With the passage of time, even a masterpiece will need more than a touch-up to revive its original texture and tone. A full restoration may be the ideal solution — but only in the hands of a gifted craftsman.
In the field of plastic surgery, laser skin resurfacing plays this role by smoothing skin, erasing imperfections and softening colors. Here, skilled Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Charles S. Lee, MD, reviews the many ways cool bursts of concentrated laser energy can renew your skin, magnifying the deep beauty that never faded.
Icon of Beauty
It is fitting that the advanced laser used for skin resurfacing at Enhance® Medical Center is called “the Icon.” Dr. Lee uses this state-of-the-art tool like a fine paintbrush to restore and retrace the youthful features concealed below.
The Icon inspires your body’s healing reflex to do much of the work by stimulating production of collagen, the fountain-of-youth protein that adds strength and flexibility to skin. The result is dramatic improvement in color and texture, as wrinkles, fine lines, scars, stretch marks and discoloration are softened and erased. The Icon can also be used to remove unwanted hair and tattoos, and eliminate varicose veins.
Deep Wrinkles, Fine Art
The Icon is a fractional laser, meaning that it disrupts a portion of cells while leaving others untouched. This has the effect of reducing recovery time, while still performing the essential function of removing the thin outer layer of the skin and agitating deeper layers of tissue. As collagen rebuilds the foundation below, new and vibrant skin cells become the new surface.
There is no pain with this quick and convenient in-office procedure. With local anesthetic, the only sensation you are likely to feel is intermittent pressure that is similar to that of a rubber band snapping lightly against the skin. You will notice significant improvement the same day, and may need only one session. Deeper imperfections may require one or more follow-up visits.
Icon Laser Recovery
Redness and some swelling may persist for two weeks, but recovery is generally well-tolerated. You may feel that you have a slight sunburn, and in a sense you do. By focusing streams of light on the patchwork of imperfections drawn by time, the Icon has restored a masterpiece.
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing, schedule a personal consultation with Charles S. Lee, MD, or contact the Beverly Hills office of Enhance® Medical Center today.