Before lasers came into their own for various skin treatments, there was dermabrasion. In dermabrasion, circulating diamond-tipped abrasive brushes sanded off the surface layers of the skin. This aggressive procedure required a lengthy and fairly painful recovery. But laser skin resurfacing has made dermabrasion a thing of the past Dr. Malamet uses laser resurfacing to remove old, damaged skin and encourage the growth of new, younger looking skin to replace it. While this is still an aggressive procedure, the recovery time is much easier and of a shorter duration.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Dr. Malamet uses a CO2 laser for resurfacing. In the procedure, continuous light beams are delivered in a scanning pattern across the treatment area. This removes the outer layer of the skin with only minimal heat damage. Before the procedure, patients receive a topical anesthetic to alleviate any pain involved with the treatment.
What does laser resurfacing address?
Dr. Malamet uses his CO2 laser to improve these skin issues:
- Skin tone and complexion
- Acne scars
- Liver spots
- Sun-damaged skin
- Small scars
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Immediately following your procedure, there will be some discomfort as the exposed new skin begins to heal. Keeping your head elevated and using ice will minimize swelling. Pain is manageable with over-the-counter medication. The surface skin will crust over and then become very pink. This skin is very sensitive, so it can’t have any sun exposure for a few weeks. Makeup needs to wait until the surface is healed in a week or two. In addition to the new skin the body will build, skin free of most sun damage and acne scarring, the body will produce new collagen, which will make the skin firmer.
Interested in laser resurfacing? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 to make an appointment or with any questions.