Laser Skin Resurfacing

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Marin, San Francisco and Napa

How do you renew your skin with little or no downtime? Is there a way to literally turn back the clock on skin damage and aging? The answer is yes. We use a combination of light, heat and resurfacing to transform the skin inside and out. In fact, our laser Forever Young BBL “is the only device that has been shown to change the expression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan.” Combined withother modalities we can rejuvenate, resurface and retexture skin while correcting brown spots and discoloration associated with aging.

Laser Skin Resurfacing in our Marin County MedSpa is accomplished with a state-of-the art laser providing three unique treatments for total skin rejuvenation. In essence, our device is three lasers in one, offering Erbium MLP, ProFractional and BBL procedure options. PSS can also combine treatments to address all issues that may be of concern to you. Laser Skin Resurfacing corrects uneven skin tone, age spots, broken capillaries, texture problems, and wrinkles. For total rejuvenation this treatment is included in our Facelift procedure; repositioning and lifting the skin without treating the texture and fine lines can result in a patient who’s happy but not thrilled. We strive for patient satisfaction that is off the charts.

Center of Excellence

  • Over 40,000 procedures performed
  • Over 40 years of combined experience

Our experienced team of surgeons combine an aesthetic perspective, the ability to listen closely to your needs, and the skills to achieve those desires. This combination of talent is a hallmark of a world-class plastic surgery clinic, located in Marin County, CA.

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Broad Band Light

Often referred to as an “IPL” or “FotoFacial,” Sciton’s Photodynamic Skin Rejuvenation treatment offered by Laser Skin Resurfacing is called the BBL (Broadband Light). BBL treatments utilize intense pulsed light, which is filtered and programmed to seek certain colors, either reds (i.e. Rosacea, broken capillaries or red spots, etc.), or browns (i.e. uneven pigmentation and brown spots), or both, and selectively destroy them. BBL Treatments are performed in a series, usually spaced three weeks apart. Most people will require three to five treatments. However, results become apparent even after the first treatment. By the end of the series most people report a more uniform and even skin tone.

BBL has also been proven to functionally rejuvenate genes in aged skin cells according to studies at the Dermatology Department at Stanford. This is the first and only study found to turn back the clock on aging.

After your initial series to correct pigmentation issues, we recommend a commitment of one BBL per quarter to keep skin consistently rejuvenated and glowing.

Micro Laser Peel

MLP (Micro Laser Peel) is the component of Laser Resurfacing that provides an excellent treatment for people with uneven pigmentation, wrinkles, and skin laxity. MLPs utilize an Erbium Laser to resurface the epidermis (the top layer of the skin), resulting in a more uniform color, softening, and even the elimination of fine lines. This procedure also addresses enlarged pores. Most people report some tightening to the treated skin as well. MLP treatments through Laser Resurfacing may be performed in a series, depending on the severity of the condition of concern. They are often combined with the ProFractional Laser, and with appropriate pain management, the depth of penetration can be adjusted to achieve the desired result.

ProFractional Treatment

The ProFractional laser capability is not to be confused with a product called the “Fraxel,” which requires multiple treatments. Laser Skin Resurfacing offers Sciton’s ProFractional Laser Treatment, which, if performed deeply enough and combined with either a BBL or an MLP at the same time, usually requires only one or two sessions. The ProFractional Treatment is remarkably pain free, and the downtime is far shorter than resurfacing preformed with traditional lasers. Most people require three to five days for full resolution of the redness and swelling that can occur.

The ProFractional Treatment provided by Laser Resurfacing utilizes an Erbium Yag Laser to partially remove damage at the surface of the skin. Most importantly, the laser is able to penetrate below the surface of the skin into the dermis where collagen and elastin exist. These are the support structures of your skin. With a finely controlled ProFractional Treatment, the removal of fine lines and deep wrinkles can be achieved, along with shrinkage of enlarged pores, and overall improvement in the texture and tone of the skin. The ProFractional Treatment also improves skin laxity. It is ideal for treating acne and its residual scarring as well.

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Best Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing

The best candidate for this skin rejuvenating procedure in the San Francisco Bay Area is a healthy man or woman who is concerned with wrinkles, scarring or skin irregularities. People with darker skin tones sometimes experience pigment discoloration and will need to confer with Plastic Surgery Specialists to determine their risk potential. Medical disorders should also be taken into account during preliminary consultations.

Generally Laser Resurfacing is an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthetic. Patients leave with bandages and an ointment to be applied regularly to prevent scabbing. Any redness and inflammation generally subsides after a couple of weeks. Some patients interested in laser skin resurfacing may consider Venus Viva™, an anti-aging, non-invasive skin treatment that’s appropriate for all skin types.

For more information on Laser Resurfacing, please visit our Education Center.

If you are considering laser skin resurfacing and live in San Francisco or the Bay Area, request a consultation so we can work with you to find the best solutions for your aesthetic concerns. Please call us at (415) 886-0777.

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