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Laser Resurfacing in Philadelphia

Conveniently located to serve Philadelphia, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

tina ho md facial plastic surgery office
Neck Lift Results Philadelphia

Before & After

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Introduction to
Laser Resurfacing

This beautiful young at heart patient was one of the last patients I operated on before I went on maternity leave and the COVID-19 era went into full effect. She was most bothered by her sagging eyelid skin and underwent upper and lower eyelid surgery with fat transfer and CO2 laser resurfacing to the face. Her before and after video clips demonstrate typical bruising and swelling associated with eyelid surgery and fat transfer in the immediate healing period that typically resolve by two to four weeks following surgery. Visit my website or call to schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation. – Dr. Tina Ho

Laser Resurfacing: PATIENT REVIEW AND RESULTS

BROW LIFT AND EYELID SURGERY: PATIENT REVIEW AND RESULTS

This kind 45 year-old female patient presented originally for chin liposuction consultation, bothered by the fullness under her chin. I instead recommended a definitive deep plane facelift and neck lift for the best facial and neck rejuvenation and contouring results. She already looks amazing at three months out in these before/after photos. Final outcome is seen at six to twelve months after surgery. We are so thrilled with her results.

Extended Lower Eyelid Surgery Video

Brow Lift and Blepharoplasty: Before and After

This beautiful female patient in her 70s was bothered by her heavy brows, redundant upper eyelid skin, and lower eyelid bags. We pursued brow lift, upper eyelid surgery, and lower eyelid surgery with facial fat transfer and CO2 laser resurfacing for the ultimate global eyelid rejuvenation result. Her only cosmetically sensitive scars in her upper eyelids have healed beautifully. We are so thrilled with her beautiful, natural results.

 

Browlift + Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty: Before and After

This beautiful 50 year-old actress came to me for surgical consultation, interested in eyelid rejuvenation. She was bothered by the heavy appearance of her upper eyelids and lower eyelid bags. We pursued a global surgical approach including brow lift, upper eyelid surgery, and lower eyelid surgery for the ultimate eyelid rejuvenation outcome. We are so thrilled with her beautiful, natural results. Brow position is an important consideration in patient evaluation for upper eyelid surgery. Brow lift surgery elevates heavy brows and opens up the eyes more compared to eyelid surgery alone. Combining multiple surgical procedures together instead of pursuing one surgery alone also creates a more dramatic yet still natural result with only one period of downtime.

 

What is Laser Resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is one common type of non-surgical procedure utilized in facial skin rejuvenation. Laser resurfacing procedures can be performed to improve certain features of aging skin including wrinkle lines, skin laxity, and dyschromias as well as other skin issues such as acne scars, vascular lesions, and hyperpigmentation. The word laser is an acronym for the phrase light amplification by stimulation of radiation. Each laser device emits light at a specific wavelength to be absorbed by a certain tissue component of the skin that is usually water, hemoglobin, or melanin. Laser procedures intended to improve aging skin stimulate new collagen production and skin regeneration to produce tighter, more youthful appearing skin. Each laser resurfacing procedure is uniquely planned and executed by Dr. Ho according to the skin findings and treatment goals of the individual patient.

What Is CoolPeel?

CoolPeel is a revolutionary minimal downtime CO2 laser procedure that reduces fine lines, repairs sun-damaged skin, and improves skin texture. At Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we are excited to be one of the few plastic surgery practices in Philadelphia and the Main Line to offer the CoolPeel laser procedure. As part of our introductory promotion for a limited time, when you purchase a CoolPeel package (series of 3 treatments) with us, you will receive a complimentary Alastin Skincare Invasive Kit (a $345 value)!

The Tetra CO2 Laser & the CoolPeel Treatment

The SmartXide Tetra CO2 laser is one of the most advanced CO2 technologies available, with the ability to perform a broad range of treatments including the exclusive CoolPeel – a CO2 laser peel with virtually zero downtime.

The CoolPeel Treatment in Action

To learn more about the CoolPeel treatment provided at the office of Dr. Tina Ho in Wayne, PA visit call us today at 610.688.3363

CoolPeel Basics

To learn more about the CoolPeel treatment provided at the office of Dr. Tina Ho in Wayne, PA visit call us today at 610.688.3363

Neck Lift Results Philadelphia

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What are the differences among ablative lasers, nonablative lasers, and fractional lasers?

