Laser Resurfacing of Skin

Laser therapy has revolutionized the field of cosmetic surgery. Lasers available today are safer, more effective and produce excellent results. In the past, lasers have been used to treat numerous skin disorders including wrinkles, skin irregularities, unwanted hair, sun damaged skin, spider veins, pigmented spots, liver spots and other types of skin lesions.

Today the new ablative lasers are frequently used to resurface the skin. The other techniques of skin resurfacing such as chemical peels or dermabrasion are not as effective as laser. The new ablative lasers have been designed to remove the damaged skin and stimulate the synthesis of newer, fresher and smoother skin.

Most individuals who undergo laser resurfacing are happy with their new pleasant and fresh appearance. The procedure is also known an anti aging procedure because it removes the older sun damaged skin and replaces it with new fresh skin.

Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat any number of skin conditions including:

- sun damaged skin

- wrinkled skin

- acne scars

- skin discoloration

- scratches

- uneven skin color

- liver spots

Laser resurfacing is most effective in the following areas:

- Around the mouth

- Upper lip

- Between the eyes

- Forehead

Of all the conditions listed above, the ablative lasers are most effective at reducing wrinkles. Besides erasing the wrinkles, the laser also tightens the skin. Most individuals who undergo laser resurfacing claim that they look at least 1-2 decades younger.

Laser Limitations

While laser has been touted as a panacea for many skin disorders, it has limitations. It can not remove deep wrinkles or sagging skin. Laser is also less beneficial around the nose. In addition, laser can be very harsh on thin skin and scarring and pigmentation can occur. Further, the effects of laser are not permanent and regular treatments are required in future to maintain the youthful look.

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