If the "wind tunnel" look of a surgical face lift isn't for you, laser resurfacing might be the answer. This treatment stimulates your body to produce collagen that plumps up lines and wrinkles and restores the youthful skin you remember. Your facial rejuvenation looks natural because it is natural.
Dr. Ramsdell was the first doctor to offer CO2 laser skin resurfacing in Austin in 1996.
"I had laser skin resurfacing done ... just shy of my 66th birthday. After many years of sun damage to freckly skin, I had ugly spots. The surgery went very well with the staff and the doctor showing much competence in the way I was treated. The follow-up by the doctor and the wonderful staff made the recovery go by very easily and fast. The 18 months since has been very satisfying because I have had a chance to enjoy a more youthful skin. I now take care and provide sun protection at all times. Of course, the procedure around my eyes has gotten rid of that tired, puffiness that can age the looks, also."
"Through Dr. Ramsdell's treatment, I have received a new lease on life at age 63. I have gained renewed confidence in myself and a sense of pride in my appearance. Dr. Ramsdell provided me assurances and personal care during the entire procedure. His staff functions well as an extension of him, providing nurturing services and a high level of care. I have found him to be extremely knowledgeable, capable, and he truly provides the ultimate in care."
Lined, wrinkled, or lax skin, discoloration, and rough texture.
The doctor uses a Lumenis Encore CO2 laser to send a fine beam of light into the skin to vaporize damaged tissue. The laser tightens existing fibers and promotes new collagen growth to minimize wrinkles and scars.
BEFORE Laser Resurfacing
Stock up on home care supplies Make your recovery easier by having everything you need well in advance.
Apply topical meds In the weeks before your treatment, use any topical medications the doctor prescribes.
One day before the procedure Begin taking the antibiotic and antiviral medication the doctor prescribes. You will continue taking this medication for 10 days..
You will be given a local anesthetic prior to treatment. During the procedure you may feel a slight but tolerable stinging sensation. After treatment we will place a dressing on the treated area, and you wll be ready to go home.
The first 8 to 10 days Prepare for a 10-day home recovery. In the first 48 hours you will experience a burning sensation similar to a severe sunburn. For the first 8 to 10 days you will experience oozing and crusting. All treated areas must be kept moist with the dressing applied after surgery or with Vaseline or Aquaphor. (See our patient handout entitled "Home Care After Laser Skin Resurfacing" for specific post-operative instructions.) Do not put any topical agents on your skin other than Vaseline or Aquaphor without consulting us first.
After 10 days You will probably be able to start wearing makeup after 10 days. Treated areas may feel quite tight and dry. Vaseline or Aquaphor are not usually necessary at this point, but most patients require use of a moisturizer. Itching is common and responds to prescription ointments available upon request. The redness will gradually fade after a period of weeks to months.
As the swelling subsides, you may notice wrinkles reappearing. This is normal. Many of these wrinkles will disappear completely or improve dramatically as new collagen forms. Optimal improvement may take three months or longer. Some patients may require more than one treatment.
Side effects may include pain, infection, or scarring.
Redness of the skin is common. It may last for several months and is best concealed with makeup. This red phase is associated with new collagen formation, so try to think of it in positive terms.
Temporary darkening of the skin is common, particularly in dark-skinned individuals. This almost always fades away completely. Permanent lightening of skin color has been reported in up to 20% of patients.
Please use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for three months following your treatment.