Laser Resurfacing Questions

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Plastic Surgeons Dr. David Broadway and Dr. Cisco have received extensive, specialized training and certifications that set them apart from other cosmetic surgeons.

Broadway Plastic Surgery Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

These are questions about the procedure and what to expect.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing (also known as lasabrasion or laser peel) is a skin treatment that can remove wrinkles, scars, layers of sun-damaged skin, unsightly blemishes, and age spots. It can also be used to tighten skin and restore skin tone balance. This technique has been proven successful in restoring youthful beauty to skin.

Are there different types of laser resurfacing?

There are 2 basic types of laser resurfacing: ablative and non-ablative. The choice between the two is dependent on the area you are trying to treat, your expected results, and how long you are willing to commit to for recovery.

Non-ablative resurfacing  is ideal for patients with fine wrinkles and slight skin discoloration. This method does not require local anesthesia (although a numbing cream may be used) and is typically low on the pain threshold.

Ablative laser resurfacing removes more layers of skin than non-ablative. The healing process brings about a healthier, more even skin tone than the nonabrasive procedure, and is much more effective in reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles, scars, severe discoloration, and other facial blemishes. This method may require local anesthesia and requires a longer recovery period.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

The Broadway Plastic Surgery staff will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.

What happens during the actual procedure?

The procedure usually takes about 30-90 minutes. Although the steps may differ slightly depending on the person’s unique skin details, but usually it is something like this: 

  1. Your surgeon applies an anesthetic.
  2. Your surgeon then passes the hand-held wand over the treatment area. This wand transmits a beam of laser light to that specific area.
  3. Once complete, your surgeon will apply an antibiotic cream to the skin within your treatment area.
  4. You will go home with instructions on how to care for your skin during the recovery period.
What can I expect for recovery?

Typically, the area you have treated will appear to have sunburn. It may be unfomfortable and slightly swollen. Your doctor should review instructions for caring for the treated area. Make sure to ask any questions at this time. 

Recovery is generally about one week. At that time, you should be fine to return to work and resume your regular skin care and makeup regimen. If you have any concerns about the speed of your own personal recovery, make sure to contact our staff.

Will I experience scarring or other side effects?

Some patients will experience a mild breakout after the treatment, but that depends on your skin type and how sensitive you are to breakouts. That is temporary and will pass like any other breakout. As far as scarring goes, unless you are prone to excessive scarring, it should not be a concern. Scarring from laser skin resurfacing is very rare. 

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The decision to have any cosmetic surgery is a very personal one. To have a detailed discussion, schedule a consultation at Broadway Plastic Surgery today.

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  • Broadway Plastic Surgery
  • 303-680-8989
  • LONE TREE, CO 80124

Contact Us

  • Broadway Plastic Surgery
  • 303-680-8989
  • LONE TREE, CO 80124


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