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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Jacksonville, FL

At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, we use a medical laser to gently remove layers of skin to improve cosmetic flaws. During a laser skin resurfacing procedure, our surgeons use a small laser wand to delicately remove layers of skin with great precision. Laser skin resurfacing is also non-invasive, and your provider will be able to control the depth the laser is allowed to penetrate the skin, allowing for total control over the laser and to assure the desired result.

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What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Address?

  • Wrinkles
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Scars from acne
  • Tattoos 
  • Uneven tone and texture
  • Scars from surgery or injury
  • Dark spots
  • Pigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Also builds new collagen

Technical Variations

Considered the gold standard among many practitioners is CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser skin resurfacing. This is an ablative method which removes both the epidermis and some of the underlying dermis to promote collagen growth so new, healthy skin can thrive. Examples include the Sciton® laser skin resurfacing system, the UltraPulse® CO2, and the Fraxel® Repair (fractional CO2) lasers. These are newer-generation lasers that deliver short-pulse light energy, as well as continuous light beams to produce customized results for each patient’s specific needs.

On the other hand, an erbium laser doesn’t totally destroy the top layer of skin. As a more superficial treatment than the CO2 laser, an erbium laser can still address fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and mild scarring. The erbium laser is very precise and targets water in the skin tissue to evaporate superficial cells, which results in thermal injury to kick-start collagen remodeling. Because the outer layer of skin isn’t damaged with an erbium laser, the downtime after this procedure is typically fairly fast (1-2 weeks).

Ablation vs. Non-Ablation 

Laser skin resurfacing is either ablative or non-ablative. During an ablative procedure, an intense beam of laser light energy is directed at the skin, removing the outer thin layers. This process generally results in a longer recovery. The results, however, can be a bit more dramatic. A non-ablative laser does not remove any layers of skin. Instead, it stimulates the growth of collagen, which helps tighten underlying skin. This process offers a lighter recovery. Results will not be immediate but will appear over the course of multiple appointments. You may be wondering, “Ablative or non-ablative?” While one is not better than the other, they have varying degrees of intensity and recovery. Both techniques provide nice results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which is best for you. Factors include your personal aesthetic goals, skin type, and how much downtime can be tolerated.

What Happens During Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 45 minutes.

A full-face treatment, or larger areas of skin, can take up to two hours. Multiple sessions are sometimes needed to attain the desired results.

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Why Choose Laser Skin Resurfacing from PVPS?

Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery was established in 1993, and since then we have continued to progress, grow, and evolve. We now have multiple locations, five board-certified plastic surgeons, seven Nurse Practitioner injectors, and seven skin health specialists covering Northeast Florida. We also have the most effective and advanced technology in the aesthetic industry. We offer patients the very best, and that is what has given us our exceptional reputation for both surgical and non-surgical procedures. If you’re in the Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, or Ponte Vedra Beach, FL area and you’re considering laser skin resurfacing, we welcome you to contact us to book your consultation.

“I underwent an ablative skin laser resurfacing procedure at PVPS. Very professional, and was quite a well-organized team. Highly recommend anyone who is looking for any form of laser treatment by an expert.”

C.S. 

Recovery

Some mild swelling will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It’s common for the face to have crust and scaling as it heals. The treated area may appear red or pink for several weeks. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of weeks. 

Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy (yet sensitive) skin. It is advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible.

Results

While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be long-lasting. As you continue to age, you may consider additional laser skin resurfacing treatments. 

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FAQ

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

Can laser skin resurfacing damage my skin?

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

The cost for laser skin resurfacing varies according to the technology used and the number and size of areas treated. The average cost can range between $5,000-$10,000. Factors included are medications (including anesthesia if needed), practitioner’s fee, and machine use costs. We also offer two financing options, CareCredit® and Alphaeon® Credit, to help pay for these procedures if needed.

Can laser skin resurfacing damage my skin?

The laser skin resurfacing procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. That’s why it’s so important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and long-lasting.

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