Laser Resurfacing and Photofacials

Dr. Christine Brozowski offers laser resurfacing and photofacials in Berkeley, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as at her Ketchum, Idaho office.  Laser Photofacial resurfacing eliminates brown spots and red vessels to even out skin tone.  Photofacial stimulates collagen, which tightens skin, and is excellent for patients with Rosacea, as it reduces the redness and flushing of Rosacea and eliminates broken capillaries and red spots.  Laser resurfacing is also beneficial for patients with brown spots from sun, age, and freckling.  Dr. Brozowski administers all treatments personally to ensure the highest safety and maximum results. She has performed more than two thousand laser photofacial treatments* with no permanent side effects, so you can be assured of the safest, most effective results.

Laser photofacial results are technique dependent, based on the training and expertise of the physician performing the procedure, as well as the laser technology used. Dr. Brozowski does not use an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) found at Laser Centers which are not actual lasers, but are light-based machines. Instead, the doctor uses a diode laser with multiple wavelengths to maximize target and correct skin. 

Laser resurfacing is a cornerstone therapy for the elimination of brown and red spots on the face.  Collagen stimulation results in skin rejuvenation and leaves the skin with a healthy glow. Please schedule a consultation at either of our offices to learn how you may benefit from photorejuvenation. 

*From 1/1/05 to 6/1/13, Dr.Brozowski performed 2,220 individual laser laser photofacial procedures.

 

Benefits

Photofacial laser treatments can eliminate brown and red spots from your face and stimulate collagen production for a more youthful complexion.  The procedure is quick and comfortable with no down time. Combining photofacial laser treatments with Botox and fillers significantly improves the appearance of age. The result is a more even skin tone, with a disappearance of broken vessels, red and brown spots and sun damage. 

Conditions that can be treated with laser resurfacing include:

  • Brown spots
  • Broken capillaries (telangectasias)
  • Rosacea, red spots
  • Cherry Angiomas (red moles)
  • Melasma
  • Skin laxity of the face, neck and decolletage
  • Sun damage of the face, neck and hands
  • Liver and age spots
  • Dull, aging skin
  • Freckling

 

Q&A

Will I notice an improvement in my skin after the laser treatment?

Yes. Once the redness subsides, you will notice an immediate improvement in any broken capillaries of the nose and face.  Brown spots and age spots will darken temporarily and then slough off.  Rosacea patients will see a decrease in overall facial redness.  Collagen production increases more slowly and you should see progress in skin tightness over the following months.

How does the photofacial laser treatment done at your office compare with other photorejuvenation treatments? 

In our office, Dr. Brozowski performs all aesthetic procedures herself.  Our philosophy is that it is important to have licensed physicians trained in Cosmetic Dermatology perform all laser and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to ensure the highest safety standard with optimum results.  To maximize treatment results, we suggest combining photofacials with a microdermabrasion treatment.  This provides deeper penetration of the laser and produces even more collagen stimulation.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a natural substance that provides strength and elasticity to the skin.  Young, healthy skin contains an abundance of collagen and hyaluronic acid.  As we age, we lose approximately 1% of our dermal collagen per year.  This is exacerbated by overexposure to the sun and other lifestyle factors.  Where collagen diminishes, lines and wrinkles skin begin to appear as the skin sags.  Resurfacing procedures such as photofacial laser therapy can increase the collagen level in your skin overall, and fillers can provide collagen enhancement to specific areas for a fuller effect.

How many photofacial laser treatments are recommended?

Although you will notice an improvement with each treatment, Dr. Brozowski recommends three treatments initially every six weeks, with maintenance once-a-year.

What is the level of discomfort during and after the treatment?

The treatment has a low level of discomfort. While the laser itself is minimally uncomfortable, we will apply a topical anesthetic, depending on the area treated, to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.   Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness and swelling which is temporary and generally disappears within a few days.   Patients are able to continue their daily routine after the treatment and can return to work immediately. 

How long will each photofacial laser treatment take?

Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, which includes the time to apply topical anesthesia to make your treatment more comfortable.

How should I take care of my skin after the photofacial laser treatment?

We recommend a mild cleanser, moisturizer and   sunscreen to protect your results and prevent the recurrence of unsightly sun spots and Rosacea.  Our staff will be happy to show you products that will maximize your recovery and protect your investment in yourself.

What are patients saying about photofacial treatments done in your office?

"I have been overjoyed with the results of photofacial. Much improvement in overall skin tone and decrease in hyper-pigmentation. Dr. B makes everything easy, she's very informative and really an expert at what she does. I would recommend her services and in fact have -- for my husband, who is having similarly excellent results."

"I had a photofacial at Dr. Brozowski's office and I am thrilled with the results. My complexion is healthier looking."

"I have to say I enjoyed the whole process, as much as anyone can enjoy being zapped with a laser. The office staff and Dr. B have a great friendly attitude and make the whole experience relaxing and easy. I definitely would and have recommended this to many friends."

 


Please call us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christine Brozowski to evaluate your skin for laser resurfacing in our Berkeley office, just north of Oakland, California, or in Ketchum, Idaho in the Sun Valley area.