Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing, commonly called a laser peel, removes the damaged outer layer of skin to reveal a smoother, younger look. Laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven pigmentation and superficial scarring, usually on the face.
How is Laser Skin Resurfacing performed?
A carbon dioxide (CO2) laser beam of precisely focused light vaporizes the skin surface and reveals the undamaged layer beneath. Procedure time varies depending on the size and condition of the area being treated. The procedure is usually an outpatient surgery, unless combined with other surgical procedures that require hospitalization, which is performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure length can vary from 30 minutes to two hours, and some patients may require more than one session.
Who are good candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The best candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing are generally patients with fair-to-medium complexions and general good health. During your consultation, Dr. Conkright will discuss whether or not Laser Skin Resurfacing is right for you.
What is the recovery like for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Most patients return to work within 10 to 14 days. Dr. Conkright asks patients to avoid strenuous activities for 4 to 6 weeks. Most patients experience complete fading of redness with in six months or less. Return of pigmentation may take between six to 12 months. Dr. Conkright requires limited sun exposure for six to 12 months
What are the risks/complications associated with Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Possible side effects include: temporary swelling, discomfort, lightening of treated skin, acute sun sensitivity, increased sensitivity to makeup, and pinkness or redness in skin that may persist up to six months.
Risks include: burns or injuries caused by laser heat, scarring, abnormal changes in skin color, flare-up of viral infections ("cold sores") and in some rare cases, other types of skin infections.
Are the results from Laser Skin Resurfacing permanent?
The results of Laser Skin Resurfacing are long-lasting, but the procedures does not stop the aging process. New wrinkles and expression lines may form as the skin ages.