An ablative laser causes diffuse thermal injury to the epidermis to stimulate collagen production and skin regeneration. It will produce a more dramatic result but is associated with a longer recovery and higher side effect profile. Common examples of ablative lasers include CO2 laser and Er:YAG laser. A nonablative laser is less invasive and avoids epidermal injury with selective induction of dermal collagen production. Common types of nonablative laser include pulsed dye laser and 1,064 nm Nd:YAG laser. A fractional laser may be either ablative or nonablative and causes thermal injury to the skin in a series of noncontiguous spots separated by areas of non lasered tissue. As a fellowship-trained, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho is highly experienced in a variety of laser procedures and will determine with each patient the best laser resurfacing option to meet their skin goals.

CoolPeel is a revolutionary minimal downtime CO2 laser procedure that reduces fine lines, repairs sun-damaged skin, and improves skin texture.

At Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we are excited to be one of the few plastic surgery practices in Philadelphia and the Main Line to offer the CoolPeel laser procedure. As part of our introductory promotion for a limited time, when you purchase a CoolPeel package (series of 3 treatments) with us, you will receive a complimentary Alastin Skincare Invasive Kit (a $345 value)!

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Laser Resurfacing?

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho is well-recognized as a face expert. She possesses dedicated training and extensive experience in laser resurfacing and other skin rejuvenation procedures from one of the top facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Ho dedicates ample time and effort to help each patient select the best laser resurfacing procedure that will meet their skin needs. Depending on the type of laser resurfacing pursued, Dr. Ho may perform laser resurfacing in a series of multiple repeated treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve the best rejuvenation results.

The Cartessa Smartxide Tetra

When it comes to a CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment with minimal downtime, there’s nothing better than the Cartessa Smartxide Tetra. Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery is one of select plastic surgery practices in Philadelphia and the Main Line to offer this advanced laser device and perform the specialized CoolPeel procedure, a full-face laser resurfacing treatment that only takes around 5-15 minutes to complete and is quite convenient.

The Cartessa Smartxide Tetra offers clinicians a diverse array of settings that can be tweaked to achieve the desired density, power, and pulse durations. This allows treatments to be precisely optimized according to the conditions to be treated and the results desired by patients.

Manufactured by DEKA, one of the world’s most renowned aesthetic laser manufacturers, this device can be used to treat a number of conditions, such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Different types of scars, such as acne scars
  • Pigmentation issues like melasma
  • Oversized pores
  • Sun damage
  • Rough texture
  • Sagging skin
  • Sunspots
  • Stretch marks

There are many differences between a CoolPeel treatment and traditional ablative CO2 procedure. A CoolPeel is often performed by aestheticians and offers gentler resurfacing, leading to a shorter recovery period with less downtime. It is specifically used to target only the superficial skin layer, and its energy pulses are very short. Typically, 3-6 treatments are required for optimal results. Dr. Ho and her aesthetician colleagues at Tina Ho, MD Facial Plastic Surgery exclusively offer the CoolPeel procedure for those patients seeking maximal rejuvenative results with minimal downtime.

Traditional ablative CO2 resurfacing, on the other hand, is a deeper-reaching treatment option that only requires a single treatment session and typically requires the expertise of a physician. Because it involves deeper resurfacing than a CoolPeel treatment, it necessitates more downtime afterwards. Dr. Tina Ho routinely performs ablative CO2 laser resurfacing with the Cartessa Smartxide Tetra device on patients in combination with other aging face procedures including eyelid surgery, facelift, neck lift, and facial fat transfer.

Post-Operative Instructions for CO2 Laser

These post-operative care instructions are for laser resurfacing procedures and are designed to help patients achieve the best results. Patients are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Ho or her staff with any questions before or after surgery.

Activity Instructions and Restrictions:
– Patients are advised to resume walking promptly after surgery to prevent blood clots and aid recovery.
– Heavy lifting over 10 pounds, strenuous activity, bending, and straining should be avoided for one week (or two weeks if additional surgical procedures were performed).
– Constipation can be managed with over-the-counter stool softeners like Colace.
– Activities like hot yoga, saunas, and swimming are prohibited for four weeks post-surgery.
– Use of a CPAP machine should only resume after clearance from the surgeon.

Head Positioning:
– To minimize swelling, patients are recommended to keep their head elevated at a 30-degree angle for the first week after the procedure.
– Sleeping in a recliner or with two pillows propped up is advised.

Cool Compresses:
– Cool compresses (ice packs or frozen vegetables) should be applied to treated areas for 20 minutes at a time during the first 48 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Diet:
– Patients are encouraged to resume eating and drinking as tolerated after the procedure. Drinking plenty of fluids helps rehydrate and reduce swelling.
– After general anesthesia, start with gentle, bland foods that encourage appetite and do not upset the stomach.

