Laser Resurfacing

Offered at our convenient location in Indianapolis

Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from laser, light and other energy-based treatments to chemical peels and other non-ablative methods. Skin rejuvenation procedures also commonly involve a layering technique, using different modes of rejuvenation to achieve the desired result.

For example, botox and dermal injectable fillers are routinely used in combination with the below procedures to enhance and increase the longevity of the results. Skin rejuvenation is a treatment to resurface your skin or to improve the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin.
Resurfacing the Skin

Chemical Peel

About Chemical Peels

A chemical peel involves the application of an acid solution to the face to cause the top layers of old skin to slough off, revealing fresh, new skin. Light, moderate, and deep peels are available, varying in the strength of the acid solution. Our certified skin care specialists can also perform microdermabrasion to the skin as well in combination with a skin peel to increase penetration of the chemical peel, increasing post-operative results.

Typically, the light peels are performed by our certified skin care specialists.
Microdermabrasion is when small particles are used to rub away the top layer of damaged skin. The particles and dead skin cells are then cleaned away with a suction device. This combination performed by our skin care specialists can be performed in the office within 45-60 minutes with little to no downtime based on your expectations.

Dr. Short will perform the deeper chemical peels (20% or 30%). Dr. Short uses an acid termed trichloracetic acid or TCA). The degree of response to TCA peeling varies with each person.

When Should I consider this Procedure?

  • Superifical wrinkles of the face, neck, upper chest, arms
    Fine wrinkling around the mouth and eyes
  • Improvement with skin texture
  • Enlarged facial pores
  • Improvement in facial complexion, “rosy” glow
  • Hyperpigmentation or sun damage or brown spots
  • Acne Scarring (mild)

Anticipated Results:

  • Improvement with skin wrinkles
  • Restores a healthy, rosy glow to skin
  • Decrease pore size
  • Improves skin texture and skin quality
  • Improves pigmented spots and sun damage
  • Promotes skin contraction
  • Improvement in mild acne scarring

Preparation

Preparation of the skin before peeling is critical to the success of the procedure. The skin is conditioned by applying Retin-A and hydroquinone for 4 to 6 weeks prior to peeling. Dr. Short recommends using her own formulation or Retin-A to obtain the best results called PSBM cream. PSBM Cream contains the following formulation: .05% Retin-A, 5% Hydroquinone, and 0.5% Hydrocortisone cream. This special combination of agents will exfoliate the skin and prepare the skin surface for a resurfacing procedure. You should apply this cream evenly over the entire area that is to be peeled at least once a day. Dr. Short also recommends one to two skin care treatments prior to the TCA peel to maximize the results after the procedure.

Procedure

A degreasing agent will be applied before the peeling process begins. When the TCA is applied, most individuals experience a flushing or reddening of the skin followed by a frosting of the skin that usually lasts for less than an hour. The slight stinging from the application can last up to 10-20 minutes. The staff will apply cool compresses and fan the area to help reduce the discomfort. Any minor discomfort will be over by the time you are discharged. Aquaphor will be applied following the procedure. Bandages are not necessary.

Recovery

If you have been sedated, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the office. There is usually very little discomfort associated with the TCA peel. Healing should be complete in 5 to 7 days, depending on the depth of the peel.

Absolute sun protection is essential for the first year after any resurfacing treatment to prevent irregular pigmentation and maintain your new, younger, smoother skin. Always wear sunscreen.

Erbium Laser Resurfacing

About Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Erbium laser resurfacing allows Dr. Short to specifically treat a deeper layer of skin by vaporizing superficial damaged skin cells and allowing the remaining collagen to become thicker and healthier.

The Erbium laser limits the amount of heat absorbed by the skin and is very precise with superficial skin removal. As a result, wrinkles, scar, and hyper-pigmentation will be removed and skin contraction will occur.

When Should I consider this Procedure?

