About Laser Skin Resurfacing

in Anti Aging

One of the most popular anti-aging remedies is laser skin resurfacing, which improves the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation, primarily around the eyes and mouth. It can also be used to treat large areas of the face.

Laser skin resurfacing involves the application of laser light to the skin in order to remove fine wrinkles and tighten the skin surface. It is most often used on the skin of the face. The doctor moves the laser precisely over the treatment area. Depending on the depth of the wrinkle, scar or discoloration. The laser penetrates and removes the number of outer skin layers necessary to uncover the layer not affected by imperfections. Once that layer is exposed, healing can begin to rebuild new skin that looks younger and does not have the imperfections.

The purpose of laser skin resurfacing is to use the heat generated by extremely focused light to remove the upper to middle layers of the skin. This procedure eliminates superficial signs of aging and softens the appearance of other lesions such as scars. Upon healing, the surface of the skin has a younger appearance. Microscopic analysis of skin after laser resurfacing shows that the healed surface more closely resembles younger, healthier skin in many aspects.

During the procedure, the patient lies on his or her back on the surgical table, eyes covered to protect them from the laser light. Laser passes are performed over the area being treated, utilizing computer control of the laser for precise results.

Ablative lasers vaporize the skin away. Examples of ablative lasers include The CO2 and Er:YAG. By contrast, non-ablative lasers do not burn off the skin surface. Instead, they target the tissue under the skin and stimulate new collagen growth. There is less downtime with these lasers. Non-ablative lasers require multiple treatments to have an effect. Ablative lasers usually require one treatment to have a significant effect.

Fractionated lasers, such as the Fraxel, target the small areas of skin where damage has occurred, leaving the surrounding skin untouched and better able to participate in the healing process.

Each category of lasers may be best suited for different skin issues. During the consultation, the will help you select the right laser and/or radio frequency device for your particular skin type and problem.

In the weeks before your procedure, your doctor may suggest that you apply special creams, lotions or gels to prepare your skin. You may also be given certain oral medications to take before your treatment such as antiviral, antibacterial and/or anti-yeast medication to prevent complications such as the awakening of a dormant virus. Before the procedure begins, medication is often given to relax the patient and reduce pain. For small areas, local topical (surface-applied) anesthetics are often used to numb the area to be treated. Alternatively, for large areas, nerve block-type anesthesia is used. Some laser surgeons use conscious sedation (twilight anesthesia) alone or in combination with other techniques. The type of anesthesia is based on the laser that is used and the level treatment.

No procedure is risk-free. The risks of laser skin resurfacing include burns and other injuries associated with the laser’s heat, scarring, abnormal pigmentation and infection. In rare cases, dormant viruses such as herpes or infections may be triggered by laser treatment

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