A laser peel is a technique to remove the upper layers of the skin. A CO2 laser is used to remove the top layer of the skin. The depth of the peel depends on the laser power settings and the number of passes used. As the skin heals, it has a more youthful look. Many different types of lasers exist. Most studies have shown that the CO2 or erbium lasers give superior results to all other types, including the "N-lite" or other lasers that promise less "down time". With the CO2 and erbium lasers, the results are more dramatic, but more 'down time' is involved.
Goals of the laser peel
Depending on the depth of the peel, one can see improvement in skin wrinkes, more youthful texture, and more even coloration. The treatments most often given are to the wrinkles around the mouth (perioral), around the eyes (periorbital) or full face.
How long will the results last?
This is a difficult question to answer. The areas treated show rejuvenation, but the amount varies patient-to-patient, and also depends on the depth of the peel. Once the result is obtained, the treated areas do continue to age, but the results are permanent in the sense that one would look improved in these areas when compared to how one would have looked without the treatment.
The procedure can be done in the office or the procedure room, depending on the depth of the peel and the area to be treated. Patients may expect a variable period of (7-14 days) of skin peeling after the procedure. Care of the skin is very important during this period, and our nurses are expert at guiding patients through this process. Once the new skin has formed, the areas treated can be pink for weeks to months, depending on the depth of the peel. These areas are usually easily covered with make-up during this period.
Why should I choose Dr. Most?
As a double-board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Most is uniquely qualified in surgery of the face. Dr. Most has many years experience and has served as Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at two of the top medical centers in the United States. He is Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. A leader in the field, he has received national awards for his work. He performs hundreds of facial plastic surgery procedures each year. His patient comments reflect his personal philosophy for excellence. Most recently, Dr. Most was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® for 2007-2017.
I am interested! What is the next step?
If you are interested in this procedure, Dr. Most will personally evaluate you to determine if it is right for you. Please contact our Care Coordinator, Amy Mladineo, at (650) 736-3223 to make a consultation appointment with Dr. Most. We look forward to seeing you!
About Dr. Most
Dr. Sam Most is a highly trained specialist in plastic surgery of the head and neck. His training has included:
- facial cosmetic surgery
- complex reconstruction after head & neck cancer resection, and
- craniofacial trauma reconstruction
His specialization in plastic surgery of the head and neck allows him to concentrate on delivering the most up-to-date techniques to his patients.
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