Laser Surgery Program
The Massachusetts General Hospital Laser Surgery Program offers a variety of noninvasive laser treatments for facial rejuvenation that can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, puffy eyes, and broken blood vessels, and treat skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Our plastic surgeons are internationally recognized and skilled in the most effective treatments.
Patient-focused CareMassachusetts 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:
- Facial aging
- Pigmentation and pigmented lesions such as freckles and age spots
- Puffy eyes
- Vascular lesions, such as telangiectasia (dilated or broken blood vessels or capillaries) and cherry angiomas
- Scars caused by acne or surgery
- Uneven skin tone
- Wrinkles and fine lines
Mass General offers several types of treatments to help you achieve your goals:
- Laser skin resurfacing, also known as laser facial rejuvenation, improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and hyper pigmentation, and minimizes pore size
- Fractional laser treatments boost collagen reproduction by using very narrow laser light to treat affected areas
- Broad Band Light (BBL) enables the treatment of multiple skin conditions by utilizing varying wavelengths of light
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.
What to Expect 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.
The Mass General DifferenceBy 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 ResurfacingLaser 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.
Fractional Laser SurgeryFractional 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
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 TimeRecovery 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.
Possible Side Effects of Laser Surgery Treatments You may experience the following side effects during or after your treatment:
- A feeling similar to your skin being snapped with a rubber band
- Redness after treatment; duration depends on type of treatment
- Swelling, also depends on type of treatment
- Pigment changes (skin coloring) after the treated area heals
- Bleeding, called “pinpoint bleeding,” which typically stops after a few minutes and has no lasting effect
Are You a Candidate for Laser Surgery?You may not be a candidate for laser surgery if you:
- Take light-sensitive medications
- Have taken Accutane, an acne medication, in the last year
- Are pregnant
- Are unable to follow the post-treatment care regimen recommended by your surgeon
To learn more about laser treatment options available to you, contact the Mass General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division at 617-724-9622, 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.
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Division of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryWang Ambulatory Care Center 435
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114, USA
We are also located at:
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.