  • Superifical wrinkles of the face and neck
  • Fine wrinkling around the mouth and eyes
  • Improvement with skin texture
  • Enlarged facial pores
  • Hyperpigmentation or sun damage or brown spots
  • Acne Scarring, mild to moderate to severe
  • Excess skin following a facelift procedure

Anticipated Results:

  • Improvement with skin wrinkles
  • Restores a healthy, rosy glow to skin
  • Decrease pore size
  • Improves skin texture and skin quality
  • Improves pigmented spots and sun damage
  • Promotes skin contraction
  • Improvement in mild to moderate to severe acne scarring

Preparation

Preparation of the skin before peeling is critical to the success of the procedure. The skin is conditioned by applying Retin-A and hydroquinone for 4 to 6 weeks prior to peeling. Dr. Short recommends using her own formulation or Retin-A to obtain the best results called PSBM cream. PSBM Cream contains the following formulation: .05% Retin-A, 5% Hydroquinone, and 0.5% Hydrocortisone cream. This special combination of agents will exfoliate the skin and prepare the skin surface for a resurfacing procedure. You should apply this cream evenly over the entire area that is to be peeled at least once a day. Dr. Short also recommends one to two skin care treatments prior to the Erbium laser resurfacing procedure to maximize the results after the procedure.

Procedure

The treatment is performed under IV sedation or twilight anesthesia. The treatment generally takes 1-2 hours depending on the depth and the number of passes required for optimal treatment success. The clinical staff will apply dressings or Aquaphor to the treated after the procedure depending on the depth of the laser treatment. Any minor discomfort will be over by the time you are discharged.

Recovery

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the office. A caregiver will be needed for the first 3-5 days to assist in driving, ambulation, dressing changes, and cleansings. Healing should be complete in 5 to 7 days for a mild depth, 7-10 days for a moderate depth, and 10-14 days for a deep depth laser resurfacing. Skin care products will be provided after the laser resurfacing treatment along with special instruction.

Absolute sun protection is essential for the first year after any resurfacing treatment to prevent irregular pigmentation and maintain your new, younger, smoother skin. Always wear sunscreen.

Mirco Laser Peel

About MicroLaser Peel

The Micro Laser Peel is an intra-epidermal laser peel that precisely ablates the outermost layers of the skin. The procedure is individually tailored to the nature of the condition to be corrected. The MicroLaser Peel is a partial-to-full epidermal peel and is performed with topical anesthetic.

Because this procedure ablates deeper into the epidermis, it is the perfect step between microdermabrasion and full skin resurfacing.

When Should I consider this Procedure?

  • Wrinkles, keratoses, acne scars, and pigment problems
  • When microdermabrasion & chemical peels aren’t giving you significant results
  • Looking for a brighter & even skin tone.

Anticipated Results:

  • Smoother & healthier kkin
  • Tightness
  • More vibrant skin

ProFractional Skin Resurfacing

About ProFractional

ProFractional is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little to no downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin. ProFractional uses a laser microbeam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin.

And because only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser, healing time is quick and downtime is short.

ProFractional uses laser energy to create thousands of channels in the skin which are surrounded by areas of healthy untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin invigorate the body’s natural healing process, and the treated areas stimulate production of the new collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities.

When Should I consider this Procedure?

  • Wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, aging skin.
  • Skin laxity
  • Looking for a brighter & even skin tone.

Anticipated Results:

  • Smoother & Healthier Skin
  • Tightness
  • More Vibrant Skin

BBL Photo Rejuvenation

About BBL

BBL (Broad Band Light) is an innovative technology which sets new standards for the treatment of skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles and sun damage.

BBL broadband light energy allows your physician to precisely treat fine wrinkles, age spots, small facial veins and several other skin blemishes. Any area of the body can be treated. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sun light. The most popular treatments are for the face, neck, back of the hands, chest, and shoulders. This technology also treats leg veins.

When Should I consider this Procedure?

  • Sun Damage
  • Age Spots
  • Rosaeca
  • Poikloderma
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Veins
  • Port wine stains
  • Anticipated Results:

    • Vibrant, Youthful Skin
    • Even skin color and Tone

    SkinTyte

    About SkinTyte

    The Sciton BBL pulsed light treats the widest range of aesthetic procedures. The new SkinTyte Accessory is used for selective photocoagulation of soft tissue in conjunction with an integral thermo-electric cooler to cool the epidermis prior-to, during, and after treatment, reducing discomfort and minimizing thermal injury to non-target skin and skin structures. This technique selectively targets and treats dermal collagen. The result is partial coagulation and contraction.

    When Should I Consider This Treatment?

    • Skin laxity
    • Neck jowling
    • Forehead ptosis

    Anticipated Results:

    • Tighter Skin
    • Smoother Skin