Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure used to enhance the skin, creating a smooth, more youthful appearance.
Using a laser, the outer skin layers that have suffered sun damage, natural aging and pigmentation issues are ablated or destroyed. This destruction of older layers on the skin causes the body to generate a new layer of fresh skin cells, unaffected by previous conditions.
Some common reasons why patients undergo this procedure include:
- Correcting pigmentation
- Effectively treating scars from acne, birthmarks, moles or tattoos
- Improving sun-damaged skin
- Reducing or removing facial wrinkles, creases and lines
- Tightening the skin that has lost elasticity due to aging.
Laser skin resurfacing allows new collagen fibers to grow as well.
To begin the process, the face is cleansed of oils to prepare for the laser part of the procedure. And an antibiotic ointment is then applied.
A laser is then used to eliminate various layers of skin in a controlled manner until the appropriate depth of skin is met. It can be performed with or without sedation or local anesthetic.
To speed up the recovery time, plenty of rest and limited movement is necessary. Immediately following the procedure, an antibiotic cream and bandages are applied to minimize welling and control the risk of infection.
Some pain is to be expected and can include redness or facial oozing. Any pain that is felt can be treated with oral medication. Total recovery time varies patient to patient and be also be affected by the extent of the procedure and number of times it is performed.
Learn more about laser skin resurfacing or schedule a consultation with Dr. Lett of TheLettCenter today.