Dr. Mark Barlow MD, Plastic Surgeon in Houston, Clear Lake, Texas

2060 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas, 77058

(281) 333-8999

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Micro Laser Peel FAQ

What is the MicroLaserPeel™?

It is a minimal to full epidermal laser Peel that precisely removes the outermost layers of the skin. The procedure is individually tailored to the nature of the problem to be corrected: wrinkles, scars, laxity, keratoses, or pigmentation problems.

Who should consider MicroLaserPeel™?

The Patient looking for better results than what microdermabrasion or light chemical peels can offer, yet, still has little time for the healing process.

How is the MicroLaserPeel™ different from Microdermabrasion?

Generally, microdermabrasion only remove the outer layer (stratum corneum, 1015 microns) of the skin. Patients may become dissatisfied when the perceived results do not equal expense and the number of procedures required.

The MicroLaserPeel™ is a minimal to full epidermal peel (20-50 micron). Because this procedure goes deeper into the epidermis, it is the perfect step between microdermabrasion and deeper peels.

How often does a MicroLaserPeel™ need to done?

One procedure could be sufficient for at least 6 to 12 months, but additional procedures can be performed as required. A package of 3 to 4 treatments may be best for you. Dr. Barlow will determine what is necessary.

What can the patient expect?

Patients can expect Smoother, healthier more vibrant skin. Most patients will notice a significant and immediate change in skin texture and tightness when compared to microdermabrasion.

What type of anesthesia is used?

A topical anesthetic cream such as l-max, Emla or Betacaine Plus is applied 30 to 45 minutes prior to the treatment.

Do I have to wear any type of dressing or bandage after the procedure?

No! Dr. Barlow will recommend a topical ointment such as Aquaphor. This is used as a barrier to keep the air from your skin while you grow new epithelium. You will probably use the ointment for 1 to 3 days. After that, a moisturizer, such as Mary Kay™ Time Wise Age Fighting Moisturizer, Mary Kay™ Oil Free Hydrating Gel or Mary Kay™ Intense Moisturizer can be used.

How long is the healing process?

The healing process varies from patient to patient, but will generally take from 4 to 10 days. It is important to schedule the procedure when there aren't any pending events scheduled in order to allow your skin to go through the 7 to 10 day healing process. Immediately following the procedure you will feel as if you have intense sunburn with heat sensation. There may also be some sloughing and itching during the healing time that follows. It is important to follow the Post procedure guidelines that are furnished to you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Day 1 of your Post-op care starts the FOLLOWING day after your procedure date. For example, if you had your laser peel on Monday, day 1 is on Tuesday.

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