What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Updated laser technologies have made laser skin resurfacing one of the newest state-of-the-art techniques available in skin care rejuvenation. It is one of the most highly sought after skin care procedures to reduce the signs of aging and correct minor skin imperfections.
When is laser skin resurfacing recommended?
Laser skin resurfacing is recommended for people with fine lines or wrinkles on the face, neck, or hands, or who have minor scars or blemishes. Laser skin resurfacing is recommended for treating many of the following minor imperfections: crow’s feet, laugh lines, acne scars, warts, enlarged oil glands, sun spots, birthmarks, and uneven skin tone.
What types of laser skin resurfacing treatments are available?
All laser skin resurfacing treatments use some form of light beam energy to remove damaged skin cells.
Broad Band Light (BBL) is a non-invasive treatment which uses infrared light energy to gently stimulate the collagen and tighten the skin. This is a subtle laser resurfacing procedure. The most common laser technologies used for cosmetic enhancement are Fractional CO2 lasers and Fractional Erbuim laser therapy. These laser therapies remove the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heat the next layer (dermis) to stimulate collagen growth. The results are improved skin texture and tone and diminished lines and scars. Healing time is minimal. For the most aggressive laser treatment, a patient may want to consider a laser peel. A laser peel provides the most dramatic results with laser therapy but the healing time is longer than with the other laser treatments.
What can I expect from treatment?
Doctors often prescribe a pre-treatment regime to prepare the skin for laser treatment. Details and length vary depending on the person’s skin type and history. Some pre-treatments may last up to 6 weeks. The laser procedure is a day patient procedure and lasts from 30 minutes to two hours. A local anesthetic is used along with an oral sedative if necessary. Post treatment the skin will be dressed and wrapped and a pain medication may be prescribed to manage any pain. Pain, redness, and swelling are common. After the skin peels and heals, it can still take a month or two, sometimes up to a year, for the pinkish hue to fade. Make-up can easily address this. It is important to follow the doctor’s post treatment instructions carefully to ensure optimal results. Laser skin resurfacing results can be dramatic and results can last many years.
Who Should Perform the treatment?
Laser skin resurfacing should be performed only under the care of a physician certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or American Board of Dermatology. The physician should have extensive experience with laser therapy. Ask to see before and after photos of past clients. Ask the surgeon if he or she will be performing the treatment or if some other licensed professional in the office will perform the treatment. Make sure an in-depth personalized consultation is provided prior to treatment and that all questions are satisfactorily answered.