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Massachusetts General Hospital combines a patient-focused approach with board-certified surgeons to bring you expert care in laser surgery treatment options.Laser surgery is a noninvasive procedure where a targeted wavelength of light is used to resurface skin as well as close broken capillaries. Used cosmetically, laser surgery can produce desired results safely and effectively, and with minimal recovery time. Our laser surgery program can target specific areas, such as the forehead, upper and lower eyelids (non-surgical blepharoplasty), cheeks, jowls, perioral area (tissue around the mouth), and neck. We use laser to treat:
Mass General offers several types of treatments to help you achieve your goals:
In addition to our laser treatments, we offer noninvasive cosmetic skin care options such as chemical peels--to uncover smoother, more evenly pigmented skin--and injectable therapies, such as Botox® and dermal fillers, which help fill out areas of the face and lips. Our laser program can be tailored to each patient’s needs. We have the ability to adjust treatments to coincide with the amount of recovery time a patient can commit to. We are able to achieve the same end result whether treatment is accomplished in one visit with a longer recovery period, or by offering a series of treatments with shorter recovery periods. We are also able to combine laser treatments with cosmetic surgery in order to achieve optimal results with a faster healing period. Your surgeon will work with you to determine your best treatment.
Your initial consultation will take approximately 30-45 minutes. During this time, your doctor will review your medical history and treatment objectives. We ask that you bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Photos may also be taken to monitor treatment progress.
Treatment options, including risks and benefits, will be discussed in detail. We will work with you to find the best plan for you. Our aim during the consultation is to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
We provide services at our medical campus in Boston, and at our North Shore Center in Danvers.
By choosing Mass General, you choose internationally recognized, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons who explore and develop leading-edge research in laser surgery, bringing a wealth of expertise to your treatment. Our focus is in developing relationships with our patients. We want to understand your needs, and help you achieve realistic, long-term treatment goals by creating a personalized plan based on your skin type and facial structure.
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments available. By using a beam of light to treat both the top and bottom layers of the skin, laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation (discolored areas of the skin), and can minimize pore size. Learn more
Fractional Laser Surgery targets affected areas of the skin while leaving nearby healthy areas untouched. This allows the skin to heal far more quickly, and offers less recovery time and redness compared with laser skin resurfacing.
Broad Band Light (BBL) is a laser procedure that uses light therapy to stimulate collagen formation within the dermis, the deep layer of the skin. Because BBL does not affect the epidermis (top layer of the skin), it provides the least amount of recovery time. BBL is used to treat broken blood vessels and various pigmentation conditions, and can boost collagen production, leading to greater skin elasticity. BBL can be combined with deeper treatments or used alone as a 15-minute photo facial. Photo facials revitalize the face, smooth the skin, balance pigmentation and improve skin texture with minimal downtime.
Recovery time for all laser treatments varies depending on the treatment. Multiple treatments may be necessary to reach your specific goal. Results can typically be seen immediately, though it may take between four to six months for full results to take effect as the skin continues to tighten and the collagen is remodeled. Prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to assist with any mild discomfort. Your surgeon will provide post-treatment instructions to help with any redness or swelling, and to promote healing.
You may experience the following side effects during or after your treatment:
You may not be a candidate for laser surgery if you:
To learn more about laser treatment options available to you, contact the Mass General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division at 877-424-5678, or at MGHplasticsurgery@partners.org.
We offer a complete range of procedures to treat a variety of conditions and help you achieve the outcomes you want. Learn more below about some of the conditions we treat.
Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The glands become clogged, leading to pimples and cysts.
Characterized by redness, pimples and broken blood vessels, rosacea is a common skin condition that usually only affects the face and eyes.
A scar is the body's natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin.
There are many different types of lesions and skin conditions that can be treated with laser surgery.
Skin color is determined by a pigment (melanin) made by specialized cells in the skin (melanocytes). Some disorders which affect skin color are: albinism, melasma, pigment loss after skin damage, and vitiligo.
Instructions for patients on what to expect following same-day surgical procedures.
Acknowledgement form and information for patients undergoing laser surgery.
Instructions for patients on what to expect before and after laser surgery.
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 435
We are also located at:
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care 102 Endicott Street Danvers, MA 01923
The Mass General Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in the Wang Ambulatory Care Center at 15 Parkman St. Parking is available in the Parkman St. and nearby Fruit St. and Yawkey Center garages. Please note that some GPS systems do not recognize the 15 Parkman St. address. If you use a GPS system to drive to Mass General, enter Blossom St. as your destination, and then turn onto Parkman directly from Blossom.
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