Cosmetic facial surgery took a giant step forward with the addition of laser procedures.
While facelift, eyelid and brow lift surgery are excellent techniques for correcting sagging muscles and skin, these procedures do little to address the problem of surface wrinkles. Certain wrinkle lines are now treatable with a carbon dioxide skin resurfacing laser, such as:
- Lip creases (perioral lines)
- Nasolabial folds (deep expression lines that curve from the nose to the mouth)
- Crow's feet at the corners of the eyes
- Wrinkle lines of the cheeks and forehead
The Dunagan, Yates & Alison Plastic Surgery Center was the first in North Alabama to permanently maintain a CO2 laser on site. Lasers work by removing the outer layer of damaged skin. This produces a controlled thermal injury, which stimulates collagen production beneath the skin’s surface as it heals. The outer skin rapidly regenerates over a period of seven to ten days and has a younger, smoother, refreshed appearance. Collagen production continues gradually over several months and greatly enhances the overall rejuvenated appearance of the skin.
Most patients will perceive a 50% to 75% improvement in the appearance of their wrinkles as well as overall improvement in tone and texture of their skin. The initial healed skin is pink and gradually fades over the next few weeks. This can be easily covered with a good mineral makeup during the post op period. Most patients then prefer to continue using mineral makeup continually because of its natural
feel and appearance. It also has natural antiseptic and sunscreen qualities.