In Oklahoma, there isn’t a shortage of sunny days most of the year. And when we’re out in it, that sun is giving our skin the business with its damaging UV rays. Also, personal habits, stress, and general aging can leave your skin weathered, wrinkled, and dull. Dr. Jones and his team are big believers in skin resurfacing to address some of these skin aging issues. One of those methods we use is CO2 laser resurfacing.
But CO2 resurfacing is an ablative procedure that requires at least two weeks of recovery time, so it’s not for everyone. Here are some pros and cons of CO2 laser skin resurfacing with Dr. Jones.
Advantages of CO2 Resurfacing
CO2 resurfacing is an aggressive resurfacing treatment. It can reduce visible skin wrinkling by over half. It delivers excellent improvement in fine lines, general texture, and a reduction in troublesome pigmentation areas. It has a dramatic effect on deep wrinkling. Acne scarring also responds to CO2 laser resurfacing; most of our patients notice a 50% improvement in their acne scars. A side effect/benefit of this type of resurfacing is skin tightening. The heat generated by the laser triggers an injury response in the body, creating new collagen and elastin in the area, firming the skin and delivering, in effect, a slight lift.
If you’re looking for a comparison to the effects of CO2 resurfacing, it would be surgical dermabrasion. But recovery from laser resurfacing is easier than from dermabrasion. Also, since CO2 laser resurfacing is performed under general anesthesia, the patient feels no pain during the procedure.
Disadvantages of CO2 Resurfacing
While effective, Dr. Jones wants his patients to know that CO2resurfacing, like dermabrasion, requires a good deal of recovery time. The patient’s skin will be weepy for two weeks and will require thorough cleaning four to five times daily, along with application of ointment to keep the skin from scabbing. The areas can take up to three weeks to heal. After that, the skin will remain pink or red for more time. Care must be taken to avoid sun exposure on the treated skin. Also, patients with darker skin tones are not good candidates for CO2 resurfacing because the procedures can reduce the skin pigmentation in relationship to other areas that are not treated.
If you are interested in CO2 laser skin rejuvenation, call Dr. Jones at 405.418.5400.
This time of year, it seems like everywhere you turn another road is being torn up and resurfaced. Dr. Jones wants to shift some of that resurfacing attention to your skin. Skin resurfacing is a set of cosmetic treatments to rejuvenate the skin of our patients. We combine the benefits of natural skin products, medical creams and peels, and laser technology to help correct skin conditions such as lines and wrinkles, pigmentation problems, color, texture, loss of elasticity, acne, large pores, rosacea, and spider veins.
These are the resurfacing treatments and procedures we perform:
Home skin care — Our skin care program uses the Obagi Nu-Derm system for skin resurfacing and is all done at home.
Laser skin treatments — We have a variety of lasers to remove lesions, unwanted veins, skin tightening, and pigmentation correction. Each laser has its own benefits and works best for certain skin problems.
Peels — Chemical peels are effective for removing old tired skin cells to trigger the production of new skin cells. Peels rejuvenate the skin, but also can be used to treat acne, lines and wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun damage, as well as pre-cancerous skin lesions.
Crystal-free microdermabrasion — We use a microdermabrasion system that doesn’t use microcrystals. It gently removes the top layer of the skin and encourages new collagen and elastin production. Microdermabrasion is effective for treating fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scars, sun damage, and enlarged pores. We combine microdermabrasion with Obagi skin products for the best results.
Dermabrasion and CO2 laser — These more aggressive treatments go beyond the surface layer to penetrate more deeply into the skin. These treatments are effective for deeper wrinkles, creases, and scars. They require more recovery time
Facials — We offer a variety of facials with different degrees of skin renewal.
Summer isn’t for road resurfacing; resurface your skin with Dr. Jones. Call us at 405.418.5400 and let’s talk about what may work best for you.
Skin pigmentation problems such as age spots or blotchiness have many different causes and can occur in all skin types. Because we only address issues with the face, Dr. Jones likes his patients to be well informed about the facial skin problems such as pigmentation.
Sun damage is behind most pigmentation problems in light-skinned people
For patients with lighter skin tones, the main cause of pigmentation issues is the sun. Years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can result in spotted hyperpigmentation, a condition marked by an increase in pigment production that results in patchy skin color or a blotchy complexion. The extent of the issues, obviously, is influenced by the amount of long-term exposure, and also its intensity.
These are the typical treatments for patients with lighter skin tones
Dark spots from early sun damage in these cases tend to be more superficial. These spots can be treated with products containing hydroquinone.
