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Sun Damaged Skin Treatments

 Repair and restore your skin

At Careaga Plastic Surgery CenterCareaga Plastic Surgery Center we offer the remarkable Sandstone Cortex ™ laser treatments that will lighten pigmentation problems caused by sun damage, fine wrinkles, and small facial veins that may occur from various dermatological conditions.
Imagine how your skin looked before all those years you have spent in the sun! The Cortex™ laser system can restore your skin’s natural glow and give you a smoother and more youthful appearance.


Have you noticed that the texture and color of your skin have changed with age? Pigmented (colored) blemishes can develop on your face and hands. These visible red veins and spots are most notable on your nose and cheeks. And of course, as we age you will see wrinkles and fine lines begin to develop around the eyes, mouth and around your face.

This is primarily due to the fact that as men and women ages, our collagen production begins to
decline which leads to the breakdown of the skin’s underlying support structure. Additionally, constant exposure to UV rays and other environmental factors tend to negatively affect the skin and cause premature wrinkles. This is especially true given our Miami, FL climate and year-round sun.

At Careaga Plastic Surgery Center treatments with the Cortex™ laser system will reduce wrinkles due to the breakdown of collagen. Our patients report that their facial skin has a smoother, tighter texture and pigmentation problems diminish.


At Careaga Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Daniel E. Careaga and Dr. Paul D. Durand use state-of-the-art laser technology. They counsels their patients not to be afraid of the terms “laser” or “light-source” as these are safe and effective energy sources that are used to treat all skin types and tones.

The laser technicians at Careaga Plastic Surgery Center utilize the Cortex™ laser system to successfully treat patients with the following conditions:

SUN DAMAGE AND SUNSPOTS – Cortex™ laser system treatments will lighten wide areas and individual pigmented lesions on your face, chest, and arms.

FINE LINES AND PORE SIZE – Cortex™ laser system treatments target and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. By stimulating the production of collagen fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced and the elastin production will help to restore the elasticity and firmness of your skin.

ACNE SCARS – Cortex™ laser system treatments will improve shallow scars and fine lines.

SPIDER VEINS – Cortex™ laser system treatments will dissolve spider veins. These discolorations are vascular based, and include everything from persistent pinkness to red, blue or purple in color.


Careaga Plastic Surgery advises that you can expect the following post-treatment results:

Day 1 – Immediately after the Cortex™ laser system treatment your skin will be pink and have a similar sensation to a mild sun burn.

Day 2 – Your skin will be pink or red.

Day 3 & 4 – Your skin will begin to exfoliate as new skin cells replace the dry, dead ones.

Day 5-7 – You will find that most signs of the laser treatment will have vanished leaving your newly-revealed skin looking and feeling tighter, younger and naturally healthy.

Since the surface of the skin is not damaged, there really is no recovery time necessary with the Cortex™ laser treatments. Treatments typically take less than 30 minutes. Patients report varying treatment ssensations as tiny pulses of energy are delivered into the skin. Typically patients report that they experience a warm sharp feeling and an immediate tightening of the skin. Most patients look and feel like they have mild sunburn for a few days after
the treatment. Anesthetic ointments and ice packs may be used to reduce any discomfort.

At Careaga Plastic Surgery Center our patients can select one or multiple treatments based on your skin condition. Your doctor will discuss your best treatment options as every patient and condition is individualized and the number of laser skin rejuvenation treatments depends on each individual’s condition and treatment goals.

The results of the Cortex™ laser system are progressive. Over time you will see that dark spots, sun damage, broken vessels will begin to fade. You will notice that your skin looks smooth and healthy.

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