LASER and Radiofrequency SKIN RESURFACING
Conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Los Angeles.
Right for you?
Am I a Good Candidate for Skin Resurfacing?
In general, good candidates for laser and RF skin resurfacing are physically and emotionally healthy, and they have realistic expectations for their outcome based on a consultation with Dr. Emer. Many skin resurfacing candidates are patients who are unhappy with the appearance of aging skin, shallow acne scars, discoloration, and/or poor skin texture.
Since Dr. Emer is skilled and experienced with a range of laser and RF devices, he is able to provide skin resurfacing to patients of all skin types. Those with active acne, excessive skin laxity, or deep, entrenched wrinkles may do better with an alternative treatment from Dr. Emer. Dr. Emer will create a skin rejuvenation protocol specifically for you after he performs an evaluation of your skin and learns about your treatment goals.
Laser Skin Resurfacing vs. Radiofrequency Skin Resurfacing: Which Is Best for Me?
Dr. Emer has a vast selection of cosmetic laser and RF skin resurfacing devices. Each has distinct advantages and limitations. Dr. Emer is meticulous in determining the optimal skin resurfacing approach for each patient.
Laser and RF skin resurfacing both provide noticeable improvements and are effective skin rejuvenation methods. The best skin resurfacing treatment for you will depend on many factors, including your skin type, skin concerns, and natural skin pigmentation.
Laser skin resurfacing is the best-known skin resurfacing method. It can be incredibly effective at minimizing the appearance of sun damage, broken blood vessels, acne scars, and wrinkles.
Laser skin resurfacing is more invasive than RF skin resurfacing, which means patients can experience dramatic results in as little as one treatment session. It also means that patients can expect a longer recovery time.
RF skin resurfacing can provide considerable improvements in the appearance of the skin without the downtime associated with laser skin resurfacing. For optimal results, patients should plan for a series of RF skin resurfacing treatments over several weeks.
Patients who are prone to pigmentation issues, such as melasma, may be better candidates for RF skin resurfacing. RF skin resurfacing does not carry a risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation and is safe for all skin tones.
What Are the Benefits of Laser and RF Skin Resurfacing?
Laser and RF skin resurfacing can be an ideal method of achieving and maintaining a beautiful complexion. Dr. Emer’s patients love that laser and RF skin resurfacing involves a range of benefits such as:
- Convenient, non-surgical treatment that can take less than 20 minutes
- Smoother, more even skin tone
- Increased collagen production
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks, acne scarring, and signs of aging
- Shrinking enlarged pores
- Providing a more youthful, glowing complexion
- Improved self-confidence
- Minimal downtime
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
For laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Emer often uses CO2 lasers, the Fraxel fractional laser, or an Erbium laser. These devices transmit a precise intensity of light energy to the skin’s surface. As a result, the outer layer of dull, damaged skin is removed through vaporization.
Over the week following a laser skin resurfacing treatment, the dead skin cells will peel off to reveal a fresh, healthy layer of skin. The healing process can include swelling, redness, and itchiness. The body increases collagen production in response to the thermal damage, promoting ongoing improvements in the firmness and luster of the skin over time.
Due to the nature of laser skin treatments, those with darker skin pigments are at a higher risk for hyperpigmentation following laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Emer incorporates advanced pre-and-post-treatment peels to prevent hyperpigmentation, so he can safely perform laser skin resurfacing on patients with darker skin tones.
How Does RF Skin Resurfacing Work?
Fractional RF devices like Venus Viva and Skinfinity RF work by sending RF heat into the deeper layers of the skin. While the RF energy causes micro-wounds across the skin, it does not vaporize the entire outer layer of skin like a laser skin resurfacing procedure.
The heat damage activates the body’s healing process, encouraging accelerated cellular repair and stimulating increased collagen production for stronger, more beautiful skin long-term. The RF heat employed with external RF devices also provides a subtle skin tightening effect.
RF skin resurfacing does not cause peeling, so patients can enjoy a shorter recovery than with laser skin resurfacing. However, it typically takes more treatment sessions to achieve maximum skin rejuvenation with RF skin resurfacing than with a more aggressive laser skin resurfacing approach.
How Dr. Emer Does Laser and RF Skin Resurfacing Differently
Dr. Emer will customize your skin resurfacing treatment to target your specific skin concerns and ensure the most aesthetic results. His expertise with advanced laser and RF skin resurfacing ensures that your procedure will be performed with the most effective skin resurfacing device for your skin condition and skin type.
Dr. Emer is also an innovator in the aesthetics field who is world-renowned for his proprietary combination treatments. He often combines laser and external radiofrequency (RF) skin resurfacing treatments with complementary skin rejuvenation procedures like microneedling, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and Sculptra to obtain optimal aesthetic improvements.
How Much Does Skin Resurfacing Cost?
The cost of laser and RF skin resurfacing depends on the specific details of your procedure, such as the size of the treatment area, the method of resurfacing, and the number of treatment sessions needed to resolve your skin concerns. Complete pricing information will be provided to you once Dr. Emer has developed your customized skin rejuvenation protocol.