Laser Resurfacing for Facial Rejuvenate/Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a special kind of cosmetic procedure, where a laser instrument is used to remove the upper layers of the skin, to expose and reveal the new layers of skin underneath. The process is also called as ‘laser peeling’, as the old skin is removed layer by layer. Given that the procedure involves laser, the doctor can have more control over the procedure, which reduces the chances of complications. In some cases, doctors may suggest antiviral medication before the procedure.

Why opt for laser resurfacing for sun-damaged skin?

Laser resurfacing works wonders on sun-damaged skin, as the damaged skin is removed in thin layers. The process also promotes collagen production as the underneath layers are heated and the skin heals in a smoother way for even appearance.

Things to know

Laser resurfacing involves directing concentrated beams of laser light on the damaged skin, which will remove the skin layers from the top. As such the damaged skin can be handled with precision, focusing on each layer. The procedure doesn’t have any complications, especially with lightening of the skin, which is also known as hypopigmentation.

What are the possible risks?

As with cosmetic procedures, there are always a few risks, but these can be minimized when an experienced doctor is dealing with the case. These risks include

  • Pain and swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Crusting and scarring
  • Discoloration of the skin

What are the estimated costs?

Medical insurance doesn’t cover the costs of Laser resurfacing for sun-damaged skin, as it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure. You doctor will check the condition to finally offer an estimated costs.

Getting prepared for the procedure

The doctor will typically suggest a physical exam and will check the medical history of the patient. It is also the time when the doctor will talk of the possible outcomes and risks of the procedure in detail. The following may be suggested to the patient. Patients should, however, follow these steps,

  • Talk to the doctor about exposure to cold sores or blisters, as the procedure may trigger the same.
  • Avoid all kinds of medicines that can interfere with blood clotting for at least 10 days prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after Laser resurfacing

Things after the procedure

After the treatment, doctors will dress the area and may suggest the following

  • Cleaning of the treated area after one day
  • Regular cleaning thereafter for five times each day
  • An ointment may be suggested to avoid scabs by well-moisturizing.

These below mentioned effects can be seen in patients

  • Swelling that may last for 24 to 48 hours
  • Itching or sense of stinging, which may last for 72 hours
  • Skin peeling in the treated area after 5 to 7 days

Healing with Laser resurfacing for sun-damaged skin can take anywhere up to 10 to 21 days. After the area has fully healed, patients should follow the instructions given by the doctor, which may include

  • Using only oil-free makeup for minimum of two or three months
  • Avoid direct exposure for the treated skin
  • Ensuring the well-moisturized at all times.

Talk to your doctor in detail before you undertake the procedure!