Superficial peels, typically glycolic acid, can be used when topical options don’t have much effect.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be used to make these dark spots peel off.
Dark-skinned patients are prone to more difficult pigmentation issues
In patients with darker skin tones, the two most common pigmentation problems are melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Melasma is a patchy brown discoloration that shows itself on exposed areas of the face. It often occurs during pregnancy and is known as “the mask of pregnancy.” Because melasma often affects the dermis (the skin layer beneath the epidermis), it can be more difficult to treat.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an injury or inflammation that causes the skin to increase pigment production. The most common cause is acne, but the condition can also arise from psoriasis, a burn, or injury.
Beyond topical treatments, these are the other options for patients with darker skin
Microdermabrasion and medium-strength chemical peels (peels using salicylic acid, lactic acid, and other ingredients)
Non-ablative fractional laser treatments, which are more aggressive than the IPL treatments used for lighter-skinned patients
Because he only deals with facial issues, Dr. Jones is well versed in all treatments of facial pigmentation problems. Call us at 405.418.5400 to make an appointment.
As our largest organ, and the one most exposed to the world, our skin takes a beating. From time to time it’s a good idea to have one of our available skin rejuvenation treatments to bring out new, younger skin.
Skin rejuvenation starts with a VISIA skin analysis and session with our medical aesthetician. This will determine which products and treatments are best suited to your skin type and its condition. At Jones Plastic Surgery we utilize natural skin products, medical creams and peels, and laser technology to address skin conditions such as lines and wrinkles; concerns with pigmentation, color, and texture; loss of elasticity; acne and acne scars; large pores; unwanted hair; rosacea; and spider veins.
Our skin resurfacing treatments and procedures
Home Skin Care — We offer a variety of home skin care products because an ongoing skin care regimen at home is crucial to great-looking skin. Our most popular line is Obagi Nu-Derm.
Laser Skin Treatments — We have the Pixel Laser, the AFT Pulsed Light for pigmented lesions, the AFT 570 Pulsed Light for vascular lesions, the ND:YAG Laser for unwanted facial and leg veins, and the ST Module Skin Tightening with Pulsed Light. Each laser targets a specific condition.
Peels — Peels rejuvenate the skin. They are also effective treating acne, fine lines and wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun damage, as well as pre-cancerous skin problems.
Crystal-Free Microdermabrasion — This skin resurfacing technique gently removes the outer layer of the skin and encourages renewed production of collagen and elastin. It effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scars, sun damage, and enlarged pores.
Dermabrasion and CO2 laser — These are more aggressive skin resurfacing techniques that not only remove the surface layer of the skin, but penetrate into the deeper layers, as well. Scars and deeper wrinkles are the targets here.
Facials — Our Deluxe and Corrective Facials are effective skin resurfacing treatments.
Tired of looking at that tired skin? Call Jones Plastic Surgery and let’s talk about your skin resurfacing options, 405.418.5400.
Getting older stinks. Just ask your skin. It takes a beating from the sun, environmental pollutants, hot and cold temperatures, and other factors. All the while, the body doesn’t cooperate, as it decreases the production of the skin’s main support protein, collagen.
Fortunately, Dr. Jones offers a variety of skin resurfacing treatments and procedures to turn the clock back on your skin damage.
Laser skin treatments — We have more lasers than the new Star Wars movie at our practice. We have the Pixel Laser, the AFT Pulsed Light for Pigmented Lesions, the AFT 570 Pulsed Light for Vascular Lesions, ND:YAG Laser for unwanted facial and leg veins, and the ST Module Skin Tightening with Pulsed Light. Each laser addresses different skin problems.
Peels — Chemical peels remove the surface layer of old, tired skin and trigger the body to produce new, vibrant skin cells. Peels can be used to rejuvenate the skin and also to treat acne, lines and wrinkles, skin pigmentation issues, sun damage, and pre-cancerous skin growths.
Crystal-free microdermabrasion — The skin resurfacing technique gently removes the upper layer of the skin and encourages the production of new collagen and elastin. It is effective on fine lines and wrinkles, acne and acne scars, sun damage, and enlarged pores.
Dermabrasion and CO2 laser — These more aggressive techniques not only remove the surface layer, but penetrate the deeper dermis layer, too. They can be effective in treating deeper wrinkles and scars.
Facials — We offer both Deluxe and Corrective Facials to exfoliate and deeply cleanse the skin on the face.
Don’t take aging skin issues without a fight. Call Dr. Jones at 405.418.5400and let’s talk about skin resurfacing.