Laser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical treatment for wrinkles, sun damage, and other concerns. Laser resurfacing works by removing the damaged layers of skin. Using a laser to rejuvenate your skin also increases the amount of collagen to make it firmer and more youthful. Although this type of skin rejuvenating treatment may seem to only benefit older patients, it is also effective in patients who have certain types of skin damage, such as acne scars.
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
Resurfacing with a laser works by producing tiny holes in your skin. Also known as a laser facelift, the treatment helps encourage collagen production and remove damaged cells. You see some results right after a resurfacing laser session, and your skin continues to improve as more collagen is made by your body. Learn more about our rejuvenating skin treatment with lasers by scheduling a consultation at Orange County Plastic Surgery.
What Can Be Treated With Laser Skin Resurfacing?
One of the many benefits of a laser facial is that it can be used for a variety of aesthetic problems. You may want to consider laser facial rejuvenation if you want to:
- Treat brown spots
- Reduce pore size on your face
- Reduce acne scars and blemishes
- Soften wrinkles and fine lines
- Even out skin tone and texture
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Help With Acne?
For people who have chronic acne, laser skin resurfacing helps with scar removal. Acne scar removal with lasers works by removing the existing scar tissue. Like laser treatments for face wrinkles, the treatment also stimulates collagen production. This allows your body to form a scar that more closely matches the surrounding skin, making the scar less obvious.
If you are considering scar treatment with laser resurfacing, please note that the treatment does not eliminate your scar. Instead, laser skin resurfacing for acne scars is intended to camouflage the scar. We explain what to expect from your acne scars laser resurfacing during your consultation.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Laser Resurfacing?
As with all cosmetic procedures, laser resurfacing has benefits and drawbacks.
Pros Of Laser Resurfacing
Some of the pros of laser facial resurfacing include:
- Smooths and tightens your skin
- Helps with brown spots, wrinkles, acne scars, dull complexion, sun damage, and more
- Long-lasting results
Cons Of Laser Resurfacing
Some of the cons of laser rejuvenation for your face are:
- May cause permanent changes to skin pigment
- Requires some downtime and recovery
- Although rare, scarring is possible
Which Type Of Laser Resurfacing Is Best?
There are two types of technology that are used for laser peel treatments. For scars, wrinkles, and other types of skin abnormalities, carbon dioxide (CO) lasers are most effective. You may hear about fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. This describes a cosmetic laser system that divides the light energy into tiny beams that treat an isolated part of the skin.
Erbium is the second type of cosmetic laser therapy that is used for resurfacing. It is most often used for more superficial lines and wrinkles. It can be used on the neck, hands, face, and chest, and erbium lasers are believed to have fewer side effects than CO lasers. If you are considering surgery or laser treatments, we will recommend the best option for your needs.
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ
CO2 laser resurfacing is a relatively quick and comfortable treatment that takes 30 to 60 minutes. Your skin is thoroughly cleaned, and a special handpiece is placed against your skin. The laser energy is administered in short bursts. If you experience any discomfort during your CO2 laser treatment, we can use a numbing agent to help you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Your skin feels warm and looks a little red immediately after your laser skin resurfacing treatment. You may also notice that it is more sensitive to sunlight. You will need to use special skin care products to promote proper healing, and we will recommend the best type of moisturizer to use after your CO2 laser treatment. The first stage of recovery for CO2 laser resurfacing lasts up to 10 days. You may notice some swelling, and your skin may develop small scabs. It may also feel itchy and irritated.
These are all normal symptoms that occur during CO2 laser recovery. You can apply ice packs or cold compresses gently to your skin. We recommend that you sleep with your head elevated. You will see a gradual improvement in your skin over the first month, and full results of laser treatments can take up to six months.
Laser skin resurfacing results vary, and how long it takes to see results from laser resurfacing depends on the extent of damage that the treatment is intended to correct. You will first notice that the treatment improves your skin texture to a smoother surface.
Fine lines and wrinkles gradually soften as new collagen is produced. Use high-quality sunscreen when you are outdoors, and we recommend that you use professional skin care products. By taking these steps, you can enjoy the results of your laser skin resurfacing for many years.
Post Operational Instructions
After undergoing plastic surgery, following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon is crucial for optimal healing and recovery. These instructions may include caring for the surgical site, managing pain, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to keep the surgical area clean, take prescribed medications as directed, rest and avoid strenuous activities, and adhere to a balanced diet while staying hydrated.
Attending follow-up appointments will allow your surgeon to monitor your progress and provide further guidance, ensuring a successful outcome from your plastic surgery procedure.