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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing: A Ray of Hope

As the cosmetic surgeon performs a laser skin resurfacing, the laser produces changes in chosen sections of the facial skin. The skin marked for rejuvenation is hit with thousands of tiny laser spots. These microscopic spots remove wrinkles, acne scars, unsightly age and sun spots, sun-damaged skin, melasma and hyperpigmentation.

Laser skin resurfacing can do away with uneven facial skin coloring. Such changes do not, however, take place overnight. They require slow and meticulous treatment that produces focused and subtle results.

Laser skin resurfacing makes the facial skin feel softer and smoother. The resurfaced skin looks more youthful. The nature of the treatment ensures that some healthy skin cells are retained. These cells help heal cells hit by the laser.

The cosmetic surgeon concentrates on completing one resurfacing session in 30 minutes. Generally, the surgeon aims for a total of three to five resurfacing treatments in a two-week period. The surgeon follows the same procedure during each resurfacing session.

First, the facial skin is washed. Then a numbing gel is applied to the affected skin. Next, a water-soluble tint is painted over the numbing gel.

That gel helps the cosmetic surgeon discern the contour lines of the patient’s face. By looking at these contour lines, the surgeon can better understand where the penetrating laser beam should be focused. Because the laser warms the skin, the surgeon uses a special cooling device to keep the patient’s skin from becoming too hot.

After a laser skin resurfacing, the damaged skin needs time to heal. The body helps this process along by sending more blood into the face. So after a laser skin resurfacing, the patient will have pinkish facial skin for five to seven days.

Following laser skin resurfacing, a patient can return to work, a woman can apply make-up to the rejuvenated skin, and a man can shave his face.

Both men and women should expect to see some facial-skin flaking after laser skin resurfacing. This can be hidden by applying a generous amount of moisturizer to the laser treated skin. In addition to moisturizer, patients should apply sunscreen twice a day.