In cosmetic surgeries Laser resurfacing is one of the treatments to clear the facial wrinkles and skin irregularities or acne scars.
This treatment makes very short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, clearly removing skin layer by layer. This method of treatment is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.
Good Candidate for Laser Resurfacing
People who have fine lines or wrinkles around their eyes or mouth or on the forehead, shallow scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift, then you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing.
People who have acne or if they have a very dark skin then this treatment is not for those people. This treatment is not recommended for stretch marks also. The person should discuss whether laser resurfacing is right for them by consulting with the doctor before having the procedure done.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
There are two methods of treatments in lasers that are most commonly used in laser resurfacing they are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium, each laser vaporizes the skin cells damaged at the surface-level.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
The CO2 method of laser resurfacing is for many years to address different skin problems, like wrinkles, scars, warts, enlarged oil glands on the nose, and all other conditions.
The Latest advancement of CO2 laser resurfacing and its use is very short. The pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are given in a scanning pattern and remove the thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage. In this treatment the recovery will take up to two weeks.
Erbium Laser Resurfacing
This method of laser resurfacing is particularly made to remove the surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest. The best benefit of erbium laser resurfacing is very less damage in burning of surrounding tissue. This treatment causes a very few side effects such as swelling, bruising, and redness. So the recovery time should be faster than with CO2 laser resurfacing. At times the recovery may take one week so its better to ask our doctor how long recovery is likely to take.
Erbium laser resurfacing will work better on the people who are with darker skin.
What to Expect
Normally this laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure which means an overnight stay is not required
Always the doctor will treat individual wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or forehead or treat the entire face. To treat the small areas, the doctor will numb the areas with a local anesthetic. Sometimes the doctor may sedate the patient. Depending upon the treatment you may get general anesthesia if the whole face has to be treated.
If only a part of the face is going to be treated by the doctor, then the procedure will take about 30 to 45 minutes. It will take two hours of time for a full face treatment
Normally once the laser procedure is done the doctor will bandage the treated area. You will need to clean the treated area four to five times a day after 24 hours of the treatment. An ointment need to be applied on the area treated such as petroleum jelly to prevent scabs from forming. This care is intended to prevent any scab formation. Normally the treated area will heal in 10 to 21 days, depending on the condition that was treated.
Normally there will be a swelling after laser skin resurfacing. Doctor may prescribe steroids to manage swelling around your eyes. An extra pillow for sleeping at night to elevate your head can help ease swelling and putting an ice pack on the treated area so all these things also helps to reduce swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours after laser resurfacing procedure is done.