both women and men who want to reverse signs of aging, scarring, sun damage, and other blemishes in the skin. Much of this damage occurs in the outer layers of the skin, where laser resurfacing is most effective. Although laser resurfacing is a very effective treatment for superficial blemishes, it does have limitations. It can’t treat deep wrinkles or eliminate sagging facial skin. 

Viewing laser resurfacing before and after photos can help you understand the possibilities with this procedure.

Most adults who are in good overall health can undergo skin resurfacing procedures, although active infections, cold sores, or a history of pool scarring may make you an unsuitable candidate for laser resurfacing. Patients who are taking Accutane must discontinue use for at least six months before the treatment. 

Procedure Details

The laser resurfacing treatment takes between 30 minutes and two hours. During the treatment session, everyone in the room must wear protective eyewear. The face will be cleansed thoroughly, and the skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Several types of lasers are used for skin resurfacing, including the carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium lasers. 

The laser beam is directed toward the targeted skin, where it vaporizes the outer layer instantly. Laser resurfacing is known as an ablative laser procedure because the outermost layer of skin is removed. The procedure itself has been compared to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin. There is no bleeding and only minimal trauma to surrounding tissues. 

Recovery After Laser Resurfacing

Common side effects include swelling and redness which may persist for up to four weeks. Some patients experience a sunburn-like sensation following laser skin resurfacing. Other side effects can include crusting or blistering of the skin. An ointment will be applied to the skin for about a week. A bandage may cover the skin for the first few days. The initial recovery phase typically lasts about two weeks. During this time, keep the skin moist and limit the use of cosmetics. Because the skin will be sensitive to sunlight after treatment, minimize sun exposure for up to a year and apply sunscreen liberally. 

Most patients see an immediate improvement in the appearance of the skin, with continuing improvement over the next several months. Some patients opt for multiple treatment sessions to achieve maximum results.

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Dr. John W. Decorato offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across New York & New Jersey including: Staten Island & Brooklyn New York. Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, Perth Amboy New Jersey. Contact Dr. John W. Decorato’s office today to schedule your Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultation!

Meet Dr. Decorato

One of Staten Island’s top cosmetic surgeons, John W. Decorato, M.D., believes that your choice of plastic surgeon is essential to the success of any procedure. Before selecting either a procedure or a surgeon, learn everything you can about the procedures available and about the doctor. Well-informed patients are able to forge a comfortable professional relationship with their surgeon and actively participate in discussions about the desired procedure.

Meet Dr. Decorato
Plastic Surgery, John W. Decorato, M.D., FACS, Staten Island, NY Plastic Surgery, John W. Decorato, M.D., FACS, Staten Island, NY