Laser Skin Resurfacing

Where we live, the sun and sea breeze, not to mention the normal wear and tear on your skin over the years, can all impact the skin's texture, tone, and appearance. Laser skin resurfacing at our St. Petersburg medical spa with the Palomar StarLux® 500 laser platform and Sciton ProFractional™ laser can rejuvenate your skin with minimal downtime.

The Medical Spa at Benedetti Cosmetic Surgery Offers:

  • Physician administered laser skin resurfacing with leading edge technology
  • Care you can trust from Dr. Benedetti, his hand-selected certified medical aesthetician and certified laser technician
  • A longstanding commitment to nonsurgical cosmetic care
  • The peace of mind of a professional medical practice
  • An expanded range of leading-edge cosmetic treatments

Dr. Benedetti performs all laser resurfacing treatments at his Tampa‐area medical spa. He collaborates with our certified medical aesthetician, Dawn Golden and our registered nurse, Christy, to assess your skin care needs and develop a treatment plan.

If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing, request a consultation online or call Benedetti Cosmetic Surgery at (727) 289-7119 to schedule your appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Benedetti

Dr. Benedetti is an excellent choice for your cosmetic procedure for many reasons, including:

  • Double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery
  • More than 15 years of experience as a plastic surgeon
  • Artistic eye for detail
  • Provides long-term monitoring of results through annual follow-up appointments

Skin Improvements

Palomar StarLux and Sciton ProFractional laser skin resurfacing can give you the smoother, clearer, more vibrant skin you desire, with a short recovery period. This laser treatment, commonly used on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands, corrects a variety of skin imperfections including:

  • Sun damage and age spots
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Superficial scars, such as those caused by acne or chicken pox
  • Stretch marks

Depending on the condition being treated, the size of the areas, and the depth and aggressiveness of the treatment, Dr. Benedetti usually recommends a series of 1 to 3 treatments spaced about 1 to 6 months apart. Most patients immediately notice improvement in the appearance and texture of their skin, with continual improvement for about 2 to 3 months.

Dr. Benedetti performs an initial consultation for all of his patients. During this appointment he will listen to your cosmetic goals, answer your questions, and describe the available treatments. He might also describe other medical spa skin treatments, such as IPL (Photofacial) or a chemical peel.

How It Works

Instead of impacting the entire surface of the targeted areas like traditional skin resurfacing treatments, the Palomar StarLux and Sciton ProFractional lasers affect pinpoint areas (micro-channels) deep in the skin, leaving untreated areas around each micro-channel. This "fractional" treatment reduces patient discomfort and downtime. The laser also awakens the body's natural healing process, increasing collagen and elastin production and skin cell regeneration for smoother, clearer, firmer skin.

Dr. Benedetti works with his patients to make their Palomar StarLux and Sciton ProFractional laser treatments as comfortable as possible with the use of pre-medication, topical numbing medications and dental blocks if necessary. The laser technology can be precisely adjusted to address a wide variety of conditions from wrinkles around the lips or eyes, to specific surface scars, to the whole face, enabling treatment to be customized to the specific needs of each patient.

Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing

In addition to its effectiveness, a major advantage of Palomar StarLux and Sciton ProFractional laser skin resurfacing is the mild to moderate recovery time required. After treatment, the targeted areas usually look sunburned for 2 to 3 days or longer if a more aggressive or deeper treatment is done. The treated skin will also feel tight with mild swelling, which is usually not painful. Within the first week there is peeling and flaking of the skin, revealing smoother skin beneath. Our aesthetician, Dawn, can recommend the best skin care products to use after your treatment to speed healing and maximize results.

The Next Step

If you'd like learn more about Palomar StarLux and Sciton ProFractional laser skin resurfacing, request a consultation with Dr. Benedetti or call the medical spa at Benedetti Cosmetic Surgery at (727) 289-7119.