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Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Skin damage can be attributed to many factors over the years – sun exposure, acne and stress, just to name a few. We understand that a surgical procedure is not for everyone, and that is why we are proud to offer non-surgical procedures – such as skin resurfacing – to help you achieve a more youthful complexion.
By using the latest technologies with laser resurfacing, our doctors achieve a new level of control with extreme precision, especially in delicate areas, which allows for the safest and most natural results for you.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
In a skin resurfacing procedure, sometimes called a “laser peel,” a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer. The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially around the mouth and the eyes. However, it can also improve minor facial flaws such as:
- Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
- Scarring from acne or chickenpox
- Excessive sun exposure to the face
- Yellowish or grayish skin tones
- Liver spots or age spots
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
Your surgeon will target the damaged area with an extremely precise beam of light, removing unwanted skin one layer at a time. When used for procedures such as acne scar removal, this technique helps minimize hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin).
My Laser Skin Resurfacing
Depending on your specific needs, laser skin resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or only on the areas you are most concerned about. Often, the procedure is done in conjunction with a cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.
During the skin resurfacing, the laser removes the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and heats the underlying dermis to help stimulate collagen fiber growth. Smoother and firmer skin forms as the treated area heals.
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that takes anywhere from one to one-and-a-half hours, depending on the area involved. An anesthetic is needed so you do not experience any discomfort. When the imperfections are especially deep, your surgeon may recommend that the resurfacing be performed in two or more stages.
In the weeks following your procedure, your new skin will usually remain bright pink to red; at which time your surgeon may prescribe medications to make this color subside more rapidly. After about two weeks, you can safely apply makeup to conceal this temporary color change. However, some pinkness may remain for up to six months.
For continued results, use sunscreen daily and minimize sun exposure. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to heal properly and ensure the greatest results.