Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to improve the overall appearance of Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic surgical procedure the skin. It is commonly used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles around areas such as the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Laser skin resurfacing helps to improve the overall texture of skin and to remove blemishes, including acne scars and the appearance of sun damaged skin. The procedure may be performed on its own or it may be used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts or eyelid surgeries.
By removing the top layer of the skin the laser skin resurfacing procedure helps remove blemishes and fine wrinkles. The more youthful and attractive skin beneath is exposed by removing the top layer. The procedure is typically used to remove wrinkles and blemishes found on the face.The most common approach to this procedure is for removing Acne, Deep laugh lines, Frown creases, Lines and wrinkles around the mouth and other Injury or surgical scars.
A local anesthetic may be used for the treatment and your eyes must be protected with specially designed goggles. In order to complete the procedure, a laser beam is used to vaporize the top layers of the skin. With these layers removed, the skin is able to regenerate in a smoother manner. As a result, the skin appears softer and contains fewer wrinkles. Although there is some discomfort associated with the procedure, most patients feel it is quite tolerable. In addition, depending upon the size of the area being treated, the procedure may take only a few seconds to complete. When covering a large area, however, it can take a couple of hours to complete a laser skin resurfacing procedure.
Laser skin resurfacing can leave skin blisters or burns which can lead to mild scarring and changes in skin color or pigment. If used around the eyes, it can also lead to eyelid swelling- though this is temporary. Some people can experience permanent scarring. Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat birthmarks, which should fade as a result of treatment but may not disappear altogether.
In all cases, the side effects are temporary. In addition, redness and altered skin pigmentation can be easily covered up with the help of makeup.
The skin care regime in the week following the procedure is demanding and it is extremely important that it is adhered to rigidly. The regime will consist of rigorous cleansing of the skin every 2-3 hours initially and thorough moisturizing using prescribed products. The skin will remain red for approximately 6 months post treatment and must be protected from the sun for a year.