Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure designed to promote a younger appearance by using a laser to remove damaged skin in a very precise manner. Skin resurfacing using a laser has more dramatic effects than those of chemical peels and dermabrasion.
What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing can improve minor flaws in the facial region, including wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots, and scars from acne or other causes.
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
Your surgeon will use the laser to remove layers of skin by sending short, concentrated bursts of light into the skin. Our plastic surgeons are skilled in safe use of laser equipment, and will be able to control the depth of penetration necessary to remove skin with precision. The laser beam will remove your outer layer of skin while heating the skin underneath. This stimulates the growth of new cells, which helps give the skin a tighter, more youthful appearance.
The procedure can be used on the entire face or in specific areas that require treatment. Patients who have a variety of complexions, including darker-skinned individuals, may be treated effectively with the laser. Some patients may benefit from the laser’s mild “tightening” effects on the skin, especially in the lower eyelid area where the skin can often become loose as a result of aging.
The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing
You may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
- Vertical wrinkles around your mouth, such as those that cause lipstick “bleed”
- Crow’s feet lines around your eyes and skin laxity in your lower eyelid area
- Fine wrinkling of your upper eyelids
- Brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
- Certain precancerous skin growths
- Acne or chicken pox scars
- Superficial facial scars from a past injury
Certain other skin characteristics, such as thickness and texture, may influence whether you are considered a good candidate for laser resurfacing.