Cortex Laser Treatment
To enhance the results of a facelift procedure, laser resurfacing may be performed. A facelift lifts and tightens the skin to decrease sagging and folds that create deep wrinkles on the face, but it is not able to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, or other minor skin blemishes. If you seek an improved complexion and an even skin tone in addition to the lifting and tightening that a facelift provides, you may wish to undergo laser resurfacing as a part of your facelift procedure. Located in NYC, Dr. Sam Rizk has extensive experience performing laser skin resurfacing with the Cortex laser.
The Cortex laser is the first skin resurfacing laser system to offer both the CO2 and the Er:YAG laser as a comprehensive system. These lasers operate at different wavelengths, allowing your doctor to perform skin resurfacing that effectively treats a variety of skin complaints across a variety of skin types. The CO2 laser penetrates deeply to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin, while the ER:Yag laser removes blemishes from the top layers of the skin and helps soften and tone the epidermis. The Cortex laser is able to minimize wrinkles, remove sun spots and other discolorations, and eliminate acne scars, while improving overall tone and texture.
Laser resurfacing has increased in popularity in New York over the past several years, thanks in part to the development of advanced technologies like the Cortex laser. Laser resurfacing may be performed at the same time as your facelift or in a separate procedure, depending on your cosmetic goals and the areas being targeted. Whether performed together or separately, the procedure for laser skin resurfacing is the same. If the procedure is performed separately, then only local anesthesia or light sedation will be required; when performed in conjunction with a facelift, you will be under general anesthesia the entire time. Your doctor will use the Cortex laser to deliver a column of energy that reaches into the dermal layer or deeper to stimulate the production of collagen within your skin. The pulses of light will enter the skin in a grid-like pattern, which leaves tiny areas of untreated skin between the treated spots. This approach speeds the healing process, yet provides comprehensive, effective results.
Your doctor is able to perform laser resurfacing at his Manhattan clinic in less than one hour, with most cases lasting about 30 minutes. Depending on the areas being treated and the extent of revision required, you may require one to three treatment sessions. After the treatment, you can expect to experience temporary side effects that including swelling, minor pain, and redness. Most side effects will disappear within 2 days, and patients can usually return to normal activities in a week. Bleeding is rare, and side effects can be controlled with pain medications and ice packs. Your skin may appear pink for a number of days after the procedure, but makeup can be applied to cover any pinkness. You will be required to apply ointment to your face for the first few days following the procedure. Peeling typically occurs 5 to 6 days afterwards, and may last for up to 10 days. After the peeling stops, smoother skin will begin to appear. As your body starts producing new collagen over the coming month, tighter, firmer skin will be revealed. You must avoid exposure to the sun for at least 3 months following laser skin resurfacing, and sunblock should be used at all times.
Laser resurfacing is an effective way to improve the tone and texture of your skin. To learn more about how the Cortex laser can help enhance your facelift, call Dr. Rizk in New York today.