Laser Procedures in Beverly Hills
Cutting-Edge Technology to Enhance Your Appearance
The word “laser” is an acronym for “Light Amplification
by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” A laser can be used to create
high-energy beams of visible, infrared, or ultraviolet light that can
selectively transfer its energy into tissue to treat the skin.
Skin rejuvenation treatments utilizing lasers have become some of the most prevalent anti-aging
treatments in the aesthetics industry. Laser rejuvenation procedures improve
the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and discoloration of the
skin with fast recovery time, minor discomfort and minimal bleeding. Lasers
are able to efficiently remove the aged, wrinkled, and sun-damaged layers
of skin, uncovering a healthier and more youthful complexion. Laser skin
treatments in Beverly Hills can benefit men and women of any age and are
typically used for the areas around the eyes and mouth, although they
can also be used for larger areas of the face.
Numerous skin conditions can be addressed with a laser treatment; however,
the key to achieving a successful outcome is to find a qualified physician
who understands laser technology and has the ability to perform the procedure
safely and effectively. At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, located in Beverly
Hills, CA, Dr. Joubin Gabbay M.D. offers a wide variety of laser treatments
and will customize your treatment in order to address your unique skin
characteristics, tone, texture, and aesthetic goals.
Why Choose Laser Skin Treatments?
Laser skin rejuvenation treatments can treat wrinkles and other skin imperfections
using either ablative or non-ablative techniques, and via the methods
of either resurfacing or cutting. After conducting a thorough evaluation
of your skin’s condition and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Gabbay will
determine which laser treatment options will bring about your optimal results.
Laser skin rejuvenation technology is one of the most effective, minimally
invasive, technological advancements that has come about over the last
25 years. Utilizing laser technology to stimulate collagen production
and enhance the appearance of the skin has revolutionized the aesthetic
industry, and we are proud to be able to offer this cutting-edge treatment
to our patients. If you are interested in learning more about laser rejuvenation
treatments, please contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery today, and let us schedule
your complimentary, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gabbay.
Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent, minimally invasive option for patients
suffering from a number of skin-related problems, including:
- Fine wrinkles
- Decreased facial volume and firmness
- Skin laxity (looseness, sagging)
- Broken capillaries
- Thin and transparent (crêpey) skin
- Dry, itchy skin
- Deep-set wrinkles
- Acne and acne scars
- Injury-related scars
- Liver spots or age spots (solar lentigines)
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Yellowish or grayish skin tones
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
- Skin growths
- Visible veins and broken capillaries
- Uneven pigmentation
- Birthmarks and vascular lesions
- Moles and warts
- Unwanted facial or body hair
- Vitiligo or psoriasis
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in learning more about laser skin rejuvenation treatments,
please call Gabbay Plastic Surgery and let us schedule your personal consultation
with Dr. Gabbay. During your meeting, Dr. Gabbay will discuss your overall
expectations and aesthetic goals, in order to determine whether laser
skin treatment is a suitable option for you.
You should come to your consultation prepared to discuss your medical history
(including any past surgeries), present medical conditions, allergies,
and medications. It is imperative that you are honest and provide complete
information, as numerous medical conditions can potentially increase the
risks and complications associated with cosmetic procedures. If Dr. Gabbay
feels that you are a good candidate for laser skin treatment, he will
explain the different techniques, costs and potential side effects before
scheduling your procedure. When choosing Dr. Gabbay, you can be assured
that you are in the hands of a surgeon who has undergone extensive training
and is highly esteemed by his colleagues and patients alike.
Options for Laser Treatments
There are a number of options for laser skin treatments, including:
Ablative Lasers: ablate literally means “to remove,” and ablative lasers utilize
carbon dioxide to remove the top layers of skin, effectively correcting
surface skin problems such as blemishes, scars, wrinkles, sun spots, and
hyperpigmentation. Ablative lasers can be divided into two categories:
fully ablative (traditional CO2 and Erbium lasers) or partially ablative
(fractional CO2 and fractional erbium lasers). After treatment with an
ablative laser, patients may experience redness and/or blistering.
