Laser Resurfacing

Definition - What does Laser Resurfacing mean?

Laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses light pulses to remove irregular skin layers. It is used to reduce wrinkles and blemishes or to remove acne scars.

TheConsultation explains Laser Resurfacing

When damaged skin layers are removed, the skin is able to rejuvenate itself more easily since the healing process is triggered. Laser resurfacing targets the outer layers of skin, so it is not suitable for treating stretch marks, which originate in the lower skin layers. However, fine to moderate lines and wrinkles and shallow acne scars can be reduced using this technique. The laser destroys outer skin layers that have been damaged, and allows healthy, unblemished skin to take its place.

CO2 laser resurfacing was the first method to be used in this way. It uses very short pulses of light to vaoprize damaged skin. Patients need about two weeks to recover from the treatment. Erbium laser resurfacing is a newer technique, and most people find that the recovery time is much shorter than it is with CO2 resurfacing. On average, recovery takes a week. For information that relates specifically to your treatment, consult a medical professional who has been trained in laser resurfacing.

Pulsed dye lasers can help with dark skin spots, rosacea, and marks caused by broken capillaries under the skin. IPL lasers are also used for treating these conditions. Fractional lasers are often used to treat blemishes caused by aging.

Laser resurfacing should only be carried out by a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. After the initial consultation, and for a time following the treatment, you are likely to be asked to use an antibiotic and sometimes an antiviral medication to ensure that you don’t develop an infection while your new skin layers heal.

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