Facelifts cannot address every sign of aging, and some patients have only mild to moderate skin flaws. Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective treatment for problems that occur on the surface of the skin. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lars Enevoldsen of Skinfinite Solutions Medical Spa and Laser Center, offers laser skin resurfacing for men and women in Modesto, Stockton, and surrounding areas of California.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the leading cosmetic procedures in the United States. The process utilizes a laser to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the overall texture of the skin.

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing offers patients many benefits. The procedure is truly “incisionless,” provides consistent results, and offers the surgeon precise control. Its faster recovery time means that it can also delay or eliminate the need for the more invasive facelift surgery.

As we age, the effects of sun damage and environmental pollutants take their toll on our skin, creating wrinkles and pigment irregularities, especially on our faces. A laser peel can be very successful at reducing or eliminating these conditions, and in fact it is the best way to address the problematic lines that occur around the mouth and eyes. Though there are several different types of lasers used to perform peels, the Contour TRL is widely regarded as the safest, most effective laser available.

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that passes through the skin and is preferentially absorbed by water in the damaged collagen of your skin. This action allows the laser light to ablate (evaporate) very fine layers of skin, diminishing the look of the wrinkles and other unwanted textures. The older, wrinkled collagen in your skin is remodeled into newer skin. As new cells form in the healing process, the skin becomes smoother and softer. Several lasers and light sources are available today for skin resurfacing.

What to Expect from Laser Skin Resurfacing

Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. Dr. Enevoldsen or one of our trained clinicians will position the laser handpiece above the skin and will hold it in place as the computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam around the treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

How Does a Contour TRL Laser Peel Work?

Contour TRL safely removes a layer of skin to a depth determined by Dr. Lars P. Enevoldsen. The depth of treatment will depend on your skin condition, desired outcome and expectation for downtime. Because Contour TRL can affect tissue with micron precision, Dr. Enevoldsen or Grace Barber, PAC, can treat your skin with the exact amount of energy needed – no more, no less. Treating skin with a laser stimulates the growth of new collagen, which improves the skin’s thickness and resilience. The skin surface will also re-grow with fresh, healthy cells, which will give your skin a younger rejuvenated appearance.

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Contour TRL?

  • Deep wrinkles (even in difficult to treat areas like around the mouth and eyes)

  • Scars

  • Solar spots

  • Actinic keratosis

  • Poor skin tone/texture

What Areas of The Body Can Be Treated?

Several areas of the body can be treated, though the most commonly treated areas are the face and neck, and laser skin peels are often combined with traditional plastic surgery procedures to further improve results. You should discuss your needs with Grace Barber, PAC, or Dr. Enevoldsen.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Because Contour TRL is capable of deep laser peels, excellent results are typically achieved after one treatment.

Will It Be Uncomfortable?

The comfort level of laser resurfacing varies from patient to patient and depends largely on the depth of treatment. For shallow treatments (NanoLaserPeel™), the procedure is often tolerated with the use of a topical anesthetic. For deeper treatments, Grace Barber, PAC, or Dr. Enevoldsen may administer a subcutaneous local anesthetic.

What Should I Expect Immediately After the Treatment?

Immediately following the procedure, you may experience redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn. Swelling may also occur in the treated areas. Our office will advise you on specific post-treatment care recommendations, which may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.

How Long Will It Take to Recover?

Complete healing will depend largely on the depth of treatment. Healing times for shallow treatments (NanoLaserPeel™) are typically three to four days before patients resume normal activities. For deeper treatments, you should discuss realistic expectations for recovery with your physician. Contour TRL laser peel or Contour TRLTM skin resurfacing is safe and effective for deep skin resurfacing

What Aftercare Do I Need?

You may be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use some level of solar protection to avoid sun damage and premature aging of your skin.

When Should I Expect Results?

The top layer of your skin will re-grow and can be covered with makeup in about two weeks or perhaps longer with a deeper treatment, at which time you will see noticeable improvements in your skin’s texture, tone and wrinkle appearance. Deeper laser treatments also stimulate the growth of new collagen over the next four to six months. During this time, the skin may show increasing improvements in tightness and resilience.

How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost in Modesto, CA?

The cost of our laser skin resurfacing treatments is based on customized treatment plans, so the cost varies. We provide pricing information after your consultation. Our payment options include cash, checks, major credit cards and CareCredit® financing.

Scars, wrinkles and poor skin texture can be corrected with laser skin resurfacing. To learn more, contact Skinfinite Solutions Medical Spa and Laser Center.

*Individual results may vary.