Laser resurfacing is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of your skin or treat minor facial flaws.
There are two types of Laser resurfacing options. Ablative laser, which removes thin layers of skin and non-ablative, which stimulates collagen growth and tightens underlying skin.
Your healthcare practitioner will clean your face and cover your eyes. Your treated areas will then be numbed with a local anesthetic.
During ablative laser resurfacing an intense beam of light energy is directed at your skin which will destroy the outer layer of skin. It will also heat the underlying skin which cases the collagen fibers to shrink with will form new skin that is smoother and tighter. This procedure takes between 30 - 120 minutes depending on the size of the treated area.
During non-ablative laser resurfacing, your practitioner will apply a water based gel or cooled air to the treatment area.The laser damages the collagen beneath your skin which stimulated the growth of new collagen and will tighten the underlying skin and improve its tone and appearance. There is no skin removed during this process. This procedure takes between 15 - 90 minutes depending on the size of the treated area.
To achieve optimal results, a series of treatments is recommended over the course of weeks and months.
Skin resurfacing is an excellent options for men and women if you are concerned about fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or on your forehead, shallow scars from acne or have non-responsive skin after a facelift. Laser skin resurfacing may not be recommended for darker skin types or individuals with acne. Book a consultation with Dr. Dawes to see if skin resurfacing is right for you.
Recovery Expectations & Skin Care
The treated areas will be swollen and may itch. Your skin may peel and ooze a yellowish liquid. Do not pick at the crusted areas or the peel any loose skin. Your healthcare practitioner will apply a thick ointment and may apply a airtight, watertight dressing to the treated areas. An over the counter pain reliever and ice packs may be required.
Regular cleaning with water, saline or acetic solution is required. A thick protective ointments such as petroleum jelly are recommended.Strenuous activity is not recommended.
New skin should completely cover the treated area after one to two weeks at which time you can apply makeup and resume your normal activities.