Laser Skin Treatments
Laser skin resurfacing at our Lafayette, Louisiana practice is an integral part of our comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. Dr. J. Kevin Duplechain has become renowned for his total approach to facelift, which includes laser skin resurfacing and fat transfer. He also performs laser resurfacing as a separate procedure for those women and men who want to address wrinkles, discoloration, and minor skin laxity without undergoing surgery.
While laser resurfacing does not require incisions, the carbon dioxide laser does burn away the outer layers of skin, requiring some healing and recovery time. As an innovator in laser treatments, Dr. Duplechain developed a product, Cutagenix, which provides the skin with a number of ingredients to heal safely and to obtain the maximum benefits from the laser treatment.
As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Duplechain is uniquely qualified to address facial skin concerns. He and his qualified staff will help you with every aspect of your treatment. If you would like to learn more about laser resurfacing or any other procedures we offer, request a consultation online or call our office at (337) 326-5158.
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Laser resurfacing is a key component of Dr. Duplechain's facial rejuvenation approach. He has mastered the art of using the laser to improve the tone, texture, and coloration of aging skin. Laser resurfacing with Dr. Duplechain can improve the following skin concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Scars from acne or other skin conditions
- Skin laxity
- Discoloration from age or sun damage
- Burn Scars and keloids
In addition to laser skin resurfacing performed by Dr. Duplechain, a variety of laser treatments are offered at our Lafayette, Louisiana, medical spa. They include laser hair removal, laser peels, IPL and much more. Visit Laser SkinCare of Louisiana for more information. Dr. Duplechain also offers laser tattoo removal for individuals with unwanted tattoos.
Dr. Duplechain Explains Your Laser Resurfacing Procedure
I usually have my laser resurfacing patients begin preparing their skin for treatment about 2 weeks prior to the procedure. This involves using special products and treatments to optimize the effect of the laser on your skin.
Prior to your treatment, you will be given local anesthetics to numb the treatment area. In some cases, patients opt for a sedative to help them relax. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed, and you will be given eye protection to wear during treatment.
I use a state-of-the-art carbon dioxide (CO2) laser which allows me to very precisely remove the outer layers of skin to a pre-determined depth. This depth is dependent on the degree of correction you and I want to achieve through the procedure. In addition to removing the outer layers of the skin, deep dermal ablation with the Deep FX handpiece provides additional tightening and volume reduction of the entire face. Typically, a laser resurfacing treatment takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Recovery & Results
After laser resurfacing is completed, I will apply Cutagenix to protect the tissues and deliver essential nutrients for better healing. It is applied for one week at which time the skin is healed. During the recovery period, there is very little pain. I allow patients to shower the day of the procedure and use frequent cool compresses with the Cutagenix product. This approach has simplified the recovery process significantly.
The new skin underneath will be slightly pink and fragile much like a baby's skin and will need to be carefully protected and cared for. I will give you more detailed instructions on how to care for your skin following laser resurfacing at your final pre-op appointment.