Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition, alcohol consumption and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling. Pigmentary changes of the skin, such as blotchiness or brown spots, may also occur with age or as a result of birth control pills, pregnancy or genetic factors. Prior acne may have made the surface of your skin uneven. These problems, as well as certain other skin conditions, may be improved by skin resurfacing. As you consider skin resurfacing, regardless of technique employed, skin resurfacing is a controlled injury to your skin. As your skin heals, the goal is form “good” scar tissue; the risk is forming “bad” scar tissue.
Benefits of Skin Resurfacing:
- Stimulates collagen production.
- Can lift droopy eyelids, eyebrows.
- Erases dark spots.
- Minimizes scars.
- Skin looks younger and fresh.
WHAT IS LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser micro peel, is the removal of the top layers of the skin via focused laser light energy. As it is a controlled peeling it can be allowed to penetrate into deeper layers of skin to provide additional benefits. The main goals of laser skin resurfacing is to make the skin smoother, tighter, and more even in tone, texture, and color.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE:
The best candidates for skin resurfacing. You should be free of any active skin infections, including acne. Those who are unsuited for the procedure include people who take or have taken certain medications and some steroids within the previous 18 months. People who tend to have unusual scarring, such as keloids, are also not considered good candidates for laser resurfacing.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LASER RESURFACING:
Those who can benefit from a skin resurfacing procedure include patients with skin imperfections like wrinkles, loose skin, scars (including acne scars), vascular lesions (like broken capillaries or spider veins), enlarged pores, rough skin texture, dark spots (hyperpigmentation) on the skin, or unwanted tattoos, hair, or birthmarks. Even pre-cancerous lesions on the skin can be effectively removed with laser resurfacing.
Skin resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You will be required to keep the skin moist and to stay out of the sun completely during the healing period, and you may be expected to wear some type of sterile dressing over the treated area. Our doctor will provide instructions for washing the skin. You can expect some swelling, discomfort, and possible crusting and weeping of the skin. Do not pick at the skin, as this can lead to infection and scarring. Over-the-counter medications are often sufficient to manage pain, or you may be given prescriptions for pain medication and/or antibiotics.