Do you want your outside to look as young as you feel inside? You no longer have to accept the toll that time takes on your face and skin. Laser skin resurfacing procedures can erase years from your face by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, and scars, and can tighten your pores and even out your skin tone. Front Range Family Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado, uses the most advanced technology to improve your skin and boost your confidence. Call or make an appointment online for more information on laser skin resurfacing.
As we get older, fine lines and wrinkles form around our eyes, mouth, and forehead. Sun exposure over the years results in brown or dark spots around our cheeks, and our once clear skin turns spotty and mottled. Skin resurfacing can reduce most of these signs of aging skin.
At Front Range Family Medicine, we use the Icon™ Aesthetic System by Cynosure, an advanced laser treatment system that uses fractional beams of light to remove the outer layer of your skin, called the epidermis, while also heating the underlying layer of skin, called the dermis. This one-two punch of treating both layers of skin stimulates collagen growth resulting in smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin.
Unlike other laser technologies, the Icon system can treat people with both fair and dark skin. But if you have active acne, deep wrinkles, or excessive or sagging skin, this procedure may not be the right one for you. The providers at Front Range Family Medicine can recommend whether this procedure would be effective for your skin type.
Before the treatment, the providers at Front Range Family Medicine explain the procedure and give you preparation instructions. Some things they may advise include avoiding certain medications for several days or weeks before the procedure -- such as aspirin and ibuprofen because they can affect blood clotting -- and taking an antibiotic medication to prevent infections.
The procedure is performed in the office and takes less than an hour. Because heat is applied to your face, numbing cream is smoothed onto your skin before the treatment to minimize discomfort. You can opt for something stronger like a sedative.
After the procedure, you’ll be pink or red and very sensitive to the sun for several weeks to several months. A provider will cover the treated area with a special dressing for protection. Be sure to schedule downtime after your laser treatment, meaning you should not schedule any social functions for a few weeks afterward. You may feel itching or stinging and have dry, peeling skin.
Expect to return to Front Range Family Medicine for dressing changes and topical treatments. If you continue to feel pain or burning, a provider can prescribe medications to make you feel more comfortable while your skin heals.
Some people see immediate results while it may take a few weeks for others. But the good news is that your skin will continue to improve for up to a year.