Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing helps to remove wrinkles, scars, unsightly blemishes and age spots. It can also be used to tighten skin and restore skin tone balance. Known by other names like lasabrasion and laser peel, this technique has been proven successful in restoring youthful beauty to skin.
Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing
Heats the dermis causing new collagen to form. This method 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, causing collagen to regenerate in much the same way it would if your body was healing a wound. This 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. May require local anesthesia.
Recovery from Laser Skin Resurfacing
As with any procedure, recovery will vary from person to person. Many individuals report little to no discomfort after the procedure. Here are the guidelines we recommend for recovery:
- For the first 24 hours after your procedure, you should have bandages covering the treated area.
- For two to three weeks following the procedure, you should treat the area two to five times daily with a diluted vinegar or saline solution. Then you will apply an ointment like Vaseline to the treated area after each cleaning.
During this time, peeling is not only expected, it is necessary. By following this at-home routine, you will help to promote healthy healing without scabs or other blemishes that might reduce the aesthetics of your laser resurfacing treatment.
After the initial healing process, small red bumps may still appear on your skin for the next few months. These bumps are temporary and can be camouflaged with the use of makeup until they disappear.
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During your initial consultation with board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. David Broadway or Dr. Cisco Sanchez-Navarro, your individual concerns will be addressed and all available options will be fully discussed to ensure your desires are met. If you live in or around Denver, Colorado, and looking for some minor changes to your body, please contact the Broadway Center for Plastic Surgery to set up an initial consultation, and let Dr. Broadway and Dr. Cisco help customize a series of cosmetic procedures to help restore your overall body satisfaction.
Disclaimer: Our website contains general medical information. The medical information contained on the website is not advice and should not be treated as such. Patients results may vary depending on various factors that are unique to each individual.