What is Laser Skin Resurfacing? In laser resurfacing, a carbon dioxide laser is used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer. The procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially around the mouth and eyes. It is also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation.
How does laser skin resurfacing work? Laser skin resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. First, the outer layers of damaged skin are stripped away. Then, as new cells form during the healing process, a smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin surface appears.
How should I prepare for Laser Skin Resurfacing? Some patients may need to stop the use of certain drugs and creams several days to weeks before the scheduled treatment. Topical pre-conditioning medications may also be prescribed in an effort to prepare the skin prior to treatment. These types of treatments thin out the skin’s surface layer, allowing the chemical solution to penetrate more deeply and evenly
What should I expect after Laser Skin Resurfacing? Most patients experience some mild swelling and discomfort after laser skin resurfacing. However, this can be controlled with ice packs and mild pain medications. During the healing process it is important not to pick or scratch the treated area as scarring may result. Most patients are free of crusts by about 10 days after treatment. Redness may persist for several weeks.
How do I know if I am a candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing? Call (805) 473-3530 now to schedule you consultation at any one of our four locations around the Central Coast.