What is Laser Resurfacing?

by DrBanthia on July 31, 2012

Sometimes referred to as a “laser facelift,” laser resurfacing is a technique that is used on certain areas of the face such as the forehead, eyes, mouth, or even the entire facial area.  The benefit of laser resurfacing is that the treatment can be controlled with laser technology, specifically targeting trouble areas including age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and other scars.  The laser resurfacing technique has a lot in common with other non-surgical cosmetic techniques like dermabrasion and chemical skin peels. Laser resurfacing procedures also work to firm the collagen matrix that exists below the surface skin to provide a greater aesthetic enhancement.  The main advantage with the technology used at Reviance® is that their lasers can precisely target the exact depths within the skin – this represents a huge advantage over chemical peels and dermabrasion as the depth of treatment cannot be precisely controlled.

There are a number of other benefits associated with laser resurfacing. The procedure does not involve incisions and there is often no blood loss or scarring. Patients are able to have this procedure completed in little time without a long period of recovery.  Also, laser resurfacing can be done without general anesthesia.

The ideal candidates for the treatment are those who have consulted a cosmetic surgeon to determine if this procedure will best fulfill their aesthetic goals.  People with fair, non-oily, healthy, light pigmented skin are also considered good candidates.  A person with dark pigmented skin or those with sensitive, acne prone, or infection prone skin may not be optimal candidates for laser resurfacing.  Potential patients should disclose all their medical history to their potential plastic surgeon to make sure there is no prior history that would prevent them from having this procedure.

As with all medical procedures, there are some risks and possible complications associated with laser resurfacing. For the first week or so after the treatment, a patient’s skin may be sensitive and slightly red. A patient may experience some minor discomfort, but this typically resolves in 1-3 days for most patients.

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