How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing works by using pulsating beams of light to remove the outer layer of damaged skin. The process also stimulates the production of collagen in the layers underneath to help gradually improve the appearance of your skin.
What is the procedure like?
Before the procedure, you’ll meet with the doctor for a consultation and receive instructions. In some cases, you’ll start other skin treatments to prepare you for the procedure. In most cases the procedure will take 30 minutes to 2 hours. A topical numbing agent will be used on the area that is being treated to prevent pain. Most patients can return home a little bit after the treatment. You’ll likely start to see results after the first treatment, but most patients need multiple treatments for best results.
What is recovery like?
You may experience some soreness and swelling after the procedure, but this is normal, so don’t worry. In most cases, patients can resume their normal daily activities shortly after the procedure. To reduce swelling and manage pain, keep your head elevated and use ice packs to ease discomfort. While you wait for your skin to heal, you should avoid using makeup or other substances on your skin. After 1-2 weeks, your skin will begin to heal and have a firmer more youthful appearance.
What kind of results can you expect?
Laser resurfacing can be used to:
- Improve skin tone and complexion
- Reduce the appearance of small scars, fine lines, and wrinkles
- Treat unsightly birthmarks, liver spots and arts,
- Improve the appearance of aged or sun damaged skin.
Overall, laser resurfacing gives your skin a chance to come back healthier, firmer, and smoother. You’ll probably start seeing results a few weeks after your appointment.
To learn more about laser resurfacing and other ways to improve your skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Malamet.