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Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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Facial Plastic Surgery

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Performed by Dr. Smythe Rich in our Columbia, SC Location.
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Skin resurfacing deals with the top layers of epidermis, often harboring pigment from pregnancy, birth control, sun, or thinning dermas form dried, oil-depleted skin.

Fractional CO2 laser  has become the standard in our office, blending enhanced safety  and results with quicker recovery (about a week). Although possible under local anesthetics, most patients are given some sedation. No bandages are utilized and a protective cream is applied to the unprotected skin. As the skin quickly heals itself, this "high maintenance" period is over and fresh, smoother, pink skin is the result in about 6 to 8 days. Redness fades over a week or so and is rarely complicated by a lightening or darkening of the skin. Any areas of darkening normally fade over the coming months, but areas of lightened skin or hypopigmentation may be permanent. For this reason, patients with more fair skin tones make better candidates.

Your own skin tone, degree of wrinkling, amount of oil, and prior facial surgery will determine if you are a candidate for this dramatically successful technique.

Our philosophy is to carefully select and care for our patients, avoiding complications at all costs.

Age Spots or Broken Blood Vessels Removal

Whether it's from sun exposure, hormonal changes, or just a birthmark, pigmented lesions are cosmetically troublesome. In the past, the only remedy for pigmented lesions was to cover them with make-up. More recently, dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and other techniques have been tried, but they can leave a scar or a visible white, unpigmented area. However, by laser, light energy is absorbed by the targeted lesion and the appropriate pigmented cells are diminished. Best results may require 3 to 6 treatments spaced 3 weeks apart. Topical or local anesthesia is provided. The appearance of the treated area varies from patient to patient. Aftereffects, if any, are minor. They may include redness, light crusting, or tenderness, all which disappear in a short time.

Image of before and after Dr. Smythe Rich performed laser resurfacing to correct port wine stain.This is an actual patient. Results may vary.

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