What to Expect from Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure

RESURFACEYour skin slowly loses the ability to create new collagen cells as you age, making it more difficult for your skin to bounce back and maintain a youthful appearance. Fortunately, there are several non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures available to improve the condition of your skin. Consider this overview on what to expect from a laser skin resurfacing procedure to learn more.


What is Laser Resurfacing?

Also known as lasabrasion or laser vaporization, laser resurfacing treatments use short, concentrated pulsating beams of laser light to remove the outer layer of skin while simultaneously heating the epidermis to promote the growth of new collagen fibers.


Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing treatments should be at least 18 years of age and in good general health with realistic expectations regarding the results. Candidates are typically those individuals who are suffering from:
Fine lines or wrinkles.
Sun-damaged or aged skin.
Liver spots.
Warts or birthmarks.
Acne or chickenpox scars.
Enlarged oil glands along the nose.
Yellowish or grayish skin tones.

In some cases, laser skin resurfacing treatments may also be ideal for individuals who have non-responsive skin following a facelift.Procedure Steps

After cleansing your skin and applying a local anesthetic, your plastic surgeon will use either a CO2 or erbium laser to deliver short bursts of ultra-pulsed light to the problematic areas of your skin. Treatments may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending on your specific needs. Once the procedure is complete, your plastic surgeon will apply a topical treatment and specialized dressings to expedite the healing process. While some patients may experience minor discomfort or a reddening of the skin following the treatment, most patients find that they see results almost immediately. In addition, the condition of your skin should continue to improve for up to a year following the treatment.