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What is Laser Resurfacing?

Over time, the skin develops sun spots, age-related blemishes, laxity, and wrinkles. When performing laser resurfacing in Austin, Dr. Givens uses light energy to induce controlled thermal damage of the skin with subsequent stimulation of collagen to promote improved tone and texture. The treatment, when performed by Dr. Givens, offers a dramatic level of skin rejuvenation to reverse signs of aging. 

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Resurfacing Lasers

Feel the Burn, Enjoy the Glow

Laser skin resurfacing is a customized treatment individually-tailored to the current condition and needs of your skin type. Injury to the dermis (the region directly below the top layer of skin) is key for new collagen production, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and improvement in overall facial appearance.

  • Ablative Lasers: These lasers remove the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and damage the underlying dermal collagen. Treatment with ablative resurfacing, such as CO2 and Erbium lasers, tends to be more aggressive, but the final result is both transformative and stunning.
  • Non-Ablative Lasers: These lasers prevent epidermal effacement by selectively injuring dermal collagen. Treatment with non-ablative resurfacing, such as Intense Pulsed Light and Fractional lasers, allows for quicker healing but may require serial treatments to achieve satisfactory results.
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The Benefits of Laser Resurfacing in Austin

Issues Addressed with Laser Resurfacing

  • A tired, worn appearance
  • Skin laxity, wrinkles, and lines
  • Uneven skin texture and tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun spots and age spots
  • Freckles
  • Traumatic and acne scarring

Benefits Achieved with Laser Resurfacing

  • A refreshed, renewed appearance
  • Skin tightening
  • Reduced or eliminated lines and creases
  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • Reduced or eliminated facial blemishes and scars
  • Long-lasting results
  • Restored self-confidence

Why Choose Dr. Givens for Laser Skin Resurfacing in Austin?

Skin rejuvenation is both an art and a science. At Givens Facial Plastic Surgery, we believe you deserve an exceptional treatment experience, and a result that enhances your quality of life. Our approach is personalized, from start to finish, and Dr. Givens has garnered a reputation for excellence in skin rejuvenation in Austin. As a talented female facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated her professional life to achieving superior aesthetic results, she offers state-of-the-art treatments for skin renewal and is considered the premier provider for anti-aging treatments in Austin. Her dedication to first-class patient care, discretion, and experience will make a significant difference in your laser resurfacing outcome.

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FAQ

Which layers of the skin are treated with Laser Resurfacing?

No matter the modality utilized for facial resurfacing, a thorough understanding of skin anatomy is the difference between a fabulous result and a very poor outcome. The skin is a complex organ composed of three major layers—the epidermis (top), dermis (middle), and subcutaneous tissue (bottom). A limited depth of injury to the dermal layer, which contains hair follicles, sweat glands, and collagen, is crucial to prevent scarring and unsatisfactory results.

Can Laser Resurfacing be performed on all skin types?

Skin type is determined by the amount of melanin (pigment) in the skin and the effects of tanning. Generally, lighter skin prone to sunburn has a lower amount of melanin production, while darker skin types with a tendency to tan contain larger amounts of melanin. The Fitzpatrick classification is a scale used to grade an individual’s skin type and categorize one’s candidacy for laser treatment. Those with significant pigment to the skin (higher Fitzpatrick level) often have limitations to laser resurfacing procedures due to the risk of permanent discoloration and scarring.

Can I have Laser Resurfacing performed if I am on Accutane (Isotrenoin)?

A major contraindication to this procedure is the active use of Accutane (Isotrenoin), a powerful Vitamin A derivative that treats severe, nodular acne by reducing the amount of oil released from sebaceous glands of the skin. Essentially, less oil production means less pore clogging and less acne. While reduced oil production decreases the formation of acne, actively secreting sebaceous glands are required to prevent scarring and delayed wound healing after resurfacing procedures. Dr. Givens requires all candidates to be off of Accutane for at least 6 months prior to laser skin resurfacing in Austin.

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