Laser resurfacing is designed to remove the outer, damaged layer of skin to reveal a smoother and younger appearance. Using pulsating beams of light, laser resurfacing effectively removes the outer layer of skin, also known as the epidermis. During this process, the underlying layers of skin are heated to stimulate natural collagen growth. Over time, laser resurfacing will cause the skin to naturally heal to form a smoother and firmer skin surface. Dr. Matthew Malamet—our board-certified plastic surgeon—uses laser resurfacing to improve:
- Skin tone and complexion
- Liver spots
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Small scars
- Non-responsive skin
- Enlarge oil glands of the nose
The Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Laser resurfacing typically begins 6 weeks before the actual procedure. Dr. Malamet generally encourages patients to begin skin treatments 6 weeks prior to the procedure to ensure the very best results. These skin treatments will vary from patient to patient and are fully customized to the individual needs of each patient. On the day of the actual procedure, topical numbing agents will be administered to minimize patient discomfort.
Laser Resurfacing Key Facts:
- Anesthesia: Topical Numbing Agent, Local
- Length of Procedure: 30 Minutes-2 Hours
- Length of Stay: Patients generally return home shortly after the procedure.
- Discomfort: Some minor swelling and discomfort.
- Anticipate: Some minor swelling and redness, but daily activities can be normally be resumed the following day.
- Final Results: You will see immediate results after your first session, but several sessions are required for complete and lasting results. Final results can take up to several weeks to become evident.
- Duration of Results: Lasting.
Laser Resurfacing Results
Immediately following the procedure, it is not uncommon for patients to experience some discomfort as the surface of the face heals. By keeping the head elevated and using ice to minimize swelling, any pain or discomfort can be minimized. The surface of the skin will be sensitive during the healing process, which can last 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the area treated. Patients are encouraged to wait until the surface of the skin is fully healed before using light and oil-free make-up to disguise any temporary redness. Once the area has completely healed, the stimulated collagen growth will produce a more youthful and firm skin appearance.
If you would like to learn more about laser resurfacing and the effects that it can have on creating a more youthful and firm skin appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Malamet. He meets with each patient individually to address any questions or concerns that may come up prior to the actual procedure.