If you’ve decided to reclaim your youthful look by getting a facelift, you’re in for a life-changing experience. It’s the perfect solution for sagging skin, droopy jowls, and deep-set wrinkles and lines.
However, depending on the age and condition of your skin, you may still see textural problems and pigmentation issues, which may be disappointing after undergoing such a substantial surgical procedure.
That’s why choosing the right plastic surgeon for your facelift is so important. Dr. Robert A. Guida, our double board-certified plastic surgeon, brings years of experience, unsurpassed expertise, and an artistic eye to every cosmetic procedure. He understands the nuances of your face and the unique characteristics of your skin, which is why he never performs the exact same surgery twice.
When he custom designs a facelift for you, he does more than remove excess skin and fat to tighten your skin; he takes into account all the signs of aging that detract from your natural beauty, as well as your personal vision and goals.
If you have sun-damaged, dried-out, wrinkled skin, it will still look that way once the facelift is complete, minus the sags, of course. That’s why he also offers CO2 laser skin resurfacing. Here’s how it helps.
The science behind CO2 laser skin resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s simply a tool that harnesses the power of light. Concentrated beams and pulses of light have many applications in dermatology and cosmetic procedures, as they address many of the most common skin complaints.
Dr. Guida has experience with every type of skin resurfacing treatment, including chemical peels, erbium lasers, ultrasound technology, and Jessner’s solution, and he has concluded that nothing matches the CO2 laser resurfacing technique.
He uses the UltraPulse Active FX® and Deep FX® laser by Lumenis®, one of the leading laser manufacturers. Considered an ablative laser, this treatment emits concentrated light beams at a wavelength of 10,600nm, coupled with carbon dioxide. The water in your skin tissue quickly absorbs this light energy and heats it to the boiling point. The skin cells in the targeted area are destroyed (ablated) and marked for disposal.
Dr. Guida targets the skin cells that contain the issues, such as crow’s feet around your eyes, sun spots, melasma, lip lines, minor scars, and other such blemishes that your facelift won’t solve. Once those cells are destroyed and flushed away, the signs of aging they contained go with them.
Not only does the CO2 laser whisk away these flaws, it also stimulates the production of collagen, one of the essential proteins responsible for your skin’s overall strength and resilience.
What does CO2 laser skin resurfacing do for sagging skin?
Skin tightening is not one of the primary functions of CO2 laser skin resurfacing, but if you undergo a facelift to correct sagging skin, this treatment comes alongside and refines your look by clearing away the blemishes that remain.
Dr. Guida can perform both procedures simultaneously, so there’s no need to block out more time for your rejuvenation process.
In fact, if you have excess fat in your neck and under your chin as well, Dr. Guida can perform a triple procedure in his trademark 3-in-1 Facelift®, which includes SmartLipo (liposuction) to slim down your turkey neck, CO2 laser skin resurfacing to perfect your complexion, and a facelift to tighten and support your skin.
If you want more than an average facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Guida to discover how a 3-in-1 Facelift, complete with CO2 laser skin resurfacing, can give you the face of your dreams. Call either of our locations in Staten Island or New York, New York, or book your appointment online today.