Cosmetic Surgery Blog: All About Skin Resurfacing

Pope Plastic Surgery Center - ASPS Member Surgeon

Laser skin resurfacing improves the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, scars and discolored areas of the skin. It can treat problems around the eyes and mouth and can also treat large areas of the face.

Skin resurfacing procedures have grown in popularity according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s because they offer more advantages over procedures that may cause pain, bleeding, bruising and require a shorter recovery time.

In laser skin resurfacing, laser light is used to target problem areas that may be superficial and also for deep layers of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing can treat scars, wrinkles, and discoloration.

Laser Skin Resurfacing may not be appropriate for everyone including people with olive, tanned, or black skin.

Before you undergo Laser Skin Resurfacing, you may need to use special creams or lotions to prepare your skin. You may also need to take antiviral, antibacterial or anti-yeast medication to prevent complications.

Laser Skin Resurfacing can be done as an outpatient surgery in an office or in a hospital with topical or local anesthesia or with intravenous sedation. Treatment time may be as little as a few minutes to as much as a couple of hours, all depending on the skin resurfacing you need. The laser will remove outer skin layers to find the layer that is least affected by problems.

You may require one or more sessions to get the results you desire.

Temporary side effects include swelling and discomfort which can be treated with medication and ice packs.  You should not experience any bleeding. Your skin may develop a crust which must not be picked or you’ll end up getting scarred. After Laser Skin Resurfacing, patients must avoid skin exposure and must apply sun block protection factor that is 30 or higher. Makeup can be worn after two or three weeks.

Contact our office if you are interested in learning more about Laser Skin Resurfacing.

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