Skin laser resurfacing is one of the most effective therapies available for wrinkle reduction. It is an aggressive method of resurfacing where water in the skin is heated by the laser causing controlled injury to the tissue. The laser beam used in resurfacing will remove the outer layer of skin and simultaneously heat the underlying skin. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen and the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer. The benefits achieved by skin laser resurfacing include the reduction of the following:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Age related sun damage
- Uneven skin tone
- Skin laxity
- Pore size
- Some benign growths on the skin
What to expect:
Skin laser resurfacing is a single treatment solution and it is performed in office. Before your treatment you will be prescribed medications to take pre and post procedure to reduce risk of infection. On the day of the procedure, we will apply topical numbing medication to reduce discomfort. We ask that you have someone to drive you home after the procedure so we can provide a sedative medication. After your treatment, we will apply a healing makeup mask for you to wear 3 days post procedure. The down time is generally 7-10 days, but some redness may be present for several weeks. Most patients describe a mild burning and tingling post procedure. Laser resurfacing results will be immediate in some cases but will continue to improve over a 6 month period as new collagen forms.
Who is a candidate for laser resurfacing?
- Thickened, sun-damaged skin with numerous fine wrinkles
- Wrinkling around eyes, skin laxity in your lower eye area
- Vertical wrinkles around the mouth
- Blotchy, uneven skin tone with brown spots
- Scarring at the surface of the skin
- Certain precancerous skin growths