Laser Skin Resurfacing
You’ll be happy to learn that harsh textures, discolorations, and irregularities you see in the mirror are only a mask covering healthier facial skin. Laser skin resurfacing can quickly and safely reveal this untainted skin and encourage the growth of new, revitalized skin on any part of your face. With our wide variety of laser and energy-based resurfacing tools, we can treat all skin tones safely and deliver your desired results.
Convenient locations for laser skin resurfacing in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sorokin offers two locations for laser skin resurfacing treatments, Philadelphia, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ. Patients can receive treatment in either location at their convenience. Patients can also visit either office for surgical consultations.
Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Many busy men and women choose laser skin resurfacing to create a new, smooth skin appearance through a short, relatively painless procedure. This procedure offers many benefits, which include:
- Reducing or removing facial wrinkles, creases, and lines
- Improving sun-damaged skin
- Correcting pigmentation problems and spots
- Softening scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos
- Tightening skin that has lost elasticity due to aging
Dr. Sorokin also offers other popular medical spa treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and laser hair removal. You can find out more about your options during your consultation.
Types of Lasers
We offer multiple types of lasers based on your needs and goals.
Sciton Joule X
- NanoPeelTM – This is a superficial Laser treatment with a 4 to 10 micron ablation of skin. The very outside layer of skin is removed and as this is a superficial treatment the recovery is very quick.
- MicroLaserPeelTM which treats from 11 microns to 50 microns deep. As we go deeper, more external skin depth is removed, and the recovery becomes slightly longer.
- Full Field Eribium Resurfacing of up to 330 microns per pass can deeply resurface the skin, helping to remove old scars, improve texture and pores, and remove blemishes on the skin surface. In addition this Contour Tunable Laser is the only machine that lets Dr Sorokin independently treat both ablation and coagulation at the push of the button and the pointing of the laser. Such control lets him aggressively resurface the skin like no other laser can deliver. As this is erbium the recovery typically has less prolonged redness than with a CO2 laser.
- For resurfacing Scars, Dr. Sorokin offers the ProFractional-XC handpiece. This computerized scanning handpiece delivers fractionated erbium. In fractionated treatments, some skin is left behind in a checkerboard pattern allowing a quicker recovery than full field ablation.
An exciting option for facial rejuvenation is HALO™, the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL). HALO uses tunable non-ablative (1470nm) and ablative (2940nm) wavelengths to the same treatment area and maximizes results with limited downtime. Dr. Sorokin can obtain a targeted,, effective result that improve the skin’s appearance. Intelligent energy delivery, combined with Dynamic Thermal Optimization, ensures precise, even, safe treatments and is virtually painless.
Broadband Light BBL Hero is the strongest IPL available. There are many uses for this innovative technology. It can treat Acne, Pigmented lesions such as sun spots, vascular lesions such as rosacea and telangectasias, and hair removal.
PicoSure™ Focus laser.
This non-ablative laser will treat discolorations, light acne scarring, and fine lines. It excels for pigment discoloration changes.
The GentleMax is usually used for hair removal, and is both an Alexandrite and YAG laser that for some pigmentary issues can be an excellent option.
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light
IPL is great for sun damage, for pore reduction, and for an overall light rejuvenation with minimal downtime.
Smartskin CO2 laser
The CO2 laser for skin resurfacing is a deeper more aggressive laser that removes the outer layers of skin to reveal fresh newer skin which is great for treating scars, tightening wrinkles, and tightening fine lines.
The Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure with CO2 or Erbium Lasers
During this procedure the laser “ablates,” or destroys, the outer layers of your skin that have been damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems or spots. Destruction of the older layers of skin prompts the body to generate a fresh, new layer of skin cells. Note that some lasers may be inappropriate for darker skin complexions.
When performing laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Sorokin first cleanses your face of oils and applies an antibiotic ointment. The laser is then used to ablate the top few layers of skin in a controlled manner until the appropriate depth of skin is reached. The procedure commonly is performed with a local anesthetic, with or without sedation.
Opus Fractional Radiofrequency Plasma Resurfacing
This state of the art technology uses plasma instead of laser light to resurface and remodel skin. The Opus can deliver resurfacing results similar to a CO2 fractional laser at its highest energy settings, but with a quicker recovery period. The Opus energy levels can be stepped down to offer results similar to a light laser peel.
Skin Resurfacing with Plasma
Our Opus Fractional RF Plasma skin resurfacing produces results similar to a CO2 laser, but with only 50% of the recovery time. And, it can be used on a wider variety of skin tones. CO2 lasers use light-based energy–some skin tones will absorb more energy than the treatment recommends. Opus uses high energy radio frequencies to convert gas to plasma, which penetrates the skin to it’s deepest layers without the risk of incidental energy absorption by skin pigmentation.
Best results are seen when a series of 3 treatments are performed, separated by 3 to 4 weeks in between. Recovery depends on how aggressive the treatment is performed, varying from a mild redness, to a significant sunburn.
Recovery Following Laser Skin Resurfacing
Dr. Sorokin’s post-operative instructions for Erbium and CO2 lasers call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Topical ointments are applied to the affected area immediately following surgery in order to aid with the healing process, minimize swelling, and control the risk of infection. The skin will be red and may ooze for a period of time. Some discomfort should also be expected, and is controlled with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions. Recovery time varies based on the extent of the resurfacing and the number of procedures completed.
A More Gentle Laser Skin Resurfacing with Picosure Focus
During the PicoSure™ procedure laser light at the speed of the Picosecond is applied with a specialized Focus attachment for skin rejuvenation. This is a more gentle procedure which treats acne scars, fine lines, discoloration, and age spots. The laser energy is delivered with incredible speed to penetrate into deeper skin layers stimulating collagen and elastin production. The nice thing about this laser is the very rapid recovery. Literally patients are red for one day and are able to return to full activity within 24 hours. The skin will be slightly red for a few hours after the procedure but will look nearly normal the next day. Over the next month the effects of rejuvenation will become apparent as the skin heals. This laser is usually used in a series of 3 treatments spaced one month apart. Often a series of 2 or 3 treatments separated by 4 to 6 weeks is recommended. The PicoSure™ Focus is not as strong as an ablative laser, however, given the recovery the results can be pretty dramatic.