Laser Resurfacing and Chemical Peels

Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are effective options for some patients, but not for everyone. We can determine if the results from this type of treatment will be successful based on your skin type, gender, ethnicity, and other factors. 

After an evaluation, our UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons will suggest options that are safe and effective – without bias for any one treatment or product. We have found that for some patients, combining treatments produces the most natural, refreshed look. Our goal is simply to achieve the best results for you.

Treatment Options

Photorejuvenation

Uses

  • Correcting benign skin issues, including blemishes and skin imperfections
  • Reducing superficial pigmentation, such as dark spots from sun-damaged skin, aging, or other biological factors
  • Minimizing pore sizes
  • Decreasing redness from rosacea and flushing
  • Eliminating unattractive small veins
  • Evening out skin discolorations
  • The face, neck, hands, arms, chest, and back

How It Works

  • No down time – back to regular activities on the same day
  • Nonlaser technology using broad spectrum light to reach below all levels of the skin to target pigment and vascular issues causing damage
  • Includes a series of five to six treatments initially, followed by one to three yearly treatments for maintenance
  • Results can be seen in five to 10 days after initial treatment.

    Microlaser Peel

    Uses

    • Removing skin's tough, dull, outer layer to reveal younger skin beneath
    • Promoting the growth of newer skin cells while removing superficial, damaged skin layers
    • Brightening the complexion dramatically

    How It Works

    • Uses laser technology that removes a controlled 30 millionths of an inch of skin tissue at a time
    • Back to work or activities with makeup in one to two weeks; more strenuous activity in two to three weeks
    • Thin layers of skin are removed and replaced by newer skin growth
    • Takes one to two months for swelling and redness to completely subside

    Fractional and Full Ablative Resurfacing (Active FX)

    Uses

    • Restoration of the skin to a more youthful appearance
    • Uses laser resurfacing skin treatment technology, which improves skin texture, tone, and firmness in just one treatment
    • Treats wrinkles, scars, acne scars, pigment problems, and other skin issues
    • Works effectively for women and men of all skin colors

    How It Works

    • Back to work with makeup in seven to 10 days; more strenuous activity in two to three weeks
    • Fractional resurfacing uses laser technology to remove a controlled 30 millionths of an inch of skin tissue at a time
    • Thin layers of skin are removed and then replaced by newer skin growth
    • Heat causes collagen deposition. Results continue to evolve over the ensuing three to six months.
    • Takes one to two months for swelling and redness to go away completely

    Levulan Photodynamic Therapy

    Uses

    • Acne scars
    • Age spots/brown spots
    • Melasma (mask of pregnancy)
    • Rejuvenation of skin
    • Reducing the sizes of pores
    • Rejuvenating sun-damaged skin on your face, neck, and shoulders

    How It Works

    • Therapy works in conjunction with pulsed light
    • Unique system uses light to treat actinic keratoses, or rough patches of skin, caused by excessive sun exposure that can develop into squamous cell carcinomas
    • A topical solution is first applied to the skin. The area is then exposed to a blue light, which destroys the actinic keratoses.