Resurfacing procedures can be safely performed around the eyes to soften the “crows feet”. Fine wrinkles around the mouth “smokers lines” can be dramatically improved after skin resurfacing. Dyschromias “age spots” can be lightened and the texture of skin throughout the face and neck can all be improved with the right resurfacing technique.

Ways of improving the quality and texture of skin are too many to count. A good plastic surgeon will be able to describe the different techniques available to you, and recommend which will work best for your skin. More importantly, a good plastic surgeon will also tell you when your concerns are best treated with a procedure instead of promising the same results can be achieved with a laser.

Dr. Kolstad is proficient with using chemical peels, CO2 lasers, fractionated lasers, and dermabrasion procedures. His expertise in multiple techniques allows him to recognize which is the best for your skin.

Many of our patients come in requesting a laser treatment to rejuvenate their faces. Sometimes it is not a laser, but Botox or injectable fillers that would be best address their concerns. Sometimes a surgical procedure is the only option to achieve their goals.

There is no “one laser fits all” philosophy here. Dr. Kolstad will work with you to help determine what is the best option to meet your expectations.



SkinPen is designed to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to repair itself. By creating a series of hundreds of vertical microscopic channels into the dermis (the top layer of your skin), SkinPen stimulates the natural production of new collagen and elastin – producing excellent skin rejuvenation results with minimal downtime. Your skin will look and feel healthier!

Microneedling results in collagen production equivalent to expensive and invasive lasers. Most acne scars and deep stretch marks require a series of treatments for full effect. Topical anesthetics are applied to numb the skin prior to the 30-45 minute treatment. Most people experience little to no downtime following the microneedling session.


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Dermabrasion is the process of using a diamond-coated wheel to lightly sand the top layers of skin. This resurfacing technique penetrates deeper into the skin then both medium depth peels and lasers. Dermabrasion is most frequently used around the mouth and for scars on the forehead or cheeks. It is not safe around the eyes or areas of delicate skin. Dermabrasion is the most effective treatment for smokers lines, lipstick lines and deep acne scars

Dermabrasion can be performed in the office or in the operating room under anesthesia. The specific area and the amount of facial skin being resurfaced determine which setting would best accomplish your goals.

Collimated light is used to vaporize top layers of the skin to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, scars, birthmarks or to generally resurface facial skin. Laser resurfacing can be used alone or in combination with other skin resurfacing techniques.

Scars that have widened are best treated using excisional scarplasty. Depending on the area, size and width of the scar Dr. Kolstad can design a technique to meet your specific needs.

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