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Category: Laser Skin Resurfacing

Treatment for Rosacea

Beautiful woman with rosaceaRosacea is a common skin disorder that affects millions of Americans every year. As an inflammatory condition that can cause facial skin to turn red, rosacea occurs when small blood vessels constantly flush beneath your skin. Although the cause of rosacea is not fully understood, this condition can be aggravated by a variety of factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Warm water
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol

If left untreated, this condition can not only lead to permanent redness, but can also blemish the texture of the skin. Fortunately, Dr. Wise offers a wide-range of laser and skincare treatments that can effectively reduce the signs of rosacea and restore a vibrant, attractive complexion to your face.

Laser Treatment

Using a fractionated CO₂ laser, a powerful beam of light is applied directly to the skin to stimulate the growth of healthier, more beautiful skin. The energy from the laser destroys harmful damaged skin cells and blood vessels that are causing redness and irregular texture. The result is a smoother facial appearance that is free of redness and discoloration.

Skincare Treatments

SkinCeuticals®

To correct current damage and prevent further damage of rosacea, SkinCeuticals® skin care products are comprised of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that are specifically formulated to provide healthy looking skin.

SkinMedica®

The SkinMedica® skin care line was discovered through wound healing and can noticeably reduce the signs of rosacea through a blend of antioxidants, proteins, and collagen.

Neocutis®

As one of the most popular products in cosmetic skin care, Neocutis® corrects rosacea by balancing and supporting the skin’s natural ability to defend against redness. The result is beautiful, radiant skin.

If you are tired of living with rosacea and want to know which treatment(s) can improve your skin, we encourage you to contact the Wise Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in New Jersey. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise, please call (973) 305-1400 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Wise and his experienced staff look forward to seeing you soon and helping you improve the condition of your skin.

Dispel Dry Skin This Winter

The cold winter months are generally accompanied by wind and low humidity. While space heaters and central heating systems help us stay warm and comfortable, they also produce dry, hot air. All of these winter conditions strip our skin of its natural moisture, often resulting in cracked, flaky, itchy, and irritated dry skin.

To help dispel dryness and keep your skin healthy and radiant this winter, follow these tips:

Exfoliate

Close up of a beautiful woman with glowing skin holding a snowflake over one of her eyesBody scrubs with spherical particles evenly buff off dry, dead skin cells and speed up the cell regeneration process. Gently exfoliate your body’s skin once or twice a week to remove old cells and help new, healthy ones come to the surface. You can even make your own body scrubs using sugar or salt mixed with oil, and the oil will help hydrate your skin at the same time.

Avoid Hot Baths and Showers

Exposure to hot water strips our skin (and hair) of moisture. Opt for a quick (5 minute) lukewarm shower, or add some oil and/or even a few cups of whole milk to your bathwater to soothe rough skin. Be sure to moisturize (see below) within three minutes after bathing to help lock in moisture.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisturizing once a day may be sufficient during the summer, but during the winter it is best to apply a moisturizing lotion or cream at least once in the morning and once at night to avoid dry skin. Look for “ointment” moisturizers that are oil-based rather than water-based and products that contain lipids (called “sphingolipids” or “ceramides”) and humectants (glycerin or hyaluronic salts) that will trap and retain moisture in the skin.

Skin Care Products and Treatments

Dr. Wise offers a range of aesthetic skin care services and products to help you achieve healthy, youthful skin. From anti-aging treatments and rejuvenating facials to exfoliating treatments and medical grade skin care lines, Wise Center for Plastic Surgery is the answer to any and all of your skin care needs this winter.

If you are interested in rejuvenating your skin, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve beautiful, healthy skin this winter and all year long.

 

How Does Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Colored drawing of the four steps of how fractional laser skin resurfacing worksLaser skin resurfacing targets aged and damaged skin to produce smoother and firmer skin with a more youthful complexion. The fractionated CO₂ laser skin resurfacing procedure works by removing damage on the outer layer of skin (epidermis) while stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen deeper in the skin. The powerful laser ablates the flaws on the skin’s surface and penetrates the deeper layers to vaporize microscopic areas of damage. This actives the regeneration process, in which the body grows new, healthy tissue. The laser leaves fractions of healthy skin, which also aids in the healing process.

The Benefits

Fractionated CO₂ laser skin resurfacing can improve the following signs of aging around the eyes and mouth, in the cheek area, and on the forehead, neck, and chest:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Pigmented lesions (sun spots, liver spots, birthmarks)
  • Warts
  • Scars
  • Blotchiness
  • Yellowish or grayish skin tone
  • Large oil glands

The Healing Process

After the procedure, the healing process may require one to two weeks of downtime. The skin may be red, swollen, and have some crusting for the first week, and during the second week pink, youthful skin will emerge. Patients should avoid direct sunlight until the skin is fully healed. Dr. Wise will then create a customized skin care regimen to ensure a proper recovery and help maintain results.

Combination Procedures

The Erbium-Yag Laser Peel, which targets more superficial layers of the skin, is sometimes combined with fractionated CO₂ laser skin resurfacing to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation. Surgical procedures, such as a facelift, also often combine a laser skin resurfacing treatment to achieve skin that is as youthful as the lifted tissues.

At the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we evaluate each patient’s unique circumstances to determine the best procedure to meet his or her needs. If you are interested in improving signs of aging and achieving youthful, radiant skin, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Jeffrey Wise is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery as well as board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

 

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