Laser Skin Resurfacing

As people age, there are some notable changes on certain aspects of the skin. Aging skin becomes thinner and drier leading to the development of wrinkles. There is also a considerable loss of elasticity and subcutaneous fat tissue.

These changes can significantly affect the overall appearance of an individual. This is where skin rejuvenation comes in. One of the most effective skin rejuvenation techniques is laser skin resurfacing.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is also referred to as laser peel, lasabrasion or laser vaporization. It is a procedure that functions to reduce the appearance of, partially eliminate facial wrinkles, or reduce scarring from skin ailments such as acne. It can also be applied to most areas of the body including the chest, arms, and hands. It has been employed in the Aesthetic Industry for more than 25 years. Laser skin resurfacing is essential in the improvement of:

  • The smoothness of the skin
  • The appearance of wrinkles or fine lines on the eye, forehead and mouth areas
  • Scars from skin conditions such as acne or chickenpox
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Naturally aged skin
  • Complexion for individuals with yellowish or grayish skin tones
  • The appearance of skin warts
  • Liver spots
  • Enlarged skin pores, especially on the nose area
  • Appearance of birthmarks

The laser skin resurfacing process

This procedure utilizes the power of light beams. Using a carbon dioxide laser, the plastic surgeon sends short and concentrated pulsating light beams to the skin surface. When a carbon dioxide light beam makes contact with the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, it results in the heating and vaporization of the skin tissue. This instantly removes the topmost layers of the skin, scar tissue and wrinkles resulting in a smoother texture.

The laser energy microbeams also heat up the dermis, the underlying layer of the skin below the epidermis. The heat stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. The skin and collagen tissue is replaced through the body’s recovery process. This remodeling results in younger looking and healthier skin.

Time taken by the procedure

The typical laser skin resurfacing surgery lasts no more than an hour. As per the condition being catered to, the plastic surgeon may recommend a single treatment session or a series of progressive treatments in order to achieve the best results.

The majority of people will experience mild discomfort during the treatment. The discomfort may continue for some time after the procedure. This, however, will depend on the option chosen by the plastic surgeon. In some instances, the plastic surgeon will recommend pain management treatment during the procedure or after treatment.

What clients can expect after treatment

Patients can expect short-lived redness and warmth at the sites of the treatment. These effects will be dependent on the treatment option recommended. Patients will typically experience the effects for a number of days. In some cases, a significant amount of post-care treatment is required for a number of days after the treatment.

Dr. Berzin will be with you throughout the entire process and talk you through the potential side effects and the post treatment expectations. Everyone is different, so call for a free consultation with Dr. Berzin, setup an appointment and discuss your options for moving forward.