Description

A laser device is used to remove damaged or wrinkled skin, layer by layer; most commonly used to reduce fine lines around the mouth, eyes and facial scars. This procedure is also effective in treating areas of uneven pigmentation.

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Length

A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session.

Side Effects

Temporary, mild swelling and discomfort. Acute sun sensitivity. Increased sensitivity to makeup. Lightening of treated skin. Pinkness or redness may last up to 6 months.

Recovery

Return to work: about 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks. Complete fading of redness: 6 months or less. Return of pigmentation/ light sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Risks

Burns or other injuries caused by heat. Scarring. Abnormal changes in skin color. Flare-up of viral infections.

Results

Long-lasting, but does not stop new signs of aging.

Technology

The laser emits a beam of high intensive, light energy that vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin. Laser skin resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or in specific regions. Some patients with dark or olive skin, allergies, previous burns, a history of poor scar formation, radiation exposure, or episodes of cold sores around the mouth may not be able to undergo laser skin resurfacing

Patient Status

Outpatient -

Anesthesia

Local
Local with Sedation

 

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