Laser Skin Resurfacing
Why Choose Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, sun damage and/or acne scarring may be good candidates for laser skin resurfacing. As with all forms of cosmetic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are essential. Patients must understand that the goal of laser skin resurfacing is to improve the skin appearance as much as possible rather than produce perfect skin. During your consultation, Dr. Donath will consider such factors as skin type and color, ethnicity, age and medical history in order to determine if laser skin resurfacing is right for you.
Local anesthesia and sedation may be used for the laser skin resurfacing procedure. During treatment the laser device is passed over the skin, allowing the high energy, amplified light waves to vaporize the top layer of skin. Depending on the number and size of areas being treated, the procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour to complete. More than one session may be required.
Laser Treatment Recovery
After treatment, patients can expect some redness, swelling and crusting of the treated skin. The new skin will emerge within one to two weeks after treatment and will appear pink and free of many wrinkles. Redness will fade within about three to four weeks. It may be necessary to follow a soft diet for a period of time, and the treated skin will need to be protected against extremes in temperature and sun exposure. Most patients find that they can return to work and most other normal activities within about two weeks after undergoing laser skin resurfacing.
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