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When is Laser Resurfacing Appropriate?

Posted On 01/16/2019 by Dr. Christopher Zoumalan

Laser resurfacing is a technique that improves the appearance of your skin by using a laser to remove some of its layers. There are two main types of lasers used for this procedure.

Erbium Lasers

This type of laser treats superficial to moderate wrinkles and lines on the face, hands, neck, and chest. It is the type of laser that causes fewer side effects and is therefore preferable if your wrinkles are not very deep, or if you have moderately dark skin.

CO2 Lasers

This type of laser treats wrinkles, scars, warts, and other conditions that would normally be resistant to erbium lasers.

Fractionated Lasers

Dr. Zoumalan uses a fractionated laser, a CO2 laser, for laser resurfacing in Los Angeles. The fractionated laser delivers high effect, low-downtime, single pass laser skin resurfacing. The laser Dr. Zoumalan uses causes less redness and discomfort while contributing to a faster recovery.

When is Laser Resurfacing Appropriate?

Laser resurfacing in Los Angeles is truly versatile and it has been used in numerous ways. Some of its applications include:

● Acne Scars
● Age Spots
● Crow’s feet
● Droopy eyelids
● Sagging skin
● Scars
● Sun-damaged skin
● Wrinkles

When Not to Get Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is not a good idea if you have active acne, because it can become further inflamed.

Laser resurfacing also typically does not work for darker skin types, because there is a larger danger of discoloring the skin. However, “for lighter-toned African American, Hispanic or Asian skin tones, Erbium lasers can sometimes be a good option, posing less risk for discoloration [americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org.]” If you have darker skin tone and want to refine your skin, consider microneedling or chemical peels, which are safer for those with more pigment.

It Matters When You Have Your Treatment

Autumn is considered “laser season,” because having the procedure during autumn gives you a full three-quarters of a year to recover before the sun comes out in full force. Laser treated skin can be hyper-sensitive to sun exposure for up to a year after treatment, so it’s good to give it as much downtime as possible during the fall and winter months.

Trust Your Cosmetic Surgeon

Make sure you have your laser resurfacing in Los Angeles done by a highly trained and knowledgeable professional. In the hands of a practiced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Zoumalan, laser resurfacing is a safe way to dramatically improve your skin’s appearance. In the hands of a poorly trained individual, lasers can be ineffective and possibly dangerous.

Dr. Zoumalan studied biology and psychology at UCLA and was awarded a fellowship from Harvard Medical School before attending the Medical College of Wisconsin and studying eyelid and plastic surgery. Watch the Meet Dr. Zoumalan video here. He went on to train at Stanford’s Department of Ophthalmology and became chief resident during his last year there. Dr. Zoumalan completed advanced fellowship training in Oculoplastic Surgery at NYU Medical School and Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Zoumalan is one of a handful of surgeons that is both board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a graduate of an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (www.ASOPRS.org) fellowship training program.

With his compassionate and caring manner, Dr. Zoumalan is dedicated to helping his patients achieve their aesthetic goals in the safest way possbile.

Laser Resurfacing in Los Angeles

Christopher Zoumalan, MD FACS practices in Beverly Hills where he specializes in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Oculoplastic Surgery. He offers non-surgical procedures including laser resurfacing using the ActiveFX and Lumenis Aesthetic lasers (Fractionated CO2 lasers.) Dr. Zoumalan is a compassionate and caring practitioner who makes his patients feel comfortable and puts their needs above all else. Click here to start your virtual consultation!

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