Dr. Markmann provides patients in the Baltimore area with a non-surgical procedure to reverse signs of sun damage and aging through laser skin resurfacing procedures. Using the latest technology, the Mixto CO2 fractional laser, patients can remove decades of skin lesions. The Mixto laser uses a laser beam to penetrate the deepest depths of the skin to tighten collagen fibers while leaving the surrounding skin intact for quick healing. Laser skin resurfacing is also referred to as lasabrasion, laser vaporization or laser peeling.
The Mixto CO2 refractional laser removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 45 minutes. A full-face treatment, or larger areas of skin, can take up to 2 hours. Multiple sessions are sometimes needed to attain the desired results.
The Mixto laser is an ablative procedure, which means that both the epidermis and some of the underlying dermis is removed in order to promote collagen growth for new, healthy skin. During an ablative procedure, an intense beam of laser light energy is directed at the skin, removing the outer thin layers. This process generally results in a longer recovery. The results, however, can be a bit more dramatic. During the consultation, a determination will be made as to whether a patient is fit for an ablative or non-ablative procedure. Among many practitioners, the Mixto CO2 laser is the gold standard in laser skin resurfacing for the ablative process.
Some mild swelling will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It is common for the face to have crust and scaling as it heals. The treated area may appear red or pink for several weeks. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of weeks. Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy, yet sensitive, skin. It's advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and long-lasting.
While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments.
While one is not better than the other, they have varying degrees of intensity and recovery. Both techniques provide nice results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which is best for you. Factors include the patient's aesthetic goals, skin type and how much downtime can be tolerated.
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