Non-Ablative Lasers: non-ablative lasers do not remove layers of skin as ablative lasers do.
Instead, non-ablative lasers utilize thermescent fibroblast stimulators
to heat the skin and treat skin laxity and wrinkles from the inside out.
The laser beam of a non-ablative laser penetrates deep within the epidermis,
and encourages the regeneration of skin cells, thereby rejuvenating the
appearance of the skin. Non-ablative laser treatments require little downtime,
although they do require multiple treatments, while ablative lasers usually
only require one.
Q-switched ND (YAG) Laser: this YAG laser can remove uneven skin pigmentations and darker pigments
(such as professional tattoos); however, it may take several sessions
to achieve the desired results.
Long-pulsed ND: YAG laser (Versa Pulse®): this laser system is appropriate to treat
vascular lesions and other cosmetic issues, such as facial flushing, redness,
broken capillaries, telangiectasia (purple or blue veins on the face),
and strawberry hemangiomas (red, purple, or blue blood vessels resembling
Photofacial (Intense Pulsed Light): photofacials, also known as intense pulsed light (IPL), restore skin
health and alleviate sun damage and age-related skin through the use of
a broad spectrum of light that targets pigmented and vascular lesions.
Photofacials are typically very well tolerated, and patients may resume
their normal routine immediately following treatment.
Vascular Lasers: vascular lasers are primarily used to treat visible veins (such as spider
veins); however, they can also be used to treat red vessels and broken
capillaries on the face.
Hair Removal Lasers: hair removal lasers can stop unwanted hair growth anywhere on the face
or body through the use of rapid heat pulsation that passes through the
skin and stops the follicles underneath from producing hair. The treatment
works best when the laser catches the follicles during an active growth
phase, so you may need several office visits to ensure that all of your
follicles have been treated.
About Our Laser Procedures
Before undergoing laser skin rejuvenation, Dr. Gabbay may recommend an
antibiotic to prevent infection, and antiviral and antifungal medications
to prevent complications from any potential dormant viruses that may be
awakened by the procedure. Prior to the treatment, your skin will be numbed
and you may be given a sedative and/or IV sedation to relax (deeper skin
issues may require general anesthesia). Your face will be cleaned, and
you will be required to wear protective glasses or goggles during your
For non-ablative laser resurfacing, Dr. Gabbay will apply a cryogen spray
(a water-based gel or cool air) to the treatment area before using the
laser. For ablative laser resurfacing, Dr. Gabbay will aim an intense
beam of light energy (laser) at various areas on your skin that need correcting,
and as he passes the laser over your skin you may feel a slight stinging
sensation, similar to a gentle rubber band snap. The laser beam will destroy
the outer layer of your skin (epidermis) while at the same time the laser
warming and treating the underlying skin (dermis).
Ablative resurfacing treatments are sometimes preceded by a six-week course
of tretinoin (a prescription cream designed to treat fine wrinkling, roughness,
and pigment changes). Nonablative laser resurfacing typically takes between
30 minutes to one hour to complete, while ablative laser treatments take
between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the technique used and
the size of the treatment area.
Recovering from Your Treatment
After your laser skin treatment is completed, Dr. Gabbay will cover your
face with a thin layer of ointment and/or synthetic sheeting to aid in
healing. During recovery, you should keep your skin moist with protective
creams until the new skin is formed. When necessary, pain medication and
ice packs can help to reduce swelling and pain following laser skin treatments.
Recovery from laser skin treatments varies, depending upon the type of
laser used and the size and scope of the treated area.
Superficial laser treatments usually do not require any downtime, and patients experience only mild
redness for a few days after treatment; however, when the deeper layers
of skin are treated, the recovery period may last up to a couple of weeks,
and patients may experience more intense redness and skin peeling. Although
rare, potential complications of laser skin treatments include burns,
scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, reactivating herpes sores, bacterial
infection, and milia (small white bumps on the skin).
Reach out to our team at Beverly Hills today at (310) 928-2558 to schedule
your consultation! We are committed to helping you feel confident and
beautiful no matter what.