Matthew Bridges M.D. FACS

Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Richmond, VA

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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:

  • Fine lines
  • Lesions
  • Pigmentation (freckles, age spots)
  • Rough skin texture
  • Scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles
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Procedure Technique

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.

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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.

Lasting Results?

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.

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