What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing and How Can it Benefit My Skin?

You eat well. You exercise regularly, and that bounce in your step expresses your youthful nature. So why does the mirror not reflect the same?

Because even when you eat the right foods and keep your blood circulating, your skin is still exposed to the things that age it: toxins, sun, dry air, gravity, and time. This means that in the mirror, you’re faced with age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, discoloration, and other unfortunate blemishes that make you look older than you feel.

Well, what if we told you we could help you turn back the clock as many as ten years in just one hour?

Prepare to squeal in delight because CO2 laser resurfacing will do exactly that.

How CO2 laser resurfacing works

During your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, Dr. Shumway will use high-powered beams of light to remove the outer, damaged layer of skin tissue and reveal the new, smoother skin beneath. This helps address issues of discoloration, scarring, and damage. The laser process also stimulates collagen within your skin, which fills in fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, your new skin cells come back firmer and smoother and in the end, you receive the youthful, healthy skin that more accurately fits the way you feel!

Recommended for treatment of:

Sun damaged skin

Irregular pigmentation

Fine lines and wrinkles

Aging skin

Irregular texture

Dull skin tone

Acne scars


Not recommended for:

People with darker skin (could cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones)

Pregnant women

Anyone treated with isostretinoin (Accutane) within 6 months

Advantages of CO2 laser resurfacing over other procedures

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, a lot of people ask us why they’d want to choose CO2 laser resurfacing over other methods that address similar skin concerns.

That’s a really great question.

Yes, chemical peels and dermabrasion both exfoliate the skin, but neither addresses the same range of concerns or with the level of precision and control that the laser treatment does. And neither method has anywhere near the same impact in just one visit.

Not only can CO2 laser resurfacing treatment safely give you maximum results in a single visit, but it also has the added benefit of allowing the doctor to see the effects of the treatment as it is performed. This means, your results are incredibly precise.  

No, it’s not the only treatment out there, but it’s certainly among the best of the best.

What to expect

Prior to treatment

Before your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, Dr. Shumway will listen to your concerns, evaluate your skin, and discuss your treatment with you. He will also use this time to answer your questions and provide you with pre-treatment instructions. 

During the procedure

Dr. Shumway will make you comfortable with IV sedation. Then, strategically and precisely, he will use the CO2 laser to remove the top layer of skin so as to ablate the damaged skin and tighten the underlying collagen bundles. Total procedure time takes approximately 60-90 minutes. 

After the procedure

Dr. Shumway will place a clear, thin “Silon” mask and apply an ointment to keep your skin moist. You will need to wear the mask for a day or two following your procedure and reapply the ointment as prescribed by Dr. Shumway.

You can expect your skin to be pink and tender for several days and should plan to limit work and activities for 10-14 days. Meticulous care of your skin during this recovery period is essential. Daily follow-up visits with Dr. Shumway and his staff are needed for cleaning and misting of the ‘new’ skin. 

Remember: No other treatment will give you the same results in a single session.

Before you go home, Dr. Shumway will schedule follow-up appointments and provide you with instructions to aid in your healing and recovery as well as a skincare regimen for optimal results.

Although the stimulation of new collagen will begin immediately, the change you see will be gradual. It may be a few months before you see the full impact of your treatment.  

But when you do see it, and when your reflection in the mirror matches the bounce in your step…watch out World! 

Ready to take off ten years in a single hour?

Give us a call and schedule your consultation.

We can’t wait to see you light up when you catch sight of yourself in the mirror!

What’s the Difference Between Functional and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgeryOur noses are central to how we feel and how we feel about ourselves. People with unremarkable noses that function perfectly may never fully understand how true this is.

As a feature that sits front and center on our faces, any bump, misalignment or other flaw in the nose can dramatically decrease our self-confidence. And because we need our noses to breathe, any diminished functionality can be terribly uncomfortable and even detrimental to a person’s health.  

Fortunately, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) allows us to address both cosmetic and functional concerns regarding the nose. At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, California, we often hear from patients whose lives have been changed following their rhinoplasty surgery.  These are not people who are desperate to look like Christy Brinkley or Brad Pitt – they’re people who want to breathe normally and have the kind of nose that won’t distract from their beautiful eyes or other features that have gone unnoticed for years.

Those who come to us for cosmetic rhinoplasty come seeking the one or more of the following:

  • Change in nose size
  • Dorsal hump correction
  • Nasal misalignment correction
  • Nostril size or shape modification
  • Drooping nasal tip enhancement

Some patients have functional problems they’d like Dr. Shumway to address as well. Their reasons for seeking functional rhinoplasty may include:

  • Nasal trauma after injury
  • Cancer removal
  • Deviated septum
  • Obstructed nasal passageways
  • Nasal polyps obstructing the sinuses

The main difference between these rhinoplasty surgeries is your goals. Of course, each will require different surgical particulars depending on your needs. The best way to get specifics about your surgery is to sit down with Dr. Shumway.

