Laser skin resurfacing is a laser procedure that involves peeling off the top layers of skin. Our offices use the newer Mixto CO2 technology which allows for safe treatment of different depths, depending on the condition being treated. This laser is used to improve lines and wrinkles, brown spots, scars and acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin and enlarged oil glands, as well as helping to build the collagen content of the skin. In some cases, the laser can treat precancerous lesions. It is a great way to improve the quality and texture of your skin and take years off of your appearance.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LASER SKIN RESURFACING
In the past, treatments were limited to light skin types only. The laser technology has improved greatly and we can now safely taper the treatments according the each individual patients skin issues and color.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME WITH LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
You generally will be red and swollen for about a week but this may last for longer duration depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Our patients usually return to work and activities after 5-7 days without problems.
WHAT IS THE LASER SKIN RESURFACING TREATMENT LIKE?
You will be numbed with a topical numbing medication for about 30 minutes prior to the treatment. You may still feel some discomfort, but this is generally tolerated very well, even in those with a low pain threshold. The actual treatment will take about 15-30 minutes, after which time we will have you ice for a few minutes before leaving. You will be sent home with a written set of instructions for post treatment care.
How Long do Results from Laser Skin Resurfacing Last?
After just one session, you can expect to notice significant improvements in your skin's tone and texture. If you have more severe scarring, sun damage, or signs of aging, you may benefit from a second treatment. In just one or two sessions, you can expect to enjoy results that last for at least a few years. To prolong the benefits of tissue regeneration and collagen remodeling, we suggest wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis. It is necessary to avoid unnecessary sun exposure if you want to maintain your skin through its natural aging process. Because our laser device is so gentle, you may schedule additional resurfacing treatments periodically to continue stimulating youthful tissue behavior.
Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Hurt?
Laser skin resurfacing can be slightly uncomfortable. To offset this, we apply a topical numbing cream to your skin and leave it on for half an hour before beginning your treatment. The anesthetic will not completely numb your skin but it will achieve a nice level of desensitization that allows you to tolerate your laser resurfacing well. This is a benefit of fractional skin resurfacing, that it can acheive remarkable results without complete obliteration of multiple layers of tissue. After your procedure, we will apply ice to your skin to soothe the accumulation of thermal energy.
What Shouldn't You Do After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Your doctor will provide you with clearly-detailed aftercare instructions that will help you heal optimally after laser skin resurfacing. If you follow these instructions with care, you can expect to recover without unnecessary stress. To support the tissue healing process, you should avoid sun exposure, excessive heat, and harsh chemical skincare products. Your aftercare instructions will discuss the best ways to moisturize your skin in the week or so after your appointment, when moisture is the most necessary.
How Can I Heal Faster After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Your skin will heal nicely after your laser resurfacing procedure if you cleanse the area using gentle products and apply moisturizer up to several times a day. Your doctor will discuss the best products or ingredients for your skin prior to your laser treatment. It is advantageous to have the necessary moisturizer and cleanser on hand before the day of your appointment. It may also help your skin heal more quickly if you drink plenty of water both before and after your laser treatment. This can enable your skin to draw from sufficient water in the body as it engages in its regenerative processes.
How Do You Sleep After Getting Skin Resurfacing?
After getting laser skin resurfacing, it is helpful to sleep and rest in an elevated position. You might find it comfortable to sleep in a recliner with a thin pillow or soft towel rolled behind your neck for support. You might sleep on a wedge pillow or simply stack a few pillows beneath your head and neck. After a few days, you may be able to go back to your normal sleeping position, provided that it is comfortable for your skin.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED WITH LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
Any medical laser treatment has risks involved, including burns, scars, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, and inadequate results. Occasionally, patients can develop an infection or an acne flare from the treatment, which can be managed with medications. It is very rare for any of these issues to occur with the newer laser technology available. The laser we use has both great safety efficacy and patient satisfaction.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Typically only one session is needed to obtain the desired results. With deeper scars or wrinkles you may require two treatments. This does not stop the aging process, so you may need another treatment 5-10 years down the road to keep the results up.