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Laser Resurfacing

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For years, Dr. Rapaport and other dermatological surgeons have been looking for an ideal method for eliminating wrinkles, correcting acne scars, and improving ageing and sun damaged skin. Laser resurfacing is the latest break through in rejuvenation of the skin.

Using a wand like laser hand piece wrinkles are vaporized and replaced by fresh skin cells. There is more control in the depth of penetration and this allows more precision and safety in the treatment.
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What is a laser ?

Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emisssion of radiation. What this means is that lasers function by creating and intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can selectively vaporize the skin and remove wrinkles and scars. The laser has the ability to produce one specific color of light and therefore, the newest lasers can be tuned to precise and selective wavelengths allowing specific treatments and safety levels not previously available.

Who is qualified to perform laser skin resurfacing ?

Traditionally, the experts in skin care and skin disease have been dermatologists. Dr. Rapaport has extensive experience with laser surgery and treatment of conditions during the post operative phases. Since results are technique sensitve and entail an artistic detail, it is important to select a doctor with demonstrated laser experience. Dr. Rapaport is often consulted by other aesthetic surgeons and asked to treat their complications. It is performed right here in our office, without the costs and risks of hospitalization.

What condition can laser resurfacing treat?

Laser resurfacing is performed in the dermatologic surgeon's office to help the following:

  • Erase fine lines and wrinkles of the face, especially on the upper lip, cheeks and forehead.
  • Smooth and tighten eyelid skin.
  • Improve crow's feet around the eyes.
  • Soften pucker marks and frown lines.
  • Remove brown spots and splotchy, uneven skin color.
  • Improve and flatten scars.
  • Repair smoker's lines.


What are the benefits of laser surgery for facial resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing may offer you and your dermatologic surgeon the following general benefits:
  • Improved treatment results.
  • Relatively "bloodless" surgery.
  • Precisely controlled surgery.
  • An addition or alternative to other skin rejuvenating procedures.
  • Safe, reliable and effective out-patient, same day surgery.


What are the possible complications of the procedure?

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. With the new Er:Yag and CO2 laser surgery, the risk of scarring is low. Common side-effects may include crusting, mild swelling, redness or brown discoloration at the treatment sites. Some patients may require bleaching creams to help regulate skin color following laser resurfacing. Significant pain, bleeding swelling and infection seldom occur and can be minimized by surgical techniques and vigorous postoperative care. These surgical techniques and pre-and post-operative regimes have been pioneered by dermatologic surgeons and continue to be enhanced and improved for patient safety and comfort.

What are the limitations of laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is not a substitute for a facelift, nor can the procedure eliminate excessive skin or jowls. However, beneficial tightening of loose skin can occur from laser resurfacing, resulting in an improvement of certain folds and creases. In many cases, laser resurfacing offers an alternative to traditional methods for skin rejuvenation, such as dermabrasion and deep chemical peels. It can also work well in conjunction with or as an additional treatment to other aesthetic procedures, such as chemical peels, blepharoplasty(eyelid surgery) and liposuction of the face and neck.

For more information on Laser Resurfacing or other cosmetic surgery procedures, please call us at Tel: (201) 227-1555.

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