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What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Posted by Dr. Robert Levine

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure designed to reduce the signs of aging. It can roll back the years starkly, leaving you fresh-faced and confident. 

Depending on your needs, your doctor will recommend a different kind of treatment. If you’re worried about fine lines, wrinkles, scars, or warts, your doctor may recommend ablative laser treatment or one that removes the top layers of skin. Non-ablative lasers, or lasers that don’t remove any skin layers, are used for conditions like rosacea and spider veins. 

Who is a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a number of different conditions. Here are just a few:

  • signs of aging like sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • warts and scars
  • severe acne
  • age spots and other skin discoloration

What can I expect from laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing targets the top layers of your skin, all the while penetrating deep into the dermis and helping promote collagen production. This new collagen makes your skin look smoother, more even in color, and younger.

At the beginning of the procedure, you’ll be treated with a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort and keep you comfortable. Sometimes, if the area being treated is large, you may be given painkillers or a sedative.

Once your skin is cleansed, the doctor will begin the procedure, carefully moving the laser across the treatment area. Then, the doctor will dress the treatment area, and you can go home the same day.

Depending on the treatment and how deep the lasers penetrate, healing can take 1 to 3 weeks. During the recovery period, your skin will be bright red and may scab or peel. To reduce discomfort and swelling, use ice packs, and follow any instructions given to you by your dermatologist.

What are the results of laser skin resurfacing?

Depending on your treatment, you may or may not need multiple sessions to achieve results. With ablative lasers that remove those top layers of skin, you may see your concerns corrected in just one session, while non-ablative laser solutions may take several sessions. Side effects tend to be minimal, but you can reduce the risks by following your dermatologist’s pre and post-care instructions carefully.

If you’re wondering whether or not you would be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing, reach out to your dermatologist. The skilled professionals here at Advanced Dermatology would be happy to talk to you about your specific needs and formulate a treatment plan that works for you. To get started, call us at 855-793-2868 for a chat with our cosmetic concierge.

 

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