What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that gently removes the outer, damaged layers of skin to reveal healthy and younger looking skin underneath. The treatment can be used for a variety of common surface level skin concerns including:
- Mild acne
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun spots
- Other surface blemishes.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Candidates
Laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment option for those who experience mild acne, scarring, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and other surface level blemishes. Those with severe acne or more extreme signs of aging such as sagging and deep wrinkles might not benefit from laser skin resurfacing. A skin care specialist can examine your skin and discuss your concerns to determine if you can benefit from laser skin resurfacing treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing can be done using a topical anesthetic to numb the area, or with sedation if the entire face is being treated. The skin will then be cleaned and prepped, and patients will be provided with eye protection to wear. Your physician will then begin laser resurfacing, going over areas with wrinkles or blemishes. This process can take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area being treated.
Recovery and Results
After laser skin resurfacing treatment, the area will be bandaged, and patients will be provided with cleaning and other care instructions. You can expect some swelling, itching, and stinging in the first few days after treatment. After about ten to 20 days, your skin will begin to peel, revealing fresh new layers. Once your skin heals, you can resume wearing oil-free makeup. It is important to wear sunscreen as your new skin will be extra sensitive.
As your new skin heals, you can enjoy the results of your laser skin resurfacing treatment. With the damaged layers removed, patients notice smoother, healthier looking skin with improved blemished and reduces lines and wrinkles. The results are long lasting after just one treatment session.
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing and our other skin treatment options available, contact Skin Care of Arizona today. We can schedule your consultation with a skin care specialist to develop your unique treatment plan.