Laser skin resurfacing is fast becoming a highly wanted procedure by many individuals. Today, laser resurfacing is used to treat:
- sun damaged skin
- traumatic scars
- acne scars
- skin discolorations
- fine lines
- aging spots
- solar spots
The laser acts by removing the most superficial layers of the damaged skin and stimulating the growth of new fresh looking skin. The new skin which grows is younger looking and smoother. There are a variety of lasers which are currently used for skin resurfacing.
The erbium laser is used to erase the fine lines and remove the superficial layers of the skin. The CO2 laser is more powerful and used to treat deeper layers of the skin and wrinkles
Both lasers can be used to treat skin at various depths depending on the goals desired and the type of lesion
During each laser treatment the superficial layer of the skin is heated and removed.
All individuals do feel a sensation of heat or a sharp prick during the treatments.
After 3-4 days, most individuals see the new and healthy vibrant skin underneath.
It is clamed that the laser stimulates new collagen synthesis which eventually elevates the skin and fills out the fine lines and creases. This collagen synthesis continues for up to 4-6 weeks
The majority of individuals require 2-3 laser sessions spaced over 4-8 weeks
Laser resurfacing is not for the younger individuals. Individuals below the age of 40 usually do not have fine lines or wrinkles. It is the individuals who are in their 4th-6th decade of life who are best served with laser resurfacing
With the erbium laser most individuals who under go superficial skin resurfacing have a fast recovery. It is also known as the weekend laser. However, for those who undergo a deep full facial resurfacing, the downtime may be at least a couple of weeks
Recovery after the C02 laser is typically at least 2-3 weeks. Swelling, bruising and redness are common after the CO2 laser.
Most individuals who undergo laser resurfacing are satisfied with the results.