CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing for Facial Improvement

As one of the most exciting and innovative scientific achievements to date, Laser technology is being utilized throughout the health care community. Dr. Hiranaka uses a carbon dioxide laser, to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles, and scars in a procedure called laser skin resurfacing.

The word "laser" is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled, and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office, under light sedation. Because of this treatment, you are more youthful looking. Click here to see laser skin resurfacing pictures of patients who have been treated.

The CO2 laser is used to reduce tiny wrinkles, acne scars and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne scarred skin, problems that often cause concern to both men and women.

Tailored to the patient's needs, CO2 laser resurfacing is an alternative to chemical peel and dermabrasion. Applied to more wrinkled or sun-damaged areas, a more aggressive treatment is used and less aggressive treatment to areas with less damage.

Prior to surgery, Dr. Hiranaka and you will discuss the goals for facial improvement. After determining the most appropriate procedure to use, Dr. Hiranaka and his staff will fully describe the procedure, what results to expect and the costs. The skin is usually pretreated prior to surgery to improve the healing time.

Some of Dr. Hiranaka’s most asked about procedures are Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty), Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy), Endoscopic Forehead Lift, Neck Lift, Nose Job (Rhinoplasty). Dr. Hiranaka is located in Hawaii and serves the Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Keauhou, Kamuela, Kealakekua, Captain Cook, Waimea, Kohala Coast, Hilo, and Honaunau areas.