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Laser Skin Resurfacing Services
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Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center of Santa Monica offers the latest in advanced laser technology to treat many different skin concerns. Laser technology can be used to reduce the following:

  • Sun Damage
  • Rosacea
  • Birthmarks
  • Angiomas
  • Hair Removal
  • Leg Veins
  • Acne
  • Acne Scars
  • Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin Tightening
  • Vitiligo
  • Warts
  • Brown Spots
  • Age Spots

Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center of Santa Monica offers the latest in advanced laser and surgical procedures to enhance the quality of your skin and to eliminate any unwanted blemishes. We strive to help patients enjoy youthful, healthy skin. Dr. Yamauchi and our other providers will recommend the most appropriate laser and surgical procedures best suited for you, working with the techniques listed below.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Services:

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing uses a variety of different laser types to reduce facial wrinkles, skin aging, sun-damaged skin, and skin irregularities such as acne scarring or blemishes. Laser technology is continually evolving, making our various laser resurfacing treatments at Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center more effective, even for delicate areas.

Laser skin resurfacing engages the skin’s natural healing mechanisms to rejuvenate the skin both on the surface epidermis layer and in the skin’s second layer, the dermis.

On the surface skin, laser energy is absorbed by sun-damaged areas such as age spots and these areas slough off in a few days. Laser energy can also close broken capillaries and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In the dermis, fractional laser energy creates thousands of microscopic holes through the epidermis down into the dermis. This triggers a wound response in the body, which remodels the existing collagen in the area and initiates new collagen production. All of this improves the skin over the following weeks and months.

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How is laser skin resurfacing done?

Our main vehicle at Dermatology Institute for skin rejuvenation is our Fraxel Dual system. Fraxel is actually two lasers in one, which you can read about in detail here. The secret to these treatments is the word “fractional.” The laser energy creates thousands of microscopic channels through the epidermis down into the dermis layer of the skin.

This has two effects. First, by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, it encourages the surrounding unaffected skin to produce new skin cells to repair the perceived wounds created by the microscopic channels. Second, when the laser energy enters the dermis through these channels, it causes heating in the dermis. The body responds as if wounded, triggering new collagen production to “heal” the perceived wounds. In reality, the microscopic channels heal in just a few hours, but the collagen production builds for months. Together, these two factors work to resurface the skin, improving everything from age spots to acne scars, actinic keratoses to surgical scars.

What are the risks of laser skin resurfacing treatments?

All of the lasers we use for our various skin rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments have been cleared by the FDA. The FDA has cleared our workhorse, Fraxel Dual, for these uses: periorbital wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, age spots, sun spots, melasma, actinic keratoses, and skin resurfacing. That means these procedures had to pass rigorous safety testing prior to the laser receiving approval.

Swelling and redness are the most common side effects of a Fraxel treatment. Swelling is minimal and usually only lasts a day or two. Redness fades within a few days. Pigmentation spots become darker initially, which can be disconcerting, but that is a sign they’re on the way out and the melanin causing the darker areas has been broken up. You may have some minor itching, dry feeling skin, slight peeling or flaking, and some bronzing of the skin, but these are all temporary effects.

Can laser skin resurfacing reduce pore size?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing is quite effective for shrinking large pores on and around your nose. Because these are only slightly invasive “fractional” treatments, the energy targets the dermis layer of the skin without causing damage to the surface epidermal skin. This prompts the new production of collagen, and this tightens the skin surrounding your large pores. That tightening shrinks those pores.

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Is there much scarring with laser skin resurfacing?

Scarring is something we never want with any of our treatments. Our team providing your laser skin resurfacing treatments has extensive training and experience with our various lasers and their safe and effective use. Scarring is usually the result of an inexperienced or poorly trained operator, and it should not happen.

At what age should I have laser skin resurfacing?

There isn’t an age requirement for these treatments at Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center. While issues such as wrinkles and age spots aren’t likely on a 20-year-old, acne scarring could be. Rosacea doesn’t have an age limit, and our lasers can thoroughly reduce it. Our IPL treatments are great for controlling acne breakouts. While technically not “laser skin resurfacing,” everyone has unwanted hair they could remove with our Alexandrite and YAG lasers.

What should I expect after laser skin resurfacing sessions?

The fractional resurfacing will require a little recovery time, but nothing like ablative laser skin procedures. The different lasers listed on this page have different functions, but for Fraxel Dual treatments, this is approximately what you can expect:

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  • Day 1 — You will leave our Santa Monica offices and your skin will appear as if moderately sunburned and it will feel tight.
  • Day 2 — Your skin will now appear bronzed and darker.
  • Day 3-4 — Your skin will begin to peel, and areas may itch.
  • Day 5 — Peeling should begin to end.
  • Day 7-8 — Your redness should fully resolve.

When will I see results from laser skin resurfacing?

Your skin will be red for a few days after these treatments, but once that settles down, you’ll see some immediate improvements in your skin. From there, those results will continue to build for 6 months and beyond. This is the increased collagen production. Plus, your body produces new skin cells to replace those removed in the fractional portion of the treatment. These are long-term improvements that continue to build.

When will I be able to go out in the sun after laser skin resurfacing?

After your Fraxel session (and with most laser or IPL procedures of any kind), you need to understand that your skin has temporarily lost some of its natural sun protection, so you need to apply 30 SPF sunscreen and wear protective clothing. You need to do this for about three months. That may sound extreme but remember it’s likely that too much sun exposure is what created most of your skin issues in the first place.

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“I’ve been going to the Dermatology Institute for many years, have sent my mother and multiple friends here, and we’ve always been extremely happy with everything — staff, doctors, nurses, treatments. I’ve been to dermatologists all around the world, and these folks are the best.”
– Craig D.

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“I have seen numerous dermatologists through the years but Christine Kim Is by far the best..I’ve referred family and friends and they all agree with me. The plus side is that her staff is easy going, professional, and easy to work with. This dermatologist office will not disappoint you”
– Karen S.

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If you’re interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing please contact us for a consultation with Dr. Paul Yamauchi, at 310-829-4104 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.

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