Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is an increasingly popular skin rejuvenation procedure that works to improve the appearance of facial skin by resurfacing wrinkles, fine lines and minor scars. Like other skin resurfacing techniques, laser skin resurfacing encourages the growth of new, vibrant skin by removing the outermost layers.
During the procedure, a medical laser (typically a CO2 or erbium laser) is aimed at the area to be treated, causing the skin cells to vaporize. The laser itself is so precise that only the exact area treated is affected by the radiation, which minimizes pigmentation problems and other side effects. The CO2 laser is most often used to treat the entire face, while the erbium laser is effective on smaller areas.
Who is a good candidate for laser treatment?
Laser skin resurfacing is most appropriate for patients who suffer from superficial skin conditions caused by aging and its associated effects on the skin. If you have one or more of the following conditions you may want to consider a laser treatment:
- Sun damage/photoaging
- Some precancerous skin growths
- Acne scars or minor scars from injury
- Vertical lines or wrinkles around the mouth
- Crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes
Please talk to your physician or plastic surgeon to determine if laser skin resurfacing or another skin treatment is best for you.
How does laser treatment work?
Laser skin resurfacing takes place right in your plastic surgeon’s office and is conducted with local anesthesia. Prior to treatment your surgeon may ask you to begin using creams to moisturize your skin to help minimize side effects and support healing. General anesthesia may be used, but typically only if the entire face is treated. The time needed to complete the procedure varies considerably depending on how much of the skin is treated.
The surgeon administers the laser to the treatment areas, controlling the intensity of the beam, the movement and the depth at which it penetrates. The application of short pulsed light beams or steady light beams to the treatment area work to target the outer skin layers. Usually only one or two treatments are needed.
What is recovery like?
Recovery from laser skin resurfacing is fairly simple. When the procedure is completed, a gauze dressing will be applied to the area. You will be given instructions on how to cleanse and moisturize the skin, and how long to wear the gauze dressing. Be prepared to experience some swelling and discomfort for the first couple of days after treatment. After only about a week, you will begin to see your new, vibrant skin emerge.
If you are curious to find out how laser skin resurfacing can assist you in achieving a younger, healthier appearance, please contact us at 913-588-2000 to set up a consultation. Our highly skilled surgeons approach plastic surgery with the most advanced techniques.