With summer approaching, we will all be out and about more. Springtime is the perfect time to start revitalizing your skin after a long, cold, and dry winter- you'll look your best just in time for the summer parties!
Laser resurfacing is one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate your skin without the incisions of a surgical procedure. The precision of the laser allows the surgeon to set the exact depth you need to remove fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, age spots, or other imperfections. Once the damaged skin is removed, younger, healthy skin is exposed and regenerated.
How is Laser Skin Resurfacing Done?
The procedure is usually performed at an outpatient facility. You will be given topical anesthesia and / or sedation, depending on your situation. Once you are ready for the procedure, the laser is passed over the affected areas until the wrinkle or blemish is less visible. The treatment area is then covered with a bandage. It can take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Does it Hurt?
You should not feel any discomfort during the procedure, but there may be some after that that you can take medication to treat.
How Long is Recovery?
You will notice some mild swelling or the formation of crust on the skin for about ten days. The bandages will come off within five to ten days. Your skin might look slightly pink for a few weeks. You can go back to your normal routine after about two weeks. You will need to stay out of the sun for six months, and stay away from strenuous exercise for six weeks.
How Long do the Results Last?
Results will last several years. Your specific results may vary, depending on your situation. Your final results will be visible after the redness from the procedure goes away.
What are the Risks?
Risks include hyperpigmentation, a break out of cold sores, swelling, and infection. The best way to prevent these things from happening is to follow all your post-operative instructions, and to select a Board certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
Board certified surgeons have more safety training and are held accountable to a higher standard than non-certified surgeons. They are up-to-date on the latest techniques and procedures, and are more likely to give you the results you are after. You risk being unsatisfied with your end results as well as developing other issues if you select a less qualified surgeon.