Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview
Charlotte plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Voci, has used laser skin resurfacing since 1994 to treat fine lines, wrinkles and skin blemishes through precise laser technology that removes skin layer by layer to reveal fresh, new skin. At our plastic surgery center, we offer ablative laser skin resurfacing, which is performed under general anesthesia. During treatment, the top layer of skin is targeted, allowing it to be stripped awa, which results in a smoother, more even-toned complexion. In this process, collagen is stimulated, which increases the elasticity of the skin. Dr. Voci suggests the best candidates for this treatment are those with fair complexions and non-sensitive skin. To maximize results, a patient must avoid excessive sun exposure following treatment.
"I love going to the Voci Center...I am always active in the community, on television, on stage, on runways, and social elite gatherings and I know that I will be looking my best because of Voci Center. It is just like buying an outfit to go out ..you must have shoes, dress, hair, make up, voci center complete and then you are ready."- R.M. / Facebook / May 11, 2015
"Lipo sculpture 3 weeks post op - It was quite a journey for me to finally make my decision to have this procedure. Dr. Voci and his entire staff are wonderful. Dr. Voci took as much time as I needed to throughly answer my questions, explain the procedure, the initial post op, recovery period and final results.Dr. Voci is a artistically gifted, meticulous and experienced surgeon. Dr.Voci wants you to be the best version of yourself while maintaining a natural look. While I am just 3 weeks post op, my results have already far exceeded all of my expectations already!!! I still have several more weeks before all of my swelling is completely gone and final results are evident. I'll post before/after photos as you will see for yourself just how truly gifted, experienced and exceptionally skilled surgeon Dr. Voci is. Photos forthcoming shortly...."- P. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr Vincent Voci is the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Charlotte!! He is WONDERFUL at what he does...and is super honest. I love his personality and he cares about his patients."- J.D. / Google / Jan 30, 2020
"I have been going to VOCCI Plastic Surgery for years and so far is the best in Charlotte. I recommend him 100 %. Feel very confident and confortable to get to see him. ♥️"- M.V. / Google / Jan 28, 2020
"You will not find a plastic surgeon like Dr. Voci. He excels in knowledge, technique, skill and artistry. His photo results alone, speak for themselves."- M.R. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Technique
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. Ablative resurfacing is also referred to as vaporization, as it essentially eliminates the top layer of damaged skin. This is the most aggressive laser skin resurfacing approach, but unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion, and non-ablative resurfacing, it offers the most effective, optimal results. The duration of the procedure may take up to several hours to complete and the patient is put under general anesthesia so that there is no pain or discomfort during treatment.
What to Expect
During an ablative laser skin resurfacing procedure, an intense beam of laser light energy is directed at the skin, removing the outer thin layers. Once the patient comes out of general anesthesia, they are monitored before being released from our surgery center. This procedure causes an open wound to occur on the affected areas of skin. We will apply dressing wounds to these areas, which should be worn for approximately 3-5 days. These wounds, which can cause discomfort, will generally last about a full week. The patient can then expect redness, peeling, and crusting to occur. Once the top layer of skin has been fully eliminated, the remaining skin will appear fresh, new, and flawless. While the ablative approach is more aggressive and does require recovery downtime, the results are dramatic. In addition, this procedure stimulates the growth of collagen, which helps tighten underlying skin for continued improvement.
Laser Skin Resurfacing After the Recovery
Once a full recovery has been acheived, Dr. Voci will advise the patient accordingly on how to properly treat his or her new skin. We will provide ointment and recommend a higher grade moisturizer to keep the new skin moisturized and protected from everyday elements. It is crucial that sun exposure is avoided at all times. We will also suggest a specific type of sun protection/SPF for our patients so that the skin remains pure and beautiful year-round.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Can it Damage Your Skin?
This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and long-lasting.
While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be long-lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments.
Ablative or Non-Ablative?
While one is not better than the other, they have varying degrees of intensity and recovery. Both techniques provide nice results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which is best for you. Factors include the patient’s aesthetic goals, skin type and how much downtime can be tolerated.