Do you want to eliminate wrinkles, improve skin laxity, decrease sun damage, smooth surface irregularities and decrease age spots in a single treatment?
With laser resurfacing, you can improve the look of your skin and reduce your wrinkles. Let Dr. Young help you achieve a new look. He is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, including the American Board of Laser Surgery. Dr. Young has been performing co2 laser resurfacing and laser treatments for over 12 years in the Seattle area and has over 16 years of total experience with laser resurfacing. He is also an award-winning author of in major textbooks for plastic surgery and peer reviewed articles.
Lasers removes skin to a point that is safe and deep enough to allow skin cells located in the skin appendages to "resurface" your skin. Laser resurfacing involves using a laser to take away the top layers of your skin to reduce pigmentation issues, sun spots, fine wrinkles, superficial lesions and smoother skin. It can lead to an improvement in the texture of your skin and a lighter and even skin tone. We have a unique approach in how we use laser resurfacing and dermabrasion techniques that allow us to go to a safer and deeper layer and reconstruct and reduce those lines around your mouth.
Laser resurfacing can be accomplished using different types of lasers.
Ablative lasers remove the top layers of your skin. Erbium and CO2 are the most common ablative lasers. Co2 lasers can get a deeper peel in a safe way. Erbium lasers resurface less deep, often a second choice to CO2 lasers. Ablative lasers are similar to chemical peels and other resurfacing approaches in taking away the top layers of the skin and allow the skin cells from deeper within hair follicles to “resurface” the skin.
There is a layer of the skin, the papillae, where the skin cells go along a wavy structure. Deep laser resurfacing proceeds into the dermis and a deepest layer where the papillae end. The cells deeper than in your hair follicles and other skin organs “resurface” your skin. You get new skin that covers your flatter skin surface and develop an organized layer of collagen to make your skin uniform and smoother.
Laser resurfacing is the use of a laser light (CO2, erbium) to remove the top layers of skin. It leaves the remaining skin cells located within the hair follicles to “resurface” the areas that have been removed.
A CO 2 laser treatment penetrates into the dermis and stimulates collagen production. It increases collagen production under the skin cells to tighten the skin layer and reduce fine wrinkles. The treatment also removes unwanted skin pigmentation, and DNA damaged cells in the more superficial layers. The result is fresh skin with more pigmentation, decreased fine wrinkles and even texture. This procedure has been shown to decrease your chances of getting skin cancer by removing all the damaged cells.
The different laser techniques are Active FX, Deep FX, and Total FX (a CO 2 laser by Lumenis). Active FX is the surface treatment of the skin that concentrates on superficial wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. The laser spots leave skin tissue between the spots of treated tissue. The untreated portions of the skin heal faster and avoid complications from traditional resurfacing.
Before Acne Scar Vitalizer Treatment Cheek Pock Mark Scars Right Side
After Acne Scar Vitalizer Treatment Cheek Pock Mark Scars Right Side
Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.
Deep FX is a deeper treatment of the tissue through thin cones of energy. It targets the deep dermal layers of the skin and provides exceptional results on deep wrinkles, scars, and lip lines.
Total FX combines Active FX and Deep FX for maximum results. The two techniques work synergistically together to improve results with Active FX treating sun spots, red spots, fine wrinkles, and uneven texture while Deep FX covers the deeper tissue for skin tightening and mild lifting. Total FX avoids the longer down time of traditional laser resurfacing.
Improvement can continue for months following a treatment. With proper care and avoiding the harmful effects of sunlight, you can see improvement that lasts for years.
Laser resurfacing of the neck is alternative for neck rejuvenation. The results of laser resurfacing are more conservative because of the unpredictability of the healing process. The neck skin can be thin in certain areas making it more susceptible to healing. We approach neck laser resurfacing with more conservative settings. For a neck procedure, we usually recommend either Active FX or Deep FX.
You should have realistic expectations from neck resurfacing with some improvement in fine wrinkles and spots. You should not expect to see miraculous changes. If you repeat the treatments, the results can improve. We suggest being conservative and look for modest results.
How does laser resurfacing improve the way your neck look? For starters, your skin will shrink and tighten up to a subtle degree so wrinkles are less likely to become deeper. The laser takes away the top layers of the skin and allows fresh cells to repopulate the skin. It removes older cells, reduces cells that have acquired cancerous changes and promotes connective tissue (collagen) under the new layer of skin cells. The procedure decreases the number of older pigment creating cells (melanocytes) which leads to a decline in the number and severity of sun spots.
Laser resurfacing is done under intravenous, local and regional anesthesia. We combine all of them to make the experience as comfortable as possible. In our experience, we feel that our approach provides a much more patient sensitive experience.
When it comes to scars, we can use different laser procedures depending on what needs to get done. It is central to our unique acne scar Vitalizer treatment that we use for depressed scars, elevated scars, ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, self-harm scars, white scars, dark scars, and others.
“My goal was to find a method to bring back a person’s natural youthfulness without the operated, unnatural look and that is why I have my patients bring in photos of them when they were age 5 to 30. My YoungVitalizer helps restore natural and youthful contours they haven’t seen in years.”
—Dr. Philip Young, Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
It depends on what you decide to have done. You can laser small parts of your face or your entire face. Just a few small spot can cost between $500 and $1500. For your cheeks, it ranges between $1500 and $2900. For the whole face, it varies between $3500 and $4500. Our laser resurfacing is based on more than 16 years of experience performing laser procedures.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Young, you will be advised to stay off blood thinners and stop taking fish oil, vitamin E, herbal medications, supplements, aspirin and anti-inflammatories a week or two week prior to treatment. This reduces the risk of bruising. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and relay any concerns and fears with Dr. Young.
Let Dr. Young know any of the prescriptions, over-the-counter remedies, herbal supplements, and oral or topical products that you take, and whether you may be pregnant. It is important to stay off blood thinners and medications two weeks prior to your procedure.
At this appointment, we will go over your consents and go over your health condition and medical history. To get ready for your laser procedure, we might recommend you start taking some topical medications two to four weeks prior to the procedure.
We want the best for you. Dr. Young always maintains an open door policy to help people. If you are interested in a lip augmentation, you can email, call 425-990-3223 or text 425-505-0938 to set up an appointment. If you live out of town, we can schedule a phone consultation with you.
“I just wanted to leave a note and say that my procedure with Dr. Young approximately 6 years ago took years off my face. He did an excellent job and I am still enjoying the results. It was very much worth the downtime. I look exactly like myself, just younger. Thanks, again!”
“He gave me my confidence back that I thought I would never get back. I can now look in the mirror and actually love what I see and not have to deal with pitted scars in my face. If you or anyone you know who thinks they have to just live with these scars, don't!”
“My procedure went great and I left the office with no concerns and all of my questions answered. I have never felt so good about myself and my appearance. I have you to thank for that Dr. Young. My new nose is perfect, I cannot thank you enough for this new look on life.”