What is laser facial resurfacing?
Laser facial resurfacing is one of the most important uses of lasers in cosmetic dermatology. The outer layers of damaged skin are stripped away. As the skin heals, new cells emerge. Skin surface is now smoother and more evenly pigmented.
What does laser resurfacing do?
This noninvasive procedure improves quality, tone and texture of the skin leaving it more evenly pigmented. It may also be effective for early-stage wrinkles. Laser resurfacing rejuvenates the skin from inside out, which results in younger looking skin with more collagen and elasticity.
Laser versus chemical peel what is more effective?
Light peels with AHA preparation (alpha hydroxy acid) temporary smoothen rough and dry skin and fine wrinkles. However, there is a limit to what AHA treatments can do, while laser facial resurfacing provides deeper level of regeneration and more dramatic results. It actually rebuilds the skin while erasing old sun-damaged tissue.
How long does laser resurfacing treatment take?
These kind of treatments take between 15 and 30 minutes, which is why they are sometimes referred as “lunch-time lasers”.
How is laser skin resurfacing performed?
This treatment can be applied to any facial area with minimal discomfort. This includes area around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Topical anesthetic cream is applied for extra-sensitive areas. The procedure is generally painless. The area may appear red for an hour, but makeup can be applied immediately. For optimal results the treatment needs to be repeated up to six times with 3-4 weeks between the sessions.
What are the risks of laser facial resurfacing treatment?
Non-ablative laser resurfacing appears to be safe for all skin types. In some rare cases scarring may occur.
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