As we get older, we development facial wrinkles and folds. These are classic signs of accumulated skin damage and the inevitable aging of the skin. Additional factors can include premature aging and excessive sun exposure. Laser Skin Resurfacing can be used to reverse these effects by removing these damaged skin cells that can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
You could be a candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you’re concerned about:
- Acne scars
- Sun blotches
- Fine lines
During your consultation, the doctor will learn more about what you want to accomplish, explain the procedure to you in detail, and give you all the information you need to decide what’s the best approach for you.
How is Laser Skin Resurfacing Done?
During laser skin resurfacing, precision laser beams target the epidermis and upper dermis of skin in the treated area. The laser precisely removes a pattern of micro tunnels of skin at a time, leaving small bridges of intact skin in between the tunnels to facilitate healing. A combination topical and local anesthetic is often used for smaller treatments and combined with relaxation or IV sedation if the entire face is being treated. The treatment can take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending upon the area being resurfaced.
Is the Procedure Painful?
The gradual development of facial wrinkles, whether fine surface lines or deeper creases and folds, is the classic early sign of accumulated skin damage and inevitable aging. In addition, premature aging and wrinkling of the skin may be accelerated by excessive exposure to the sun and other elements.
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Fortunately, facial plastic surgery can reverse the effects of both aging and sun damaged skin. At MidWest Eye Center, Laser Skin Resurfacing is used to remove the damaged skin cells that can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Laser Skin Resurfacing may also improve the pitted look of acne scars and remove pre-cancerous skin growths called keratosis.
How Long is the Recovery?
The skin heals from resurfacing in 3-7 days. During this time, the skin is kept moist to facilitate healing. Your skin may look like a mild sunburn for a few weeks, but this can be covered up with makeup. As the treated area continues to heal, the redness diminishes. You will need to limit your sun exposure for at least 6-12 weeks and should wear sunscreen daily.