An overview of Laser Facial Resurfacing

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Procedure: Smooths the face and smooth fine wrinkles using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser device that treats layers of damaged skin. Softens lines around the eyes and mouth and minimizes facial scars and unevenly pigmented areas. 
Length:  A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session. 
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general. 
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient, unless combined with other surgical procedures that require hospitalization. 
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, discomfort. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sun sensitivity. Increased sensitivity to makeup. Pinkness or redness in skin that may persist for up to 6 months. 
Risks: Burns or injuries caused by laser heat. Scarring. Abnormal changes in skin color. Flare-up of viral infections (???cold sores???) and other infections (rare). 
Recovery: 2 weeks: Back to work
                4 to 6 weeks: Strenuous activities
                6 months: Complete fading of redness. Sun exposure must be limited for several months
Duration of Results: Variable – new wrinkles may form as skin ages. 


1 Comment

  1. Medical Spa MD

    10th July 2011 at 6:45 PM

    The technology is changing all of the time and there are now treatments that offer much less ablation and zero or almost zero downtime.

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