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Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Roger W. Cason, MD
2301 Plastic Surgery
2301 Westgate Plaza
Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone: (817) 442-1236
Fax: (817) 531-5851
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Whether you want to rejuvenate your skin’s color, texture, and tone or keep your skin looking its absolute best, consider ProFractional® Therapy or laser resurfacing using the Sciton JOULE® X system. People from Grapevine and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area appreciate having their treatments customized to address their unique concerns and available downtime.
ProFractional is a tunable laser treatment that provides superficial to deep resurfacing for all skin types. It is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin. This is performed in our office and can be custom-tailored to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome.
We commonly use ProFractional to treat concerns, including:
The most commonly treated areas are the face and neck. Many other areas, such as the chest and hands, can also be treated.
ProFractional uses a tiny laser beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. The skin’s wound-healing response creates new collagen, which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.
The Sciton JOULE X system is THE flagship laser skin resurfacing platform. It provides the most versatility in resurfacing options, such that our team can address your desires with a downtime that suits your schedule. Laser skin resurfacing options for DFW and surrounding areas include:
A NanoLaserPeel uses light energy to instantly remove the top layers of the skin at a depth that also accelerates the skin’s own renewal process by activating special messenger cells. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels often don’t get deep enough. Other lasers leave a layer of heat-damaged cells that interrupt the ability of these messenger cells to communicate with deeper layers of skin. Only the NanoLaserPeel from Sciton has the precision to work at just the right depth, creating beautifully smooth, luminous skin.
NanoLaserPeel removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It provides superior results because it can be administered with great depth precision. The procedure is performed in our office and can be custom-tailored to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome.
The NanoLaserPeel beam is scanned over a treatment area to remove a very thin layer of the skin. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged cells that can give skin a tired, aged look. Plus, it activates messenger cells to trigger the body’s natural healing process. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved color evenness. It takes your skin from “tired to vibrant.”
This treatment requires very minimal downtime. Treated skin may look mildly red and swollen like a sunburn for as long as 8 hours. It will take about 3 to 5 days for the skin to peel away as it renews itself.
3 to 5 days.
A MicroLaserPeel removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It provides superior results because it can be administered with great precision of depth. The procedure is performed in our office and will be custom-tailored to your specific skin conditions and desired outcome.
The MicroLaserPeel’s beam is scanned over a treatment area to remove a very thin layer of the skin. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged cells that can give skin a tired, aged look. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved color evenness. Patients often say that it looks like their skin went from looking tired to vibrant.
These treatments typically require 3 to 4 days of downtime. The skin will look and feel mildly sunburned for approximately 8 hours after treatment.
3 to 5 days.
As we age, the effects of sun damage and environmental pollutants take their toll on our skin, creating wrinkles and pigment irregularities, especially on our faces. A laser peel can be very successful at reducing or eliminating these conditions, and in fact, it is the best way to address the problematic lines that occur around the mouth and eyes. Though there are several types of lasers used to perform peels, the Contour TRL is widely regarded as the safest, most effective laser available.
Contour TRL safely removes a layer of skin to a depth determined by our physicians. The depth of treatment will depend on the skin condition, your desired outcome, and your expectation for downtime. Because Contour TRL can affect tissue with micron precision, your physician can treat your skin with the exact amount of energy needed – no more, no less. Treating skin with a laser stimulates the growth of new collagen, which improves the skin’s thickness and resilience. The skin surface will also re-grow with fresh, healthy cells, which will give your skin a younger, rejuvenated appearance.
Patients need about 7 to 10 days of downtime, during which the skin may be irritated, swollen, and look and feel sunburned, depending on the depth of treatment. You may return home with protective dressings over your skin. Treated skin will crust, flake, and peel off gradually. Allow this to happen naturally; do not pick or peel! To prevent scarring and hyperpigmentation, it’s critical to shield your skin from environmental exposure and avoid accelerating the recovery process. The recovery period may last several weeks with deep resurfacing.
2 to 6 months.
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area, and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. The physician will position the laser over the skin while a computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam in the designated treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
The comfort level of laser resurfacing treatments varies from patient to patient and depends largely on the depth of treatment. For shallow treatments, the procedure is well tolerated with a topical anesthetic. For deeper treatments, your physician may administer a nerve block or local anesthetic.
Immediately following laser resurfacing treatment, you may experience redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Swelling may also occur in the treated areas. Your provider will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include analgesics and the application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.
You may be given skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is recommended that you always use some level of sun protection to avoid sun damage and premature aging of your skin.