Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure which uses a laser device to treat damaged layers of skin to restore a smoother, more youthful appearance. Laser resurfacing can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, facial scars, uneven pigmentation, and brown spots. Some types of lasers are also able to produce a skin tightening effect. The entire face or specific areas may be treated. Lasers are also commonly used to remove tattoos, reduce unwanted hair, and treat certain veins located in the skin.
You may be a candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you are physically healthy and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance of the facial skin or for improving tattoos, unwanted hair or veins. There are a multitude of different lasers available today, each with a different application. The Sciton Erbium laser is commonly used to treat aging skin and to freshen previous facelifts. It has the advantage of quicker healing. The CO2 UltraPulse is used to resurface the skin, while the Starlux®/Fraxel® lasers can tighten the skin and improve fine lines and wrinkles and brown spots. The VersaPulse laser, the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, and the Alexandrite laser all treat vascular and pigmented lesions, tattoos and veins. Lastly, the Con-Bio Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is generally used to remove pigmented lesions and tattoos, while the Epilaser is used for the removal of unwanted hair.
Dr. Manchester performs laser procedures at his clinic in San Diego, California. The laser skin resurfacing procedure is commonly performed with local anesthesia and can take anywhere from just a few minutes when treating very small areas to as much as an hour when treating large or multiple areas. During the procedure, the doctor carefully passes the activated laser back and forth over the skin, removing damaged layers of skin, until a level is reached in which the wrinkle, lesion or other imperfection appears less visible or disappear.
After your laser skin resurfacing procedure, you may experience some discomfort. This is typically mild and can be alleviated with medication. Minor swelling is common, as well as redness. You will be able to return to work after approximately two weeks. Following treatment, you must protect the skin from the sun for at least six months to a year.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure which can improve fine lines and wrinkles, facial scars, brown spots and uneven pigmentation by removing the damaged outer layers of skin using laser energy. Laser resurfacing can restore a smoother and more youthful appearance to the facial skin. Other uses for the laser include the removal of tattoos and unwanted hair as well as the treatment of veins.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for laser skin resurfacing?
If you are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance of aging or damaged facial skin, then laser skin resurfacing may be right for you.
Where is the laser skin resurfacing procedure performed?
Dr. Manchester often performs laser skin resurfacing procedures at his San Diego, California clinic, the Manchester Clinic of Plastic Surgery.
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