Laser Skin Resurfacing is a relatively new procedure that corrects skin irregularities, and can help reduce wrinkles. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and requires no general anesthesia. There are some reports of discomfort during the Laser Skin Resurfacing process, so a light, localized general anesthesia is often administered to help reduce this concern.
How Does It Work?
Laser Skin Resurfacing directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at the patients areas of irregular skin. Laser Skin Resurfacing removes skin precisely, layer by layer. A partial-face lasabrasion takes 30-45 minutes and the full-face treatment takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours. By removing layers of the skin, new skin is allowed to shine through.
Areas of Improvement
Laser Skin Resurfacing can be used to reduce the visibility of skin irregularities, scars, birth markers, moderate acne scars, and some wrinkles. The two types of lasers most commonly used in this process are erbium and carbon dioxide (CO2). Erbium lasers are designed to remove superficial lines and wrinkles from the face, neck, hands and chest. It is ideal for those with darker skin tones. Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are best for those with lighter skin tones, and has been used for years to treat wrinkles, warts, scars, birthmarks, and many other issues of the skin.
How Popular Is It?
Laser Skin Resurfacing is one of the most popular anti-aging remedies on the market today. Hundreds of thousands of procedures are performed every year in the United States, and patients love it because of it’s quick recovery time and glowing results. Laser Skin Resurfacing is only expected to gain even more popularity since being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.)
Risks and Recovery Times
Laser Skin Resurfacing has a fairly quick recovery time, and redness and irritation usually resolve themselves after the new skin begins to grow. Some cosmetic damage can occur if the patient is prone to scarring. Abnormal healing and infection are rare, but possible, and should be discussed with a doctor before electing to undergo the Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment.