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Laser Treatments

Laser resurfacing refers to a treatment for reducing facial wrinkles and other irregularities in the skin, such as blemishes or acne scars.

In this technique, short, concentrated beams of light are targeted at irregular skin. This facilitates the removal of skin layer by layer. This procedure is also known as lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.

Am I a good candidate for Laser Resurfacing?

You could be a suitable candidate for Laser Resurfacing if:

  • You have subtle lines or wrinkles around your eyes, mouth or on your forehead.
  • You have shallow scars due to acne
  • You have non-responsive skin following a facelift

Before deciding on the procedure, it is always advisable to consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to know whether laser resurfacing is appropriate for you. Always choose a doctor who has training and experience in laser skin resurfacing.

There are mainly two types of lasers that are used in laser resurfacing: Carbon dioxide (CO2) and Erbium.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 Laser Resurfacing is used to treat various skin problems including wrinkles, scars, warts, enlarged oil glands on the nose, and other conditions.

In this procedure, extremely short pulsed light energy known as ultrapulse or continuous light beams are directed in a scanning pattern to eliminate thin layers of skin. This process causes minimal heat damage. Recovery may take up to two weeks.

Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium laser resurfacing is used for the treatment and removal of surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest. A major benefit of erbium laser resurfacing is the minimal burning or damage of surrounding tissue. Erbium Laser also has lesser side effects. The only side effects could be swelling, bruising, and redness. Hence, it offers the scope for speedy recovery. In certain cases, recovery may take only a week or so. If you have a darker complexion or skin tone, then erbium laser resurfacing may be the best option for you.

Laser resurfacing is usually an outpatient procedure. The procedure may take up to 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment generally takes up to two hours.

Recovery and results

After the laser procedure, the doctor will bandage the area which has been treated. You will have to clean the treated region four to five times a day. Then, apply an ointment, such as petroleum jelly, to prevent the formation of scabs. Usually, the areas heal in about 10 to 21 days, based on the condition that was treated.

You might also experience swelling after laser skin resurfacing. The doctor may prescribe steroids for reducing the swelling around your eyes. Applying an ice pack on the treated region also helps to reduce swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours following laser resurfacing.

The patient may also experience itching or stinging for 12 to 72 hours following the procedure. The skin usually tends to become dry and starts peeling five to seven days after laser resurfacing. After the skin heals, you can wear oil-free makeup to reduce redness, which generally fades in two to three months.

You should always use a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen, which protects the skin from ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays. Do not spend time outdoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Keep your new skin moisturized using Retin A or glycolic acid products. It is appropriate to use oil-free make-ups after laser resurfacing. The redness in the laser treated region usually fades in two to three months. However, it may take at least six months for the redness to entirely disappear.