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ASIAN ETHNIC LASER RESURFACING

Asian Ethnic Laser Resurfacing by Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Seattle | Bellevue

Award Winning, Double Board Certified and Published Author Dr. Philip Young  is an expert in Laser Resurfacing for the Asian | Ethnic Patient with more than 12 years of experience in this field.  Learn about the Top Ten Reasons to choose Dr. Philip Young.

First we will show you some before and after cO2 Laser Resurfacing and then we will discuss some things about this particular subject. Hopefully we will address some frequently asked questions regarding Asian Ethnic cO2 Laser Resurfacing. Below are some before and afters cO2 Laser Resurfacing for an Asian Patient:

asian laser resurfacing front beforeasian laser resurfacing front after

asian laser resurfacing oblique beforeasian laser resurfacing oblique after

Some of the moles are not gone and this patient just wanted a general overall improvement. If moles are of a concern, we can laser them for you as well. You can see our mole removal page to get an idea of the healing and before and afters by clicking here as well: Mole Removal by Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery.

This page is dedicated to the Asian Laser Resurfacing. First of all, we have a lot of experience in helping The Asian and our Ethnic Clientele (including Latinos, African American, Middle Eastern Patients). The key difference for these patients is usually the darker skin tones. With laser resurfacing, the top layers of the skin including your skin cells (keratinocytes) and melanocytes (pigment cells) are removed. If you look at the picture below the epidermis and dermis are separated by the Basement Membrane. This is where the stem cells arise  and populate your skin. Usually with pretty aggressive laser resurfacing, the top layers of your skin are removed past the basement membrane and into the dermis. With this much of your unwanted pigments and fine wrinkles are removed and replaced with a new layer of skin that come from the hair shafts or pilosebaceous unit. This is called the resurfacing part of this whole process, where the skin cells from the hair shafts resurface the skin.   See below for a picture of the skin in cross section:

Skin Cross Section

When you come in we are going to discuss with you how aggressive you would like us to be with your laser resurfacing. We will discuss with you whether you would like us to do fractional resurfacing or traditional resurfacing. You can see this video to learn more about laser resurfacing and about fractional resurfacing including terms like active fx, deep fx, total fx and max fx. click here for our video: cO2 Laser Resurfacing Video Demonstration | Explanation. You can also find out about the healing process for co2 laser resurfacing here: Laser Resurfacing Photo Diary of Healing.

One of the things that most concern people is the pseudohyperpigmentation that can occur in Asian and Ethnic Patients. This is when the skin turns dark after it undergoes a period of redness. It is most evident in people that have dark hair and light skin. The dark hair signifies the level of pigmentation or risks of pigmentation the melanocytes will undergo after a period of inflammation. This occurs any time you do laser resurfacing.  What happens when you get hyperpigmentation? Well it can take several weeks to months for it to go away. We can speed the process up by starting very superficial chemical peels and having you do some on your own as well. We have been through this situation many times and can help you get rid of this pseudohyperpigmentation.

Hypopigmentation is probably a bigger concern and it entails the loss of pigment. This occurs when the melanocytes are damaged to a degree that there are some missing pigment | melanocytes from a contiguous area. The result of this are white patches that are most evident on the most darkest skin types. This occurs when the melanocytes are damaged when the co2 laser resurfacing is taken too deep or the post procedure cleaning is not done adequately. This can be corrected with co2 laser resurfacing. Here is a before and after where the patient had hypopigmentation after a mole removal. The after picture shows are results after we treated the hypopigmentation with a co2 laser resurfacing unique approach:


Before Mole Removal with Laser

After Mole Removal with Laser

Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.

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