Laser Treatments

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Life can be hard on your skin. Sun damage, acne, scars, and the natural aging process leave their mark. Laser treatments can help restore a clearer, healthier complexion.



Richmond Laser Skin Resurfacing

Do you look in the mirror and wish you could erase signs of aging like fine lines, brown spots, acne scars? Perhaps you wish you could just have a general “do-over,” brightening and smoothing your complexion for a more youthful glow?

Laser skin resurfacing can accomplish any of the above. By removing dull, damaged outer layers of skin and stimulating the natural production of skin-firming collagen, lasers help minimize skin flaws while encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth. The result is a smoother, more balanced complexion.

What can laser skin resurfacing treat?

We can adjust the type of laser and the depth of treatment to your skin type and concerns to treat a variety of bothersome skin imperfections. Our Richmond skincare team works closely with Dr. Chen to determine the optimal treatment protocol for each patient to achieve your goals safely and effectively. Common skin problems we treat with lasers include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose & mouth
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage, freckles, and age spots
  • Skin laxity
  • Keratoses and pre-cancerous lesions

Laser resurfacing isn’t just for faces! We can also correct skin flaws and rejuvenate the hands, chest, back, and other areas of the body. Laser treatments are also a great accompaniment to facelift surgery, giving you smoother, more youthful skin to enhance your rejuvenated features.

What to expect with laser resurfacing in Richmond

Dr. Chen and our skincare team use fractional CO2 lasers for most patients. Fractional lasers remove only a fraction of the total skin cells in the treatment area. This helps us make the improvements you desire with fewer treatments and minimal downtime.

Your treatment will take place at Dr. Chen’s office at Richmond Plastic Surgeons, during a normal appointment. Depending on the depth and location of treatment, you may be given a local or topical anesthetic. After your skin is cleanses, we’ll apply a cooling gel to the treatment area. During treatment, you may feel a snapping sensation from the laser. This can be a little comfortable, but most patients find it tolerable.

Length of treatment varies, but most patient are in and out in less than 30 to 60 minutes.

What does recovery involve?

Some laser treatments require little to no downtime, while others require a patient to stay indoors to heal for several days. We’ll discuss any restrictions on activity at your consultation, before you undergo treatment. Regardless of what laser treatment you have, you must keep the area protected from the sun whenever you go out. Wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and follow your post-treatment care protocol.

Ready to learn more? Contact us for a personal consultation and skin evaluation.