Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a nonsurgical procedure that corrects fine lines, and wrinkles, acne scars and age spots resulting from sun damage and age.
Laser skin resurfacing is an advanced skin rejuvenation treatment that improves fine lines and lightens skin blemishes. This nonsurgical procedure uses laser beams of light and heat to target localized trouble areas on the face. It is most commonly used to correct treat sun damage by stripping injured skin layer-by-layer with controlled precision. This procedure is also referred to as lasabrasion, laser vaporization, or laser peeling.
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 45 minutes. A full-face treatment, or larger areas of skin, can take up to 2 hours. Multiple sessions are sometimes needed to attain the desired results.
DURING – AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Some mild swelling will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It is common for the face to have crust and scaling as it heals. The treated area may appear red or pink for several weeks. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of weeks. Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy, yet sensitive, skin. It’s advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
The cost for laser skin resurfacing varies according to the technology used and the number and size of areas treated. The average cost can range between $300 – $3,000. Factors included are medications (including anesthesia if needed), practitioner’s fee and machine use costs.
LASER SKIN RESURFACING FAQS
CAN IT DAMAGE YOUR SKIN?
This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and long-lasting.
While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments.