WHAT IS LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
The word "laser" is an acronym which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Surgical lasers, such as the CO2 laser produce a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue. These lasers vaporize skin cells by emitting water in the cells. Skin imperfections are rapidly and accurately treated one layer at a time without bleeding while the underlying skin tissue is preserved.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED BY LASER RESURFACING?
The laser is used to reduce tiny wrinkles, acne scars and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne-scarred skin; problems which often cause concern to both men and women.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT?
Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical peel and dermabrasion. The benefits of using this technique are less pain and when compared to dermabrasion, usually a faster recovery time. Many times, it is less costly in the long run.
WHAT RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED?
In most cases, only one treatment is necessary. The initial redness fades to a light pink in a few weeks. Discoloration can be camouflaged with cosmetics, and usually disappears in one to three months. The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance facial appearance. Expectations must be realistic, and results should be anticipated as improvements rather than total corrections.