A combination of life-long ultraviolet damage (UVA and UVB) from sunlight, plus age-related changes in the skin, can lead to fine lines (rhytids) in the facial skin and many different issues with pigmentation or discoloration. Fine lines are frequently prominent in the area around the eyes (crow’s feet) and may become more obvious with facial movement (such as smiling, laughing, etc.). In mild cases and younger patients, Botox® may be sufficient to treat this issue. In more advanced cases, however, these lines are visible at rest and may extend into the cheek area. For these patients, skin resurfacing is required, and Dr. Ransom offers the latest in laser technology to suit all skin types and specific needs.
In some patients, a similar issue arises in the area around the mouth (perioral), causing fine lines (rhytids) that radiate away from the lips like the spokes of a wheel. These are sometimes referred to as “lipstick bleed lines” because they may permit small amounts of lipstick or lip liner to run onto the face. Lines around the mouth are of variable depth – many are shallow, like those around the eyes, but others may be very deep (particularly in smokers). Treatment of lines in this area often requires multiple modalities and sometimes multiple treatment sessions, depending on each patient’s unique anatomy.
Lasers can also treat many pigmentation issues, including brown or purple spots (dyschromias) and visible tiny blood vessels (telangiectasias). By removing the top layer of the skin (epidermis), the laser can take away these spots. The heat from the laser also helps the body form new collagen, creating skin with a smoother, more uniform color and texture.
An added benefit of ablative laser resurfacing is the ability to remove some precancerous skin lesions, such as actinic keratoses. Because the epidermis sloughs off after an ablative laser procedure, areas that may have turned into a skin cancer (i.e., that have not penetrated into the dermis below) are removed. Healthy new skin then heals from below. Dr. Ransom personally administers your laser treatment, making sure that you achieve the best result in the most comfortable and convenient way possible – and with the quickest recovery.
Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.