Facelift Combined with Laser Resurfacing
Although facelift and neck lift surgery will restore the youthful facial contours and define the jawline, these procedures will not improve fine wrinkles or remove sun spots. Youthful skin is also an important component of a youthful face and having a defined jawline and neck with poor facial and neck skin quality would not match.
Our doctor, a New York City facial plastic surgeon and facelift expert, has incorporated the fastest healing laser which produces the best results with his facelift surgery. The micro-fractionated co2 laser skin rejuvenation produces collagen tightening and rebuilding without the prolonged redness of older co2 or erbium laser technologies. This laser was ranked #1 laser by Vogue magazine in April, 2009 article on laser treatments. See article below and in "in the media" section of this website.
Fraxel-Co2 as complement to Facelift/Necklift Surgery
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The micro-fractionated co2 laser treats fine wrinkles, acne scarring and sun dark spots. This laser is a revolutionary new treatment for skin rejuvenation and reduces fine lines around the lips, fine lines around the eyes, crow’s feet as well as fine forehead lines. A single treatment can show significant improvement in skin texture and color while softening wrinkles.
How the Micro Fractionated co2 laser Treatment Works - The Mixto SX (microfractionated co2 laser) delivers a therapeutic matrix of tiny beams of light energy to the top and mid layers of the skin with minimal discomfort. This results in immediate shrinkage of damaged skin, softening of fine lines and wrinkles, removal of age and sun spots, and new collagen production for up to 6 months following treatment.
Fractional means that only a fraction of the skin surface is exposed to the laser beam, leaving untreated skin around each treated micro spot. This promotes fast natural healing and a short recovery time. The beneficial effects of the laser beam expand under the skin surface to stimulate NEW COLLAGEN production across the entire area. This innovative technology of the Mixto SX minimizes discomfort and downtime.
Planning for your MIXTO SX Laser Treatment:
Prior to Treatment: Our doctor will discuss which areas of your skin will benefit from this laser treatment as well as the results you can expect. In most cases, the Micro-fractionated laser treatment can be safely performed on the face, neck, chest and hands. Usually, a single treatment produces satisfying results. If desired, a second treatment can be scheduled 8 weeks after the first.
The Treatment: The MIXTO SX treatment is done in the comfort of your doctor's office either as a separate treatment or with your facelift and necklift surgery. The areas to be treated are thoroughly washed and the skin is dried prior to treatment. Treatment time for a full face is approximately 25 minutes.
Post Treatment: You will have a slight burning sensation similar to sunburn, which lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Your skin will show a fine pinpoint like pattern as a result of therapeutic beams. This fine pinpoint pattern will begin to disappear and the skin will have a tanned look for 1-2 days after treatment. After 3 days, makeup can be applied. Most patients return to normal daily routine in 3-4 days. After 5-6 days the peeling will be almost complete. Avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least 6 weeks. Apply a moisturizing SPF 30 sunblock or higher every day. You will see continued reduction of fine wrinkles over the next 6 months as new collagen is produced.