The appearance of your skin can be drastically affected by sun damage, skin disorders, aging and heredity, or a combination of any or all of these factors. For many patients, laser skin resurfacing can be an ideal way to diminish the appearance of imperfections and reveal healthier, younger-looking skin. Dr. Placik currently offers laser treatments at his Chicago Watertower office in conjunction with the True Skin Care Center.
Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who offers laser skin resurfacing to address imperfections and improve the appearance of facial and body skin for men and women in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. In addition to resurfacing via lasers, Dr. Placik also offers a number of other ways to improve the tone and texture of the skin through a variety of medical spa treatments.
Please contact us online or call our Chicago plastic surgery offices for more information on laser skin rejuvenation, including prices.
Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Laser skin resurfacing is a highly popular rejuvenation procedure among patients who want to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery. Using advanced laser technology, Dr. Placik can significantly improve or eliminate a multitude of skin issues including uneven skin tone and texture, acne scars and wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing can also be very effective in reducing blotchiness or uneven pigmentation and can even remove precancerous cells from the skin.
The revolutionary UltraPulse® CO2 Laser improves imperfections and overall skin tone using bursts of focused laser energy that peel away affected cells and create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. This engages the body’s natural healing response, which ramps up collagen production and rebuilds new skin cells to heal and nurture the treatment area.
After healing, your skin looks firmer, healthier and more radiant with improved tone and texture that’s reminiscent of how your complexion looked when you were younger. This rejuvenation process also results in diminishment or removal of many imperfections such as acne scars or pigmentation issues. The results of laser skin resurfacing can be enhanced with other med spa treatments like BOTOX® or dermal fillers, and the effects may be further extended by adopting a medical grade skin care regimen following your treatment.
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Laser skin rejuvenation is generally performed under local anesthetic and does not require a hospital stay, although more extensive treatments may sometimes necessitate general anesthesia. The procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.
After your procedure, the treated area will be bandaged to protect the skin during healing. Dr. Placik will advise you on care instructions during your recovery period such as ointments and bandage replacement. Some swelling, itching or stinging is normal after laser skin rejuvenation, but thanks to the gentler resurfacing process used by the UltraPulse® CO2 Laser, most patients heal completely within 7 to 10 days.
A variety of other technologies are also available to us at our Chicago offices and include: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Erbium Laser (non-fractionated), Pixel Laser (Erbium fractionated), Active FX and Deep FX (CO2 laser), as well as other lasers and radiofrequency and ultrasound treatments to accomplish skin tightening, laser hair removal, correction of vascular lesions (leg vein, spider veins, telangiectasias, rosacea), pigmented lesions or irregular pigmentation, sun damage, fine wrinkles and lines, acne scars, tattoo removal and more.
If you have acne scars, wrinkles or other skin imperfections, you may see very positive results from laser skin rejuvenation. However, patients with dark skin tones may not be good candidates for laser treatments because of the possibility of uneven pigmentation that could result. After a physical exam, Dr. Placik will be able to discuss if you’re a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing and what kind of results you can realistically expect to achieve based on your unique concerns.
The sun’s rays are damaging to the skin and can be particularly detrimental to the skin’s ability to heal after laser skin resurfacing. After a laser treatment, the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is essential for the skin to be adequately protected during the recovery process. Even with the use of sunscreen, it’s best to avoid sun exposure when at all possible to promote proper healing.
The superior results offered by laser skin rejuvenation extend beyond the face and can be achieved on other parts of the body as well. Popular treatment areas include the arms, chest and backs of the hands, all of which often experience an excessive amount of sun damage over the years.
The cost of laser skin resurfacing will be determined by the areas treated and the equipment used. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with financing to make your treatment even more affordable.
Overall, laser skin resurfacing is very safe both in the immediate and long-term. Temporary redness and tenderness in the treatment area is not uncommon but usually subsides within 2 weeks. Other risks include pigmentation changes, scarring and the possibility of infection, although these are rare.
Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about laser skin resurfacing, please contact us online or call us at 312-787-5313.
To meet with Dr. Placik, arguably the best in plastic surgery Chicago has to offer, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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