Laser resurfacing, also known as lasabrasion or a laser peel, can treat facial wrinkles, sun spots, scars, birthmarks, and blemishes.

How does laser resurfacing work?

Short, pulsating bursts of light from the laser are precisely directed at the targeted areas to remove layers of skin. As the light removes the epidermis, or top layer of the skin, it simultaneously heats the layer below it. This stimulate the dermis, or lower layer, to produce collagen for the new skin that forms, causing it to be firmer and stronger.

Who is a candidate for laser resurfacing?

You may be a good candidate if:

  • Your eyes, mouth or forehead have only fine lines or wrinkles.
  • Scars from acne are not deep.
  • You have had a facelift, and your skin is not responding well.

You may not be a good candidate if you have deep wrinkles, active acne, or excessively saggy skin. In these instances, laser resurfacing will generally not be effective enough to produce the desired results. In addition, people with darker skin tones run the risk of healing with even darker skin, called hyperpigmentation, even though bleaching after the treatment is a possible remedy.

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What is the procedure for laser skin resurfacing?

Depending on the extent of resurfacing, Dr. Tanna may numb the skin with local anesthetics or use a general anesthetic.

Co2 laser resurfacing sends continuous, but very short, pulsed light beams to the targeted areas and removes thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.

Erbium laser resurfacing can remove both thin layers of skin, as well as moderately deep lines and wrinkles.

What are the risks and side effects?

For a few days after the procedure, most patients feel as if they have a sunburn and experience redness, swelling and, perhaps, tingling or itching. However, a more intense treatment may produce oozing and blistering which will soon diminish.

The skin will become dry and peel after about five days. The new skin will be pink but become gradually lighter over the next two or three months.

Dr. Tanna will give you detailed directions for cleaning and caring for your skin during the recovery period.

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