What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

This is done regularly and is very popular with customers. These are very safe, convenient and effective procedures that can lessen the signs of sun damage, aging, some skin problems on the face, and age spots. The cost is often much lower than other facial procedures. In laser skin rejuvenation procedures, the damaged areas of skin are removed so that collagen is regenerated and the skin is healthier and younger-appearing.

What is it?

This is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other skin imperfections by dissolving the molecular bonds between area of damaged skin and areas of normal skin. The skin looks normalized and uniform. It is also known as laser skin rejuvenation or a “laser peel” due to the fact that it gets rid of the damaged surface of the skin.

Who is a Candidate?

This procedure is good for those who have areas of skin discoloration, sun damaged areas, wrinkles, marks from acne and other skin imperfections. If you have a lot of scarring, you need to have the scars revised another way before having laser skin resurfacing. You need to be realistic about what to expect from the procedure.

How much does it Cost?

There are a lot of things to consider when determining the cost of the laser resurfacing procedure. The surgeon will charge a fee, the anesthesia will cost something and the facility will charge a fee. There will be preoperative and postoperative care costs. Talk to your doctor about the overall cost of the procedure in your situation.

CO2 Lasers

This is a very high intensity laser procedure. It smooths and tightens the upper layers of the skin and it tightens the bands of collagen in the deeper skin layers. It can get rid of the appearance of almost any birthmark, mole, wrinkle, scar or wart. It can treat early skin cancer, depending on the type.

Erbium Lasers

This type of laser is better for those who have dark skin because it doesn’t lighten the skin. It is less intense than a CO2 laser and they are good for minor wrinkles and superficial discoloration.

What is the laser skin resurfacing like?

You can do this on an outpatient basis using topical local anesthesia to the face.

Pros and Cons of Laser Skin Resurfacing

There are a lot of benefits to this procedure and you may look much better after having the procedure. It is possible that you can get an infection or scarring from the procedure but this is not common. Your skin may look much younger with fewer wrinkles, fewer fine lines and a smoother look to your coloration.

Results and Recovery Time

The time to recovery from this procedure depends on the type of laser done and on how much of the face is done. If you have a great deal of deep work done, you will have the best results in the end, but the recovery time will often be longer. Gentler laser treatments have little to no recovery time but yield lesser results.