Skin that is showing the effects of aging or exposure to the sun or skin that is suffering from the aftermath of acne can be hard to treat long-term and most creams and ointments only go so far in alleviating the symptoms of aging or otherwise damaged skin. Laser skin resurfacing provides long-term, significant improvement as it’s used to create a smoother, more even and youthful skin surface in a non-invasive procedure.
Laser skin resurfacing combines the science of high-tech lasers and CO2 to remove fine lines, creases and wrinkles on the face and is an excellent option for those who are showing acne scars, fine lines around the eyes and mouth and wrinkles.
The laser skin resurfacing process begins with the application of a topical anesthetic cream to help make the patient more comfortable while the laser is being used on the affected areas of the skin. A skilled laser technician will then use a fine laser to quickly target the outermost area of the damaged skin to help create a more refined, smoother surface. The laser beam heats and vaporizes the outer layer of skin while leaving the surrounding healthy skin tissue untouched.
The laser skin resurfacing procedure itself is not painful though patients may experience a slight warming sensation as the laser heats up damaged outer skin cells. Post treatment, patients may notice that the treated skin feels a little bit like a sunburn and some patients may experience slight swelling of the treated skin, but these side effects are generally mild.
Some risks involved with laser skin resurfacing include a chance of pigmentation changes, scarring, burning and possible bacterial infection though most of these outcomes are rare. Patients who undergo laser skin resurfacing will notice improvements beginning in a couple of days and continuing to improve in the next few weeks as the skin heals and new skin growth develops.
Recovery time may take as little as one week before the skin is fully healed and showing optimal results but depending on how serious the damage was to begin with, full recovery can take several weeks as slight redness remains.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with your dermatologist to discuss your skin concerns and determine if laser skin resurfacing is the best option toward improving your skin. Your doctor can recommend the number of treatments necessary for optimal results and give you an idea of the costs associated with your procedure.