Laser Skin Resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure that can significantly improve the look of aging, damaged, or dull skin. Using a powerful laser, Laser Skin Resurfacing removes the outermost layer of the skin, allowing new skin cells to generate underneath. Laser Skin Resurfacing can utilize several different lasers, and each treatment can be customized to a patient’s individual needs. Laser Skin Resurfacing is ideal for patients that want to improve the look of their skin without the hassle of going under the knife.
How does Laser Skin Resurfacing work?
Usually, Laser Skin Resurfacing uses a carbon dioxide laser. The CO2 laser is particularly effective at treating deep wrinkles and major pigmentation problems. For skin that’s seeking a gentler rejuvenation, the YAG laser can be used. During Laser Skin Rejuvenation, the laser is moved over the skin, concentrating on problem areas.
Am I a candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Ideal candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing are people that have minor skin imperfections like wrinkles or uneven tone. Some injectables like silicone have been shown to have a poor reaction when used in conjunction with the CO2 laser, so it’s extremely important that you discuss your medical and cosmetic history during a consultation with a skincare professional.
How much does Laser Skin Resurfacing cost?
Laser Skin Resurfacing costs an average of about $2,420. Of course, this price will vary based on your treatment area—some patients get Laser Skin Resurfacing on their back, which is a large area that will cost more than the face. Price will also depend on your geographical location and the practitioner’s individual rates.
How long does Laser Skin Resurfacing take?
Laser Skin Resurfacing can take a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size and difficulty of the treatment area.
How long does Laser Skin Resurfacing last?
The length of results for Laser Skin Resurfacing will vary from patient to patient. Age and weight gain can shorten the effects.
What is the recovery time for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
For the first few days after Laser Skin Resurfacing, patients will have to rest at home with protective bandages on their face. Over the next 10 or so days, a natural crust will appear and flake off over the skin. The crust is indicative of the fresh skin that has been revealed underneath. After about two weeks, the skin should look normal enough to return to regular activities. Any remaining redness can be covered by makeup until it fades completely.
Are there any side effects to Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser Skin Resurfacing will likely result in redness, crustiness, and sun sensitivity. All associated side effects should fade within a month after treatment. Until then, be gentle on your skin and don’t expose it to any unnecessary stress. Exfoliating ingredients like glycolic acid, citric acid, and salicylic acid should be avoided during this time.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing painful?
Some patients may experience minor discomfort after Laser Skin Resurfacing. Over the counter pain medication and ice packs can help ease the pain.
What type of anesthesia is used during Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Most often, Laser Skin Resurfacing uses local anesthesia through IV sedation. More extensive treatments may use general anesthesia for maximum comfort.
Will insurance cover Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Since Laser Skin Resurfacing is a cosmetic treatment, insurance will not cover it.
What other plastic surgery treatments can be combined with Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser Skin Resurfacing can be used in combination with Blepharoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Facelifts, and more.
What are some other terms for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser Skin Resurfacing is also known as a Laser Peel.