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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing, a type of laser surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and hyper pigmentation.

At High Point Plastic Surgery, we offer laser surgery to treat:

  • Facial aging
  • Melasma (sun spots or age spots)
  • Pigmentation and pigmented lesions
  • Scars caused by surgery
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

Dr. Jason Cooper can incorporate laser surgery with cosmetic surgery to achieve optimal results with minimal additional downtime.

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How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

Laser skin resurfacing uses laser light to target superficial and deep layers of the skin. At High Point Plastic Surgery we use the Lumenis Ultrapulse Encore CO2 laser, which can dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, age spots, sun spots and other skin imperfections in as little as one treatment.

Ablative full-field laser treatments tighten collagen within the deeper layers of the skin’s dermis. This is an extremely powerful technique that effectively erases deep wrinkles and smooths the skin without the need for a surgical procedure to remove skin.

Fractional laser treatments target large or small areas of skin where damage has occurred. When the laser beam is used in the fractional mode small portions of the surrounding skin remain untouched. This facilitates more rapid healing and results in a shorter recovery time. Typically fractional laser treatments are performed as a series of 3 to 6 treatments where full field “total” resurfacing is performed in a single treatment.

Speaking from Experience

“I like performing laser for many different indications. My favorite application of the laser is to improve the appearance of the aging face. I use an ablative fractional CO2 laser for resurfacing purposes in order to smooth the skin and remove fine lines and wrinkles. The laser I use can also lighten dark pigmentation spots. I find it really gratifying to use the laser to put the finishing touches on a surgical procedure. I use it like polish on a new car. Our ablative laser allows the patient’s skin to glow by removing minor blemishes, brown spots and wrinkles. The application of laser technology in our practice has led to better results for our patients.”


Are You a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

You may not be a candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you:

  • Take anticoagulant medications
  • Have taken Accutane, an acne medication, in the last year
  • Are pregnant
  • Are unable to follow the post-treatment care regime recommended by your surgeon


What to Expect at Your Appointment

At your first appointment, Dr. Cooper will conduct a clinical examination to assess your skin type and ask you about your medical history and goals for treatment.

Next, Dr. Cooper will work with you to develop a personalized plan to help you achieve your desired outcome. Many people achieve their desired result after just one treatment, though you may need a series of treatments to achieve your desired goals.

The settings (depth of treatment, density of coverage, overall treatment area) associated with your specific treatment will dictate the amount of downtime you can expect to experience.

Prior to treatment, Dr. Cooper will anesthetize the treatment area with a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort. Individual treatments typically take 15-45 minutes.

A Zimmer Cryo 6 chiller will be used during your treatment to numb the skin which will significantly minimize pain during your treatment.

After the treatment, your skin will be very sensitive. You may experience swelling and redness similar to a mild sunburn for several days. Skin peeling or flaking also may occur, as well as skin “weeping” or crusting.

Our staff at High Point Plastic Surgery will give you detailed instructions to take care of your skin. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully.

Your surgeon also may recommend a special skin care regimen both before and after treatment to enhance your results.

Pre & Post­ Laser Treatment Information


Possible Side Effects of Skin Resurfacing Treatments

You may experience the following side effects during or after your treatment:

  • A feeling similar to snapping the skin with a rubber band
  • Redness after treatment; duration depends on type of treatment
  • Swelling, also depends on type of treatment
  • Pigment changes (skin coloring) after the treated area heals
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding, called “pinpoint bleeding,” which typically stops after a few minutes and has no lasting effect

Why Choose Dr. Jason Cooper for Your Laser Treatment

  • Help developed the laser program within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Highly experienced in the latest procedures using full field and fractional ablative laser technology
  • IRB-approved clinician studies on scars management following breast reconstruction using laser in time optimized study
  • Authors of book chapters and clinical review on laser surgery
  • Educated physicians and their staff ( 2010-2016) as a Luminary for Sciton laser company

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Expert Precision, Personalized Results.

Dr. Jason Cooper is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon whose patient-centered approach and meticulous attention to detail produce excellent results. At his South Florida cosmetic surgery practice, High Point Plastic Surgery, he specializes in innovative solutions for the neck, face, breast and body.

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Dr. Jason Cooper is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Combined Plastic Surgery Residency training program, and is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also the recipient of Vital’s Patients’ Choice Award (2012-2013), Vital’s Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012-2013), and Vital’s Top 10 Doctor Award in plastic surgery for Boston, MA, Greater Boston, and the state of Massachusetts.