Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive surgical procedure that softens lines and wrinkles, removes surface imperfections, and tightens and rejuvenates the skin. It is longer lasting and more effective than dermabrasion or chemical peels. Results are seen immediately and the treated skin continues to improve during the healing process.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of the CO2 laser. The laser heats the skin causing tightening and reduction of wrinkles. During the next several weeks, the collagen fibers under the surface of the skin are being regenerated. The collagen in the skin gives skin its integrity and structure. Essentially, the old dry and damaged skin cells and collagen are replaced with new cells and collagen fibers. This results in skin that appears more supple, youthful and healthy.
Will I Need to Take Time Off Work?
Most people will need at least one week off from work to heal from laser skin resurfacing. Each day the skin will begin to look better and better. After approximately 7 days, makeup can be used to cover the pinkness of the skin.
Your Surgical Experience
Your surgery will be performed in an outpatient setting –patients are able to go home directly following their procedure accompanied by a driver. Patients are usually given mild sedation from IV medication in a vein in their arm. This will ensure that patients are totally comfortable. There is usually no need for general anesthesia.
We do anticipate you being at the center for a few hours for the entire process of checking in, speaking with Malissa LaRoche PA-C prior to your procedure, performing the procedure, waking up from anesthesia, and listening to the aftercare instructions.
After Your Surgery
You may experience tightening of the skin as well as redness on the skin. This will improve over the next few weeks following the procedure. You will be sent home with a skin care kit you will apply after the procedure and thereafter to ensure your skin receives optimal care after your procedure. Patients are usually seen 1 week, 6 weeks, and 3 months following their procedure. Of course, if there are any concerns, the patient will be seen more frequently. You will be seen by Dr. Howard and/or Malissa LaRoche, PA-C 1-2 weeks following your procedure to ensure you are healing properly. This procedure is considered cosmetic and will not be covered by your insurance.