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Is laser skin resurfacing right for me?

  • Laser skin resurfacing provides People with relief from damaged skin. Treatment may be performed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and abnormal pigmentations. If your face displays tell-tale signs of age, and you would like to correct these or other skin imperfections, a laser skin resurfacing procedure may be right for you.

  • Your physician will analyze your individual case to determine if laser skin resurfacing is right for you. People with darker skin tones may be at risk of unwanted pigmentation changes. Those taking Accutane and certain other medications may also be at a higher risk of experiencing side effects. People who have active skin infections or who are prone to keloid scarring may not be good candidates for the procedures. An experienced physician can help you determine if you are a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing or if other laser skin treatments are better suited for your needs.

What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?

  • The benefits of laser skin resurfacing include the advanced treatment of fine lines and wrinkles and a correction of scars and skin irregularities. Treatment areas include “crow’s feet” at the edges of the eyes, lines around the mouth, and deep lines that run from the nose to the corner of the mouth (the nasolabial fold). Laser skin resurfacing treatments may also reduce or eliminate the appearance of acne scars, uneven pigmentation, and many other skin imperfections. By removing damaged skin and exposing that which is softer and younger looking, laser skin resurfacing treatments have been found to be an effective method of reversing tell-tale signs of age and other forms of skin damage.

What type of laser is used during resurfacing procedures?

  • Laser skin resurfacing treatments are performed with TriMatrixx 2940 nm wavelength. These lasers vary in their strength and treatment usages. The TriMatrixx laser provides a more powerful treatment and is therefore used to treat lines and wrinkles that are deeper and more pronounced. It is also used to treat more moderate lines and wrinkles and has the added benefit of resulting in a shorter recovery period.

Is laser skin resurfacing an outpatient procedure?

  • Yes, laser skin resurfacing treatments can be conveniently performed as an outpatient procedure at a hospital, or at a surgeon’s office-based facility.

Will I be awake during laser skin resurfacing?

  • Yes, many laser skin resurfacing treatments can be performed with a local anesthetic (an injection at the treatment site). An oral sedative may also be used to help you relax during the procedure. For more extensive laser skin resurfacing treatments, your doctor may decide whether intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is best.

Are there any long-term risks associated with laser skin resurfacing?

  • With a qualified Doctor, laser skin resurfacing treatments are a safe and effective way to correct fine lines, wrinkles, and other forms of skin damage. With that in mind, it is important to remember that all procedures carry with them some risk. The risk of laser skin resurfacing complications is minimal, generally occurring infrequently. However, the procedure has the possibility of resulting in heat injury, activation of cold sores, lightening or darkening of the skin, and, rarely, scarring or infection. Your Doctor will fully discuss the risks associated with laser skin resurfacing with you before performing the procedure.

When will I be able to return to normal activities?

  • Recovery time after laser skin treatments varies. Much of the variation can be attributed to the type of treatment that was done. For some treatment, the recovery time is typically two weeks. After laser skin resurfacing for the treatment of more superficial lines and wrinkles, a shorter recovery period of about one week is typically required. Some laser treatments require a recovery period of only a few days. That being said, the time it takes each person to recover from laser skin resurfacing and return to normal activities varies. The length of laser skin resurfacing recovery depends heavily upon the general health and lifestyle of the person, and simply the speed at which their body heals.

What are the temporary side-effects of laser skin resurfacing treatment?

  • After laser skin resurfacing, people typically experience reddening of the skin for few days. Other temporary side effects depend largely on the extent of treatment. Laser skin resurfacing treatments can sometimes result in temporary swelling and discomfort. However, your Doctor can help you move through this phase of treatment as comfortably as possible by prescribing the proper pain medications. Laser skin resurfacing may also result in the formation of crusting on the skin. This typically clears in about 10 days. As the temporary side-effects of laser skin resurfacing treatments subside, people begin to see the procedure’s amazing results, younger-looking skin.

Is recovery painful?

  • While people can expect some swelling and discomfort during their laser skin resurfacing recovery, the pain can be easily managed. This is done through pain medication, ice packs used to reduce swelling, and wraps for treated skin, as well as other methods of making your recovery as comfortable and beneficial as possible.