Laser Skin Resurfacing

What is laser skin resurfacing ?

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the leading cosmetic procedures in the United States. The process utilizes a laser to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the overall texture of the skin. 

How does laser skin resurfacing work ?

Lasers work by emitting a specialized light that passes through the skin and is preferentially absorbed by water in the damaged collagen of your skin. This action allows the laser light to ablate (evaporate) very fine layers of skin, diminishing the look of the wrinkle and other unwanted textures. The older, wrinkled collagen in you r skin is re modeled into newer skin: as new cells form in the healing process, the skin becomes smoother and softer. Several lasers and light sources are available today for skin resurfacing. 

Why choose laser skin resurfacing ?

Laser skin resurfacing offers patients many benefits. The procedure is truly "incisionless," provides consistent results, and offers the surgeon precise control. Its faster recovery time means that it can also delay or eliminate the need for the more invasive face-lift surgery.

What are the differences in the lasers available ?

There are a wide variety of lasers available for laser skin resurfacing. Each option performs best for each type of patient and his or her needs. 

For example, the CO2 laser is most effective on deep lines and wrinkles, as well as for full -face laser procedures. The Erbium:YAG laser is ideal for those with moderate lines and wrinkles and f or those wanting to improve the overall texture of their skin. The Erbium:YAG is also effective on treating isolated areas, and other areas of the body, including the hands, chest and neck. Multi-mode laser resurfacing, which uses a combination of lasers, can further customize the procedure for a patient's particular needs. your doctor will assess the laser that is best for you. 

How long will it take me to heal ?  What are the side effects ?

Most patients enjoy a short recovery time after laser resurfacing, which lasts anywhere from less than a week for lighter resurfacing procedures, to a bit more than a week for deeper procedures. you will be asked to keep the area moist. The initial redness after the procedure will fade over a period of time. However, camouflage makeup may be used to cover the redness. 
As for side effects, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with laser skin resurfacing. your doctor will review with you in detail any risks involved in the procedure. Is the procedure painful?

You will be given either a topical or local anesthetic during the procedure.  Sedation can also be provided. Most patients describe the post-procedure feeling as a bad sunburn; this feeling will subside in a few days. Cold compresses will also help subdue the discomfort. 

How soon will I see results ?

Because your skin will heal over a period of several weeks, you may not see the final results until then. As your skin heals, and as new collagen regenerates and fills in the lines and wrinkles, your results will continue to improve. Results will continue to improve for months. 

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