Bathing:
– Showering can be resumed the day after surgery, but treated areas should not be saturated with water.
– Face washing with a gentle cleanser and tepid water should start the day after the procedure.

Skin Care:
– Occlusive ointment (like Vaseline, Aquaphor, or Alastin Skin Nectar) should be reapplied generously to treated areas four times daily for one week, then tapered to three times daily the second week.
– Face washing should occur 5 times daily for the first two days, then taper to 1-2 times daily, with reapplication of the occlusive ointment after each wash.

Pain Management and Itching:
– Tylenol or prescribed pain medication can be used for pain relief.
– Over-the-counter antihistamines can provide relief for itching.
– Patients are advised not to pick the skin to prevent scarring.

Sun Protection:
– Direct sunlight should be avoided for the first week after the procedure.
– A broad-spectrum sunblock moisturizer (minimum SPF 35) should be applied daily starting one week after the procedure for 6 to 12 months.

Medications:
– Antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral medications should be taken as prescribed, starting the day before the procedure.
– Completing the entire prescription is crucial.
– Medications should be taken with food to prevent stomach upset.

Self Care:
– Eye glasses and contact lenses can be resumed the day after surgery (one week after eyelid surgery).
– Patients may place gauze between the bridge of the nose and glasses to avoid irritation.
– Lubricating preservative-free eye drops can be used if experiencing eye irritation.
– Makeup application can begin on areas that have healed over one week after the procedure.
– Tweezing eyebrows should be avoided for two weeks.

Driving Restrictions:
– Patients can drive to their first post-operative visit unless taking narcotic pain medication on that day.

Work and Social Activities:
– Return to work or social activities depends on the level of physical activity and public contact involved, but the average patient can do so 3 to 5 days after laser resurfacing.

Follow-up Appointments:
– The first follow-up appointment is scheduled with Dr. Ho to check treated areas and any associated surgery sites.
– Subsequent follow-ups occur at one, three, and six months after the laser resurfacing procedure.

What to Expect After the Procedure:
– Swelling, stinging, and peeling may occur, with improvement typically observed after the skin has healed.
– Pain and discomfort can be managed with Tylenol or prescribed pain medication.
– Treated skin may initially resemble a sunburn, with redness, peeling, and serum exudation.
– Healing generally occurs within one to two weeks, with final results visible at three to six months.
– Any symptoms such as fever, infection signs, fever blisters, nausea, vomiting, drainage, open wound areas, difficulty breathing, or chest pain should prompt immediate contact with Dr. Ho’s office for further evaluation.

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS

“Each laser resurfacing procedure is uniquely planned and executed by me according to the skin findings and treatment goals of the individual patient.”

Dr. Tina Ho

Dr. Tina Ho

FAQ’s

What is CoolPeel?
What should patients expect after a Laser Resurfacing procedure?
Each laser resurfacing procedure is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the extent of swelling and tenderness that occur after the procedure will vary by patient. The initial hyperpigmentation changes in the skin may be characterized as a sunburn-like appearance. Skin healing may take one week or up to a few weeks depending on the depth of the laser resurfacing. The addition of new collagen in the skin may not be observed until months out from the procedure. It is important for every laser resurfacing patient to be on a good skin care regimen before and after each procedure as directed by Dr. Ho for optimal skin healing and aesthetic results. Post-treatment pain is usually not significant and may be managed with Tylenol as needed. The results of laser resurfacing in the treated areas is typically observed after the skin has healed over. Dr. Ho seeks follow-up with her patients after each laser resurfacing procedure to ensure that every patient is satisfied with their treatment outcome.
What are surgical or non-surgical procedures that are routinely performed with Laser Resurfacing?
It is common for aesthetic surgical procedures to be performed at the same time as laser resurfacing in the surgery setting, depending on the patient’s anatomic issues and surgical goals. They include but are not limited to the following: facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, and fat transfer. Dr. Ho also performs laser resurfacing in the clinic setting in conjunction with injectable procedures including neurotoxins and fillers to achieve maximal aesthetic results via a non-surgical approach. Dr. Ho is experienced in a wide range of aging face procedures and will thoroughly evaluate each patient and discuss with them whether they would benefit from additional procedures beyond laser resurfacing.
What is the cost of Laser Resurfacing?

The price of laser resurfacing depends on the type of device required. Cost may vary depending on number and size of treatment areas, intensity of treatment, and number of treatments needed.

Your Laser Resurfacing in Philadelphia will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.