With the advanced Sciton JOULE system, Commonwealth Facial Plastic Surgery in Richmond performs laser skin resurfacing with the BroadBand Light (BBL), Contour Turntable Resurfacing Laser (TRL), and Halo applications. The adaptable Sciton JOULE laser system can be adjusted to meet each patient's skin concerns and cosmetic goals, including light micro peels on the surface layers of the skin or ablative treatments to reach deeper levels and correct larger issues. As an additional benefit, laser skin resurfacing stimulates the skin's natural collagen production, so the patient's complexion is firmer and healthier after treatments. Dr. Matthew Bridges and his team offer laser skin resurfacing treatments for patients who want to improve the appearance of:
- Blemishes (acne, rosacea)
- Fine lines
- Pigmentation (freckles, age spots)
- Rough skin texture
- Uneven skin tone
"I LOVE what the microneedling has done for my skin - the tone and texture is unbelievable. Thanks for introducing me to Circadia, too - Love all the products you recommended. Amazing......."- LC / Office Visit / Mar 19, 2014
"Dr. Bridges is a Frantastic Plastic Surgeon - Dr. Matthew Bridges is the best plastic surgeon anywhere.I had a facelift 3 years ago by another plastic surgeon in the west end of Richmond and the results were not good if any thing it was worse than before the facelift.. A year ago I decided I had to do something. I found Dr. Bridges I got a second facelift I am so glad I did my face looks so natural and 15 years younger. I am so happy..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 21, 2018
"I fly 2,589 miles to see Dr. Bridges. - This is how much I love Dr. Bridges: He is in Richmond, VA, where I used to live. I now live on the opposite coast in Portland, Oregon. I fly out to "visit friends" every year just so I can see Dr. Bridges! I have tried probably 7 or 8 cosmetic surgeons for Botox and fillers, but NONE of them hold a candle to Dr. Bridges. He's gentle, kind, and very experienced. He's absolutely the best and I..."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 28, 2018
"Dr. Bridges has performed three procedures on me in the past 18 months. He discusses options, listens to patient's views about treatment, and operates with tremendous skill. Further, his office is beautifully administered with a fantastic staff. I actually look forward to my visits."- J.B. / Facebook / Feb 23, 2018
"Wonderful experience with an amazingly talented surgeon - Dr Bridges is such a wonderful doctor and surgeon. He is caring and spends a great deal of time making you feel comfortable about the process and what he envisions. He was very upfront with what to expect and I was pleased as soon as we removed the cast, which seems to be rare. He took a big hump and a tip that was really misshapen and created the perfect natural looking new structure for my..."- L. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2018
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 45 minutes. Larger areas of skin or a full-face treatment can take up to two hours. Multiple sessions are sometimes needed to attain the desired results.
During/After the Procedure
Some mild swelling will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It is common for the face to have crusting and scaling as it heals. The treated area may appear red or pink for a week or so. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of weeks. Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy but sensitive skin. It’s advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
Plan Your Procedure
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Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Can it Damage Your Skin?
This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced practitioner can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and patients enjoy smoother, softer skin.
While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be long lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments.
Ablative or Non-Ablative?
While one is not better than the other, the procedures have varying degrees of intensity and recovery. Both techniques provide attractive results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which is best for you. Factors include the patient’s aesthetic goals, skin type, and how much downtime can be tolerated.