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Laser Skin Resurfacing
As we age, the effects of sun damage and environmental pollutants take their toll on our skin, causing it to wrinkle, develop sun spots and look tired. A skin resurfacing procedure can reverse these effects and restore a healthy look to the skin.
There are two approaches to resurfacing: full field, and fractional.
In full field resurfacing, the entire surface area of the skin is treated. A laser beam is scanned across the treatment area and precisely removes a layer of skin. The body will naturally replace the old, damaged skin that was removed, with a fresh, healthy layer. The laser beam will remove the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. It simultaneously heats the underlying skin, called the dermis. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer. Treatments can range from shallow (which might be appropriate for eliminating fine lines, sun spots and tired-looking skin) to deep (which is often used to improve skin tone/texture and eliminate deep wrinkles, even in difficult areas like upper lip lines and crow’s feet).
In fractional resurfacing, the laser removes pinpoint columns of skin, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This approach allows the laser to controllably ablate and coagulate tissue to variable depth, while the surrounding intact tissue promotes rapid healing.
What conditions can be treated?
- Skin laxity
- Solar lentigines (Sun spots)
- Acne scars
- Hypertrophic scars
- Surgical scars
What areas can be treated?
Most skin areas can be treated. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and hands.
What should you expect?
Your provider will discuss the anesthesia options with you. Most commonly a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin for about 30 to 45 minutes prior to the procedure. Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or goggles. The laser beam will be delivered through a computer controlled device that automatically scans the area of your skin being treated. You will hear a snapping or popping noise. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the size of the area to be treated and the depth of your peel.
How long will it take to recover?
Your healing time will depend upon your actual treatment depth. You will experience some redness which usually lasts several days but may last up to several weeks. Healing time varies among individuals.
What is the aftercare?
It is important to follow your physician’s instructions. You will be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. This will minimize your risk of infection and ensure the shortest healing time. The top layer of your skin will re-grow and can be covered with makeup in about 3 days to 1 week depending on the depth of the of your peel.
Your new skin will be very sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid sun exposure until fully healed.You need to cover your skin, wear a hat, and use a good sunscreen if you go outdoors for at least 2 weeks.