Laser Skin Resurfacing Surgery

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the newest cosmetic procedures to repair damaged facial skin. A laser beam of light is used to vaporize the outer layers of damaged skin at precisely controlled levels of penetration. As a result, new skin layers are exposed which results in a tighter, smoother, and younger looking skin surface.

Your skin will be resurfaced using either a Erbium or Carbon Dioxide laser. The Erbium laser is used to treat areas of dark skin pigmentation resulting from cumulative sun damage, freckles and other brown spots, and fine wrinkles. It can also be used to treat melasma or "pregnancy mask" which can appear as brown patches on the cheeks and upper lips of pregnant women or those taking oral contraceptives. Unlike the Carbon Dioxide laser which can only be used on facial skin, the Erbium laser can, in some instances, be used to treat the neck as well. The results are improved skin tone, and the reduction of mild acne scars and superficial fine lines. Recovery time is usually one week.

The Carbon Dioxide Laser is used to reduce deeper "icicle pit" acne scars and deep lines in the facial skin. Areas treated include the skin of the lower eyelids, forehead wrinkles and upper lid creases. This technique is also beneficial around the lip area to reduce the fine vertical lines that cause lipstick to "bleed". After surgery, the skin is supple, softer and more youthful looking. Recovery time is two to six months. The skin will change from red to pink to normal during the recovery period. Patients may use make-up within 10 to 14 days post-procedure.

Whether you have chosen the Erbium or Carbon Dioxide laser treatment, there are several steps to be taken to make sure your skin is properly prepared to receive the maximum benefit from the procedure. There are also steps you can take after surgery to help your skin heal quickly and smoothly.