Laser Skin Resurfacing (Laser Peel, Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Fractora) – Hinsdale, IL

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About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing with Fractora at Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that utilizes ablative lasers to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The procedure is used for reducing facial wrinkles and lines and for diminishing skin irregularities, such as pigmentation, acne scars, and other flaws. Sometimes referred to as a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered an effective treatment for people who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient's skin, the treatment can be customized for the best results. There is little recovery time associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any questions or concerns may be reviewed with Hinsdale, IL aesthetic plastic surgeon Dr. George Kouris during your initial consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Laser skin resurfacing with Fractora is geared toward patients who are unsatisfied with their overall complexion. If you see sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness issues, this procedure may help correct these imperfections. It is also a wonderful option if you have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. In addition, it's important to understand that there is a recovery period needed after laser therapy. Certain patients based on their skin condition may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks to recover.

Procedure Technique

If you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser peel, you may be given a topical retinoid for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser treatment. The retinoid helps prep the skin for maximum results. Medication may be given prior to the procedure to help reduce any pain so you can relax throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a type of sedation may be necessary. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the Fractora handpiece passes over your skin, directly targeting the designated areas for improvement. You may feel the heat from the laser, followed with cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to destroy damaged skin cells while also prompting new collagen growth.

What to Expect

The treated skin may look pink, and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are undergoing a deeper laser peel, your downtime will take longer. The treatment sections may be protected with dressings and the burning, irritation, and swelling sensation may be intensified. Pain medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The downtime for a more intense peel may last several weeks. Every patient needs to limit their UV exposure following their laser treatment and use sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's important to avoid accelerating the recovery process to prevent scarring and to shield your face from sun exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
Your Fractora laser resurfacing cost will depend on several factors. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will listen to your concerns and wants before explaining your options and discussing costs. Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery regularly offers skin treatment specials and packages so be sure to ask during your appointment.

How can I help my skin recover after a resurfacing treatment?
Dr. Kouris or someone on his staff will give you recommendations on ways to speed up healing following your treatment. The most important rule is to not peel or pick flaking skin. Doing this can cause long-term damage and scarring. You need to forgo all hair removal methods on the treated skin, which includes waxing, shaving, or depilatory creams. We can suggest creams to help soothe treated areas.

Should I get laser skin resurfacing, a chemical peel, or dermabrasion?
Once he has listened to your concerns, Dr. Kouris will help you choose whether Fractora laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, or a chemical peel is best for you. Although all three rejuvenate your skin, each has pros and cons. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kouris will explain each choice and make a suggestion for your treatment plan.

How often should I get laser resurfacing treatments?
Based on the laser resurfacing type you and Dr. Kouris choose for your procedure, you might need to wait weeks or even a few months between treatments. Deep laser treatments will give you results that last a long time; however, they do need a longer recovery period. You should tell Dr. Kouris about how frequently you want to return for appointments so he can consider this when recommending a treatment plan in your initial consultation.

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Average Cost  
$1,000 - $3,000
Recovery Time  
3 – 5 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1 – 2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 – 2 Weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Your treatment with Fractora laser skin resurfacing provides outstanding results if you are looking to attain a more youthful appearance. If you are considering a laser peel and want to hear more information about their benefits, and about additional nonsurgical options Kouris M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery performs, we encourage you to contact our office in Hinsdale, IL today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kouris.

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