Laser Skin Resurfacing in Macon, GA
Lasers are not only playing an important part in the health of our local residents, but they are also helping people improve their appearances by smoothing the skin and eliminating flaws and irregularities. A leading provider of laser skin resurfacing is the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, led by Dr. Joshua R. Groves. Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Groves has helped men and women in Macon, Warner Robins, Houston County, Bibb County and the surrounding area eliminate a number of skin conditions by using the laser resurfacing technique.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that utilizes CO2 laser waves to remove very thin layers of skin. Laser waves are delivered to skin in precise areas, allowing Dr. Groves to treat problem areas without affecting the surrounding skin.
A topical anesthetic may be applied to alleviate discomfort during the procedure. Smaller areas of the face can be treated in as little as 30 minutes while a full facial treatment may take as much as two hours. The exact procedure will vary based upon the area(s) being treated and the particular problem you are trying to correct.
A Pearl Laser treatment utilizes tiny pulses of light to gently remove the epidermis or top layer of skin. At the same time, the light waves penetrate into deep layers of your skin, stimulating new collagen growth for a few weeks after the treatment. Two treatments may be needed to provide you with optimum results. Pearl Laser is ideal for treating:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin texture
- Sun damage
A Laser Genesis treatment also uses laser waves to carefully remove the top layer of skin and stimulate new collagen production in the dermis, which is a deeper layer of skin. Unlike the Pearl Laser system, Laser Genesis can be used on any area of your body. It is ideal for treating:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
No anesthesia is required for Laser Genesis, and a single treatment lasts less than 30 minutes. Between four and six treatments, each spaced approximately one month apart, are needed to provide you with ideal results.
Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Both methods of laser skin resurfacing will provide you with some unique benefits, such as:
- The ability to correct more than one skin issue with a single procedure
- Performed on an outpatient basis
- Results are noticed immediately
- Continued improvement noticed over time
Requirements for Laser Skin Resurfacing
To be a good candidate for either type of laser skin resurfacing, you should not have any open sores or lesions. You should also avoid sun exposure for at least a week prior to your procedure.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for Me?
If you would like a more dramatic change than what you could achieve through dermal fillers, yet do not wish to undergo surgery, laser skin resurfacing could be an excellent option.
How Involved is a Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure?
Laser skin resurfacing is non-invasive. A handpiece will be used to deliver laser waves to your skin while you relax comfortably. You may notice a slight stinging sensation during your procedure; however, most people tolerate this quite easily.
How Long is the Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
You may experience some swelling after each treatment session. Dr. Groves may prescribe medication or a topical ointment to help you manage this swelling. Some drying and peeling is normal and will occur within two to three days of your procedure. Your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight, so it is essential you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you are outdoors.
How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost?
The type of procedure you choose and the number of treatments will determine your cost. During your consultation, we will discuss the cost, and go over our payment options to find one that best suits your needs.
Some procedures may be covered by medical insurance. Our staff is experienced in matters pertaining to insurance, and will work with your carrier to get you maximum coverage. In the event a procedure is not covered, we offer financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™Credit . We will be happy to assist in filling out the necessary application, or you may apply on the CareCredit® website prior to your appointment. We work with SunTrust Bank to offer low, fixed interest rate loans to patients with good to excellent credit for all cosmetic procedures, and also accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, and Discover® Card.
If you live in Macon, Warner Robins, Houston County, Bibb County or surrounding communities, undergoing laser skin resurfacing at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery can help you achieve a younger, more vibrant appearance. Contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Groves today for your laser skin resurfacing consultation.