Laser Resurfacing Specialist

Michael Sternschein, M.D., PA, FACS -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Michael Sternschein, M.D., PA, FACS

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon located in Ridgewood, NJ

A smooth face free of scars, wrinkles, and fine lines is possible with Fraxel laser resurfacing. Cosmetic specialist Dr. Michael Sternschein offers this revolutionary therapy at his practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey. If you want a nonsurgical treatment to enhance your skin and create a dramatic improvement in your look, call the office or book online to learn more about laser resurfacing.

Laser Resurfacing Q & A

What is laser resurfacing?

Fraxel laser resurfacing directs precise points of light energy at the treatment area while leaving areas of unaffected and healthy skin untouched. The healthy cells in the untouched areas promote rapid healing of the entire treatment area, which results in a fast recovery and minimal downtime.

Who is a candidate for laser resurfacing?

Fraxel laser resurfacing is a good treatment for people who have skin concerns but don’t want to undergo invasive, surgical techniques. Laser resurfacing can treat issues like:

  • Melasma
  • Acne scarring
  • Rough texture
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

What should I expect during a laser resurfacing session?

Prior to the application of the laser, a technician will apply a numbing cream to your face. Dr. Sternschein will then apply the laser to the treatment areas using a specialized wand.

Treatment areas may include your face and other delicate areas such as the neck, chest, and hands. Expect the entire session to last about 20 minutes.

What kind of downtime is required following Fraxel laser resurfacing?

Very little downtime is required; most patients return to work the next day. You can wash your face and apply makeup immediately after treatment.

Unlike other laser treatments, Fraxel causes no scabbing, raw areas, or blisters. You can expect a slightly pinker hue to your complexion for four to five days following treatment. You can also expect swelling for 24 hours.

You will be more sensitive to the sun for up to one year following laser treatment, so be sure to wear sunscreen regularly.

How many treatments will I need?

For optimal results, plan on four to five treatments of laser resurfacing on each area you’d like to enhance. These treatments can be spaced three to six weeks apart.

What can I expect during laser resurfacing?

Most patients tolerate a laser resurfacing session quite well and report minimal discomfort. The sensation during the session feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Application of a numbing cream prior to treatment serves to diminish these sensations as well.

To learn more about the proven skin enhancing treatment of laser resurfacing, call the office of Dr. Michael Sternschein or book a consultation online today.