Even with diligent skin care, the effect of time eventually catches up with everyone, causing wrinkles, age spots, facial veins, and uneven skin tone. Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Healthcare restores your appearance and diminishes signs of aging with laser skin resurfacing. Schedule an appointment online, or contact her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, to learn more about laser skin resurfacing using the Icon™ Aesthetic System.
Skin resurfacing removes damaged skin, allowing fresh, new skin to restore your appearance. For many years, skin resurfacing was achieved using chemical peels and dermabrasion. While those procedures are effective and still used, advanced lasers have been developed that provide important advantages over other methods.
Lasers can be precisely adjusted to remove skin in one very thin layer at a time, only going as deep as necessary to treat your skin concerns. They can also target a pinpoint area of skin, such as tiny spider veins.
Dr. C. uses the Icon Aesthetic System to perform laser skin resurfacing. This system gives her the flexibility to choose the laser treatment that’s best for each person’s individual skin care. Depending on the laser handpiece used, treatments can remove layers of skin, or leave skin intact and reach deep below the surface to stimulate collagen growth and tighten the skin.
The Icon laser can solve a variety of skin problems.* It can:
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels on the face. It can affect anyone, but often develops in middle-aged women with fair skin. It doesn’t have a cure, so treatment focuses on minimizing flare-ups.
Lasers improve the appearance of rosacea by eliminating the redness and visible blood vessels. Red blood cells and red pigments absorb the laser, which destroys the targeted tissues. Patients report seeing a 40-60% improvement in rosacea symptoms after two laser sessions.
Treatment may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the procedure performed and the area being treated. Recovery time also varies according to the type of treatment and whether skin was removed.
Your skin may be slightly red and swollen, and you may need little to no recovery time, or you may need weeks to recover; it varies for each treatment. Deep skin resurfacing often requires one to two weeks of downtime to allow for healing. Dr. C. lets you know about recovery time and gives you instructions for self-care following treatment.
*Individual results may vary.
At Hera Healthcare, Dr. Cernaianu offers the Obagi Nu-Derm® System to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and reverse the signs of aging. The Nu-Derm System includes a variety of prescription-only topical skin products effective at reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation — including age spots, dark spots, and melasma — and restoring vibrancy and youth to your appearance.
For your safety and protection, this office has been trained in Laser Science and Laser Safety in accordance with the American National Standards Institute Regulations ( Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers and Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities).
Nitronox analgesia to reduce discomfort is now offered free of charge for aesthetic procures.