Laser skin resurfacing uses laser energy to break down dull skin layers, sun damage and other blemishes marring your complexion to allow clear, beautiful skin to shine through. The intensity of the laser can vary depending on the depth of treatment needed to achieve the desired results. Non-ablative lasers provide gentle treatment with minimal side effects and a quick recovery. Ablative lasers create more controlled destruction of the epidermis and require a lengthier recovery period but create dramatic results on damaged and aged skin.
Laser resurfacing can target:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Scarring, including acne scars
- Sun damage and freckles
- Pigmentation and age spots
- Loose skin caused by aging
Appointment times vary depending on the desired results and the amount of skin being treated but can last between 30 minutes and two hours. Topical anesthesia is applied prior to treatment to increase patient comfort. Side effects of laser resurfacing include redness, dryness and mild discomfort. The amount of downtime necessary and the length of recovery depend on the type of laser used during treatment. Results are generally visible in one to three weeks as the body heals and produces fresh, vibrant skin.