During your consultation, Dr. Shumway will listen to your concerns, perform exams to evaluate your needs, any breathing problems and discuss your options with you. You’ll know immediately that you’re in good hands. As an expert in his field, Dr. Shumway is highly qualified and highly skilled, and he’ll provide you with excellent results.  

What if you need both?

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we’re happy to combine functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty into one procedure for patients looking to address both concerns. This way, you’ll get everything you need with only one recovery period!

Call us.

We take great care of our patients before, during, and after every procedure. You can count on us from your first question to the moment you walk out of our office with a properly functioning and beautifully unremarkable nose – and beyond.

If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Shumway, or if you just have questions about rhinoplasty, give us a call.

Happy New Year, San Diego! We look forward to hearing from you.

Mommy Makeover

Breaking Down The Mommy Makeover…

Mommy Makeover in San Diego, CAOftentimes, having a baby can cause your body to undergo some unwanted changes, and since these changes fluctuate from person to person, knowing the right options for you may be tough. The good news is, you can feel confident and sexy in your body again with a Mommy Makeover—customized to fit your desired results!

Oftentimes, having a baby can cause your body to undergo some unwanted changes, and since these changes fluctuate from person to person, knowing the right options for you may be tough. The good news is, you can feel confident and sexy in your body again with a Mommy Makeover—customized to fit your desired results!

Is a Mommy Makeover right for me? Here are some questions to consider:

  • Are you back to your normal routine, eating healthy and regularly exercising?
  • Despite your healthy lifestyle, are you still unhappy with your post-baby body?
  • Have you had multiple pregnancies?
  • Have you completed your childbearing years?
  • Are you within range of your normal weight?
  • Do you experience sagging, excess fat and other bodily concerns that you are unhappy with due to former pregnancies and childbearing?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, now may be the time to look at how a Mommy Makeover can boost your confidence and help you feel like your younger, vibrant self.

Generally, there are 3 areas of focus concerning a Mommy Makeover.  You can pick and choose which procedures are right for you, depending on your specific goals and desires.  These include:

  1. Breast Surgery:  Pregnancy, as well as breastfeeding, can change the breasts dramatically, which may result in sagging and loss of volume. For sagging breasts that have lost their youthful appearance, a breast lift may be the right procedure for you.  A breast lift repositions and restores shape to your breasts without adding volume.  A common Mommy Makeover often includes both a breast lift and breast augmentation, which adds volume and symmetry to breasts.  Some mothers may also choose breast reduction surgery if their breasts become too enlarged or asymmetrical.
  2. Tummy Tuck: Childbirth and pregnancy can cause stretch marks and excess fat/skin in the abdominal region. A tummy tuck flattens the stomach, eliminates stretch marks and tightens the skin of the abdomen so that your stomach area can look like it did before you became pregnant.
  3. Liposuction: It is common for women who have recently had a baby to carry excess fat in their abdomen, thighs, back and buttocks. Liposuction can eliminate this excess fat effectively through the insertion of a cannula that suctions out and removes liquefied fat.  A popular Mommy Makeover that many women choose to combine is a tummy tuck with liposuction to restore their former slim and youthful figures.

Depending on your goals and desires, Mommy Makeover procedures can sometimes be done together, during one operation.  Of course, many factors influence this decision including your overall health and post-operative plan. Consult Dr. Shumway today to discuss your Mommy Makeover, and which plan is right for you.


Beauty Biology

Look As Young As You Feel and Feel As Young As You Look.

BHRTShumway Cosmetic Surgery, run by Dr. Robert A. Shumway, MD., F.A.C.S. and his team offer services that may rival the mythology of magical waters to bring back the taut beautiful skin and lush vibrancy of our youth. Dr. Shumway specializes in cosmetic surgery and skin rejuvenation and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). He believes that you should not only “Look as young as you feel, but feel as young as you look.”

Hormonal imbalance begins for men and women at different stages of lift. Dr. Shumway works on helping clients be proactive about preventing the symptoms and illnesses that arise due to the loss of varius hormones in the body. Symptoms like fatigue, low libido, sexual endurance, weight-gain in the mid-section, and poor sleep are some of the underlying issues. Many of us assume these are the telltale signs of aging, and it cannot be undone, but that does not mean we just have to lie there and take it. Maintaining optimal levels of the correct hormones promotes an improved lifestyle, and perhaps prevents further illnesses. Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that are naturally made in the body; they are derived from a variety of plants, including yams and soybeans.

Dr. Shumway offers a complimentary consultation to discuss the benefits of BHRT and determine if hormone therapy is right for you. He orders a blood test to identify what hormones you may be deficient in, and then writes prescriptions for very specific hormonal compounds. Each individual has unique needs and so the prescriptions are tailored to provide optimal balance. Dr. Shumway schedules routine follow up appointments and labs to properly evaluate and, if needed, adjust the prescriptions. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a process, but the youthful results can be felt and seen within a few weeks. Dr. Shumway advocates BHRT to all of his cosmetic surgery patients. He understands that looking young is indeed wonderful, but feeling young and full of vitality is amazing!


Article written by Balkis Nasery