Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses lasers to create a new, smooth skin appearance. The laser can be either non-ablative, such as Laser Genesis or theLimelight Facial, or it can be ablative, like the Pearl. The ablative laser will create a controlled destruction of the outer layers of skin which have been damaged by age, sun, acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation problems or spots. The destruction of the older layers of skin prompts the body to generate a new layer of skin cells which are unaffected by the previous skin condition. Some lasers may be inappropriate for darker skin complexions. Dr. Vasisht will help determine which laser is right for you.
Reasons for considering laser skin resurfacing:
- Reduce or remove facial wrinkles, creases, and lines.
- Improve sun-damaged skin.
- Correct pigmentation problems and spots.
- Effectively treat scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos.
- Tighten skin that has lost elasticity due to aging.
First, the face is cleansed of oils in order to prepare for the laser procedure, and an antibiotic ointment is applied. The laser is then used to treat various layers of skin in a controlled manner until the appropriate depth of skin is reached. This procedure is commonly performed with topical local anesthetic without sedation. It can be done in the setting of the office without little downtime.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for minimal downtime. Antibiotic cream and water based moisturizers are applied to the affected area immediately following surgery in order to aid with the healing process, to minimize swelling, and to control the risk of infection. The skin will be red and dry for a few days. Some discomfort should also be expected.
Any pain associated with the procedure can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions. Recovery time varies with the extent of the resurfacing and the number of procedures completed.