Laser Skin Resurfacing
The animation to the right is a generalization and may not be the exact way Dr. Niamtu performs this procedure. This procedure is performed with IV sedation and takes about 20-30 minutes. The healing is related to how deep the laser treatment is. Light lasers may heal in several days and deeper laser treatment can take up to two weeks to heal. Dr. Niamtu has a busy laser practice and has performed over 1,000 full face CO2 laser treatments.
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that can take decades of aging off the face in a matter of minutes. Although chemical face peels are reliable for sun damage and fine wrinkles, the laser can address much deeper wrinkles, acne scars and other complexion problems. Ideal laser patients are those without extreme skin sagging, but with wrinkles and sun or age spots. Laser skin resurfacing can be done on patients with lax skin, although these patients may benefit from face-lift or other cosmetic procedures at the same time. Laser skin resurfacing is still the gold standard for wrinkle improvement and to date no technology has surpassed laser skin resurfacing. The recovery is one to two weeks, but don’t be fooled by “light” lasers claiming huge results with minimal downtime. It is a myth! If you want to improve 40-50 years of aging, ten days is not an unreasonable recovery.
The video below shows some of the common cosmetic laser treatments performed by Dr. Niamtu.
These lasers are used for resurfacing (ablative lasers) and for minimally invasive (non ablative) treatments such as spider veins, facial skin pigmentation and sun damage and skin tightening. Dr. Niamtu is also involved in a clinical research project with several laser wavelengths for minimally ablative skin resurfacing. He is working with Lumenis and Iridex corporations for their Fraxel type technology and has presented this information at scientific meetings.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Remains the Real Gold Standard for
Wrinkle & Pigment Improvement
Laser for Acne Scars
Before and after a single laser treatment for acne.
Laser Resurfacing Treatment for Pre Cancerous Facial Lesions
Deep CO2 laser resurfacing (not fractional or light laser) is an effective means of removing multiple pre cancerous lesions of the facial skin. The patient below was referred to Dr. Niamtu for laser treatment of multiple, scattered pre cancerous lesions, which were effectively treated as seen in the post laser pictures below.
This patient is shown with ultraviolet photography before and after laser resurfacing by Dr. Niamtu. Notice the improvement of the sun damage and age spots. This is also a recognized treatment for precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses.
The Patient above is shown with ultraviolet photography before (left) and after (right) CO2 laser resurfacing. Notice the improvement of the age spots in the after picture.
This patient is shown 3 days after full face comprehensive (deep) laser resurfacing.
If you are considering laser resurfacing, the videos below explain the post laser recovery and care in great detail.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Laser Recovery
Dr. Niamtu has prepared a copy written comprehensive guide for your post laser care. Please click on the link below to download the written Post Laser Recovery Guide
The information below discusses more miscellaneous information about Dr. Niamtu and laser skin resurfacing.
Dr. Niamtu is also a Fellow with the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and a member of the International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgeons, Inc. and DASIL.
Active FX, Fraxel and Fractional Laser Treatments
The Video below shows Dr. Niamtu performing Deep FX laser for a neck scar.
One of the new technologies in laser skin treatments is Fraxel or fractionated laser resurfacing. Dr. Niamtu owns the Lumenis Active FX laser which is one of the leading fractional lasers. This is a technology that allows for good results with minimal downtime. This type of skin resurfacing is not as effective as more aggressive CO2 laser treatment, but is a good compromise for those patients that need some improvement but cannot afford the 10-12 day recovery of more aggressive laser treatments. Although the Active FX, Deep FX, Fraxel and fractional lasers have a place for many patients, the media and some doctors overplay the effects of these lasers. They cannot and will not equal the effects of more aggressive laser treatment and may need several treatments on some patients. To see more about the Active FX, Fraxel and fractional laser treatment click on chart at top of page.
The newer fractional lasers such as Active FX and Fraxel, have even shorter recoveries of 3-5 days, but again are a step down in results.
Deep FX laser resurfacing is also a fractional treatment but penetrates much deeper than Active FX or other lasers. The combination of deep penetration and fractional treatment (only selected areas of the skin) enable good results with less downtime. This laser has some new and exciting applications for burn patients and scars such as acne scars or traumatic scars.
Dr. Niamtu is an instructor for Lumenis Lasers and is shown teaching other physicians the use of the Lumenis Deep FX laser
Before and After Active FX Laser
The above patient is shown during the healing phase of Deep FX laser resurfacing with improvement of her acne scars