About Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally-invasive skin-rejuvenating technique that uses laser technology to stimulate collagen and grow healthier, younger looking skin. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, our team of skin care professionals uses skin resurfacing to treat wrinkles, crepiness, sun spots, and acne scars. Our team of medical professionals use the most advanced resurfacing lasers available - Fraxel re:pair and Fraxel Dual - to help our patients achieve stunning results. In fact, Dr. Andrea Hui Austin is the #1 provider of Fraxel repair treatments in San Francisco.
Prior to treatment, a provider will consult with you to determine which laser and settings will address your needs and give you the best outcome. Fraxel re:pair typically recommended for skin showing severe signs of skin damage such as deep frown lines and wrinkles, crepiness, sun spots, and redness caused by sun damage. The Fraxel re:pair uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to vaporize microscopic columns of tissue deep within the skin. Recovery time is around three weeks.
Soon after treatment, the skin will be softer, brighter, and more even-toned. Then over the next four to six months, as the skin continues to heal, new collagen forms to creating healthier, younger looking skin.
For skin showing less severe signs of aging, a light or moderate Fraxel re:pair treatment may be recommended. Lighter settings are less invasive, penetrating more superficial layers of the skin and reducing the overall recovery time.
Light or moderate Fraxel re:pair treatments are appropriate for patients with less sun damage and more shallow lines and wrinkles. Lighter treatments may also be used preventatively, to keep wrinkles and other signs of aging at bay.
Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative laser that effectively treats older skin cells while leaving the skin’s protective barrier intact. Fraxel Dual is FDA approved to treat wrinkles around the eyes, acne scars, surgical scars, age spots/sun spots, melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose), and Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions).
The Fraxel Dual has less downtime than deep Fraxel re:pair treatments - about 3-5 days. However, more than one treatment may be necessary to see maximum results. Here at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, we have a variety of laser skin resurfacing options to address your skin’s specific needs.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"After much deliberation, i underwent the Fraxel Repair CO2 with Dr Hui, the staff and the procedure were as good as it gets and the results amazing!Dr Welsh's office and facility are state of the art and Dr Welsh is bar none the best in the business."- P.C. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2016
"I love this place and the work they do! I opted for a fraxel treatment when considering major work, including plastic surgery. Dr. Hui performed the treatment and I am so happy with the results that I believe it was a much better alternative to surgery. The skin on my face and neck looks at least 10 years younger; all the dark spots, little moles, fine lines and leathery red skin are gone and now I am able to skip foundation and still look great. And without the down time and pain associated with surgery. It's given me a renewed confidence though my biggest surprise was the softening of the nasolabial fold lines. I have slightly chubby cheeks so have always had those lines but they've almost disappeared. It was virtually painless and what with the fabulous staff, it really was a fun experience. I highly recommend considering this procedure when thinking of ways to maintain one's appearance and the folks at this office are the best!."- K.B. / Yelp / Jul 11, 2015
"I've been working with Dr. Hui and Chrissy for the past 6 months on a 15 year old surgery scar using Fraxel scan and the results are beyond incredible!! The scar is now flat and almost looks like normal skin. Not only did Dr. Hui recommend the proper course of action, but she has walked me through the process the entire time and has made me feel incredibly comfortable and well taken care of! I HIGHLY recommend going to Dr. Hui and Chrissy."- D.G. / Yelp / Sep 12, 2016
"This is my first review ever written but the staff at Dr Welsh's was so wonderful that I had to write. I had a Blue Peel and Laser CO2 done around my mouth and was very nervous going into this as I had never really done anything much previously. I had been to the office only twice before but my friends had told me how great they all are. Dr Welsh and the nurses who performed the procedures were incredibly caring, professional, thoughtful and concerned about my wellbeing the entire time. This last week has been a challenge healing and not once during my many visits and follow up phone calls have they made me feel anything less than a valued and important patient. I hope the results of these procedures are as good as the experience I had with this office. I will certainly go to them for any further cosmetic work i have done."- E.S. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2012
"About a month ago I wrote a very disappointing review for my services at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology-- I must say that I should have checked-in with my Provider prior to writing the review. What I didn't know is that my treatment plan was not complete, that there were more steps to be taken.I just got back today from a visit with Dr. Hui and I am happy to say---that now I understand my treatment plan, I looked at the photos from before my Fraxel treatment and I do see improvement. I'll keep you updated-- but I think I'm on the path of success with my treatment plan. I'm so pleased with my visit and the next steps-- They are really taking care of me! Thanks!"- P.P. / Yelp / Apr 07, 2016
What to Expect
Even though laser skin resurfacing is nonsurgical and is considered noninvasive, there generally is some downtime associated with the procedure depending on the depth of the treatment. To ease any discomfort during treatment, provider may choose to numb the skin using either a topical numbing cream or injections a local anesthetic. A sedative may also be given to relax the patient. During laser skin resurfacing, the provider will deliver brief, pulsating beams of light to the treatment area.The laser will provide controlled wounding to the chosen depth of treatment, stimulating collagen growth.
After the procedure, the treated skin will appear red, swollen, and raw. With deep Fraxel re:pair treatments, pinpoint bleeding, as well as oozing for up to 48 hours, are common post-procedure side effects. Other temporary side effects include mild itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking. Crusting can also occur, so the patient must refrain from picking since this can lead to permanent scarring.
Directly following treatment, a medical assistant will apply a thick, protective ointment and cover the area with gauze to protect the treated skin. During recovery, the treated area will need to be kept clean and protected. Detailed Post Care Instructions will be given to the patient prior to leaving the office.
New skin is usually generated in about one to two weeks. Following a Fraxel Dual treatment, swelling lasting about one to two days and redness lasting about three days, are the most common side effects. Skin may also appear temporarily bronzed. Itching, peeling, and flaking skin are also experienced.
Once this process is complete, new skin will appear in its place that is healthier, brighter, younger looking, and more even-toned.
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Restore Damaged Skin
Our office offers numerous laser resurfacing options for sun-damaged and aging skin. Laser skin resurfacing can be a great option based on the patient’s individual condition, aesthetic goals, budget, as well as pain tolerance and allowance for recovery time. Call our office today to find out if laser resurfacing is for you!