Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment used to smooth skin by removing sun damaged skin and creating new collagen and elastin to form. A fractionated laser remove microtunnels of tissue and heats surrounding tissue as well. As the areas heal, new collagen and elastin is created, smoothing skin and wrinkles. It can also help lessen pigmentation from sun damage. Sun-damaged skin of the neck and decolletage can also be resurfaced with this technology.
You could be a candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you’re concerned about:
During your consultation, Dr. Elizabeth and her staff will learn more about what you want to accomplish, explain the procedure to you in detail, and give you all the information you need to decide what’s the best approach for you.
During laser skin resurfacing, precision laser beams target the epidermis and upper dermis of skin in the treated area. The laser precisely removes a pattern of microtunnels of skin at a time, leaving small bridges of intact skin in between the tunnels to facilitate healing. A combination topical and local anesthetic is often used for smaller treatments, and combined with relaxation or IV sedation if the entire face is being treated. The treatment can take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending upon the area being resurfaced.
The skin heals from resurfacing in 3-7 days. During this time, the skin is kept moist to facilitate healing. Your skin may look like a mild sunburn for a few weeks, but this can be covered up with makeup. As the treated area continues to heal, the redness diminishes. You will need to limit your sun exposure for at least 6-12 weeks and should wear sunscreen daily.
After laser resurfacing, skin can be smoother, tighter, and younger looking.