Laser Hair Removal and Laser Skin Resurfacing

Restore your skin to a youthful, smooth, and healthy appearance with laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal at our San Francisco practice. Dr. Kenneth Bermudez provides these technologically advanced, minimally invasive treatments to address a number of skin conditions and rejuvenate and revitalize your skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

A host of skin conditions can be reduced, and even eliminated, with laser skin resurfacing. San Francisco-area patients who are looking for alternatives to more invasive skin procedures such as dermabrasion and chemical peels can have their skin treated with the latest laser technology. And best of all, it’s virtually painless. Laser skin resurfacing can smooth the skin and make it appear younger and fresher by addressing problems such as:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines

  • Sun damage

  • Spots and blotches

  • Acne/chicken pox scars

  • Spider veins

  • Birthmarks

  • Uneven skin pigmentation

Dr. Kenneth Bermudez and his professional team can provide effective relief and comprehensive skin rejuvenation with laser skin resurfacing technology. At your initial consultation, Dr. Bermudez will describe the procedure in detail, including risks and benefits, and determine your candidacy for laser skin resurfacing. Contact our San Francisco cosmetic surgery practice today to schedule an appointment.

The Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure

Dr. Kenneth Bermudez typically begins the laser skin resurfacing procedure with an injection of a local anesthetic in the area targeted for treatment. Then, using a precise, controlled beam of laser light, he vaporizes the damaged or wrinkled skin and tissues instantaneously. The laser beam is so accurate that the surrounding tissue is hardly affected. After the treatment, the smoother skin layers are revealed and the growth of new skin cells is stimulated. Depending on the number of areas being treated, laser skin resurfacing can be accomplished in less than 30 minutes here at our practice.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Swollen, reddened skin is to be expected immediately after the procedure. However, this should only last a few days, and any discomfort can be alleviated with topical creams. The skin will eventually form a crust, which will gradually fall off within days of the laser skin resurfacing treatment to reveal the healthy layer of skin. Laser skin resurfacing is a gentle and virtually pain-free cosmetic procedure, and patients can typically resume normal daily routines immediately after treatment.

With laser skin resurfacing, lifelong skin problems can be alleviated and your skin can have a healthy, youthful sheen!

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation can renew the entire aesthetic of your face by providing fuller, more contoured lips. A number of injectable fillers such as Restylane, as well as fat injections, can enhance the lips and make them plumper and more sensual. Depending on the type of filler you and Dr. Kenneth Bermudez decide is best to meet your enhancement goals, the effects of lip augmentation can last for months and can be maintained with touch-up treatments. With lip augmentation, you can have stunning, youthful-looking lips that provide an exciting new look to your face.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

Is laser skin resurfacing painful?

Dr. Bermudez performs laser skin resurfacing treatments using a local anesthetic in the targeted area or areas, so the patient shouldn’t experience any discomfort.

How soon will I see my laser skin resurfacing results?

A few days after your treatment, the treated skin will form a crust and fall off, revealing a new layer of healthy, younger-looking skin. Once this happens, you’ll immediately see an improvement in the quality and appearance of your skin.

How long will my results last after a laser skin resurfacing treatment?

On average, laser skin resurfacing results last between 3-5 years. Some patients can extend their results for even longer by protecting their skin from the sun, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy diet. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bermudez for more post-treatment tips on how to prolong your laser skin resurfacing results.

How long after a laser skin resurfacing treatment can I go out in public?

You can resume your normal day-to-day activities, including going out in public, immediately after a laser skin resurfacing treatment. If you feel self-conscious of your bandages or scabbing/peeling skin, you can wait 7-10 days for it to heal and for the new layer of skin surfaces before you go back to work, shopping, meeting up with friends, etc. If your skin still looks pink (like a sunburn), you can use make-up to cover it.

When will I be able to go out into the sun after laser skin resurfacing?

It is recommended that you avoid sun exposure to the treated areas for 1-2 weeks after a laser skin resurfacing treatment. And for the first two months following a procedure, protect the area with clothing and/or apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This post-operative care will ensure that your skin heals properly and doesn’t become irritated and/or damaged by the sun at this tender stage.

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

Laser skin resurfacing treatment costs range from $1,000 to $5,000, typically.

Can laser skin resurfacing be combined with other procedures?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can be combined with other non-surgical facial treatments like Botox injections and dermal fillers to further address fine lines, deep wrinkles, and volume loss. Laser skin resurfacing can also be combined with facelift surgery to correct lines on the face’s surface and tighten the skin and underlying muscles. To find the right combination treatment plan for you, discuss your aesthetic and lifestyle needs with Dr. Bermudez during a private consultation.

How does laser skin resurfacing compare to dermabrasion?

Both laser skin resurfacing and dermabrasion are great treatment options for removing dead outer layers of skin in order to treat wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, sun damage, and other skin problems. Dermabrasion uses an instrument to damage the top layers of skin in order to stimulate new collagen growth and a new layer of healthy skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser to achieve the same result in a less invasive procedure. It can also work on deeper skin layers for longer-lasting result

What should I keep in mind when looking for laser skin resurfacing near me?

Even for non-surgical treatments like laser skin resurfacing, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the treatment is key to ensuring the safest procedure and most optimal results. When comparing cosmetic surgeons to plastic surgeons, it’s important to know the difference: a cosmetic surgeon is a medical doctor with some education and training with cosmetic procedures. A board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Bermudez, has years of specialized training and a medical education focused on plastic surgery. In addition, a board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery means that the plastic surgeon has been vetted and found to have the highest standards in patient care and safety.

Laser Hair Removal

State-of-the-art laser hair removal can eliminate unwanted hair from virtually any area of the body. Using the latest laser technology, Dr. Kenneth Bermudez can remove hair permanently. The natural color of your hair and skin are important factors to consider in the laser hair removal procedure. Patients with darker hair and lighter skin are ideal candidates and usually achieve the best results. Also, thicker hair can be eliminated more easily than thinner hair.

Patients who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should talk with their doctor before undergoing laser hair removal treatment. Individuals who are taking medication for acne treatment should consult with their dermatologist before undergoing the procedure. Our staff will thoroughly evaluate patients before treatment to determine candidacy.

Dr. Bermudez will explain all aspects of the laser hair removal procedure during your initial consultation.

The Laser Hair Removal Procedure

Dr. Kenneth Bermudez begins the laser hair removal procedure by shaving the target area and testing the skin to properly adjust the laser for treatment. Dr. Bermudez then guides the handheld laser along the area, focusing beams of light on the hair follicles targeted for removal, thereby destroying the roots of each hair. Laser hair removal generally requires several sessions over a period of weeks to achieve optimal results.

Laser Hair Removal Recovery

After a laser hair removal treatment, patients can expect some redness and swelling that may feel like a mild sunburn, but these side effects should fade within about a day. Ice packs, skin creams, and aloe gels can be used to control any pain or discomfort. A series of laser hair removal treatments should result in about an 80 to 90 percent reduction in hair growth. Sometimes, an occasional touchup session is necessary to eliminate individual hairs. Depending on the size of the targeted area and the number of areas being treated, patients can typically resume normal daily routines immediately after the procedure.

Contact Our Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Kenneth Bermudez is proud to be among the leading San Francisco plastic surgeons patients turn to in order to undergo laser skin resurfacing or laser hair removal treatments. At Dr. Bermudez’s offices, these procedures can be combined with other sophisticated non-surgical and surgical treatments, such as facelift surgery and tummy tuck. In addition, Dr. Bermudez has extensive experience performing advanced breast procedures. In fact, he has been recognized as top San Francisco breast augmentation and breast lift surgeon. Please contact our cosmetic surgery offices today to schedule an appointment and to learn about your treatment options.